• Ariana Grande opened up on her past
  • Her Nickelodeon echo recent horror stories
  • Ariana wants to advocate a big change

It's all coming out. In an eye-opening discussion on Penn Badgley's podcast, 'Podcrushed', Ariana Grande, the renowned singer and former Nickelodeon star, delves into her experiences as a child actor and reacts to the chilling details uncovered in the docuseries, 'Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV.'

There needs to be a change

Grande calls for increased parental supervision and mandatory therapy for young performers, highlighting the urgent need for change in the industry. Ariana Grande, the chart-topping artist and actress, recently took to 'Podcrushed', to voice her concerns and experiences as a former child star on Nickelodeon.

The "Thank U, Next" singer, who rose to fame on shows like Victorious and its spinoff 'Sam & Cat', didn't hold back in expressing her views on the toxic culture that has plagued children's television, especially in the wake of the harrowing revelations from the docuseries 'Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV.'

Grande emphasized the necessity of creating a safer environment for child actors, suggesting that parental supervision should be a contractual requirement.

"I think the environment needs to be made safer if kids are going to be acting," Grande stated, advocating for the presence of therapists and unrestricted parental access on sets.

Her comments come in response to the disturbing allegations of sexual abuse, harassment, and racial discrimination detailed by former Nickelodeon talents in the docuseries.

Reflecting on her own experiences, Grande acknowledged the vulnerability of young performers to adult approval and the pressure to entertain, often at their own expense.

"It’s really taking advantage of how much it means to the young performer to get a laugh from Video Village," she remarked, pointing out the complex dynamics at play behind the scenes.

A long saga of shame

Despite the challenges, Grande and her co-stars, including Victoria Justice and Elizabeth Gillies, managed to "push the envelope" with their humor, a decision she now views with a critical eye. "Looking back on some of the clips I’m like, ‘That’s… damn, really?’" Grande confessed, revealing her growing awareness of the inappropriate content that was often masked as "cool differentiation."

Grande passionately argued for mandatory therapy for child actors, stressing the importance of addressing the psychological impact of early fame.

"There should be an element that is mandatory of therapy, of a professional person to unpack what this experience of your life-changing so drastically does to you at a young age," she insisted, highlighting the need for comprehensive support systems for young talents navigating the entertainment industry.

A source close to Grande shared with 'People' magazine that while the singer's personal journey as a child actor differed from those who have spoken out, the recent discussions have prompted her to reevaluate her early career with a fresh perspective.

Grande's advocacy for the survivors and her call for ongoing conversations about protecting young professionals in the industry mark a significant step forward in addressing these critical issues.

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As the entertainment world grapples with these revelations, Grande's voice adds a powerful echo to the chorus calling for change, ensuring that the safety and well-being of child actors remain at the forefront of industry reforms.

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