Victoria Justice is just the latest teen star looking to make the jump from small-screen actress to Hollywood starlet. Though she’s currently filming the third season of her Nickelodeon hit “Victorious”, Justice is expanding her brand as she takes on new projects, including her first leading lady role in a film.
She’ll also head out soon on a North American tour. As her fans already know, Justice is featured on the Victorious 2.0 soundtrack album, which debuted last month at #18 on the Billboard charts. The singer/actress — who’s still working on her solo album — co-wrote some of the soundtrack songs for the soundtrack and she’s eager to perform them on her Make It in America Tour next month.
“I’m really excited, I don’t know what to expect,” Justice told MTV News at the, premiere for Katy Perry’s 3-D flick, “Part of Me.” “I’ve never been on tour before and I know that I have a lot of work ahead of me.
“I’m filming my show right now, so I have a decent size window to rehearse for the tour,” she added. “But, you know, it’s going to be really exciting. I’m doing a bunch of covers and a bunch of songs from the show; some new songs.”
And Justice will have company from another “Nickelodeon” star on the 17-stop tour when Max Schneider of “How to Rock” joins her as the opening act. Things won’t slow down for Justice, though, because even after she comes off the road, she’ll be gearing up for the release of her latest flick, “Fun Size.”
A trailer premiered last week, and Justice recently described the movie as “a coming of age story, kind of like ’Superbad’ meets ’Adventures in Babysitting.’ ” (With a fun-filled cast, “Fun Size” marks the directorial debut by “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.” creator Josh Schwartz.)
“It’s my first leading role in a feature film, and Chelsea Handler plays my mom in the film, Johnny Knoxville is in the movie and it’s a great young-adult cast as well,” Justice added. “Thomas Mann from ’Project X’ is in it, Jane Levy from ’Suburgatory,’ and I play a teenager named Wren. It’s my senior year of high school and I want to go to this really hot guy’s … senior year party (and I also want to go NYU), and my mom wants to throw her own party on Halloween night and I have a younger brother, so she forces me to babysit him and take him trick-or-treating.
“So I begrudgingly do this and I end up losing him, and the series of events that take place afterwards get kind of nuts,” Justice teased. “It’s a crazy adventure.”
“Fun Size” hits theaters just before Halloween, on October 26.
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