“Victorious” actress Daniella Monet says she previously asked Nickelodeon to cut what she felt was a “sexualized” scene of her, but had her request denied.
Monet, who played Trina Vega on the hit show, told Insider that in one scene, she was told to eat a pickle and apply lip gloss, which the actress felt was inappropriate.
“Do I wish certain things, like, didn’t have to be so sexualized?” Monet said. “Yeah. A hundred percent.”
The actress, now 33 years old, added that some of the outfits on the show were “not age appropriate.”
“I wouldn’t even wear some of that today as an adult,” she emphasized.
Monet opened up about her experience in what’s framed as an exposé on Nickelodeon executive Dan Schneider’s “disgusting” empire.
The actress said Schneider wasn’t the only one culpable for the problems on set, noting that the network’s department of standards and practices approved of the dubious calls, and hit at Schneider’s men-dominated writers rooms, according to PopSugar.
Overall, though, Monet said the show was “very PC, funny, silly, friendly, chill,” with problems arising “once in a while.”
The New York Times in 2021 revealed that Schneider was investigated by ViacomCBS, the parent company of Nickelodeon, before his abrupt departure in 2018. The hitmaker was allegedly difficult to work with and some described him as verbally abusive.
“Following many conversations together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our longtime creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider’s Bakery have agreed to not extend the current deal,” Nickelodeon and Schneider said in a joint statement at the time of the exit, “Since several Schneider’s Bakery projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects.”
Fellow former Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy seems to make reference to Schneider in her shockingly-titled new memoir, “I’m Glad My Mom Died.”
The apparently erratic Nickelodeon executive McCurdy talks about in the memoir is only referred to as “The Creator,” The Daily Wire previously reported. This person, McCurdy says, spewed anger-fueled outbursts on set and encouraged the then-underage actress to drink alcohol.
The Hollywood Reporter suggested the exec could be Schneider, who created “iCarly,” in which McCurdy played Sam Puckett. He also had his hands in other massive hits, including “All That,” “The Amanda Show,” “Drake & Josh,” “Zoey 101,” and, of course, “Victorious.”