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Victoria Justice on surviving childhood stardom and Nickelodeon fame: I learned ‘when to say no’
Michael Loccisano / Getty Victoria Justice is making the leap from child actor to mature artist, and with his new starring role in Brian DeCubellis Trust’s new world art drama, it will leave you wondering why you haven’t thought of her that way before. A deliberate departure from her roles as a child actress on the Nickelodeon series Victorious and Zoey 101, Trust stars Justice as Brooke, a married art gallery owner who lives in New York City with her husband, the news anchor. Owen (Matthew Daddario). Although the union seems happy on the outside, temptation arises when Brooke hires a new artist (Lucien Laviscount), while Owen is equally distracted by a graduate student named Amy (Katherine McNamara). Justice, now 28, plays a married woman for the first time. It’s part of why he sees the role as a progression from his days on Nickelodeon sets. “More adult topics will be what will interest me right now,” he tells The Daily Beast. That’s what I loved about this movie. It’s sexy, it’s this exciting romance drama ride, and I love that it explores themes of temptation and infidelity. These are really interesting concepts for me. ” Justice landed her breakout role on Zoey 101 opposite Jamie Lynn Spears in 2005. She then appeared on a handful of other Nickelodeon shows and landed her own online series, Victorious, in 2010. In the years since that show ended, He has starred in projects including the MTV thriller Eye Candy, Fox’s remake of 2016’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and movies like 2019’s Summer Nights.of a dream he’s been working on since landing his first role. at age 10 on Gilmore Girls. “I saw a kid in a commercial when I was 8 years old and I remember seeing this kid and saying, ‘I think I can do that. I want to do that.’ I yelled for my mom to come into the room and she said, ‘What’s going on?’ And I was like, ‘Do you see that kid? How can I do that? Can you help me do that? That’s how it started, ”laughs Justice. The singer-actress’s days at Nickelodeon taught her the demands of making that dream come true. “I worked so many hours,” he remembers. “We rehearsed on Mondays and Tuesdays and we usually film on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. And then on Saturdays and Sundays, sometimes I would record or learn choreography or do photo shoots. So many things always happened ”. Thanks to her parents, she was able to balance her duties as a child actress with the luxuries of being a child. “It’s not like they are pressuring me to do this. I was trying hard, ”Justice says. “I wanted to do all the press. I wanted to be in the studio. I wanted to learn choreography. Sometimes I wanted to work 12 hours a day or more because I loved it. ”“ Sometimes it can be difficult to balance social life and then a successful career, but you just have to make time. I think my parents helped me keep all of that in perspective. And I think I did a decent job, ”he laughs. The ruthless Hollywood industry can take advantage of child actors. Justice believes that it is important for aspiring young actors “to have a father figure around you to guide you or someone else you can trust and talk to,” she says. “You have to really develop a strong spine and know when to say no and this is too much, I’m tired or I’m not comfortable with this or I don’t want to do this. I think sometimes it’s hard to do that just when you’re a child actor. That is why it is important to have that tutor, friend or father figure to help guide you because it is a lot to navigate ”. Justice rose to fame after being featured by Dan Schneider, the veteran producer behind Victorious and many other iconic Nickelodeon shows like iCarly. , The Amanda Bynes Show, All That, and Drake and Josh. She says she doesn’t have an opinion on what became of Schneider. (Nickelodeon cut ties with him in 2018 after reports of “temper issues” and staff complaints about “abusive behavior” surfaced.) “I am very grateful to Dan for giving me the opportunities and those breaks. I wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t discovered me on Zoey 101 and then created me Victorious, so I’m very grateful to him for that, ”she says. viewers to question everything they know about fidelity, jealousy and trust. Justice hopes the public will examine what defines deception and fidelity in a happy marriage. “I’m excited to hear the conversations people have after this movie – who they think is right and who is wrong and people talking about what is considered cheating,” she says. projects like the movie, “that have a sensuality and are sexy, because it is super fun and is such an enriching part of being a woman,” she says. The following could be a musical or a romantic comedy. “I really just want to try everything.” Justice has also returned to making music. He released his first single after a seven-year hiatus, “Treat Myself,” last year, followed by a love song called “Stay” released on Valentine’s Day. “I’m going to release more music very soon,” he promises. An album is still in the “early” planning stages. But “right now my focus is to put out a couple more singles and go from there,” he says. “I’m so excited about where I am,” Justice says of life and career. “For now, with our Zoom call at the end, she’ll take a moment to have a glass of wine and relax. Read more on The Daily Beast. Get our top news delivered to your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.