NBC Insider Exclusive

Create a free profile to get unlimited access to exclusive show news, updates, and more!

Sign Up For Free to View
NBC Insider Wicked

How Ariana Grande's Anticipated Role in Wicked Inspired Her Newest Tattoo

The former The Voice Coach revealed the ink in a recent interview with Allure.

By Jackie Manno

The upcoming Wicked movie is so near and dear to Ariana Grande's heart that she got a very special symbol representing the film. 

How to Watch

Watch the Season 26 premiere of The Voice on Monday, September 23 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock. 

In an interview with Allure, the former The Voice Coach (Season 21), revealed that she recently got a tattoo of Glinda on her hand, the character she plays in Wicked

"When they come to me, I just get them," Grande told the outlet of her ink. Then, she held out her right hand and pointed to a sentimental tattoo.

"This one I knew I wanted to get for a very long time. This is my most recent one. It's Glinda from the original L. Frank Baum book. I waited forever to fill up this hand. And I thought, 'I'm gonna wait for the right thing to come along,' and yeah, that felt very right," she said. 

RELATED: Ariana Grande Belting "The Wizard and I" from Wicked Will Give You Chills

What to know about Wicked starring Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande Wicked Tattoo

The two-part film produced by Universal Pictures will be based on the smash-hit Broadway musical of the same name, which was based on the 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. Grande will play Glinda The Good Witch, while Broadway star and Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo will handle the other lead role, Elphaba. The first part will be released on November 27, 2024. 

Kristen Chenoweth, who originated the role of Glinda on Broadway, had some wise words of advice for Grande for tackling the role in the film version. "You've already made me proud, so it doesn't matter. You've checked on that. That's achieved. What I want to encourage you to do, Ariana, is make Glinda your Glinda. Sure, you can tip your hat to me if you want, but really, I just want you to do you. Because I've known her since she was 10 and now I see the full circle ... I'm just so proud of her. I can't wait to see her do it," Chenoweth said while on The Kelly Clarkson Show in April. 

RELATED: Ariana Grande's Unbelievable Whitney Houston Cover Will Make You Emotional

As for what the movie entails, director Jon M. Chu gave some exciting details to Collider in 2021. "We're going to have Oz, and you're going to be in this crazy world, and you're going to revisit this innocent place and you're going to see that it's not as innocent as it had been in the past. But you're also going to see that the relationship between these two women [Elphaba and Glinda] is more real than ever, that we're going to be that close to them," he told the outlet.