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"I'm thankful to say that I already have my dream job"
— Nathan Kress about acting on iCarly.

Nathan Kress

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Born
Nathan Karl Kress
November 18, 1992 (age 21)
Glendale, California
Years Active
1995-1998 (Child Model)
1998 - present (Actor)
Height/Heritage
5' 7" [1]/ German, Scottish, Irish, English, and Welsh [2]
Occupation(s)
Film, Television Actor, Voice Actor [3]

Nathan Karl Kress (born November 18th, 1992) is an American film, television, and voice actor and a professional child model since the age of three. He is best known for his role as Freddie Benson on iCarly.[4]

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Nathan Kress twitter photo

Biography

Early life

Nathan Kress was born in Glendale, California to devout Christian parents and resides in Southern California. He is the youngest of his three brothers. Nathan's parents recognized his exceptional memorization skills at an early age, along with his love of performing quotes, songs, and jingles to his family. Nathan's parents saw this as an opportunity and began entering him into auditions, although he fell out of his acting career at the age of 6, returning to a normal life. He returned to acting at the age of 10, performing minor roles in television shows such as Chicken Little, House, Drake & Josh, and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. He currently stars on the hit Nickelodeon comedy TV show iCarly.

Nathan officially completed high school on May 25th, 2011 and tweeted this: "Done. With. High. School."[5]

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Career

When Kress was young, he would quote lines and monologues from television and perform for his family and friends. He began modeling, acting, and voiceover work at 3 years old. At age 6, he took a break from acting. Then at about age 10, asked his mom to begin homeschooling him so that he could pursue acting again. He voiced the role of Eizan Kaburagi from Nickelodeon's animated series Shuriken School. He has also guest starred in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody as Jamie. Kress has enjoyed playing dramatic roles in House, Standoff, and Without a Trace.

In early 2007, Nathan performed in a short film, Bag, for which he won a Jury Honorable Mention Award at the 168 Hour Film Festival for the role of
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Albert.[6] Bag also won the Festival award for Best Comedy.

On iCarly, Nathan's role is that of Freddie Benson, the technical producer for Carly's webshow, iCarly. Freddie is a computer whiz kid who has a major crush on Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) and an ongoing feud with Sam (Jennette McCurdy). "It's weird," says Kress, "I have to pretend to love Carly and hate Sam when actually we are just all really good friends." He co-stars with Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, and Jerry Trainor on the show iCarly.

The show, Nickelodeon's most-watched show aimed at tweens (9-15), catapulted Kress to national fame among adolescents. Kress' performance on the show has been characterized by one reviewer as "sweetly nerdy".

Interviewed by Nickutopia.com, he mentioned the typical schedule for a new episode: "Normally the way that our week is laid out on Monday we will read the script and rehearse Tuesday, and Wednesday we rehearse and at the end of the day we run through where we act it out, and Thursday and Friday we shoot.” He previously mentioned he did not believe he was going to get the role of "Freddie Benson" when auditioning with 200 or 300 people, until he got a callback, and after a screen test with Miranda and Jennette, they picked him.[7]

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Nathan with a puppy!!

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Nathan Karl Kress ♥♥

He talks about new episodes of Season 4 here on a ClevverTV.com interview, released on May 5th, 2011.[8]

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Madisen Hill, w/Nathan
June 2011

Filmography

Films

Year Film Role Notes
1998 Babe: Pig in the City Easy/Tough Pup Voice role
2005 Pickled Younger brother Short film
Chicken Little Additional Voices Voice role
2007 Magnus, Inc. Jacob Short film
Bag Albert Short film
NimBlingDit Alan Short film
2008 Gym Teacher: The Movie Ronald Waffle TV Movie
2011 Game of Your Life Phillip Reese TV Movie
2013 [9] Black Sky[10] Trey Morris[11] Film
2013 Snowflake The White Gorilla [12][13] Elvis Film (Direct to DVD)

Television

Year Show Role Notes
2005 House M.D Scott "Spin" (Season 2, Episode 6)
2005–2006 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Sketch characters Five episodes
2006 Talk Show 45 Sketch performer Unsold Fox pilot
Shuriken School Eizan Kaburagi Voice/Main role
Little Freaks Unknown character Voice role, Unsold Klasky Csupo pilot
Standoff (TV series) Young Matt "Life Support" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2007 Without a Trace Young Barry "Eating Away" (Season 5, Episode 13)
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Jamie "Back in the Game" (Season 2, Episode 61)
Drake & Josh Toplin Battle of Panthatar" - Unaired scenes, Cameo Appearance
Notes from the Underbelly Young Andrew "Surprise" (Season 1, Episode 8)
2007-2012 iCarly Freddie Benson Main role
2008 iCarly: iGo to Japan Freddie Benson Main role, Nickelodeon TV-Movie
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mason Ward "Neverland" (Season 10, Episode 15)
True Jackson, VP Prince Gabriel "True Royal" (Season 2, Episode 14)
The Penguins of Madagascar Ronald Voice role
2011 iCarly: iParty with Victorious Freddie Benson Main role, Nickelodeon TV-Movie
2011 VictoriousAudience member/Freddie Benson (according to TheSlap.com)"Who Did It to Trina?" (Season 2, Episode 9)
2012 Figure It Out Himself Judge Panelist (2 episodes)
2013 Mr. Young Pete (2 episodes) [14][15]

Other

Year Appearance Role Notes
2011 Moi Music Video Superman Young Moi Cameo
2013 Expelled Felix Web Series

Trivia

  • Nathan tweeted "Fun Fact: I can sing exactly 38 notes. I will never use this knowledge in my entire life, but it was fun to sit at my piano and find out."
  • Nathan does some behind-the-camera work for Black Sky because at various parts of the film it's done by "first-person filming".[16]
  • Nathan has an Instagram account @NathanKress.[17]
  • Nathan and Jennette McCurdy were both mentioned as a clue in the quizzical game show Jeopardy!. The clue was Jennette McCurdy and Nathan Kress, and the answer was "What is iCarly?".[18]
  • Nathan was also featured in another clue during the quizzical game show Jeopardy! where it described him as an actor.[19]
  • Nathan can play "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on the ukelele.[20] He wanted to learn how to play because his friend Doug Brochu does. [21]
  • Nathan's name is featured on "The Classic Crime's" 2012 album art. [22]
  • Nathan wants to learn how to play an acoustic guitar before production ends on filming of "Category Six". [23]
  • Nathan will join "Category Six", his first action-packed flick on the big screen. Kress plays a brother in search of his missing sibling.[24]
    • Began filming Category Six on location in Detroit, Michigan July 14, 2012 [25] and his co-star is actor, Jeremy Sumpter. [26][27]
    • His little brother is portrayed by Max Deacon. [28]
  • Nathan takes lessons to learn to pilot an airplane. [29]
  • Nathan has a habit whenever he watches TV to keep the volume at numbers that only have multiples of five.[30]
  • Nathan is devout Christian.
  • Nathan's older brothers Kevin and Andrew make up half the rock band named Five Mile Town, which he supports. [31]
  • Nathan's "Random Facts About Himself to Seventeen Magazine. [32]
    • He had had his first kiss when he about four or five years old with his neighbor from across the street.
    • His celebrity crush is Keira Knghtley ever since Pirates of the Caribbean She's been at the top of celebrity crush list and he really respects her as an actor and as a person.
    • His favorite girly movie is 500 Days of Summer with no shame whatsoever.
    • His TV Guilty Pleasure is Storage Wars.
    • He mentions he hasn't lived long enough to pick someone to play him in his life movie, but if he had to choose, he would choose Josh Hartnett.
    • He already has his dream job.
    • He is closest with his mother in his family.
    • He would want to trade lives with the President.
    • As of January 2012, he most recently bought Dan Schneider a birthday gift and keeps about $26 in his wallet.
    • He loves Twitter, Chipotle and In-and-Out.
    • He claims one of his worst habits is oversleeping.
    • He describes his most recent (as January 2012) dream as this "Ironically enough, the dream I had last night was one of the few that I actually remember. I dreamt the whole iCarly cast was supposed to be on a talk show together, but I kept getting lost and distracted in a gigantic mall, so I missed my flight and couldn't be on the show. To top it off, I accidentally crashed a fancy futuristic elevator and everyone got mad at me! If anyone wants to offer an interpretation of what that dream means, I'm all ears.."
  • Nathan's Top 5 favorite episodes of iCarly are iFence, iTwins, iBloop, iPity The Nevel, and iStart a Fanwar .[33]
    • iFence: "We run around smacking people with swords the whole time. Need I say more?"
    • iTwins: "I've always loved this episode, it's just funny stuff! And Jennette was brilliant playing two characters."
    • iBloop: "Although I technically wasn't in the episode except for my bloopers, I still say this is definitely a favorite. It's a cool look into the fun we have on set that doesn't make it to TV!"
    • iPity the Nevel: "I had SO much fun doing a parody of a vampire, and having Nevel (Reed Alexander) in an episode is always a blast!"
    • iStart a Fan War: "Jack Black. I don't think any more explanation is needed!"
  • Appeared in the episode w:c:Victorious:Who Did It to Trina:Who Did It to Trina? in Dan's other show Victorious.
  • Over the past five years his signature has changed from Nathan Kress and various autograph signings with his co-stars Jennette McCurdy and Miranda Cosgrove to "Nat K" or sometimes "Nat Kr-" as seen in this interview with Bop & TigerBeat Magazine. [34]
  • Nathan has been a licensed driver since he was 17 in 2009 and he has a silver Camaro. He named his Camaro Gracie and loves because his family has a history of owning Camaro.[35]
  • His current girlfriend is eighteen year old singer, actress, and dancer Madisen Hill a.k.a Madi. They've been in a relationship for two years. Nathan is close with all his iCarly co-stars.
  • Nathan made a cameo appearance as young Moi in their music video Superman along with his girlfriend Madisen Hill.[36]
  • Nathan tweeted he's currently shooting a new movie role in Atlanta, Georgia,[37] He also tweeted to research his role he, along with the cast, are learning about and playing video games.
  • In Nathan's new movie he plays an incoming college freshman going to a video game design school. In the referenced interview this is the first he's been called a child star grown up into a grown Hollywood hearthob.[38]
  • He is the youngest of three brothers. He has two older brothers Kevin and Andrew who are not into showbusiness.[39]
  • Nathan explained why he blocked some his fans on twitter. [40]
  • During the Drake & Josh days, Dan Schneider had cast Nathan Kress as Toplin, a nerdy boy who had a crush on Megan Parker (Drake's sister, and Josh's stepsister) in the episode "Battle of the Panthatar." However, when he saw the potential Kress had, he gave him a character for iCarly, this time as a boy who had a massive crush on Carly. As for Toplin's scenes, they were ultimately cut, because the producers were worried that the young Nickelodeon fans seeing Nathan on Drake & Josh as a character similar to Freddie would confuse them.
  • Nathan will be appearing in a new TV Movie "Game of Your Life", December 2, 2011 on NBC.[41][42][43]
  • Nathan answered fans' questions via Twitter. [44]
  • Fan 1: "if you weren't an actor-what kind of work do you think you would be interested in?"
    • Nathan: "The Army is the only other thing I've ever really been interested in actually"
  • Fan 2: "Would you rather get a puppy sized elephant or an elephant sized puppy????"
    • Nathan: "Puppy sized elephant! Oh my goodness that'd be amazing"
  • Fan 3: "what's one of your weaknesses? Something you want to become better at?"
    • Nathan: "Musical talent is something I really want to work on. I'm starting to learn piano!"
  • Fan 4: "weird I know, but what hand do you write with? lol im a lefty ;)"
    • Nathan: "Me too! Lefty pride!! ;)"
  • Fan 5: "Do you really know about tech stuff IRL?"
    • Nathan: "Not as much as Freddie, but I know my way around a computer :)"
  • Fan 6: "What's a place you've always wanted to go to?"
    • Nathan: "Europe! Especially London and Paris. I did the Italian thing last summer :)"
  • Nathan Kress as Phillip Reese in NBC's Game of Your Life. [45]
  • Nathan's official Ustream Channel is BruinDude92 like his old Twitter Username. [46][47]
  • The best advice Nathan said his dad ever gave him was to "strive for excellence. [48]
  • Nathan taught himself the piano intro to Relient K's song "If You Want It" without replaying the track first.[49]
  • Nathan says, he enjoyed playing Phillip Reese in Game of Your Life because he's so different from Freddie.[50][51]
  • Some of Nathan's favorite Christmas traditions are eating tamales Christmas morning and while opening presents he and his brothers, Kevin and Andrew would go outside and watch the firetruck that passes by on their street every Christmas.[52]
  • Nathan said he has no strange or unusual talents, though he can wiggle his ears a little bit.[53]
  • In his March 2012 UStream Broadcast, Nathan revealed he does have a Tumblr account, though did not specify a username.
  • As he said on Twitter, Nathan has left Nickelodeon after iCarly has ended filming. But he has been very happy with his career lately as he has stated.
  • Category Six has been renamed to Black Sky. [54]

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References

  1. [1] IMDB.com (Trivia)
  2. Nathan tweets about his heritage
  3. Wikipedia Occupation
  4. Wikipedia Bio
  5. Nathan's tweet, Twitter.com (May 25, 2011)
  6. 168 Hour Film Project: 2007 - 168 Festival Winners
  7. Nickutopia.com Interviews Nathan Kress From Nickelodeon’s "iCarly", Nickutopia.com (Aug. 31, 2010)
  8. YouTube.com, (May 5, 2011)
  9. http://oaklandpostonline.com/2012/08/28/campus/black-sky-looms-over-campus/
  10. Tweet confirming the movie title change
  11. Black Sky character
  12. Snowflake Date reference
  13. Project association
  14. Mr. Young guest spot
  15. Number of episodes
  16. ClevverTV interview about Black Sky
  17. Tweet confirming Instagram account
  18. McCurdy and Kress Jeopardy Question
  19. Nathan second Jeopardy clue
  20. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow Ukelele tweet
  21. Nathan Doug Ukelele tweet
  22. Nathan's name album art
  23. Learning to play guitar tweet
  24. Nathan's role in the new movie Category Six
  25. Starting production on Category Six (July 13, 2012)
  26. Nathan's co-star
  27. Category Six beginning location
  28. Nathan's Category Six little brother
  29. Nathan takes flying lessons
  30. iCarly cast Random Facts (Nick.com)
  31. Nathan tweets about his brothers' band
  32. Seventeen Magazine Interview 2012
  33. Nathan's Best Picks, iTunes.com (July 11, 2011)
  34. here Nathan's new way of writing his signature
  35. Nathan talks about his car
  36. Moi-Superman music video
  37. Nathan's new movie role in Atlanta (August 24th, 2011)
  38. Details on Nathan's new movie role
  39. Nathan's older brothers IMDB.com (Trivia)
  40. Nathan's Twitter Blocks Reasoning
  41. Nathan's role in "Game of Your Life"'
  42. More details on "Game of Your Life"'
  43. Game of Your Life Promo
  44. Nathan Kress Answers Fan Questions
  45. Game of Your Life 1st Trailer
  46. Twitter Announcing Ustream Broadcast (Aug. 16 2010)
  47. Nathan's official Ustream Channel
  48. The best advice ever given to Nathan around 1:21, Vimeo.com
  49. Learning Relient K intro Twitter.com (November 20th, 2011)
  50. Nathan Talks Game of Your Life
  51. Nathan talks to FanLaLa about Game of Your Life
  52. Nathan's Favorite Christmas Traditions
  53. Nathan's talent
  54. New title for the movie Nathan's costarring in Black Sky

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