Ariana Grande to 'Marie Claire' Mag: I Use to Pretend to Be More Like My Character Cat

Ariana Grande to 'Marie Claire' Mag: I Use to Pretend to Be More Like My Character Cat

Ariana Grande graces the October 2014 cover of Marie Claire magazine, on newsstands September 23!

The 21-year-old actress/singer opened up to the glossy about her early music, playing Cat on Victorious, and more. Check it:

On early ambitions: “I was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album. I was like, ‘Where is that Mary J. Blige collab? Where is that Natasha Bedingfield writing session? Where is my session with India.Arie? I’m ready. Let’s go.’ I wrote this song called ‘Higher,’ and the lyrics were too sexual, too mature. And my mom was like, ‘This is a great song, but damn, you’re too young for this.’”

On hiding behind her Nickelodeon character: “People liked her and they accepted her and they thought that I was like her. So I used to pretend to be a little more like her than I actually was.”

On her first single “Put Your Hearts Up” not doing well: “I was like, ‘Guys, there has to be a really distinct difference between me and my character.’ And we did that with ‘The Way.’ I dyed my hair back to brown. I made out with a rapper in the video. I made the point I wanted to make. And I was excited to do so after so many years of pretending to be somebody else in front of a lot of people.”

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Photos: Tesh/Marie Claire
Posted to: Ariana Grande, Magazine

    thank you

  • Jay

    Damaged goods!

    Her choice of boyfriends is disgusting!

  • Courtney s

    I keep getting sicker and sicker of her! Just another little twit the music machine is trying to push into stardom, with little regard to responsibility or class!

  • Leilani

    Too over rated. I didn’t really know who she was. I don’t know why she’s popular. She can’t sing!!!

  • xx

    the left side of her face still lmao. her star is actually surprisingly beginning to fade. a lot of diva attitude is surfacing and i dont know if she can hold on or her team will magically change up her image. this lolita innocent schtick is annoying.