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12/12/2012 10:11 am ET

'Sam & Cat': Jennette McCurdy Talks 'iCarly' Ending And What To Expect On New Show

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We doubt there was a viewer who didn't get a little misty eyed watching our favorite TV BFFs, Carly Shay and Sam Puckett, say goodbye on the "iCarly" series finale. And as Sam rode off into the night on her brand new motorcycle at the end of the episode (yup, that happened), we couldn't help but wonder: Could her character's friendship with Cat on the upcoming Nickelodeon spinoff show, "Sam & Cat," ever compare to what she had with Carly and the gang?

HuffPost Teen caught up with the hilarious Jennette McCurdy to get her thoughts on Sam's new relationship with Cat (played by Ariana Grande) and reminisce on the heartwarming finale, "iGoodbye."

HuffPost Teen: The last episode of "iCarly" was pretty emotional. Was it tough to film?

Jennette McCurdy: It was ten times more difficult than I had even anticipated. We got really emotional whether it was in front of the cameras or in the middle of a read. It’s bittersweet, but we realized that we were not saying goodbye to each other. We were just saying goodbye to a part of our lives.

I just want to say thanks to everyone who has been a part of "iCarly," and that includes the fans. Thank you for sticking with us and staying loyal for six years of the show.

What will you miss most about being on set?

My cast members -- we’ve all grown up on that set together. We’re a family and I love everyone in the cast so much. I’m very sad to see this experience coming to an end, but I know that I’ll still see them.

Did the cast have a special goodbye celebration after filming the last episode?

Yes, at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Our production coordinator who planned it told me that he thought of me when he was planning it because he wanted it to be fun for the cast -- so it was a dream come true because there were no lines. We could ride every ride immediately, multiple times. It was fantastic.

Who was your all-time favorite "iCarly" guest star?

Michelle Obama. She is big on encouraging kids to eat healthy -– which is great. I am currently working with Birds Eye on a program that is all about kids talking to kids to get each other excited about veggies. Through the iCarly iCook with Birds Eye initiative, kids were able to submit their fun and silly veggie dishes, which resulted in more than 16,000 entries.

Why do you think Sam and Cat will be awesome BFFs?

The relationship between Sam and Cat is very "Odd Couple," and it proves that opposites attract. It will make a lot of sense when you see the show. Cat is very innocent and sweet. She loves everyone. Sam is brazen and brash, and it takes a bit more for her to warm up to people. Cat’s infectious behavior rubs off onto Sam, and they both end up getting along better than you think.

What is your favorite recipe that was submitted to the iCarly iCook contest?

The Yakimaniac Veggie Martian recipe hands down. It was actually featured in a recent episode of "iCarly" as the vegetarian version of the über popular “Spaghetti Taco.” Ever since I’ve teamed with Birds Eye, I’ve actually been having veggies a lot more. My favorite is Steamfresh Broccoli with just a hint of garlic salt.

Were you sad to see "iCarly" go? Will you tune in for "Sam & Cat"? Share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen!

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