Nathan Karl Kress (born November 18th, 1992) is an American film, television, and voice actor and a professional child model since the age of three. He is best known for his role as Freddie Benson on iCarly.
Nathan Kress was born in Glendale, California to devout Christian parents and resides in Southern California. He is the youngest of his three brothers. Nathan's parents recognized his exceptional memorization skills at an early age, along with his love of performing quotes, songs, and jingles to his family. Nathan's parents saw this as an opportunity and began entering him into auditions, although he fell out of his acting career at the age of 6, returning to a normal life. He returned to acting at the age of 10, performing minor roles in television shows such as Chicken Little, House, Drake & Josh, and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. He stared on the hit Nickelodeon comedy TV show iCarly from 2007 to 2012.
Nathan officially completed high school on May 25th, 2011 and tweeted this: "Done. With. High. School."
When Kress was young, he would quote lines and monologues from television and perform for his family and friends. He began modeling, acting, and voiceover work at 3 years old. At age 6, he took a break from acting. Then at about age 10, asked his mom to begin homeschooling him so that he could pursue acting again. He voiced the role of Eizan Kaburagi from Nickelodeon's animated series Shuriken School. He has also guest starred in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody as Jamie. Kress has enjoyed playing dramatic roles in House, Standoff, and Without a Trace.
In early 2007, Nathan performed in a short film, Bag, for which he won a Jury Honorable Mention Award at the 168 Hour Film Festival for the role of Albert. Bag also won the Festival award for Best Comedy.
On iCarly, Nathan's role was that of Freddie Benson, the technical producer for Carly's webshow, iCarly. Freddie is a computer whiz kid who has a major crush on Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) and an ongoing feud with Sam (Jennette McCurdy). "It's weird," says Kress, "I have to pretend to love Carly and hate Sam when actually we are just all really good friends." He co-stars with Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, and Jerry Trainor on the show iCarly.
The show, Nickelodeon's most-watched show aimed at tweens (9-15), catapulted Kress to national fame among adolescents. Kress' performance on the show has been characterized by one reviewer as "sweetly nerdy".
Interviewed by Nickutopia.com, he mentioned the typical schedule for a new episode: "Normally the way that our week is laid out on Monday we will read the script and rehearse Tuesday, and Wednesday we rehearse and at the end of the day we run through where we act it out, and Thursday and Friday we shoot.” He previously mentioned he did not believe he was going to get the role of "Freddie Benson" when auditioning with 200 or 300 people, until he got a callback, and after a screen test with Miranda and Jennette, they picked him.
He talks about new episodes of Season 4 here on a ClevverTV.com interview, released on May 5th, 2011.