Even Broadway’s Kristin Chenoweth Looks to Ariana Grande For Women’s Empowerment

Published on December 24, 2019

Kristin Chenoweth has always been an inspirational performer in her own right — but she isn’t afraid to admit that she finds empowerment in other entertainers, of all ages, especially when it comes to Ariana Grande.

At 51, Chenoweth has had an extremely thriving career, both on Broadway and onscreen for over two decades. Her career took off and truly never faltered after winning the 1999 Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. In 2003, she started in the smash hit musical Wicked alongside the likes of Idina Menzel (Frozen).

Her most noteworthy film and television credits include RV (2006), Four Christmases (2008), You Again (2010), The Good Wife, American Gods, Descendants, and Pushing Daisies for which she won a 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

She is also known for her range of voiceover work on films such as My Little Pony: The Movie (2017), Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010), Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009), Tinker Bell (2008) and Space Chimps (2008).

Now It’s Time to “Celebrate Others”

Chenoweth has been vocal about her mentors in the past, in particular, veteran comedian and actress Carol Burnett. When Chenoweth asked Burnett in an interview with AOL.com “what the sign of a real star is,” Burnett responded with “celebrating others.” 

This past fall, Chenoweth released her seventh studio album entitled For the Girls, for which she chose to collaborate with and “celebrate” the talents of a handful of other accomplished female singers, such as Dolly Parton, Jennifer Hudson and Reba McEntire.

Related: Ariana Grande Released a Live Album Just In Time For The Holidays

On the album, Chenoweth also sings a stunning rendition of You Don’t Own Me with Ariana Grande. 

Chenoweth and Grande appeared together in the live televised version of Hairspray in 2016, but that was not the first time that they met. Chenowith first laid eyes on Ariana when she was eight-years-old, when Ariana’s grandmother took her to see a performance of Broadway’s Wicked. Ever since, the pair have remained close, and Chenoweth expressed that she has always felt like a mentor to Grande.

Recently, however, Chenoweth, revealed that she too has learned quite a bit from Grande — who is 25 years Chenoweth’s junior. Chenoweth revealed that she often gets upset by false rumors in the tabloids and on social media — but Grande, 26, had something to say about a certain strategy for not letting anything other than the present get in Kristin’s way.

Please. Live in the moment, girl,” was Ariana’s response to Chenoweth’s worries. “I’m learning so much from Ariana,” Kristin told AOL.

Although Burnett has proved to be an integral source of empowerment for Chenoweth — Ariana Grande’s fresh take on life and the obstacles that it brings about seem to be giving a whole new life to Chenoweth’s career.

Alexi Melvin is the Senior Entertainment Writer at Grit Daily. Based in San Francisco, she covers entertainment, events, and their intersection of tech. She is a voice actress, known for her work in the Star Wars franchise films. She is also fluent in both English and Sarcasm.

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