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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK, NY – JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announces that actress and singer-songwriter Victoria Justice is joining the airline and Random House Children’s Books on their joint campaign to keep children reading throughout the summer months.
JetBlue’s fourth annual Soar with Reading program kicked off last month. This award-winning, national summer literacy initiative in partnership with Random House Children’s Books and Mary Pope Osborne, bestselling author of the Magic Tree House series, helps provide age-appropriate books to children in underserved areas. Justice will generate additional awareness for the initiative through videos, social media engagement, and an event appearance. She will encourage her fans to share the gift of reading and help JetBlue donate up to $500,000 worth of Magic Tree House books to kids nationwide.
Soar with Reading is focused on inspiring and sharing the gift of reading, starting at the grade-school level. JetBlue is taking reading on the road and to the skies with a nationwide tour, currently underway, to celebrate the program and highlight the importance of literacy in the various communities it serves.
“Reading has been one of my favorite hobbies for as long as I can remember. I realize how lucky I am to have access to all sorts of books. Not everyone has that opportunity, which is why programs like JetBlue’s Soar with Reading are so important,” said Justice. “Reading provides an escape from my hectic schedule and allows me to constantly learn and explore new things and places. I’m thrilled to help inspire kids to read this summer.”
To reach as many people nationwide as possible, JetBlue and Justice will release short videos about why reading is important to her, which will live on SoarwithReading.com. Finally, Justice will take to her Twitter account and Facebook page to spread awareness to her fan base about the Soar with Reading program and the importance of literacy, inspiring kids to read throughout their summer vacation and beyond.
For the second year in a row, JetBlue is working with Random House Children’s Books and bestselling author Mary Pope Osborne, known for her Magic Tree House series which features the adventures of brother-sister duo Jack and Annie. The airline is asking customers to help donate up to $500,000 worth of Magic Tree House books to kids in need by guessing where Jack and Annie are traveling. To place a guess, consumers can discover clues on their whereabouts in three ways by visiting SoarWithReading.com, using the new Soar with Reading mobile app, and through the inflight TV entertainment on JetBlue flights. Each guess triggers a book donation on behalf of the participant.
“It’s important for kids to have positive role models and we are so thrilled to partner with someone like Victoria Justice to help inspire children to read this summer. She will help bring enhanced awareness to our program and we look forward to the partnership,” said Icema Gibbs, JetBlue’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. “Victoria will be an important voice in our mission to tackle national literacy. Like JetBlue, Victoria is extremely passionate about this cause.”
To learn more about JetBlue’s Soar with Reading Program, review the event schedule, and download reading activities, visit SoarWithReading.com.
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Victoria filmed a video with lots of Youtube stars a few days ago. Be sure to watch it below. Hilarious!
Film co-stars Eden Sher, Ashley Rickards, Peyton List, Avan Jogia, Claudia Lee, Katie Chang and William Peltz
Victoria Justice and Eden Sher are set to star in the high school comedy “The Outskirts,” which hails from “Bachelorette” producer BCDF Pictures, the company announced Tuesday.
The female-centric movie also stars Ashley Rickards (“Awkward”), Peyton List (“Jessie”), Avan Jogia (“Twisted”), Claudia Lee (“Kick-Ass 2”), Katie Chang (“The Bling Ring”) and William Peltz (“Men, Women & Children”).
Peter Hutchings (“Rhymes with Banana”) will direct the film from a Black List screenplay written by Dominique Ferrari and Suzanne Wrubel. Shooting begins this summer in New York.
Described as “Mean Girls” meets “Revenge of the Nerds,” the story follows best friends Jodi (Justice) and Mindy (Sher), who have suffered years of torment under the thumb of the school’s alpha female (Lee). They plan to ride out their senior year under the radar, but when they become the victim of a humiliating prank, the two hatch a plan to unite the outcasts of the school and start a social revolution. They join forces with an affable slacker (Jogia), a girl scout with a secret (Chang) and an overachiever with dirt on everyone (Rickards).
The film was developed by New York-based BCDF Pictures, whose Brice and Claude Dal Farra will produce. BCDF’s Lauren Munsch and Brian Keady will executive produce with Victoria Bousis of Bousis Films.
BCDF Pictures teamed with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s hit female comedy “Bachelorette,” which starred Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan. BCDF is packaging a wide range of new projects with an eye toward bigger, more studio-friendly films.
Red Granite’s foreign sales arm, Red Granite International, led by Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri, is handling international sales on the picture, which is being under the title “Cool Girls.”
“We are thrilled to be working on a movie that is at the same time very entertaining and also deals with an issue like high school bullying. Rarely do we find scripts that can deliver such an important message while appealing to wide audiences,” said Claude Dal Farra.
Justice is repped by UTA and Jackoway, Tyerman, while Sher is with APA, KLWGN and Skrzyniarz & Mallean. Rickards is repped by UTA, KLWGN and Hansen, Jacobson. List is with UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Wilhelmina Creative Management. Jogia is repped by ICM Partners, Characters Talent Agency and KLWGN. Lee is with Paradigm, Joanne Horowitz Management, Strong Management and Morris, Yorn. Chang is with ICM, Carole Dibo Management, Soffer/Namoff Entertainment and Peikoff Mahan. Peltz is with WME and Untitled Entertainment. Ferrari and Wrubel are repped by Circle of Confusion and Bloom, Hergott.
If you missed Victoria‘s live chat from yesterday or want to watch it again you can do it below. Such a fun live chat! I can’t wait for the next one.
Victoria Justice talks hanging out with Cody Simpson at Coachella, dating, and her new show ‘Eye Candy’