What's 'iCarly' Star Miranda Cosgrove doing now?

Miranda Cosgrove, every 1990s kid’s fearless star leader, has not been heard from a great deal since iCarly ended its six-season run in 2012. She was the brains in the three-kid gang of Carly, Sam, and Freddie, the high school students with very little parental involvement and a wildly successful web show. No wonder the Nickelodeon show’s ratings were so high!

So where’s Miranda been? Here’s what we know.

Freddie and Sam have been busy

Miranda’s costars have been pretty busy since the show went out on a high note.

Nathan Kress, who played Freddie Benson has kept busy in various shows and projects. His most important role lately? He recently became a first-time dad.

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My darling Rosie, Even at the very beginning of your life, it was evident that you had qualities that would come to define your personality in such a unique way. You are endlessly curious, an avid explorer, and a voracious inspector. You are constantly absorbing, processing, and hypothesizing. You are always seeking a new adventure. You are always challenging what you thought was possible. You prefer to do things yourself. If possible, you prefer to do two things at once. I don't think you've met a food that you haven't liked. You are highly driven, and (gulp) strong-willed. You are SO STRONG, and fast as lightning. And yet, you are so gentle and tender. You deeply love nature, fresh air, and all living things. Above all else, being outside is your favorite. There is no crankiness or booboo that playing in some grass can't fix. Your awe and fascination with God's creation is inspiring, and I'm so curious to see how that develops as you get older. You are utterly fearless and courageous. Nothing seems to phase you. You are kind, generous, and so incredibly social. Even on your not-so-great days, you brighten the lives of everyone you come across. Your smile is disarming, and contagious. You are absolutely gorgeous, which terrifies me. Good or bad, you feel everything with an alarming intensity. You can be challenging, and you can be confusing, but even in the midst of the chaos of life, you still manage to be the sweetest little hunk of love that anyone could ever imagine. Mommy and Daddy lucked out when God decided that we got to have you in our lives. We have many years ahead of us, but I do wish we could stop right here for a while. You're getting so big, so fast, and I wish there were more hours in the day to enjoy being with you, and to watch you take in the world around you. As you head into your second year, may you continue to grow in the special qualities that you've been given– and as you pass more and more milestones on the way to full-blown childhood, may you never lose that wonder that sparks in your beautiful blue eyes every day. You are loved by so many, and I hope you know that will never change. Happy First Birthday, my dearest daughter ❤

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Jennette McCurdy, in the role of Sam Puckett had another big hit with Sam & Cat co-starring Ariana Grande, also on Nickelodeon. Unfortunately, it was canceled after one season, thanks to McCurdy’s other career interests, Grande’s career interests, or because of a racy photo of McCurdy that surfaced online, depending on who’s telling the story. This year found her directing Strong Independent Women, a short film about a young woman overcoming an eating disorder, a subject McCurdy has bravely opened up about dealing with herself.

‘iCarly’ was visited by a lot of celebrities

Popular with kids, and their parents, iCarly drew some pretty awesome celebrity guests including Emma Stone, Jack Black, Jane Lynch, British boy band One Direction, and even featured a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Obama’s appearance had the cast unnerved at first, especially since all cast and crew were required to hand over their Social Security numbers for a security check.

“It was weird because we were nervous at the beginning, but after a while, to know that she’s a normal person, it was kind of funny,” Cosgrove said. “We sort of stopped thinking about the fact that she was the First Lady and just had a really good time.”

Where’s Miranda been?

Getting her big start on Drake & Josh as Josh’s sassy little sister, Cosgrove was a busy child star from 2001 until 2012. By the end of iCarly, she made the decision to start college.

She told MTV News, “I was picking between University of Southern California (USC) and New York University (NYU) and I really love New York, so I had really wanted to go to NYU. But I love acting, so I want to stay in L.A., so I can act at the same time.”

“USC is cool because they have a lot of programs where they help you. I’m hoping I can figure it all out,” she continued. “My dad went to USC and it always had been very important to me and my family…It’s just a good experience, and all my friends and my family think it’ll be really cool for me. I love school. I’m excited to be on a campus and explore new things that I might like.”

Since graduating from USC, Cosgrove has tried her hand at other sitcoms that didn’t have the same high ratings as iCarly. Her biggest success has been in providing her voice talent for the Despicable Me films.

She told Collider, “You know, it’s funny because I thought that doing an animated movie was going to be easier, for some reason, than a TV show. But, I think it’s a lot harder because I didn’t have anybody with me in the room. It was just me in this little sound booth. I got to see pictures of the characters, which helped a lot. I got to see a picture of Gru and the minions and my character, Margo. That helped me to imagine the whole world while I was in the little booth.

Her next film endeavor is the very slick sci-fi drama, 3022, described by The Film Catalogue “as a sci-fi thriller in the vein of Alien and Event Horizon, following a group of astronauts aboard Pangea, a space station and shepherding point between Earth and Europa One, Jupiter’s third moon and the site of mankind’s first off-world colony.”

We’re looking forward to seeing Miranda Cosgrove front and center again.

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