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Celeb Scoop: Miranda Cosgrove

By It's My Life on April 26, 2010 4:58 PM | No TrackBacks

For years, Miranda Cosgrove has won the hearts of TV fans on Nickelodeon's "iCarly." Now, she's about to start a new chapter of her career -- as a recording artist -- with the release her debut album, "Sparks Fly." You'll also be able to hear her as the voice of Margo in this summer's animated film "Despicable Me." Sparks fly indeed!

Miranda_02.jpgMany people are calling Miranda "the next Miley" and yeah, of course they're both super-talented...but Miranda is definitely her own person with her own unique talents, following her own path. Recently IML had the pleasure of talking to her about her album, her TV show, and about life stuff in general. It was great to see that despite all the buzz around her these days, Miranda seems to stay focused on what's most important: doing what she loves, spending time with people she cares about, and simply being herself.

IML: Hi Miranda! This is a very exciting time for you. Congrats on the release of "Sparks Fly'!

Miranda: Thank you!

IML: How does this album feel different from your past music projects?

Miranda: With the "iCarly album," I did it when I was 13 and it was my first time in the studio. Most of the songs were covers, too. So it was a different experience with this album, getting to co-write on some of the songs, getting to be in the studio, and everything. I think these songs are more mature.

Miranda_Cover_5x5.jpgIML: Do you feel like this is your coming out as a recording artist?

Miranda: Yeah, definitely! It's my debut album. I've been working on it for a year and a half. I just can't wait for everyone to hear the songs and hopefully the fans of "iCarly" will get to see a different side of me.

IML: Tell us a bit about what it was like to co-write some of these songs. Did you contribute ideas for the subject matter and lyrics?

Miranda: Yes! I have a little journal in my room where I'll just write ideas down, any little thing that pops into my mind that I think might be good. The producers of the album have worked with all these people who I really look up to and have written my favorite songs, so going into my first co-writing session, I felt really nervous to be telling them my ideas. It ended up going really well. I'd take my journal in with me and read off a few ideas and see if they were into any of them. It was really a cool and fun process. It was like, opening up.

IML: That is nerve wracking! Usually when you write in your journal you don't want anyone else to see what's there. So is the song "Kissin U" based on anything from your own life?

Miranda: I actually wrote it about a guy that I really like. I hadn't told him about the song even though he knew I was making an album and everything. I hadn't told him the song was about him. Recently he figured it out! And it's all good. He was happy.

IML: That must have been a huge relief for you! So are there any other songs on the album you consider your personal favorites?

Miranda: I really like this song on the album called "Disgusting" that was written by Ke$ha. It's probably the funniest song on the album. It's really tongue in cheek, saying "It's disgusting, how I love you." When I listen to the radio I always love songs that kind of make you laugh, and I think this will do that.

IML: When you think of your fans listening to the album, what kind of experience do you want them to have?

Miranda: I want it to be fun, something you can pop in and have a good time listening to. Pretty much all the songs are upbeat. There's one ballad but for the most part it's all pop rock, fun music. That was my main goal, for people to have a good time.

IML: It seems like you've been doing more live performances lately, and you'll probably do even more in the future. How does performing music live on stage compare to shooting on a TV or film set?

Miranda: It is completely different. For one thing, you're you. When I'm on set, I'm playing a character and it's words that the writers write for me to say. And even though that's a lot of fun and it's cool getting to play a character, it's a whole different process to be on stage. Also to have people in front of you, watching you. And you can't do it again. On set we do like a million takes of everything but when you're on stage, that's your one shot.

IML: Is it fun to see the faces of the audience while you're performing?

Miranda: Yes, I think that was my favorite part! Just the energy from the audience. When you jump up and down or clap, they do it with you. They get really into it, and it's really cool.

IML: You're viewed as a role model for young people, and we know many IML'ers on our website feel that way. Is that a lot of pressure for you?

Miranda: You know, I don't really think about it too much. When girls come up to me and say, "I love what you wear on the show," and things like that, it really means a lot to me. It's really cool that kids would even think of me like that. I don't think I feel pressure from it, which I guess is a good thing.

IML: It's definitely a good thing...that way you can just be yourself! Do you have any role models of your own?

Miranda: Totally! I love Gwen Stefani...her style and her music. I think she's awesome. As far as acting, I love Meryl Streep even though everybody says that. She's just amazing. Also Rachel McAdams and Anne Hathaway. And my mom!

IML: Pretty soon you'll start shooting the next season of "iCarly". What would you like to see happen on this season?

Miranda: I don't know what's going to happen because the producers keep it a secret even from us. We usually find out the first day of each show's rehearsal when we get the script. I'm sure they'll probably touch on the romances again, between Carly, Sam, and Freddie. Last season, Carly had a boyfriend for a few episodes and he ended up loving Beanie Babies and they broke up...but hopefully she'll have another love interest like that.

IML: You and the other cast members have been working together for so long now. Are you looking forward to seeing them again?

Miranda: Yeah, I really am. Being off for a few months, I really realize how much I miss them. We're together every day for like 10 hours on the set. I've seen them, but nowhere near as much as when we're shooting. So I'm really excited to get back and see everyone, especially Jerry who plays my brother. He's like my brother in real life so I've really been missing him.

IML: How do you keep up your other friendships with such a busy schedule?

Miranda: It can be a little bit hard to find time to go see movies and have sleepovers and stuff. I think it kind of balances out, because during the summer my friends like to come to the set with me. They'll come every few days and watch us film and we'll hang out all day and that's fun. I try to see movies a lot. That's probably my favorite thing to do; I have a little movie theatre by my house and my two best friends live 10 minutes from me, so the three of us will go see movies all the time.

IML: So do you feel like a normal teenager? Do you feel like you've missed out on anything by having your career?

Miranda: The biggest difference is homeschooling, because I don't go to normal high school. I was worried about missing prom and not having the whole high school experience, but I've tried to do little things to make it better. Like I went with my next-door neighbor to her prom last year, which was really fun. That kind of thing balances it out.

IML: That's important! There are a lot of IML'ers who are homeschooled. It almost seems like homeschooling is as normal these days as going to a regular school. I'm sure your experience is not all that different from a lot of other kids.

Miranda: Yes, it's probably not as different as many people think it is!

IML: We're looking forward to seeing "Despicable Me" this summer. What was it like to voice one of the characters in that movie?

Miranda: It's my first animated project. I auditioned for it and when I first found out I was going to get to do it, I was really excited to see what it was like because it was completely new. I didn't know that they would actually film me the entire time I was recording. They film your expressions and hand movements, and they tell you to get really into it as if you were acting.

IML: And then they animate the character based on that?

Miranda: Yes, although I'm sure they do a lot of out of their own minds too. I got to see a little screening of the movie and there's actually a lot of hand movements and facial things I do, so I thought that was really cool.

Miranda_03.jpgIML: What's your favorite way to relieve stress?

Miranda: Hanging out with my friends. One of my best friends, Kat, plays drums and I play guitar, so she'll come over and we'll make up funny dorky horrible songs. We'll play them for people, like my mom or dad or we'll try to find someone. That's fun and we do that a lot! And seeing movies and having sleepovers.

IML: Is there a particular cause or charity that you're really passionate about?

Miranda: I've done a lot of stuff with St. Jude's Children's Hospital, which has been really cool. Any time I can do anything with them, I'm glad to. I've also been working with Quaker Oats. They're doing this thing where they're bringing afterschool programs back into school. I'm really lucky that kids can watch a show and look up to me, and that allows me to help make a difference with certain causes.

IML: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Miranda: Well, I really want to go to college. My two dream choices are the University of Southern California and New York University. I love acting and I love singing, the whole making people laugh thing. I'll always love entertaining people, I guess. I want to keep doing that. I love making "iCarly". I'm probably going to keep up with that. Who knows, a lot of people when they go to college end up finding a new passion or figure out what they really want to do. I'll probably figure it out then!

IML: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk today, and good luck with everything. It sounds like it's going to be a really cool year for you!

Miranda: Thank you!


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