Miranda Cosgrove has wrapped up up her hit show 'iCarly' and is attending college in California.(Photo: Todd Plitt, USA TODAY)
NEW YORK -- Mouthy Summer Hathaway, the pushy striver who struck a chord with audiences in 2003's The School of Rock, is all grown up.
actress who played her, Miranda Cosgrove, is polished, polite and
well-spoken, and in the midst of getting a manicure at the posh Cornelia
spa on the Upper East Side.
"I love getting my nails done. My
mom's best friend is a manicurist. When I was little, she'd do little
paintings on my nails, like flowers. She comes to our house. It's the
best," says Cosgrove, 19.
Also known for playing Megan Parker on Drake & Josh, she just wrapped her long-running stint as Carly Shay, headlining Nickelodeon's tween hit series iCarly,
which made her very, very wealthy and very, very famous - and allowed
her to talk fashion with first lady and guest star Michelle Obama. But
while some of her peers make headlines for splashy engagements or myriad
legal scuffles, Cosgrove is quietly doing what she always planned.
She's going to college.
"I have an essay due. I'll be doing
homework during Thanksgiving break," says the actress, who's spending
two days in Manhattan before breaking holiday bread with her Los
It's a year of firsts for Cosgrove. Her
first semester at the University of Southern California. Her first time
back in a regular school, after being tutored on set starting in sixth
grade. And her first time living outside her parents' home.
come up to me and introduce themselves. My best friends are people who
came up to me in class. I guess I'm not the kind of person who goes up
and introduces herself, so it's been the best thing ever. Sometimes I
forget that I've been on the show, because everyone is just trying to
get to class and get their work done," says Cosgrove of her college
She's majoring in film and hopes to once day write
and act in her own material, a la Tina Fey or Kristen Wiig. But that's
all secondary to Cosgrove's main goal: getting her homework in on time.
is my first semester. I'm getting in the groove and getting used to it
and trying to figure college out," she says. "I definitely want to act.
That's why I want to major in film. The most important thing is to find a
good story. It's hard when you're coming from a TV show. I'm hoping to
find something that's right. It's hard when you're trying to do
something different but not lose the people who know you. I wouldn't
want to rush and do something that wasn't right. I'm just focusing on
During her Nickelodeon stint, Cosgrove became one of the highest-paid
kid stars in the industry. Does she ponder her own net worth?
didn't really think about it that much. I was so busy doing the show. I
knew I'd live with my parents a long time. I moved out three weeks ago,
twenty minutes from school," she says. "For sure, being able to go to
college was my goal. When I first started acting, my parents thought I'd
get a few commercials and we'd put it in a college fund."
Her one request for her former Nick bosses: the gummi bear chandelier
that was featured on the show. Cosgrove says she has dibs on it. And
while she could have gone on shooting iCarly until it morphed into Golden Girls redux, she says it was time to say goodbye.
grew up making the show. I spent my whole childhood there. We knew it
would be sad no matter when we stopped doing it," she says. "We would
have done it forever, but we wanted to go out and not do too many
episodes. It ended at a good time."