'iCarly' Original Cast Then and Now — What Happened to Miranda Cosgrove, Noah Munck, and the Others?

The “iCarly” reboot has the Internet in a frenzy. While most cast members are coming back, some others, like Jennette McCurdy, will not return.

It’s been almost a decade since Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” aired its final episode. Rumors of a possible reboot have circulated online for years, but Paramount Plus announced that the “iCarly” reboot had begun filming in March this year. 

Since only Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, and Jerry Trainer appeared in the photo, several people wondered where the rest of the actors are. Read on to see what the original cast has been doing over the years and who is not returning.

Nat Wolff and Miranda Cosgrove on November 5, 2008 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Nat Wolff and Miranda Cosgrove on November 5, 2008 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

MIRANDA COSGROVE

An “iCarly” reboot wouldn’t be possible without Miranda Cosgrove, who portrayed the titular character, Carly Shay. Before booking the lead role in the show, she played Megan in “Drake and Josh” and Summer in “School of Rock.” 

Over the years, Cosgrove has kept herself busy. Apart from attending the University of Southern California and doing some voiceover work in the “Despicable Me” franchise, she appeared in the horror movie “The Intruders.”

Nothing much is known about her current love life as she likes to keep it under wraps. She allegedly dated Nat Wolff (Naked Brothers Band) and James Maslow (“Big Time Rush”) during her time as a Nickelodeon star, though. 

JENNETTE MCCURDY

Most people will miss actress Jennette McCurdy, who played Carly’s troublemaker best friend, Sam Puckett. When “iCarly” ended, she and Ariana Grande worked together in “Sam and Cat” for a year. 

In February 2021, McCurdy told Anna Faris on her podcast that she quit acting “a few years ago” because she initially didn’t want to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. 

The former actress revealed her family didn’t have much money, and acting was their way out. McCurdy even said she resented her career and felt unfulfilled by the roles she played.

It didn’t help that her mother struggled with McCurdy’s body and diet as she would frequently compare her size to that of other girls, causing her eating disorders. Harper, played by Laci Mosley, will be Carly’s new best friend. 

NATHAN KRESS

Fans will be thrilled to see Nathan Kress reprise Freddie Benson in the “iCarly” reboot. When the original show ended, he appeared in an episode of “Sam and Cat” and booked parts in “Into the Storm” and “Pinky Malinky.” 

Out of the three main actors of the show, Kress has changed the most. On November 15, 2015, he married actress and stunt performer London Elise Moore in Los Angeles. 

Two years later, Moore and Kress announced they were expecting their first child, Rosie, born in December 2017. They tried to enlarge their family even more but faced a few miscarriages

In October 2020, the couple revealed Moore was pregnant again. On March 20, 2021, Evie, their “rainbow baby,” joined the family. Kress confessed his children were the “greatest little gifts” on Earth and that he couldn’t stop crying.

JERRY TRAINOR

Spencer Shay is back! Carly’s out-of-the-ordinary brother, played by Jerry Trainor, is also set to appear in the “iCarly” reboot later this month. Just like Miranda Cosgrove, Trainor appeared in “Drake and Josh” as Crazy Steve.

When “iCarly” ended in 2012, Trainor kept working for Nickelodeon in “Wendell and Vinnie” and “T.U.F.F. Puppy.” Apart from that, he portrayed Reggie in “Still the King” and Todd in Netflix’s “No Good Nick.”

When Alexander was younger, he was overweight and “lazy.”

NOAH MUNCK

Gibby, played by Noah Munck, was one of the funniest characters on the show, especially because he regularly took his shirt off for no particular reason.

Munck’s character was so fun that Nickelodeon even approved his own spin-off shortly after “iCarly” ended. While the pilot episode was filmed, it was never picked up.

Noah Munck (left) in an interview with No Jumper in June 2016 | Photo: YouTube/No Jumper

Noah Munck (left) in an interview with No Jumper in June 2016 | Photo: YouTube/No Jumper

Unfortunately, Munck will not reprise his role in the “iCarly” reboot. He previously said he had a “weird” relationship with the character, and co-showrunner Jay Kogen pointed out that they contacted him at one point.

REED ALEXANDER

Carly’s nemesis, Nevel Papperman, was portrayed by Reed Alexander. Before “iCarly,” Alexander appeared in NBC’s “Will and Grace” and a few other TV films.

Just like McCurdy, Alexander walked away from Hollywood to focus on his career as a journalist. Still, he will be back. Alexander graduated from the Columbia Journalism School and is currently the co-founder and CEO of Reed Alexander Media.

When Alexander was younger, he was overweight and “lazy.” He eventually realized something needed to change. As a self-proclaimed foodie, he created healthier recipes and lost 15 pounds. Fans will love to see him in the “iCarly” reboot.

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