Nathan Kress or Nathan Karl Kress (born November 18, 1992) is an American film and television actor. A professional child model and actor since the age of 3, he is best known for his role as Freddie Benson on the Nickelodeon television series iCarly.
As of spring 2011, Kress is currently finishing up his senior year of high school and hopes to one day attend college at UCLA, which is also his father's alma mater. While filming iCarly, Kress is tutored on the set along with his co-stars Miranda Cosgrove and Jennette McCurdy, and is home-schooled on the weekends or when on hiatus from shooting. Kress is a fan of the Lord of the Rings films, and his hobbies include football, tennis, air-soft, and video games, as well as an avid interest in photography.
Kress is a devout Christian and has said that he feels a responsibility to be a role model to his younger fans. Kress wears a purity ring as a symbol of his vow to remain abstinent until marriage, and has stated that he prefers to keep his relationship status private. In September 2009, Kress told BlogTalkRadio "Relationship status-wise, I’ve decided to set this trend—When doing interviews for magazines or websites or radio, I’m gonna see what happens if I keep relationship status sort of private, so even if something does change, there’s not all kinds of news coverage about it."
When he is not busy with school and work, Kress devotes his time to various charitable and environmental causes including The Big Green Help, which helps raise awareness of easy ways for kids to be more green, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, and The Starlight Children's Foundation which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening and chronic medical conditions. In the summer of 2003, before returning to his acting career, Kress and his family traveled to Lithuania with the Christian missionary organization, YWAM (Youth With A Mission), where he helped to build houses for the needy.