INTERVIEW: Victoria Justice Talks Surprise Proposals, Showbiz Regrets And Twitter Trolls
Victoria Justice made her acting debut at the age of 10, and has since starred in several films and television series, the majority of which were on kids TV channel, Nickelodeon. As she now gets ready to release two more films, The Outskirts and Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, EntertainmentWise caught up with the stunning star to find out all about her work with the Soar With Reading programme, growing up in the spotlight and shock, erm…proposals. Check out our full interview below, enjoy!
Tell us about your work with the Soar with Reading Programme – how did all of this come about?
Reading is so important to me, not only because it is essential for what I do in my career, but it’s always been a hobby of mine. So, it was a natural fit and I couldn’t imagine supporting a better cause than one like Soar with Reading that puts books into the hands of children in need. Plus, there are plenty of ways for my fans to get involved too, such as by visiting the website.
Victoria has been in the limelight since the age of 10! (WENN)
You must be offered things all of the time, what made you pick the Soar with Reading Programme?
What’s so unique about the programme, is that it not only puts books into the hands of kids who need them, but also encourages everyone’s imaginations to take flight by reading.
You’ve been in numerous Nickelodeon shows, from the age of 10, before your career then really rocketed on Victorious – are you and the rest of the Nickelodeon team still as close as ever?
We will always have a special bond, but everyone is off doing their own thing. We do keep in touch though, I recently spoke to Matt Bennett a week ago and others in the past few months. Avan [Jogia] and I were friends before the show and we are currently working on a feature film together called, “The Outskirts”.
Not only is she an actress, but Victoria has also launched a music career (WENN)
Do you have any regrets about entering the showbiz world at such a young age?
No, it’s something I’ve always loved. Also, I’ve learned so much, by starting so young. I’ve worked on a single camera show, multi-camera show, films and learned many different styles of acting from comedy to drama. I also was immersed in music at a very young age and learned so much about that world from writing to working with some of the best people in the business. I consider myself very lucky.
You have a new movie coming out, that you’ve just started filming – it’s already been compared to the likes of Mean Girls, do you constantly feel the pressure when shooting new films, or are you just enjoying every moment?
I’ve worked on two movies that I’m very proud of in the past 9 months. The first one is “Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List” (from the same authors as “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist”) and the one I’m currently working on is “The Outskirts”. I try to just enjoy every moment, you never know how a movies going to turn out or how many people will see it. At the end of the day, I just try to focus on all the positives & have fun.
Nickelodeon show Victorious really took the actress’ career to the next level (Nickelodeon)
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
That’s a very good question… hoping it’s still working on projects that I love.
You always look amazing – what are your secrets? Do you feel pressured to always look good and get yourself down to the gym?
Thank you for the compliment, but believe me I don’t always look picture perfect. I just try to really eat well, exercise (I do love Zumba), get enough sleep and take care of my skin.
Justice has filmed not one, but TWO movies, recently (WENN)
The likes of Zac Efron, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez’s careers have exploded since their time on kids TV, but with it, comes a lot of media scrutiny – how do you deal with the constant attention on the likes of Twitter and Facebook?
My generation has grown up with social media, so it’s something that we’re all accustomed to. Like anything else though, there are pros and cons. It’s a great way to keep in touch with your fan base, because without them, you wouldn’t be where you are. The downside is that people have anonymity and they feel it’s ok to be cruel to people and hate on people that they don’t even know.
What’s the craziest thing that a fan has ever done for you?
The fans are so sweet. They bring me gifts at meet and greets, there are some fans that I’ve seen at multiple shows when I was touring ( I’m talking four and five shows) and there was one fan that bought me a real diamond ring and sincerely proposed. At first I thought they were joking, but they were very serious. It definitely threw me… I didn’t know what to say, except that we didn’t know each other and I was very flattered.