The actresses (and real-life BFF’s) sat down with JJJ at the recent launch of the show at Planet Hollywood in New York City.
The series follows feisty Sam (McCurdy) and flighty Cat (Grande) as they become best friends and unlikely roommates who start a babysitting service together.
Click inside to read our interview with Ariana and Jennette…
JustJaredJr.com Interview – Ariana Grande & Jennette McCurdy
JustJaredJr: So how do you like being in NYC?
Ariana Grande: I think I’m more of an LA girl, but I like New York.
Jennette McCurdy: I would say the same thing. New York is my favorite place in the world to visit. I love the energy of the city and knowing that I’m getting on a plane to New York feels so good.
JJJ: Tell us about the Sam & Cat theme song – your fans are dying to know! Do you sing it?
AG: We don’t sing it. Michael Corcoran sings it, who did the theme song for iCarly and all the songs on Victorious.
JM: Basically, Dan Schneider, the producer, he asked us ahead of time if we wanted to sing and we just didn’t want to. We wanted to make a show that was funny and that really focused on one thing, and entertaining kids. Our music definitely does that too, but we kind of wanted to keep it separate.
AG: And every other show is musically-driven now, since Hannah Montana, so we wanted to do something classic, a classic TV show. And the vibe of the theme song, the first time you hear it, it sounds like a classic.
JJJ: We know you guys are really close. What was your first impressions of each other?
AG: “Wow, she’s the coolest.”
JM: I thought Ariana was so fun and so friendly to people. It was at a promo shoot and Nathan [Kress] and I were hanging out, and she came right over, gave us hugs, and was like, “Hi! I watch iCarly.” I told her I looked up one of her songs, “Stick Around.” I told her she had an amazing voice. We started talking about iCarly and we found out we have the same birthday, we were singing “Jingle Bells” together. It was good memories.
AG: It was fun! I was like, “Oh my gosh, Mom, Jennette is so cool!”
JM: You called Nathan and I “babies.”
AG: That was my thing back then. I called everyone “babies.” Like, “Oh my god, that’s babies.” It made no sense, but at 14, that was like the cool thing to me.
JJJ: The show is about two girls who start a babysitting service together. Have you ever babysat before?
AG: I’ve never babysat, but I have enough babysitting experience now for the rest of my life.
JM: We are acting indeed, but there are still young kids everywhere, who have never done acting before, who have no idea what a camera is. But they’re adorable.
JJJ: What was it like working with Sophia Grace and Rosie?
JM: They are the smallest living humans I’ve ever seen.
AG: They are also the smallest full-grown adults.
JM: They are so mature, smart, professional, talented.
AG: They have the biggest hearts. They are so appreciative.
JM: Granted, they are normal, little girls. But at the same time, they have all that.
AG: They never complain.
JJJ: What about love interests on the show – what can you tell us about that?
JM: I hope so at some point. We haven’t yet, but we’ll probably dive into that as the season goes on.
AG: I have to establish that Robbie and Cat are something.
JM: That’s cute.
AG: I think Cat always has been and always will be desperately in love with Robbie (Matt Bennett), whether they express it or not, whether they confirm it or not. They are always holding hands and they’ve kissed a couple times. Cat always runs away from Robbie, but she loves it and she loves that he chases her. She can’t stand seeing him with other girls, and I think she loves him. I don’t think I can picture Cat being with anyone but Robbie.
Be sure to tune into Sam & Cat, premiering Saturday, June 8th @ 8PM on Nick!