Kristin Chenoweth Says Ariana Grande Will ‘Put Her Own Stamp’ on Glinda in Wicked Movie

As Wicked’s original Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth, with those incredible pipes of hers, played no small part in making the show such a smash when it premiered on Broadway in 2003. Now, 20 years later, she’s excited to see what Ariana Grande does with the role in the movie version of the musical hit. On the most recent episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Chenoweth told Andy Cohen that she does talk to Grande about becoming the Good Witch, and how the pop star is making the character her own. 

“She’s gonna put her own stamp on it,” Chenoweth said, “…because I'm so proud of her. I wanted her to do her Glinda. And that’s what she’s doing.” In case you were wondering, Chenoweth also told Cohen she’s fully confident there’s enough material to adapt the musical into two Wicked movies, as has been reported by Entertainment Weekly

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Wicked has been running continuously on Broadway for almost two decades, so Grande is obviously not the first person to take on the Glinda role after Chenoweth left the show, but these two Glindas seem to have a particularly special bond. In a 2019 WWHL appearance, Chenoweth said she actually met Grande for the first time while she was still playing Glinda on Broadway and Grande came to see the show. 

“She was maybe eight, and her mom and grandma brought her back and she sang a little bit of ‘Popular’ and I thought, Well, you’re pretty good,” Chenoweth recounted. “And we’ve stayed close and obviously I think she’s one of the best singers on the planet.”

You might say it was fate for Ariana Grande to one day take over Kristin Chenoweth’s iconic role.

Originally Appeared on Glamour