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Victoria Justice
Victoria Justice 2013.jpg
Justice in September 2013
Born Victoria Dawn Justice
(1993-02-19) February 19, 1993 (age 24)
Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2003–present
Television Victorious
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Labels
Website www.victoriajustice.net

Victoria Dawn Justice (born February 19, 1993)[1] is an American actress and singer. She debuted as an actress at the age of ten and has since appeared in several films and television series including the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101 and Victorious. She has also made appearances in several theatrical releases; in 2015, she starred in the MTV series Eye Candy.

Aside from acting, Justice has pursued a musical career, she recorded several songs for the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon musical Spectacular!, in which she starred, as well as a number of songs for the Victorious series.

Early life

Justice was born in Hollywood, Florida, the daughter of Serene and Zack Justice,[2] she has a younger half-sister named Madison Grace Reed.[3] Her father is of English, German, and Irish descent, while her mother has Puerto Rican ancestry.[4] She and her family relocated to Hollywood, California in 2003.[5]

Career

2003–09: Career beginnings

In 2005, Justice was accepted into the musical theatre program at the Millikan Performing Arts Academy in Los Angeles,[6] she appeared in advertisements for companies such as Ralph Lauren, Gap, Guess, Mervyn's, Peanut Butter Toast Crunch, and Ovaltine.[7]

Justice in April 2008

Justice began her acting career when she was 10 years old, making a guest appearance on the Gilmore Girls episode "The Hobbit, the Sofa and Digger Stiles." Justice portrayed Jill No. 2, a walk-on role.[8] After her appearance in the series, her family moved to Los Angeles, when Justice began to pursue a career in acting, the following year, Justice guest starred on the second episode of the Disney channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, in which she played a young pageant contestant named Rebecca. Later, Justice was cast as Stella, a young girl who begins seeing visions of Mary Magdalene,[9] in the 2005 drama-thriller Mary, the film debuted at 2005 Venice Film Festival, and was later shown at several other festivals, including the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, Deauville Film Festival and the San Sebastián International Film Festival. During the same year, Justice landed a main role in the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101 as Lola Martinez, a new student who is an aspiring actress,[10][11] on landing the role, she said, "I was extremely happy; I was bouncing up and down and screaming. That was a really great moment."[12] Justice's character was introduced in the second season on September 11, 2005. Justice also made a cameo appearance in the R-rated film When Do We Eat?, and played the role of Rose in the Hallmark television film Silver Bells, the latter of which became a Hallmark Hall of Fame film.

In 2006, Justice made a guest appearance on an episode of Everwood in the episode "Enjoy the Ride." Justice made her theatrical film debut that year in the film Unknown, making a cameo appearance.The film was a financial failure, and received mixed reviews from critics. Also in 2006, Justice played the supporting role of Holly in the thriller film The Garden, the film was met with negative reviews from critics.[13]

Justice released a cover of "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton[14] in 2007. Zoey 101 ended its run on May 2, 2008. In 2009, she announced plans to guest star on an episode of Nickelodeon's series The Naked Brothers Band, the TV special, titled Valentine Dream Date featured Justice portraying herself.[15] Justice did not record new music until 2009, when she starred in the Nickelodeon musical Spectacular!, in which Justice performs three songs. The film aired on Nickelodeon on February 16, 2009,[16][17] the film became one of Nickelodeon's most popular movies, attracting an audience 3.7 million viewers on its premiere night.[18] The film received generally positive reviews from several critics, holding a 76% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of 2011.[19]

After the success of The Naked Brothers Band special in which Justice guest starred, she appeared in another episode, "The Premiere," on April 11, 2009, she later appeared in episodes of iCarly,[20] True Jackson, VP, The Troop, and BrainSurge. Justice announced in 2009 that she would be working on a thriller film, set for theatrical release, it was later announced the film would feature Dylan Sprouse and Cole Sprouse.[21] Unlike initial plans of a theatrical release, the film had a limited preview release on December 12, 2009, and was returned to post production, despite this, the film's worldwide release was canceled.[22]

2010–13: Victorious

Justice singing in August 2011

Justice confirmed that she would be starring in her own musical show on Nickelodeon called Victorious, explaining the show's genesis thus: "I was on Zoey 101. When I was 12, Dan Schneider cast me as a new character, Lola Martinez, from there, I worked with him for three years, on three seasons of Zoey 101. And, after that, Dan found out that I could also sing and dance as well as act, so he thought it would be really cool to create a show for me on Nickelodeon, called Victorious."[23] The pilot for the show debuted on March 27, 2010, and received 5.7 million views, making it the second-highest rated premiere for a live-action Nickelodeon series.[24] The original broadcast of this episode, which took place right after the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards, was an extended cut; all subsequent airings had various scenes and lines removed to conform to its time-slot. Justice recorded several songs for the series throughout its run.

Justice in November 2012

Justice later guest-starred on the animated series The Penguins of Madagascar, voicing the character of Stacy in the episode "Badger Pride." Justice starred in the 2010 Nickelodeon television movie The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, playing Jordan Sands, a girl who is transformed into a werewolf following her move to a creepy manor.[25] The film was a major success for the network, drawing in 5.8 million viewers for the premiere.[26] The film received generally positive reviews from critics, the film currently holds a 69% approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes based on 24 reviews.[27] Victorious ended on February 2, 2013 due to reaching its 60-episode limit; the show did not have a proper ending.[23] Justice played the lead role Wren in the comedy Fun Size, released on October 26, 2012.

2013–15: Continued acting and music

In a 2010 interview with the Associated Press, she stated that she was recording an album, but planned to take her time with the process;[28] in October 2012, she revealed she would release her debut album in 2013.[29] Justice's debut single "Gold" was released on June 18, 2013, the single has a B-side titled "Shake."[30] In August 2014, Billboard revealed that Justice had left Columbia Records, but was recording new music to be released in 2015. Two songs have premiered on Justice's YouTube channel, "Caught Up in You"[31] and "Girl Up."[32] "Girl Up" was written by Justice and Toby Gad for the Girl Up movement, which helps girls in developing countries.[33]

On October 11, 2013, it was announced that Justice was cast as Lindy Sampson in MTV's Eye Candy, a cyber thriller based on the novel by R. L. Stine.[34] The series was cancelled after one season, that same year, it was announced that Justice was cast in Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List[35] alongside Pierson Fode. The film had its world premiere at the Outfest Film Festival on July 17, 2015,[35] it was later released on September 18, 2015 through video on demand.[36] Justice was also cast in The Outcasts as Jodie, the film was released on April 14, 2017.[37]

2016–present: New projects

On October 20, 2016, Justice played Janet Weiss, one of the lead roles in The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again.[38] Starring an ensemble cast led by Laverne Cox, the film premiered on the Fox network, it is a tribute[39] to the cult classic 1975 film of the same name and directed by Kenny Ortega, using the original script written by Richard O'Brien and Jim Sharman.

Philanthropy

Justice has taken part in several charity events, supporting charities such as the United Nations Foundation, which benefits numerous causes such as AIDS, Children, Environment, Health, Human Rights and Peace.[40]

On September 30, 2010, Justice announced she would be joining the Charity Campaign Girl Up. When asked about joining, she stated "I’m so excited to become a Champion for Girl Up and to help make a difference for girls who aren’t given the same opportunities that most of us take for granted. I know that there are plenty of girls throughout the country who are just like me—ready and motivated to stand up for the rights and well-being of girls in the developing world. I am confident that, together, we will rise to the challenge." Justice joined Girl Up on September 30, 2010 for the campaign’s official launch in New York City and went on to support the “Unite for Girls” tour, which traveled to cities across the United States. She visited Girl Up-supported programs in developing countries to observe first-hand the impact the programs can have on girls and communities,[41] during an interview with Seventeen, Justice stated, "I was looking into different charities and hearing these girls in Guatemala and Africa talk about having to walk miles for water and crying because they don't have any money to go to school. It just really broke my heart, so I want to spread the word as much as I can and get other people working together, before you know it we can actually make a difference."[42]

Justice has also supported children's hospitals; in June 2012, the "Music Makes It Better" campaign was launched by Children's National Medical Center, featuring PSAs by Justice, Justin Bieber, and The Band Perry. The campaign aims to bring music, arts, and other programs to children while they are in the hospital.[43]

Influences

Justice's musical influences include Madonna, Britney Spears, Pink, Sara Bareilles, The Jackson 5, The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Hall & Oates, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Karen Carpenter,[44] Elton John, Alanis Morissette, Carole King and Diana Ross.[45]

Filmography

Films
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Mary Stella Short film
When Do We Eat? Young Nikky
2006 The Garden Holly
Unknown Daughter
2008 The Kings of Appletown Betsy
2012 The First Time Jane Harmon
Fun Size Wren DeSantis
2013 Jungle Master Rainie Voice role (English dub)
2014 Snow White and the Seven Thugs Snow White Short film
2015 Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List Naomi
Get Squirrely Lola Voice role
2017 The Outcasts Jodie Originally titled The Outskirts; scheduled for a 2015 release, but held until 2017[46]
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Gilmore Girls Jill #2 Episode: "The Hobbit, the Sofa, and Digger Stiles"
2005 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Rebecca Episode: "The Fairest of Them All"
2005–2008 Zoey 101 Lola Martinez Main role; 52 episodes (season 2-4)
2005 Silver Bells Rose Television film
2006 Everwood Thalia Thompson Episode: "Enjoy the Ride"
2009 The Naked Brothers Band Herself Guest role; 2 episodes
Spectacular! Tammi Dyson Television film
2009–2011 iCarly Shelby Marx / Tori Vega Guest role; 2 episodes
2009 True Jackson, VP Vivian Episode: "True Crush"
2010 The Troop Eris Fairy Episode: "Speed"
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Jordan Sands Television film
2010–2013 Victorious Tori Vega Main role; 57 episodes
2010–2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Stacy (voice) Guest role; 2 episodes
2013 Big Time Rush Herself Episode: "Big Time Tour Bus"
2015 Eye Candy Lindy Sampson Main role; 10 episodes
Undateable Amanda Guest role; 2 episodes
2016 Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life Ramona Miller Guest role; 2 episodes[47]
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again Janet Weiss Television film[38]

Discography

Tours

Headlining
Co-headlining

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2006 Young Artist Awards Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Zoey 101 (shared with cast) Won [48]
2007 Young Artist Awards Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Zoey 101 (shared with cast) Won [49]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress Zoey 101 Nominated [49]
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series Zoey 101 Nominated [50]
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Smile Herself Nominated [51]
2011 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Victorious Nominated [52]
ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress – Comedy Victorious Nominated [53]
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave TV Star Victorious Nominated [54][55]
Hottest Girl Hottie Herself Won [54][56]
Imagen Awards Best Young Actress/Television Victorious Nominated [57]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program (Series or Special) Victorious Nominated [58]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Nominated [59]
2012 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Victorious Nominated [60]
ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress – Comedy Victorious Nominated [61]
Do Something Awards TV Star: Female Herself Nominated [62]
Imagen Awards Best Young Actress/Television Victorious Nominated [63][64]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress 17–21 iCarly Nominated [65]
2013 Imagen Awards Best Young Actress/Television Victorious Nominated [63][64]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Victorious Nominated [66]
Nickelodeon Slime Fest Aussie's Fave Nick Star Victorious Won [67]
Aussie's Fave Hottie Herself Won [68]

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