Biting the hand that used to feed her? Pop superstar Ariana Grande says that while landing her role on the Nickelodeon sitcoms “Victorious” and “Sam & Cat” was “a blessing and a childhood dream come true,” it didn’t come without problems. In an interview with People posted on Thursday, the 21-year-old pop sensation said, "For a long time I was attached to a character that was nothing like myself. It was a little frustrating."
While Grande’s spinoff series, “Sam & Cat” was canceled in July after one season, her loveable but ditzy character was a staple on the sitcom “Victorious.” In a rambling post on her Facebook page last month, Grande thanked Nickelodeon for launching her career and for allowing her “to play such a special, beautiful character who I hid behind for so long.”
The multitasking star explained that when she was younger, fans loved her character, Cat Valentine, so much that she used to pretend to be more like her.
“It took me a long time to be brave enough to separate myself and show people how different we actually are,” she wrote. “I think that's honestly because I admire her so much. I will always hold Cat near and dear to my heart and appreciate her help in my personal growth from teenager to adult. I know she seems like a simple, daft character (and she is) but she played such a huge part in my life…”
After listing some her favorite Cat characteristics, Grande even compared the childlike character to her older brother Frankie Grande, who’s currently holed up in CBS’ “Big Brother” house.
She finished her spiel with: “So I know a lot of people will think this is a lot for some 'dumb' kids show character.... but to me she is actually a lot smarter, stronger and braver than all the rest of us.”
While “Sam & Cat” lasted only one season, it was a supersized one. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the June 8, 2013, debut of the series was Nickelodeon's biggest live-action launch in three years, with a whopping 4.2 million viewers tuning in for the premiere. That successful launch prompted the network to double the show’s episode order from 20 to 40. The show ultimately aired 35 episodes before its finish on July 17.
In the meantime, Ariana Grande’s music career skyrocketed this summer following the release of her smash hit song “Problem” with rapper Iggy Azalea. Grande’s new album, “My Everything,” is due out Aug. 25.