Miranda Cosgrove

This month was a tough one in picking out our babe of the month but we decided to go with a former child star who’s set a really good example for many kids to follow and she lends her voice to this month’s Despicable Me 2 as Margo, the eldest of Gru’s 3 kids.

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Miranda Cosgrove’s career began at the age of three when she appeared in television commercials. Her film debut was in 2003, as Summer Hathaway in School of Rock. Cosgrove appeared in a number of minor television roles over several years before coming to prominence on the Nickelodeon TV series Drake & Josh.

A few years later, Cosgrove landed the role of Carly, the lead character in the Nickelodeon TV series iCarly. As of May 2010, Cosgrove earned US$180,000 per episode of iCarly, making her the second-highest-paid child star on television.She was listed in the 2012 edition of Guinness World Records as the Highest Paid Child Actress for iCarly. Following the success of iCarly, a soundtrack album was released in June 2008, in which she performed four songs. Cosgrove’s debut album Sparks Fly was released on April 27, 2010.

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At the age of three, she was discovered by a talent agent while singing and dancing at the Los Angeles restaurant Taste of L.A. Cosgrove stated that when the agent walked up to her and her mom for modeling, she had “never really thought of being an [actress]” and “was lucky”. After choosing to take the offer, she appeared in television commercials for McDonald’s and Mello Yello, and also modeled. At the age of seven, Cosgrove decided that “[she] loved doing it” and auditioned for theater and television roles.

Cosgrove is an active supporter of Memphis, Tennessee’s St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She also visits other children’s hospitals and considers Education Through Music as one of her favorite charities.

Cosgrove is also a national spokesperson for Light the Night Walk, an organization that creates awareness for blood cancer and leukemia.

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Beauty and Brains

Cosgrove is currently attending the University of Southern California and will be majoring in film

Despicable Me 2 opens in cinemas 4 July 2013

Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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