Jennette McCurdy doesn’t want to be a role model. At all. Not even a little bit.
She has been through a lot in the last few months since the show that she shared with Ariana Grande, Sam & Cat, was cancelled. There is also the possibility that the cancellation was due to some semi-scandalous leaked photos of her and perhaps also due to a salary dispute.
All of these things can be stressful for Jennette McCurdy and life right now is probably a far cry from what her life was like when she first started acting way back in 2000. In addition to all of that, she continues to mourn the loss of her mother who passed away on September 20th of last year.
All of these things along with the pressure that comes along with being a celebrity may have led to Jennette McCurdy’s rant that took place Thursday on Reddit.
Jennette McCurdy stated of her former image, “There was a time when I tried to live up to the aggrandizing title, that pedestal of a thing. Maybe it wasn’t so much that I was trying to live up to it. Perhaps I thought I could and I thought I was supposed to, so I gave it my best shot.
It’s fine, I can admit it. Back in my adolescence, I was more amiable, bubbly, and on lightly humid days, maybe even flouncy. I was role model material and then some.”
She seems to be trying to relieve some of the pressure of trying to live up to the Jennette McCurdy that everyone thinks she should be. She is trying to just be herself and be okay with that. This seems to be a pretty mature stance for the Nickelodeon starlet.
“To remove myself from the role model battle, the falsified standard set by the bubblegum industry, is – in my eyes – to remove myself from the counterintuitive battle of attempting to be something perfect while being glaringly aware of my imperfections.” said Jennette McCurdy.
She also encourages Jennette McCurdy fans to look around their lives for role models, not at celebrities like her, who are essentially strangers painted by media.
Jennette McCurdy said, “For those of you who do consider me a role model, I hope you don’t read this and cringe. I appreciate you. I appreciate you so much! I appreciate that you believe in me, support me, and in some way, hope to live your life like me. But please, I encourage you to find role models in the people around you, the people in your everyday life, the people that are your friends and family.”
That’s actually pretty good advice from Jennette McCurdy. Look around in your life, kids!
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