TITLE: Late FANDOM: How To Rock CHARACTERS/PAIRING: Zander/Stevie RATING: PG WORD COUNT: 2131 SUMMARY: It’s late, and Zander and Stevie are running out of time to get something written. NOTES: I apologize for this, because it is all kinds of unquality. It is basically just two thousand words of fluff. You have only Sheree to blame because she sparked this and I apparently couldn’t fall asleep until I finished it, so. Go whine to her if it sucks. And then go read something better. No, seriously.
TITLE: thermometers FANDOM: How to Rock CHARACTERS/PAIRING: Stevie/Zander, mentions of friendships with Kacey, Nelson, and Kevin RATING: PG WORD COUNT: 1,018 SUMMARY: maybe when midnight is here, you’ll kiss me like you did last year NOTES: Because fanfiction.net is being a butt, first it wouldn’t email my new chapter of TVG to anyone, and now it won’t let this fic show up as posted. So I’m posting it here because I’m leaving in a few minutes and won’t be back until Sunday.
As parents, there aren’t many shows in the current television line-up that we can sit down and watch with our kids, which are entertaining enough for both age brackets simultaneously.
That being said, unless you’ve been living under a rock at the bottom of the ocean for the past five years, you’ve probably caught an episode (or twenty!) of the hit Nickelodeon show,iCarly that, thanks to its smart writing and unique storylines, has garnered millions of fans in both adult and kid form.
I recently chatted it up with Jen Lilley. She played the role of Spencer Shay’s kooky ex-girlfriend Monie in the “iParty with Victorious!” cross-over episode. Let’s get straight to the interview, shall we?
SD: What was the audition process like when you tried out for the role of Spencer’s ex-girlfriend, Monie?
Jen: In a word: fun! I only had one audition. It was on camera and Dan Schneider cast me based on that.
SD: I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about Dan. For those that might not be aware, Dan Schneider created the show, but before he became one of the coolest peeps in Hollywood behind the scenes, he used to be an actor on a hit television show called Head of the Class! I would think that would give him a leg up on being able to connect with actors and getting the most out of them in a scene because he understands acting from an actor’s perspective.
Devon, age 11, from Ohio wants to know: are the regular cast members just as fun off camera as they are on the show?
Jen: Yes! They are the B-E-S-T! Seriously, it was the most fun I’ve ever had on any set! Miranda [Cosgrove aka Carly Shay] is quiet and super sweet. Nathan [Kress aka Freddie Benson] is so genuine and kind. Noah [Munck aka Gibby] is quirky and witty. Jennette [McCurdy aka Sam Puckett] is the funniest and sweetest girl I have ever met. And Jerry is all around awesome. I would return in a heartbeat if Dan Schneider asked for a “Sponie” (Spencer + Monie = Sponie) reunion. The Victorious cast is great, too! Everyone is very personable, funny, real and down to earth. They’re the type of people you want to be friends with!
SD: The iCarly set is known for its quirky props. What was the weirdest prop you noticed on set?
Jen: Hmmm, good question! The mannequins and crazy wigs in Monie’s apartment were pretty sweet. I may or may not have tried one on!
SD: I so would have wanted to score the dachshund light that often sits in the background when they film the webisodes! That, or the green “LIVE” neon sign. Or the barrel of monkeys that hung in the window… Oh, who am I kidding! I’d want the whole entire Carly and Spencer Shay apartment! On average, how many takes do they shoot of each scene?
Jen: You know the saying, “three’s a charm!”
SD: That’s not too shabby. I guess it helps keep some of the spontaneity in the scenes that way. What is crafts services like on the set? I’m envisioning a Willy Wonka-esque smorgasboard!
Jen: Lemme put it this way: “The snozberries taste like snozberries” on the iCarly set! It was scrumdiddlyumptious! They even have a hot chocolate machine. Yumm-o!
SD: Mr. Wonka couldn’t have said it better. Do you have a random factoid about the show?
Jen: I made Jerry Trainor [Spencer Shay] laugh during several takes. I heard no one’s ever made him crack before. Apparently, he thought it was really funny when I flared my nostrils at him [to make Monie’s angry face]. Though, I’m pretty certain, he cracked me up more. Jerry Trainor = hi-larious!
SD: So there you have it, folks! If you want to crack Jerry Trainor aka Spencer Shay up, just flare your nostrils and channel your own inner Monie!
Here’s another fun little iCarly factoid I dug up. Dan Schneider was initially considering calling the show iSam, but when he went to buy the url, it was already taken, so he ultimately settled on iCarly. File that one under ‘random facts you may need if you are ever on a gameshow.’
“When she was nine, Lawrence was in a church play based on the Book of Jonah. She played a prostitute from Nineveh and stole the show. “The other girls just stood there with lipstick on,” her mom says, “but she came in swinging her booty and strutting her stuff. Our friends said, ‘We don’t know if we should congratulate you or not, because your kid’s a great prostitute.’””—