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Miranda Cosgrove talks 'rewarding' reboot of 'iCarly', hits Forbes 30 under 30

Actress Miranda Cosgrove is a familiar face in Hollywood — first hitting the big screen at age 10 in "School of Rock."

Now, at age 28, Cosgrove is an executive producer, climate change advocate and just made the Forbes 30 under 30 list for the class of 2022, following a successful launch of the highly-anticipated "iCarly" reboot on Paramount+ (VIAC).

"It's been an awesome experience," Cosgrove told Yahoo Finance — noting her growth from a nervous 13-year-old actress to a confident executive producer on the relaunched series.

"I'm just getting to do a lot of things I never thought I'd get to do...it's been really rewarding," she continued.

According to Forbes, Cosgrove's career took off following the 2007 debut of "iCarly" on Nickelodeon. By 2012, she was earning $180,000 per episode, making her the world's highest-paid child actor (a Guinness World Record that still stands today.)

Since the show has transitioned from cable television to streaming, Cosgrove said she appreciates the greater access to fans, noting her own obsession with the streaming revolution.

"There are just so many shows and so many things to watch, and I'm the type of person that likes to consume everything. I love watching shows. So I pretty much have all the streaming services," she said.

The Hollywood starlet added that with iCarly "it's all about just trying to make people laugh and really trying to make the original fans of the original series happy. That's always kind of been our guiding light."

'So many new rules because of COVID'

Actress Miranda Cosgrove accepts the Favorite TV Show award for
Actress Miranda Cosgrove accepts the Favorite TV Show award for "iCarly" at the 24th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles April 2, 2011.

As Hollywood works to get back on its feet, another COVID variant has once again disrupted the industry — but Cosgrove said Tinseltown has prepared for this, noting a plethora of precautions that the "iCarly" cast and crew must follow daily.

"We started the first season right in the middle of the pandemic. We were just all so excited to get to come out of our houses and all be together, but it didn't seem like too big of a deal given all the precautions that we had to take," Cosgrove said.

On-set safeguards included daily testing, mask/shield wearing when not filming, constant hand washing and more.

"There's just so many new rules because of COVID," she continued, proudly adding that nobody on set has come down with the virus so far.

Climate activism to 'make a huge difference'

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As COVID-19 headwinds mount, climate change remains another major threat to the global economy.

At COP26 in Glasglow earlier this month, world leaders vowed to move the globe closer to averting a climate disaster, but business leaders and climate scientists say it still may not move the needle enough.

Cosgrove is doing her part to help bridge that gap — partnering with HP's 'Girls Save the World' program. The program, which operates in partnership with MIT's Solv[ED] Youth Challenge platform, gives young girls the opportunity to promote environmental advocacy and social entrepreneurship in their own lives.

"I'm really excited to be working with HP on something so cool...[this campaign] is all about getting girls from the ages of 13 to 18 to come up with ideas to help the environment in their local communities," she told Yahoo Finance.

"It's all about bringing girls together, letting them know that their voices can be heard that they can make a huge difference in the world," she continued.

A self-proclaimed animal advocate (she's currently fostering six pets!), Cosgrove said she became passionate about the environment at an early age after working with Oceana, a nonprofit ocean conservation organization.

Today, the actress says she is careful about who and what she chooses to support — hence why 'Girls Save the World' is such a vital cause to her.

"Being in the entertainment business from a young age, as you get older, you're very careful what you attach your name to because you realize how important that is," she said.

Alexandra is a Producer & Entertainment Correspondent at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @alliecanal8193

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