Miranda Cosgrove Details Her Own ‘Baby Reindeer’ Experience With Stalker Who Set Himself On Fire Outside Of The Home She Still Lives In

Miranda Cosgrove is opening up about an extremely disturbing encounter with a stalker.

In a new interview with Bustle, the Mother of the Bride star recounted the traumatic experience, revealing that the stalker lit himself on fire and fatally shot himself in her yard eight years ago.

Cosgrove, who still resides in the same home in Los Angeles, noted to the outlet that a “huge goal” of hers after turning 30 in May 2023 was “to find a place that I feel really safe, to kind of start a new chapter.” While she hasn’t found that safe haven just yet, she explained to the outlet that the experience is “another reason why I go back and forth to my parents’ house so much.”

“I just don’t feel super safe in that house,” she added. “For two years after it happened, I wouldn’t really stay there. Then I got into a relationship and because that person was there with me, I was less scared. But I don’t really like being there on my own that much.”

Cosgrove’s stalker had also shot at a woman who resembled the actress, and years later, Cosgrove bumped into the victim at an event for Kitten Rescue LA.

“This girl came up to me, and she was like, ‘I didn’t know if I should tell you this here or how to say this, but I’m actually the girl that was at your house that got shot at,’” she shared.

Miranda Cosgrove
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Like many, Cosgrove has watched Netflix‘s new limited series Baby Reindeer, which tells the story of series creator and star Richard Gadd‘s own stalker.

“I feel like if that were me, having to go back through your most terrible experiences and then try to act them [out], that’d be so hard,” she said.

Cosgrove was speaking with Bustle promote her new film, Netflix’s Mother of the Bride, which also features Brooke Shields. While speaking with Decider, Shields said she “had to not let [her]self fangirl” over Cosgrove, despite the “hours and hours” she had spent watching her on iCarly with her daughters.

“I had to really readjust, and say to myself, ‘No, this is a young actress. She’s not a little baby. She’s 30. She’s a consummate professional,’” Shields said, describing her costar as “one of the most professional people [she’s] ever, ever worked with.”

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