Ariana Grande is clarifying rumors that she planned to quit acting after her teen sitcom series, Sam & Cat, ends.
A crossover spinoff and sequel to iCarly and Victorious, Sam & Cat premiered on Nickelodeon on June 8. Grande reprises her role as Cat Valentine, which she played on Victorious for four seasons until the series finale in February.
In an interview with Complex magazine for its “Shadow of a Doubt” cover story, Grande said if she had to choose one career, she would pick music over acting. The 20-year-old made her acting debut in 2008 as Charlotte in the Broadway musical 13. In 2010, she created the original role of Miriam in the reading of the new musical Cuba Libre.
“I started in musicals because I wanted to sing. I never liked acting,” Grande said. “I auditioned for TV just to get a platform to get a record deal and then I fell in love with acting because it was fun.”
The Boca Raton, Florida, native added, “After I’m done playing Cat Valentine I don’t see myself doing much acting, but I would do a scary movie, or a musical, at any moment.”
That comment must have gotten misinterpreted, because it was quickly reported that Ariana Grande was planning to quit acting after Sam & Cat finished its run. She clarified the rumor on Twitter Wednesday.
apparently I’m “retiring from acting” but that’s not true. :) just thought I’d clear that up, definitely a rumor… moooorning loves
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 18, 2013
Grande released her debut album, Yours Truly, on August 20. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 138,000 copies in its first week, making Grande the first female artist to have their first album top the charts since January 2010, when Ke$ha’s debut album, Animal, debuted at number one.
Ariana Grande released her first single, “The Way,” in March. The song, which featured Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, spent 26 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and made Grande the first top 10 arrival for a lead female artist making her first appearance on the Hot 100 since French-Israeli singer Yael Naim in 2008.
Unfortunately, “The Way” also landed Grande her first copyright infringement lawsuit. Minder Music, an independent music publishing company that owns the rights to songs written and recorded by the Jimmy Castor Bunch, claimed the “Baby I” singer copied the New York-based group’s song, “Troglodyte (Cave Man).”