The newly 30-year-old pop star Ariana Grande revealed in an Instagram post on Wednesday (July 5) that she spent her 30th birthday hard at work with her castmates and crew, sharing photos of all the sweet ways her Wicked live-action colleagues made her feel extra special on June 26. In one video, she goes out to eat with co-star Bowen Yang, and in another, she poses for a mirror selfie with her makeup team.
“Ozian thirtieth:)” she wrote in the caption.
More photos show that the cast and crew, including Jeff Goldblum, who plays the Wizard of Oz in the film, compiled a compilation of personal video messages for the “Positions” singer. “I LOVE U,” Grande wrote on her Instagram Story about the actor.
“My Ozian family made me the sweetest video in the world,” she added. “The entire team. It’s excessive. “I’m not going anywhere.”
Grande will play Glinda the Good Witch opposite Cynthia Erivo’s Elphaba — aka the Wicked Witch of the West — in the two upcoming Wicked films, the first of which will be released in November 2024. The film, directed by Jon M. Chu, also stars Michelle Yeoh and Jonathan Bailey from Bridgerton.
Grande shared a sweet throwback photo of herself as a child, dressed up as Dorothy Gale in a blue and white checkered dress, on her actual birthday. In the caption, she wrote to her past self, “HBD, tiny!” “I have complete faith in you and have never been more proud of you.”