Do YOU think Nickelodeon teen queen Victoria Justice is the best role model in Hollywood?
Victoria Justice seems to have it all: a bangin’ bod, honed fashion skills, a hit show, an incredible voice — AND a solid head on her shoulders. While so many young starlets struggle to stay grounded after making it big, Victoria, 18, has stayed an incredible role model to her young fans. HollywoodLife.com spoke exclusively with the Victorious star at the Badgley Mischka fashion show in New York City Sept. 13 about staying focused, her first time at NYFW and her upcoming solo album! Check out our complete interview!
HL: How has it been at your first time at New York Fashion Week?
Victoria: It’s been great. It’s a little overwhelming. There are so many flashes and so many pictures being taken. I can’t wait to see the show and I just met Mark and James, the designers, and they were so nice to me, so I’m very happy to be here.
HL: Is this your first fashion show?
Victoria: I went to a Teen Vogue fashion show the other day, so this is my second fashion show, but this is my first time in New York doing fashion week. I love it. It’s beautiful. It’s exciting. I’m excited to see the new trends and all the beautiful new clothes they are making.
HL: How has Victorious been going?
Victoria: Victorious is going really great. We’re getting ready to do season three in the beginning of October, so I’m going to be recording new music for the show and writing new music for the shown and also writing for my solo album, so I’m going to be very busy.
HL: What’s your writing process like?
Victoria: It’s going really great. My schedule’s been crazy, so when I find time I’ll try to write things or go to the studio. But it all comes from my own personal experience. Some of it is probably going to be more pop and dancy, but I want to have a couple emotional ballads in there too. Stuff that comes from the heart.
HL: Do you try to get out and see concerts to support your peers often?
Victoria: I have not been to any concerts recently. I’ve been to two Coldplay concerts recently, they are one of my favorite bands and I’m going to go to a Bon Iver concert on the nineteenth in LA.
HL: When will you release your solo album?
Victoria: My own album, I’m not sure yet. I just know I’m working really really hard on it and I want to put my heart and soul into it.
HL: You’re so talented at both acting and singing — which one is more of your passion?
Victoria: I feel really lucky that I’ve been able to do both right now because I’ve loved each one ever since I’ve been a little girl. And I’ve also just filmed my first leading role in a feature film. It’s called Fun Size. It’s with Paramount and it comes out next October. Chelsea Handler plays my mom in it and Johnny Knoxville is in it and it’s a great cast. And Josh Schwartz, who created Gossip Girl and the The O.C. and Chuck is directing it, so I’m really excited about that.
HL: What was it like working with Chelsea Handler?
Victoria: She’s hilarious. Working with Chelsea was great. I didn’t really know what to expect. She was really, really friendly and nice to me. You know, she’s really very dry and sarcastic, like you would expect. But she’s a really cool girl.
HL: You’ve managed to remain such a good role model to your young fans during a tough age. How do you do it?
Victoria: I’m just trying to stay true to who I am. I’ve been so busy working and I’m very focused on what I want right now. So I think that’s what kind of keeps me grounded and keeps me focused.