The recent Paramount+ revival of the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly brings back many of its original cast members along with some new ones. Set nine years after the original series ended, iCarly deals with the titular protagonist revisiting the comedy show of her high-school years while her friends and family face their own set of adulting problems.
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In the gap between the original and the revival, the regular cast members have managed to work in a variety of other TV shows and movies. Some new cast members such as Josh Peck are already established actors from childhood.
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Miranda Cosgrove – School Of Rock (2003)
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One of director Richard Linklater’s best movies, School of Rock deals with a down-on-luck musician who finds a new purpose in life as an accidental music teacher.
As Jack Black’s protagonist gathers around a bunch of school-going misfits for his band, iCarly lead Miranda Cosgrove’s Summer serves as the band’s manager. This was the first major acting role in Cosgrove’s career. This cult-favorite musical comedy along with Drake and Josh went on to define her pre-iCarly career.
Jerry Trainor – Donnie Darko (2001)
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Carly’s oldest brother Spencer becomes a wealthy and successful artist in the revival. Apart from his work on iCarly, Trainor is mostly known as the character”Crazy Steve” from Drake & Josh. His first film role, however, was a blink-and-miss cameo in the psychological thriller Donnie Darko.
Credited as “Lanky Kid,” Trainor had a brief role as one of Donnie’s classmates. The movie otherwise contributed greatly to the fame of its leading star Jake Gyllenhaal who plays a cynical teenager with an imaginary friend that leads him down a dark path.
Nathan Kress – Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018)
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As Carly’s friend and neighbor Freddie Benson, Nathan Kress plays one of the nicest characters on iCarly. Apart from usual acting roles, Kress has also proved his worth as a voice actor.
Having started out with the role of a pup in Babe: Pig in the City, Nathan Kress went on to join the cast of Star Wars: Rebels as the Rebel Alliance pilot Wedge Antilles. The animated Star Wars TV show is set after the prequel trilogy, covering the rebellion against an Empire that is desperate to hunt the last of the Jedi.
Laci Mosley – A Black Lady Sketch Show (2019-)
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Laci Mosley plays the part of Harper, Carly’s roommate who aspires to become a fashion stylist. Known for her improv and sketch comedy skills outside television, she recently joined the cast of the HBO comedy sketch show A Black Lady Sketch Show allowing her to play various characters.
Featuring an all-black women’s writers’ room, the show uniquely addresses common topics such as relationships and religion while also exploring modern race relations through satirical means. The addition of established artists such as Lena Waithe and Issa Rae as guest stars are an added bonus.
Esther Povitsky – Alone Together (2018-2019)
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In the iCarly revival, Esther Povitsky plays the part of Carly and Harper’s good-natured friend. Outside iCarly, Povitsky is mostly known for Alone Together, a sitcom that she also wrote and created.
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In its essence, Alone Together is about two platonic best friends who seek to find their footing in the city of Los Angeles. Even though the show only ran for two seasons, Alone Together goes beyond the usual sitcom formula as it addresses themes of chaotic urbanism and the status symbols within LA.
Poppy Liu – Hacks (2021-)
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Poppy Liu appears on iCarly as a Dutch pop singer who develops a deep bond with Harper. Other than her role in this series, she is known for another recurring part on Hacks, one of the best comedies on HBO Max.
In its essence, Hacks deals with the relationship between a young comedy writer and an established stand-up comic. As for Liu’s part, she appears as a personal blackjack dealer to Jean Smart’s protagonist. Her charming screen presence is such that despite a few scenes, she still makes the best out of limited screen time.
Josh Peck – Drake And Josh (2004-2007)
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Popular Nickelodeon alumnus Josh Peck plays the role of Carly’s manager in the revival series. While he has had significant experience in both film and TV, Peck’s most popular screen credit remains to be the show that put the spotlight on him.
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A live-action teen sitcom from Nickelodeon, Drake and Josh stars Drake Bell and Josh Peck as stepbrothers who are polar opposites of each other in terms of personality. As the two make it through adolescence and high school, Drake and Josh make for an entertaining watch. Of course, Cosgrove starred alongside them.
Tim Russ – Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001)
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Reprising his role from the original series, Tim Russ plays Carly’s former school principal. But fans of the Star Trek franchise would remember Russ from his memorable stint as the character Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager.
As a Vulcan officer assigned with the roles of second officer and Chief of Security, Russ played the character in every season of this Star Trek spin-off. The general premise deals with the crew of the spaceship USS Voyager as it attempts to return to its native “Sector” in the galaxy. True to the franchise’s origin, even Voyager deals with a lot of teamwork among the ship’s crew with Tuvok being one of the major crew members.
Mary Scheer – Mad TV (1995-2016)
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While iCarly fans would know Mary Scheer as Freddie’s mother Marissa Benson, she has had diverse experiences in the comedy genre. In fact, her background in sketch comedy is perfectly put to display in the 90s-era anthology show Mad TV.
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In the same vein as other variety shows like Saturday Night Live, Scheer played the parts of several fictional characters as well as real-life personalities. Demi Moore, Barbra Streisand, and Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully in The X-Files make for some of her best impressions on the show.
Josie Totah – Other People (2016)
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Playing the role of social media influencer Willow in iCarly, Josie Totah appears as one of the several guest stars in the show. When it comes to her filmography, one of her critically-praised roles can be considered to be that of Justin in the drama-comedy Other People.
Starring Jesse Plemons as a failing writer who revisits his hometown to take care of his cancer-ridden mother, Other People relies on deadpan humor and dysfunctional family drama to make an impact. Even the supporting characters like Justin, the flamboyant and straightforward brother of the protagonist’s best friend, manage to make their presence felt despite brief appearances.
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