I Couldnt Like Her, Because I Wasn't a Co-Star of This Voice Coach

I Couldnt Like Her, Because I Wasn't a Co-Star of This Voice Coach ...

On season 21, fans had mixed reactions when pop sensation Ariana Grande was announced as the new coach on The Voice. Some were ecstatic. Others were furious.

Grande is no stranger to invoking a wide spectrum of emotions in people. Jennette McCurdy, a former co-star of Nickelodeon show Sam & Cat, understands this all too well. In her new book, McCurdy describes how difficult it was to work with Grande.

Sam & Cat was released on Nickelodeon in 2013 and 2014. McCurdy played Sam Puckett, a continuation of her popular character on the hit show, iCarly. Grande played Cat Valentine, also a previous Nickelodeon character, from the show Victorious. The two teens were roommates and proprietors of a babysitting business.

A Budding Rivalry

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According to Grantland.com, there was rumors of a young actress-twin conflict that may have resulted in the series being canceled. Grande said a fitting farewell to the show, which was somewhat touching on the surface, but whose thank-yous overlooked McCurdy's inclusion.

Grande and McCurdy have been performing on Sam & Cat for almost a decade, and the rivalry has gradually subsided. However, with the recent release of McCurdy's memoir, old feelings and memories are returning.

McCurdy expresses her aversion in the book: "My co-star Ariana Grande is a promising pop star who misses work regularly to perform at award shows, record new songs, and press for her upcoming album." "I'm a little more adamant," says McCurdy, "staying back and holding down the fort."

McCurdy continues, I understand on a surface level why she has to miss work. However, at the same time, I dont understand why she is allowed to. I booked two features during iCarly that I had to cancel because the iCarly team refused to send me out of episodes to shoot them.

Grande fails to show up for a taping, so the entire episode is filmed as if her character were trapped in a box.

McCurdy was able to keep her anger and jealousy under control. However, soon she began to question, Is [Ariana] robbering me of opportunities that would have been mine? Grande came on the set talking about having hung out at Tom Hanks' house the night before.

I didnt like her from that point on. McCurdy recalls. Pop star success I could handle, but hanging out with Sheriff Woody and with Forrest F***ing Gump? This has gone too far. So now, every time she misses work, it feels like a personal attack. Every time something new happens to her, I feel like she robbed me of that experience.

McCurdy Wants Grande to Read the Book

McCurdy said of Entertainment Tonight, "I dont know if [Ariana] will] read the book or not," but I think it's a terrific read, no matter who you are, and I hope she does." Grande has not made any public comments about whether or not she's read the memoir or, if so, what she thought.

Im Glad My Mom Died is a number-one New York Times bestseller that has also achieved pop-cultural phenomenon status. According to Vogue, McCurdy's mother, Debra, who died of breast cancer in 2013 when McCurdy was 21, had controlled and abused McCurdy throughout her life, she writes, while manipulating her against withdrawing.

McCurdy is now receiving a different kind of praise than she received as an actress, and it is far more satisfying. I have felt so connected to the people that are reading this book, and it is meaningful to me in a way that I havent experienced in my previous career.

Ariana Grande left The Voice after just one season and continues to pursue her music career.