AceShowbiz - Dove Cameron tried out for the role of Glinda in "Wicked". The 27-year-old actress opened up that she auditioned for the part of the good witch in the upcoming two-part movie adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical - which tells the backstory of "The Wizard of Oz" - but remarked that successful auditionee Ariana Grande is a "dear friend" of hers and thinks she will "kill it" in the role.
"I definitely went out for it. I know that for everybody who did go out for it, it was a very long process. It was one of the longer processes I've been a part of. Ariana's a genuinely dear friend of mine. We met when we were super young. I think she's gonna kill it," she told The Wrap.
The former "Liv and Maddie" star went on to hail the rest of the cast - which features Cynthia Erivo as misunderstood green girl Elphaba as well as Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh as evil professor Madame Morrible - as "phenomenal" and she is "really excited" to see the film when it is released in November 2024.
She added, "I think the whole cast is phenomenal, head to toe. So, as a fan, I'm really, really excited to see it."
When the show opened on Broadway in 2003, the role of Glinda was originated by Dove's "Schmigadoon" co-star Kristin Chenoweth and she went on to describe the Tony Award-winning songstress as an "idol" of hers. She said, "I just idolized her from such a young age."
When the movie was being cast in 2019, Dove explained that, even though she had been "dreaming" of playing Glinda since she was a little girl, she believed that "not everyone" would have wanted her in the role.
She told Entertainment Tonight, "I don't think everyone wants me to be Glinda but, I mean, it's like the role of a lifetime. I've been dreaming of it since I was, like, seven. I mean, I should be so lucky to be considered."