"iCarly's" Miranda Cosgrove, anything but "Despicable"

Wed Jul 7, 2010 5:56pm EDT
 
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "iCarly" star Miranda Cosgrove may be one of the most popular -- and powerful -- teenagers on TV, but like many kids her age, she still gets star struck in Hollywood.

Take for example, the 17-year-old's recent work voicing one of the roles in new, 3D animated movie "Despicable Me," which debuts in U.S. theaters on Friday.

Cosgrove ran into the film's co-star Julie Andrews in the parking lot of a studio and gushed over the A-list actress.

"My mom and I have watched all her movies, like 'Sound of Music' and 'Victor/Victoria,'" Cosgrove told Reuters. "I was really nervous because she's kind of like, the queen. But she turned out to be the sweetest person."

"Despicable Me" has Cosgrove voicing the role of one of three orphaned sisters who get adopted by the villain Gru (Steve Carrell) as part of a master plan to steal the moon with his army of minions.

What Gru doesn't count on is how much he'd fall in love with the girls and what they would do to his plans.

Jason Segal, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig and Andrews are among the all-star cast. For Cosgrove to be among them signals the power her name can lend to a project -- specifically in bringing in the young girl audience.

Cosgrove's show on Nickelodeon, now in its third season, is the network's top-rated program for kids. It revolves around Cosgrove's character Carly, a teen who has her own web show with best friends Sam and Freddie.   Continued...