Double duty! Victoria Justice, Liz Gillies, Daniella Monet, Ashley Argota, James Maslow and more are among the original Nickelodeon stars who appeared on more than one show during their stints on the network.
Some, like Jennette McCurdy, went from one show to another with the same character. After playing Sam Puckett on iCarly from 2007 until 2012, the actress reprised her iconic role on Sam & Cat for one season from 2013 until 2014. She then said goodbye to the acting world.
“I quit a few years ago because I initially didn’t want to do it. My mom put me in it when I was six and by sort of age, I guess, 10 or 11, I was the main financial support for my family. My family didn’t have a lot of money, and this was the way out, which I actually think was helpful in driving me to some degree of success,” she said on an episode of the “Empty Inside” podcast in March 2021. “I ultimately quit after my mom passed away because with her death kind of died a lot of her ideas for my life, and that was its own journey, and a difficult one for sure.”
Meanwhile, Miranda Cosgrove, played two completely different characters in separate series. From 2004 until 2007 she played Megan Parker on Drake & Josh before starring as the titular role of Carly Shay on iCarly for six seasons. In June 2021, the actress returned to her iCarly roots for the show’s Paramount+ reboot.
“I’d love to see the show go on at least for three or four seasons,” Miranda told E! News in December 2021 about bringing the show back. “I feel like we’re really getting into the groove this season — because the first season was about introducing the new characters on the show and establishing where the old characters are now that it’s been 10 years.”
Once the original crop of Nickelodeon celebs said goodbye to the network, however, a new wave of stars — including Lizzy Greene, Jack Griffo, Kira Kosarin and more — stepped onto the scene and followed in their predecessors’ footsteps. Jade Pettyjohn, for one, was known for her School of Rock role but actually appeared in other shows before her claim to fame.
Long after their Big Time Rush days were over, both Kendall Schmidt and Carlos PenaVega officially became Nickelodeon veterans by acting alongside the generation that came after them. It’s safe to say, there was (and still is) a lot of cast-sharing on all your favorite throwback and current Nick shows. Scroll through our gallery to see which famous faces you can spot in multiple series.
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