Ariana Grande Talks ‘Scream Queens’ & New Album With ‘V’ Magazine: 5 Photos
When she’s not apologizing for licking donuts, Ariana Grande is actually being busy expanding her career. Along with releasing her first Ari perfume, the singer is working on a third album and starring in FOX’s upcoming series Scream Queens (which premieres tonight, September 22).
For the latest issue of V magazine (Lana Del Rey graces the cover), Ariana sits down with Scream Queens co-creator Ryan Murphy to discuss working on the horror-comedy series as well as her upcoming follow-up to 2014’s My Everything. The singer also poses in a crop top-and-denim outfit for a few candid shots, photographed by Alfredo Flores.
View the photos in the gallery up top, and catch a few interview highlights below.
On her experience with Scream Queens: “It’s a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be. Because usually…I like acting, but I don’t like it as much as I love singing. When I showed up for my first week on set, I didn’t even want to leave. It was so much fun! It’s more than I thought it would be and I love it!”
On the album reflecting her coming into her own as a woman: “Yeah I actually do feel that way. I’m really glad that’s what you took away from it. I’ve been feeling a lot more empowered, and grown up, and independent. I think that’s part of the reason I didn’t want to make a pissed-off break-up song. I was not focused on that. Everything is nice and great right now…why would I write about some bullshit? I’d rather write about some really lovely things that are going on.”
On her support of the gay community: “I mean, here’s the thing: I wasn’t raised in a household where it was considered abnormal to be gay. So for me to meet people who use the word “faggot” as an insult, with a derogatory meaning, I can’t take it. I don’t understand it. It’s so foreign to me. I was raised in a household where being gay was like, the most normal thing. You know, my brother is gay, all of my best friends are gay. When my brother came out of the closet, it wasn’t a big deal for my family. Even my grandpa, who is like, super old-school, was like, Good for you! It’s outrageous to me when I see people hate on someone because of their sexuality. I hate the intolerance. I hate the judgment. I hate it so much.”