Jennette McCurdy On Miley Cyrus: 'I Applaud Her'

06/11/2015 12:00 pm ET

Jennette McCurdy's tenure on Nickelodeon has earned her legions of young fans, but with that fame, the former "iCarly" actress understands there is great responsibility.

"I want to make sure that when I say things, I think kind of before I speak, because I do recognize that maybe some young people look up to me and listen to what I have to say," McCurdy told HuffPost Live on Wednesday. "So I just don't want to give them the wrong thing to model their years off of."

Though the TV star, who will be seen next in the upcoming Netflix series "Between," makes a conscious effort to tailor her image for her fans, it's not always easy.

"I certainly appreciate people who look up to me and everything, but I'm 22. I make mistakes all the time," she said.

That's why McCurdy says she admires Miley Cyrus, who is known for her transparency with her fans. Cyrus has openly talked about her sexuality, support for marriage equality and her smoking preferences, among other things.

"I applaud Miley in a lot of ways," McCurdy said of the singer. "I don't know her personally -- I've met her at a few events, and she's always very kind. She seems like she's really happy with what she's doing, and I think that's amazing."

"I feel oftentimes I overthink things," she continued, "and will [have] the thought process [of] ... 'Which do I do?' That kind of neurotic sensibility can be frustrating and maybe not as fulfilling as just being like, 'I'm going to do me. I'm going to be Miley.'"

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