“I quit a few years ago to try my hand and writing and directing — it’s going great,” the actress said during a March 2021 episode of her “Empty Inside” podcast. “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 continued, “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.”
The former Nickelodeon star also looked back on her days as an actress and said she’s “so ashamed” of her past projects. She played the role of Sam Puckett on iCarly from 2007 to 2012, and its spinoff show Sam & Cat. “I resent my career in a lot of ways,” Jennette explained. “I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was the most cheesy, embarrassing [thing].”
She continued, “I did the shows that I was on from like 13 to 21, and by 15, I was already embarrassed.”
In 2020, she made a brief comeback when performing her one-woman show called I’m Glad My Mom Died. When it comes to acting in the future, Jennette told listeners, “We’ll see where things are in a few years.”
From the sound of it, we may never see this blonde beauty back on our TV screens again — especially not in the upcoming Paramount+ reboot.
Similarly, Logan Henderson took a break from the spotlight before returning in February 2019. No, he hasn’t had any acting roles since Big Time Rush, but the former Nickelodeon star kicked off a solo music career.
“I’d been attached with Big Time Rush for so long, and a lot of really straight up pop records, I wanted to show a different side of me. It was important to do that,” he told Billboard in March 2019. “It is absolutely amazing to be able to kind of really do my own thing.”
As it turns out, these two aren’t the only Nickelodeon stars who took a break from fame or quit acting altogether. Zoey 101 actor Matthew Underwood, Unfabulous star Raja Fenske and more went on to do their own things after their shows came to an end.
Scroll through our gallery to see which other actors said goodbye to their acting careers after stints on the network.
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