Youth Impact Report 2010: Channeling Talent

Miranda Cosgrove recently realized how much had changed in the four years that she’s starred in Nickelodeon’s top show, “iCarly”: When she and her two onscreen co-stars pranked their boss’s house, they drove there.

“After we finished the last season a few week weeks ago, the three of us got this idea to toilet-paper the house of Dan Schneider,” says Cosgrove. “I had this moment thinking about how weird it is that we’re all driving, and how we’ve grown up so much.”

The actress has worked on Schneider-produced shows since she was 9 and has helped cement his Midas-like reputation as a creator of tween-friendly shows.

“People always say that when he walks on set, there should be trumpets playing his entrance,” says Cosgrove, who has branched out into singing, releasing her first pop album, “Sparks Fly,” in March. “I just feel so lucky that I’ve grown up knowing him and having him help and support me throughout my career.”

Cosgrove says she’s not planning to move into edgier roles just to prove she can. “I don’t feel like I have a need to do something mature just so people see me in a different way,” she says.

Viewers of CBS’ “The Good Wife” will, however, see a different side of Cosgrove when she guest stars as a “Lindsay Lohan-type character” who’s arrested for DUI.

“Since I’m a lot like Carly in real life, getting to play someone who’s the opposite of me was a lot of fun,” she admits.

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