Why Was Ariana Grande Cast on ‘Scream Queens?’
Ever wonder how showrunner Ryan Murphy gets so many A-list celebs to appear in his various projects? In the case of Ariana Grande — who has a role in Ryan’s upcoming dramedy, Scream Queens — it was all thanks to the pop star’s quest for spoilers.
Apparently, Ryan called Ariana for a meeting when he thought she’d be a great fit for Scream Queens and, as Ryan tells it, the only reason Ari took the meeting with him was to get the scoop on his other hit show, American Horror Story.
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“When you tell somebody, ‘I love you. I have always loved your work and I want to show people a different side of you,' it's sort of an interesting thing that in my case I've been very lucky where they're like ‘OK.' That's what happened with Ariana,” Ryan tells E! News. “The truth is she was just obsessed with American Horror Story, like she was obsessed, so I think she just met me to ask questions about the new season to be honest,” Ryan adds with a laugh. “I really do.”
But does Ryan acquiesce when one of the biggest popstars in the world asks him for AHS intel? No freakin’ way!
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“I didn't tell her a damn thing! She was mad about it later,” the Glee co-creator notes. “We started talking about that and I said, ‘Hey, I have this new thing that I'd love for you to be a part of. It's sort of American Horror Story-esque, but it's a little bit with a wink and a nod.' And I told her what it was, and she was instantly on board.”
In fact, Ryan says the “Love Me Harder” singer loved working on Scream Queens so much she upped her original episode count. “Initially she was just going to do one episode, but she loved the process so much that she wanted to do more,” he explains.
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Ryan acknowledges working with touring artists like Ariana and her SQ co-star Nick Jonas can be “very tricky” but adds, “for the most part, these roles 100 percent were made for these people, and I think you can feel it in the way they perform.”
We can’t wait to see Ariana, Nick, Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, and more in action when Scream Queens’ 2-hour premiere airs on September 22 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
Check out more of Wetpaint’s coverage of Scream Queens Season 1 below:
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