What did Ariana Grande act in? From TV show Victorious to upcoming Wicked movie, singer's acting career explored

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Ariana Grande At The KISS 108's Jingle Ball 2016 - SHOW (Image via Getty/Dave Kotinsky)

Ariana Grande is globally celebrated for her musical prowess, but the singer-songwriter has also gained a significant amount of acting experience throughout the years.

Grande's first acting gig came to her when she was 15. In 2008, the Love Me Harder singer was cast in a Broadway musical called 13, where she played the character of Charlotte, a cheerleader.

A year and 105 performances later, the musical concluded making way for Ariana Grande's first acting gig on the TV. From 2010 to 2024, the 7 Rings singer has been cast in many TV shows and movies. Below is the timeline of Grande's acting career explored.


Ariana Grande joined the cast of Nickelodeon's Victorious in 2010

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In 2010, shortly after completing her work in the Broadway musical, Ariana Grande received her first TV gig on Nickelodeon.

The singer-songwriter was cast in Victorious - a sitcom that featured a special school for talented kids. The show ran on Nickelodeon for four seasons, concluding in 2013, which was also the year Grande released her debut album - Yours Truly.

Ariana's character on the show - Cat Velntine - was so well-liked in on the show that she was selected to lead its spinoff series - Sam & Cat - in 2013 alongside Jennette McCurdy, who was also Grande's co-star on Victorious.

While the show lasted only for one season, consisting of 35 episodes, it led to more acting gigs coming Ariana Grande's way. While acting in Sam & Cat, the Bang Bang singer worked in a Nickelodeon movie Swindle - which was the adaptation of a children's book of the same name. Grande played Amanda Benson in the movie, which premiered in August 2016 to 4.2 million viewers.

Her next acting role came to her in 2015, when she was cast as Sonya Herfmann in a dark comedy TV series called Scream Queens - which aired on Fox from September 2015 to December 2016. The show ran for two seasons after which it was cancelled.

The next year, Ariana played a cameo in a Ben Stiller-starrer action comedy movie, Zoolander 2. The movie hit the theatres in February 2016.

In 2020, Grande also released her own documentary on Netflix, titled Excuse Me, I Love You. The documentary mainly focused on her Sweetener tour. Talking about it with Capital FM, the Die For You singer said:

"I know this project only captures some of one tour (out of all the other hundreds of shows and moments we have shared over the past six or seven years … Jesus lol), but I just wanted to thank u all for showing me more in this lifetime already than I ever dreamed of ... I’ve learned, seen and felt so much. It’s been such an honor to share so much of this life with u."

Following the documentary, Ariana Grande played another cameo in an Adam McKay movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence - Don't Look Up - in 2021, where she played the character of a celebrity alongside Kid Cudi.

Between 2021 and 2024, Grande wasn't active making new things in either music or acting, as the singer-songwriter was busy filming Wicked - a musical adaptation of Stephen Schwartz' 1995 novel of the same name.

Ariana Grande leads the movie as Glinda alongside Cynthia Erivo, who plays the green-skinned Elphaba in it. The movie completed its production at the beginning of 2024, and its release dates were announced in May, revealing that it will hit the box office a day before Thanksgiving, on November 27.

Grande, who also released her seventh studio album - Eternal Sunshine - in March, is looking forward to her fans watching the movie and finding out how it's received by them.

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