×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ariana Grande: Breakout star of ‘Victorious’

Youth Impact Report 2012: Up Next

The breakout cast member from Nickelodeon’s “Victorious,” Ariana Grande will star in the cabler’s spinoff series, “Sam and Cat,” and is recording an album with Universal Republic — proof that TV and recording execs are noticing what the Internet has long realized: Grande is a bona fide star. With her Jolly Rancher red hair, Grande counts nearly 3 million Twitter followers, and her YouTube videos draw millions of hits. In fact, her casually recorded cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” garnered more than 32 million views.

Untitled Entertainment’s Stephanie Simon discovered Grande in her award-winning performance in the Broadway musical “13,” and the multi-talent insists that singing is still her passion and priority. “I want to win a Grammy one day,” she says. “I don’t want to be a little girly flash in the pan.”

In the meantime, Grande is looking forward to a Nick TV movie, film projects and the launch of her Nick series (with “iCarly’s” Jennette McCurdy). Recently, Grande took a meeting in hopes she’d sway producers to hire her for a project, only to learn it was they who were courting her. “I got offered a role I didn’t have to audition for? That blew me away,” she says.

Return to the Youth Impact Report 2012 >>

More TV

  • TV News Roundup: HBO Releases 'The

    TV News Roundup: HBO Drops Trailer for 'The Case Against Adnan Syed' (Watch)

    In today’s TV news roundup, HBO released the first official trailer for its upcoming docu-series “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” and Freeform announced three new cast members for its upcoming comedy series “Besties,” starring Jordin Sparks. DATES Netflix’s upcoming docu-series “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” is set to premiere March 8 on the streaming platform. [...]

  • Rory O'Malley A Legacy of Changing

    NBC Pilot 'Like Magic' Adds 'Hamilton's' Rory O'Malley

    Rory O’Malley, best known for his turn as King George in the Broadway run of “Hamilton” as well as the show’s first national tour, has been cast in the upcoming NBC single-camera comedy pilot “Like Magic.” He will play Michael V., the quieter partner in a two-man magic team with a character named Michael B. [...]

  • Zach Woods

    'Silicon Valley' Star Zach Woods Joins HBO Comedy Pilot 'Avenue 5'

    Zach Woods is staying in the HBO fold. The actor, who currently stars in the HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley,” has been cast in the comedy pilot “Avenue 5” currently in the works at the premium cabler. The project is described as a comedy set in the future, mostly in space. Woods will play Matt [...]

  • Jussie Smollett suspect

    Jussie Smollett Named a Suspect by Chicago Police for Filing False Report

    Chicago police have named “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett as a suspect in a criminal investigation, three weeks after he reported he was the victim of a hate crime. Detectives are presenting evidence to a grand jury, which is expected to determine whether to indict Smollett on a charge of filing a false police report. “Jussie [...]

  • Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, the 1975

    Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, the 1975 Win Big at Brit Awards

    Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris and the 1975 were big winners at Wednesday night’s Brit Awards, taking home the Best British Single (for Harris and Lipa’s “One Kiss”), Album of the Year (for The 1975’s “Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships”) as well as Best British Group (the 1975). While the show, livestreamed from London’s O2 Arena, [...]

  • SAG-AFTRA, Ad Industry Launching Contract Negotiations

    SAG-AFTRA, Ad Industry Quietly Launch Contract Negotiations

    SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry are quietly launching commercial contract talks on Wednesday, six weeks before the current master contract expires on March 31. Both sides have declined to comment on the talks, which will take place in New York City, and have already agreed to a news blackout until there’s a deal in place. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content