Don’t let the fact that she looks like an adorable woodland critter fool you — if given the chance, Ariana Grande would kill all your loved ones, painfully and slowly, without even blinking one of her eyelashes that weigh more than she does. Or at least that’s the vibe she gives off in her Billboard cover story, which is far more interesting than the average celebrity puff piece.
Grande, who now lives in Los Angeles, says she was “a very weird little girl” growing up in Boca Raton, Fla.: “Dark and deranged. I always wanted to have skeleton face paint on or be wearing a Freddy Krueger mask, and I would carry a hockey stick around. I was like a mini-Helena Bonham Carter.” Sitting in the cavelike lounge we’ve retreated to in downtown L.A., she looses a throaty, almost maniacal laugh. “For my fifth birthday party we had a Jaws theme and all my friends left crying. I mean, I still am that way. But when I was little it was more concerning. There was a stage, when I was 3 or 4, where my mom thought I might grow up to be a serial killer.”
That’s funny, after hearing Grande’s character on Sam & Cat speak, I wanted to kill everyone, too.