"I think this season fans will be in for a lot more tension and excitement," teases Jennette McCurdy, the star of the hit science fiction drama Between (Thursdays, City). Hello! Canada caught up with the beautiful actress in Toronto where she opened up about her show's thrilling sophomore season, growing up in the public eye and her determination to maintain a "what you see is what you get" reputation on social media.
"I guess I try to be as honest with people as possible [while] understanding that there is a line between personal and professional lives," said the 24-year-old, who has more than 26,000,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined.
"I don't want any kids to be seeing my stuff and thinking, ‘This is what’s real,’ and it’s not at all. I feel like it’s about balance and maintaining boundaries but also showing as much as the truth as possible."
Fame found the California native at a very young age after she landed one of the lead roles on the comedy series iCarly. The show ran for six seasons, racked up millions of viewers and inspired the spin-off series Sam & Cat, which starred Jennette and fellow Nickelodeon darling Ariana Grande.
And while being on the radar of so many fans might be daunting for some, Jennette tells us that she feels right at home in the spotlight.
Reflecting on her career, she says, "I started acting when I was six but I think there’s only so much of a choice that you have in what you do when you’re six. So much of that comes from your parents. I think I was maybe primed for entertainment a little bit. I’ve always enjoying making people laugh and trying to pay attention to the dynamics in a room."
Now, the actress is having the time of her life playing Wiley on Between. The series not only provided her a new and fascinating character to bring to life, but introduced her to her boyfriend and co-star Jesse Carere. She tells us that in addition to shooting scenes with the rest of the "warm and easy going" cast, it's her Canadian beau that makes life on set even more rewarding. "It’s exciting for me honestly to work on a show with Jesse. That’s such a crazy opportunity and something that I try not to take for granted."