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Whatever Happened To The Actor Who Played Nevel Papperman On iCarly?

With Netflix's recent addition of the first two "iCarly" seasons, — and the promise of a Paramount "iCarly" reboot in the works — it's safe to say that fans of the show are pumped. Many of the main stars are returning for the reboot, including Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, and Jerry Trainor (via Discussing Film), but they're not coming alone. A small number of the show's famous side characters are set to play a part in the new series alongside them, including the one and only Nevel Papperman, played by Reed Alexander.

Nevel was one of the iCarly gang's biggest foes, and his presence as the head of the acclaimed fictional review site Nevelocity.com meant that he had a big impact on their careers. He also had a love of accessories, tapenade, and cleanliness, and is perhaps most famous for his iconic line "You'll rue this day, you'll RUE it!" But whatever happened to Alexander, the man behind the sassy e-villain? It turns out, he's been quite busy since his stint on "iCarly" initially concluded.

Reed Alexander has followed his passion for food

Reed Alexander kicked off his acting tenure in 2002 for the short film, "A Bored Happiness," paving the way for his appearances on "Will & Grace," "Out of Timmy's Head," and, of course, "iCarly." However, once his run on the beloved teen sitcom ended, he made one brief cameo in the episode "#SuperPsycho" of the "iCarly" spin-off "Sam & Cat" before leaving film and television behind. Instead, he put his time and energy into something that made him genuinely happy: food.

In 2009, Alexander started a food blog called Kewl Bites, where he shared easy-to-make healthy recipes targeted toward teens. His website quickly grew, with his viewership going from 10,000 a month to 10,000 per day, eventually leading First Lady Michelle Obama to recruit him for her healthy eating "Let's Move!" campaign (via Sun Sentinel). He also went on to produce videos for Rachel Ray's website, visited schools as a part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and even created healthy school lunch recipes for different schools in the U.S. (via Yahoo! News).

Alexander is a published author

Realizing the monumental opportunities his blog afforded him, he turned it into a cookbook called "KewlBites: 100 Nutritious, Delicious, and Family-Friendly Dishes." Published in September of 2013, the book features tons of recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a handful of desserts that are easy to prepare and perfect for all members of the family. Not to mention, it encourages healthy eating habits even when meals traditionally labeled as "junk food" are on the menu, and includes tips and tricks to make cooking a breeze.

When asked what inspired him to venture into food writing, Alexander shared a bit about his journey, which started because he couldn't find many recipes out there for people his age. "And this was a really fun part of my life because I was living in Los Angeles working on 'iCarly,' and one thing I loved to do was cook, and I wanted a place to share it with people," he told The Post. He concluded by telling The Post his main purpose was "so that I would be able to really leave a relic of my time in cooking in people's homes."

Reed Alexander is a journalist

Since being on "iCarly" and finding success in the cooking industry, Alexander has been working as a journalist. In a recent interview with The Hofstra Chronicle, Alexander explained "I knew when I was about 16 that I wanted to get out of the entertainment industry eventually. [...] I was always around journalists, as a result of my interest in food ... or on 'The Today Show' a lot, so I was around broadcast journalists. And I thought, you know, they have the best jobs in the world, because they're exposed to everything."

Alexander went on to receive a formal education in journalism, attending New York University for his bachelor's degree. Upon graduation, he moved to Hong Kong and worked as a reporter for CNN International, then moved back to New York and reported for Dow Jones. Furthering his education, he recently graduated with his master's in journalism from Columbia University and covers financial news at Insider.

When asked about his future ambitions, Alexander told The Post he would like to eventually become an editor, and maybe even launch his own publication one day. He explained his personal definition of success, saying "If you are a happy person who does something that you enjoy, and you're surrounded by good people ... I think when those fundamental elements come together, that's the definition of success. So as long as I'm getting to do things that stem from there, I think I'll be satisfied."

Reed Alexander is all over social media

When he's not in the kitchen cooking up a delicious meal or working on the latest new story at his computer, Reed Alexander can be found all over the internet. He has cultivated a strong social media presence across multiple platforms — keeping his followers engaged with his latest personal and professional endeavors all the while. For instance, taking one look at his Instagram (@therealreedalexander) feed makes his love for photography abundantly clear. It's riddled with snapshots of the New York City skyline, the vibrant streets of Tuscany, and more, accompanied by small anecdotes that summed up his experience.

Alexander's Instagram account is both aesthetically pleasing and a glimpse into his day-to-day life, but he's not one to turn away from the largely text-based Twitter. His handle, @reedalexander, boasts over 129,000 followers at the time of this writing and shares his most recent reports, thoughts on both current projects and events, interactions with fans, and most recently, promotion for the return of "iCarly." This makes for an overall unique timeline that viewers will find both informative and entertaining at the same time.

Alexander isn't done with Nevel Papperman just yet

As noted previously, Reed Alexander is on the docket to pop up on the "iCarly" revival for Paramount+, reintroducing the Nevel Papperman character that put him on the map. His final appearance on the original series came in 2012 for "iHalfoween," marking nearly a decade since the conniving blogger interfered in the lives of Carly Shay (Cosgrove) and her friends. Although, according to Alexander in a recent interview with People, his on-screen alter ego hasn't changed much in his time away — noting that "old habits die hard."

"Once a villain, to some extent, always up to some nefarious tricks. I do think people will be incredibly surprised at the storyline arc – and it's such a clever storyline," he told the publication, clarifying that Nevel and the next batch of "iCarly" episodes as a whole have a more mature edge to them, but know their limits. "I think the adjustments are really respectful to the audience," he says. "We don't want to bring people back and bait and switch them, and suddenly this is a show they don't recognize because it's over the edge in terms of raciness or so risqué."

Reed Alexander may have found great success away from the entertainment business, in all facts of life, but it's doubtful that he'll ever leave his "iCarly" roots totally behind.