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Ariana Grande Said She's "Upset" By "Victorious" Clips That Appear Sexual

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"It just all happened so quickly, and now, looking back on some of the clips, I'm like, 'Damn, really?' I think about if I had a daughter."

Warning: Discussion of childhood exploitation.

Ariana was just 14 when she was cast as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon show Victorious, created by controversial showrunner Dan Schneider. Some of her time on the show has been reexamined in the post-Quiet on Set conversation, especially given the sexual innuendos between the characters and several disturbing online extras that show a teenage Ariana doing suggestive actions.

Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine smiles in a school hallway scene from "Victorious," with lockers and posters in the background


Nickelodeon said in a statement to BuzzFeed, "Our highest priorities are the well-being and best interests not just of our employees, casts and crew, but of all children, and we have adopted numerous safeguards over the years to help ensure we are living up to our own high standards and the expectations of our audience.”

In a new episode of the podcast Podcrushed, Ariana was asked about her current relationship with child acting. She replied, "Obviously, my relationship with it has and is currently and has been changing, and I'm reprocessing a lot of what the experience was like."

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"I think that the environment needs to be made safer if kids are going to be acting," she continued. "I think there should be therapists. I think there should be parents allowed to be wherever they wanna be. Not only on kids' sets — I think if anyone wants to do this or music or anything at the level of exposure that it means to be on TV or to do music with a major label or whatever, there should be in the contract something about 'therapy is mandatory twice a week.'"

Ariana Grande flashes a peace sign while sitting in a kitchen set, wearing a floral pajama set

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Elsewhere, Ariana said that her mother was usually not allowed on set. 

Ariana added that she spoke to producer Max Martin about the topic, as he is someone who she talks to about the "stressful parts" of fame. She continued, "A lot of people don't have the support that they need to get through performing at that level at such a young age, but also dealing with some of the things that the survivors who've come forward. And there's not a word for how devastating that is to hear about."

Ariana Grande speaks into a microphone during a podcast interview, wearing a blouse under a dress and headphones


Later, she continued, "There's also a strange pattern that occurs where it's really taken advantage of how much it means to the young performer to get a laugh from [the crew watching]. You're like, 'Oh shit. I'm doing something great. This is funny. This is good!'"

Ariana Grande at a fan meet-and-greet, smiling and signing an autograph for a young fan. She is wearing a stylish dress with puffed sleeves

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"Speaking specifically about our show, I think that was something that we were convinced was the cool thing about us. We pushed the envelope with our humor and the innuendos were...we were told and convinced that it was the cool differentiation," Ariana explained. "It just all happened so quickly, and now, looking back on some of the clips, I'm like, 'Damn, really? Oh shit.' I think about if I had a daughter."

Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine in "Victorious" holds a phone, smiling while taking a picture. She is wearing a graphic t-shirt and dark skirt


Emphasizing that "so many adults" had to approve what went on, she continued, "The things that weren't approved for the network were snuck onto to, like, our website or whatever it was. That is another discovery. I'm going into it, I guess I'm upset."

Ariana Grande speaking into a microphone in a recording studio, wearing headphones, a white shirt, and a grey vest

You can read other actors' responses to Quiet on Set here. You can listen to the full interview with Ariana here.

If you are concerned that a child is experiencing or may be in danger of abuse, you can call or text the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453 (4.A.CHILD); service can be provided in over 140 languages.

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