January 13th, 2012
05:16 PM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama can add “actress” to her repertoire after making a cameo appearance in the Nickelodeon hit, “iCarly”.
Mrs. Obama and the entire cast celebrated her upcoming acting debut with a special screening of the episode called “iMeet The First Lady” at a local school, Hayfield Secondary, which has a high percentage of military families. The show, which honors children from military families, stars Miranda Cosgrove as Carly Shay, who is the daughter of an Air Force Colonel serving overseas.
The first lady talked to the students at the Alexandria, Virginia middle school about some of the challenges facing military kids.
“When you find a kid who's a military kid who's come in new, it's important for you all to do like iCarly's friends and step up and know the kinds of struggles and challenges they they're facing, alright? 'Cause it's not easy changing schools every few years and keeping your grades up and knowing that your dad is away serving in another part of the world, right?” Mrs. Obama said. “So we need all of you to step up as well, and all the kids all over the country to find out who the military kids are in your schools and make sure you make them feel welcome.”
Mrs. Obama confessed that while her family doesn’t watch too much television, they are fans of the show.
“We watch all kinds of things, I mean, but we try not to have too much T.V. time during the week. But we're big fans of iCarly, we certainly are. And I even get upset when I'm watching a re-run, so I'll be glad when the new episodes come out,” the first lady said.
The cast members have been traveling around the country to different military bases from California to New Jersey for special screenings of the episode.
Jeanette McCurdy, who plays Carly's best friend “Sam Puckett”, says Mrs. Obama was a calming presence on set during the show’s taping.
“When we all found out that Mrs. Obama was going to be guest starring on the show, I don't think any of us really believed it. And then the day came and we were all kind of hyperventilating and our internal organs were shutting down because we were so nervous. And then she came to the set and called each of us by our first names and gave us a big hug and was just so nice and so professional and I think we all had a blast and I mean, it was just unforgettable. It was one of the best days on set and I think one of the best days of our lives,” McCurdy recalled.