You know Nathan Kress as Freddie from the hit show iCarly, but this weekend, he's coming back to Nickelodeon in a very different way. Nathan directed the new episode of Henry Danger! M had the chance to chat with Nathan all about the exciting opportunity, and you'll never guess what he dished!
"I'm pumped," Nathan admits EXCLUSIVELY to M. "I can't wait to see how it finally turns out. I've seen one really rough pre-cut before all of the special effects and everything was added in, I haven't seen the finished product! I'm actually going to be seeing it for the first time as everybody else."
So what was it like switching up roles and going from being on set to being behind the scenes?
"As far as the directing side rather than the acting side, it was honestly one of the most stressful weeks of my life. Just because I had no idea how much pre-preparation was involved," Nathan dishes. "The director has to come up with the vision for the entire episode, basically a blueprint of how the entire thing is going to look, for every single actor, know where they're going to be and know every single line that they say for every single scene of the whole episode. Where normally, you know when I was doing iCarly, all I had to worry about was where my character was going to go and what I was going to do."
Woah, that sounds like a lot to handle!
"So there's so much more work involved, I think I was prepared for it, but I don't think I ever expected that it was going to be this much," Nathan admits.
And what about that blooper reel? We bet it was pretty hilarious, right?!
"You know, what's so funny is that for the actors, bloopers are the best thing ever, because they're a way to break up the monotony of doing a take over and over again, and it's just a way to get your giggles out and have a laugh and get refreshed," Nathan tells M. "For a director though, it's really NOT a good thing, because all it means is that someone messed up and you have to do the whole thing over again and if there was some kind of special effect involved, that would have to be re-set or re-rigged or something else. So honestly, when I was in directing mode, I was not very excited for the bloopers because that just meant we were getting behind schedule."
It sounds like directing an episode is a world of a difference from starring in one, huh, Nathan?!
Make sure to check out Nathan's directing debut when Henry Danger airs tomorrow night, Saturday, February 28 on Nickelodeon at 8pm ET/PT.