Nathan Karl Kress (born November 18, 1992) is an American film and television actor. A professional child model and actor since the age of three, he is best known for his role as Freddie Benson on the Nickelodeon television series iCarly and starred in the TV-movie Gym Teacher: The Movie.
This actor contains examples of:
- Chick Magnet: Towards all Nick girls. In particular, Keke Palmer has confirmed having a crush on him around the time her show True Jackson, VP started on Nick.
- Girls on Twitter are always trying to get him to appear shirtless.
- Dogged Nice Guy: The reason why Nathan got popular, as Freddie Benson, and his role as one-shot character Toplin from Drake and Josh was cut from the show after they decided to cast him as Freddie because of it because it'd be the same thing, Nathan's dogged nice guy character hitting on Miranda's not interested female character.
- Just Friends: with iCarly co-stars Miranda Cosgrove and Jennette McCurdy although he had a crush on Miranda when the series first started that was likely influenced by the fact his first two roles (a cut one episode role on Drake and Josh, and then Freddie) involved having a crush on Miranda's characters.
- Mr. Fanservice: As of Season 5 of iCarly. A lot of his outfits have definitely been fanservice inspired for the female viewers.
- Nerds Are Sexy: As Freddie Benson.
- Older Than They Look: Like many teen/young adult stars, he looks noticeably young for his age. As of this writing, he's 18, but could pass for 3-4 years younger.
- Real Person Fic: With Miranda for Niranda shippers, and Jennette for Jathan shippers. In Niranda stories, Nathan's rival is Nat Wolff, Miranda's previous Boyfriend. In Jathan stories, The Rival is Madisen Hill, his current girlfriend.
- Romance on the Set: Averted, see Just Friends above.
- Typecasting: His role as a dorky character with an overbearing mother in iCarly and Gym Teacher.
- Yoko Oh No: His real-life actress/singer girlfriend Madisen Hill took a brunt of hate from those who actively shipped Nathan with the aforementioned iCarly co-stars in real life.
- Which led him to block the rabid Jathan shippers because he was tired of it. in fact, he then told his followers why he had to do this.