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Victoria Justice: Golden child

Actress Victoria Justice attends CNN Heroes 2015 - Red Carpet Arrivals at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City.
Actress Victoria Justice attends CNN Heroes 2015 - Red Carpet Arrivals at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City. Courtesy CNN

Victoria Justice has the Midas touch with her career. She’s a true Hollywood success story. And we don’t mean La-La Land. The pop singer and actress was born in Hollywood, Florida, a mere 22 years ago and already has two major TV shows — Victorious and Zoey 101 — under her belt.

Why do you think your shows have done so well?

I feel really lucky to have done some successful things. I think Victorious was really successful because I think people love music. So to be able to incorporate that into the show was really fun, and what girl, and probably a lot of boys, secretly doesn’t really want to be on stage singing and dancing and doing their thing? It’s a great place for creative expression. I’ve also worked with a lot of amazing people, like a lot of talented people.

How do you feel about being in public?

Most of the time I’m always happy to take pictures with people and say hi. And I like being able to make people’s day, like make someone smile. I think that’s a really cool thing that I’m able to do. But at the same time there are definitely days when I don’t feel like putting makeup on or doing my hair or whatever. And you don’t really want to get recognized or have your picture taken, and you just kind of want to walk around with your friends and family and just be normal, I guess. It depends on the day.

Are there any books you would like to turn into a movie and star in?

Yeah. I feel like I read a lot of autobiographies, and I love a lot of spiritual and self-help books. I don’t know necessarily how you would turn those into a movie. Maybe if I could play Tina Fey, in her life story that would be pretty awesome. I recently read her book Bossypants. I love her sense of humor. She’s just the coolest.

You have a great sense of style. Where do you get inspiration?

So many different things. Every day when I wake up in the morning, I can dress however I want and take risks and wear something a little weird maybe. I don’t know, just whatever makes me happy. I like people who don’t necessarily follow trends but can make trends their own and kind of do things that are different [like] Bianca Jagger who was married to Mick Jagger for a little bit. She’s like a ’70s icon.

How old were you when you started acting?

I did my first commercial when I was 8. It was for Ovaltine. It’s like a chocolate milk powder that you put in milk, and that was my first job. I moved from Florida when I was 11 and then the rest is history, I guess.

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