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Nathan Kress talks iFreddy

By Marie Morreale | null null , null
Nathan Kress (center) as Freddy on the set of his hit show <i>iCarly</i>, with costars Miranda Cosgrove (left) and Jennette McCurdy (right). (Lisa Rose/Nickelodeon)
Nathan Kress (center) as Freddy on the set of his hit show iCarly, with costars Miranda Cosgrove (left) and Jennette McCurdy (right). (Lisa Rose/Nickelodeon)

Q: What attracted you to acting?
Nathan: Since I was very young, probably two or three, I had really good memorization skills. I would memorize stuff from TV and perform it for my family. I was the little performer for most of my early life. So eventually my mom caught onto that and thought I might want to get into acting. An opportunity came around for my mom to showcase me for an agent and we got picked up and started auditioning.

Q: You were on Suite Life and Drake & Josh—did it help you get this?
Nathan: I think Drake & Josh was really helpful because the character that I played was very similar to what I’m playing now and was the reason I was written out of that episode—the characters were so much alike they didn’t want it conflicting with this show. You’ll never see it, but I was trying to hit on Megan and she kept shooting me down. They realized I fit the part to play Freddy.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Nathan: I do enjoy playing some sports, even though none of them are organized. I enjoy football most of all. I’m really into movies and music. I’m a really big Lord of the Rings fan. I have all the extended editions. I play tennis with my brothers and my dad. But right now one of my favorite things to do is air softing. It’s like paintball but instead of paint you use plastic pellets. It doesn’t get all over your clothes or hurt like paintball. It’s really fun.

Q: What are your brothers’s names?
Nathan: Andrew and Kevin. Andrew’s the oldest one.

Q: Do either of them act?
Nathan: Both of them have been in school musicals and dramas but have never taken it professionally.

Q: You said you love Lord of the Rings. Have you ever read the books too?
Nathan: I read The Hobbit. Then I got halfway through The Fellowship, but it was too long and I couldn’t deal with it. I put it down and I haven’t taken it up since. I have seen all the movies, though.

Q: Do you think you’ll continue acting when you’re older?
Nathan: I do hope to be an adult actor. But if it doesn’t work out, I’ve been thinking about doing something in the medical therapy field, chiropractics or something like that. I’ve always been into the idea of helping people medically, but I can’t stand blood or surgery. That freaks me out. So this would be a bloodless way to help people. I really want to go to college. My PSATs came back and I did really well. My math was better than it was last year, so I’m happy about that. But I did the best in history and social science on that test.

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