Why did Jennette McCurdy title the book I’m Glad My Mom Died?
Jennette McCurdy Addresses Trauma in My Mom Died’ Memoir For One technique Jennette McCurdy used to get attention for her new book was the title of it. She said that she is serious about what she wrote in her new book, though she meant it to get attention.
McCurdy has starred in Nickelodeon shows like iCarly, alongside Miranda Cosgrove, and the show’s spin-off Sam & Cat. She hopes that readers will understand her statement, which she believes is not so bold.
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McCurdy says her mother was emotionally, mentally, and physically abusive. She pushed McCurdy into acting as a child. Her mother made her take showers in her late teens.
McCurdy suffered from trauma after her mother died of cancer. It wasn’t until she sought therapy in 2013 that she was able to move forward and heal. She stopped drinking excessively and had healthier relationships. After years of work on herself, she’s sharing her story with the world. Writing the book has been a roller coaster of emotions for her
What is the Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy’s new book about?
The writer found the process of writing about her mother’s death highly emotional and felt “like I was reliving my mom’s death all over again.”
Talk and magazine show host McCurdy spoke with The Associated Press over the phone about her work and how she may return to the screen.
Q: I understand that you came to a realization about your childhood through therapy, but when did you decide to share what you discovered?
It can be beneficial to process past events that occurred in one’s childhood so they are not discussed later. It took a long time to go through these memories in therapy and while processing, I needed to do a lot of the excavating work by myself.
One day, I sat on the steps after school and looked at my hands. When I thought back about my mother and such a seminal time in my life, I had an epiphany.
What did Jennet McCurdy mean when she said “I’m glad my mom died?
McCurdy discusses her own experience with death, the emotional roller coaster that she experienced following her mother’s death, and the mixed feelings that come with loving an abusive partner.
You never know what’s going on with people because they would watch me on TV, and maybe think I’m handling my life well when in reality, I’m not doing it at all.
At the time, being on a children’s television show felt cloyingly perfect. Amidst this life of glamour, my actual life was anything but. Spending so much time in an ambulance with my mother seizing made me see the comedic side-effects of “having my own face on a billboard.” And knowing I could feel free to be myself within these (makeshift) circumstances helped me grow and be thankful for life more.
Jennette McCurdy: There’s no plan on whether I’m doing more acting
Jennette McCurdy Addresses Trauma in My Mom Died’ Memoir
McCurdy: Recently, I have been thinking about writing a script for myself. There is a type of acting that could be healing for me now and that type would be one in which I write and act in it.
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