Unlike some former Nickelodeon and Disney stars, Gillies hasn’t seemed to split her focus between acting and music. The only music she’s released has been associated with her acting projects, including songs like “You Don’t Know Me,” her character’s spot-on anthem from “Victorious” that brings her boyfriend Beck (Avan Jogia) back to her; “We are Believix,” the song she did for “Winx Club,” and a few tunes such as “Complicated,” which she sang in “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll.”
However, she’s made a few high-profile appearances both live and on-screen with her good friend Ariana Grande, who has been the biggest musical star to come out of “Victorious” to date, and whom she had known before they were cast on the show when they acted together in “13” on Broadway. Most notably, Gillies played the Lindsay Lohan role of Cady Heron in the video for “thank u, next,” which was a parody of “Mean Girls” with a few other teenage girl-power movies mixed in, such as “Bring It On,” “13 Going on 30” and “Legally Blonde.” It included a lot of other fun cameos as well.
She also showed up in patent leather on stage in 2019 at one of Grande’s concerts in Atlanta, Georgia, where the two sang live the song “Give It Up,” their duet that figured prominently in the first season “Victorious” episode “Freak the Freak Out” (Matt Bennett, another “Victorious” alum, was also in the “thank u, next” video and the Atlanta show). Now, can we get her back together with Victoria Justice to do “Take a Hint”?