Ariana Grande Explains How She Transformed Into Glinda For The Wicked Movie

Musicals are a tried and true genre in the film world, with a number of movie musicals winning Best Picture over the years. After Mean Girls‘ strong box office performance, the next of these movies will be Jon M. Chu‘s Wicked films. That pair of flicks will star Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, with the latter multitalent explaining how she transformed into Glinda for the role. 

What we know about Wicked is substantial, since the movies will adapt the Broadway musical of the same name. Anticipation is high, partly thanks to Wicked‘s cast list full of killer talent. Ariana Grande is going back to her Broadway roots to play Glinda, and spoke to Variety about wanting to leave her pop star person behind for the movie. In her words:

I had to completely erase popstar Ari — the person they know so well — because it’s harder to believe someone as someone else because they’re so branded as one thing. I had to really go all the way to strip that down.

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