Victoria Justice: From Child Celebrity on TV to Teen Star in Hollywood

Born in 1993, Victoria Justice first developed an interest in acting at the age of eight. After moving to Hollywood with her family in 2003, she enrolled in the Millikan Performing Arts Academy in Los Angeles and started making appearances in commercials for brands such as Ralph Lauren, Peanut Butter Toast Crunch, and Ovaltine.

Justice made her television debut at the age of ten in an episode of "Gilmore Girls." She got her first significant break by landing a pivotal role in the Nickelodeon series "Zoey 101," in which she was introduced in the second season as a new student, Lola Martinez, an aspiring actress who wanted to win an Oscar before she turned nineteen.

She continued to make guest appearances in shows such as Disney's "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody." She also landed her first television movie role in the thriller "Mary," in which she played a young girl affected by visions of Mary Magdalene. She made a cameo appearance in "When Do We Eat?" and played the character of Rose in Hallmark's film "Silver Bells."

Victoria Justice finally made her film debut with a cameo role in "Unknown." She continued to impress the audience in "Zoey 101" in 2006 and 2007, preferring to focus on her television appearances and put her movie aspirations on the back burner, although she played a supporting role in the movie "The Garden."

In mid-2007, Justice released a promotional single, a cover of Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles." This was her first attempt to showcase her singing skills in front of the public. However, she shied away from highlighting her singing or acting skills in movies and preferred to focus on "Zoey 101" until the series ended in March 2008.

Justice's career stepped up a notch as she leveraged six years of popularity and experience to secure guest appearances in numerous shows, including "The Naked Brothers," "iCarly," "The Troop," and game show "BrainSurge." The release of the Nickelodeon musical "Spectacular!" made 2008 a good year for her, in which she played the lead role and performed three songs. This movie went on to become one of Nickelodeon's most popular movies of all times.

She seemed poised to take a momentous leap from television to film when she secured a role in the thriller "The Kings of Appletown." The film, in which she starred alongside Dylan and Cole Sprouse, was originally intended for a theatrical release but ended up premiering on television after a limited preview release in 2009.

Justice turned the setback to her advantage by bagging the lead role of Tori Vega in the Nickelodeon series "Victorious." The series portrayed the ups and downs in the lives of youngsters honing their talent at a performing arts high school. Justice charmed the audience with her portrayal of a talented girl who wins a place in the school after her less talented older sister falls ill during the auditions. The show also offered her an opportunity to highlight her singing skills on television again.

Justice built on her television superstardom by starring as a girl who is transformed into a werewolf in another hugely successful Nickelodeon television movie, "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf."

The end of "Victorious" in 2012 marked the beginning of Justice's most serious attempt to take her career to the next level. She bagged the lead role in the coming of age comedy "Fun Size" and a major role in "The First Time." This time around, her fan base seemed to be eager to watch her on the big screen. Justice has also released two singles and a duet on iTunes to prove her credentials as a pop star.

In "Fun Size," she plays the role of a responsible and caring teenage girl who is desperately torn between going on a Halloween date with the coolest and most popular guy in school and taking care of her mischievous little brother during his trick-or-treat rounds. Like all teenagers handling responsibility the first time, she takes the easy way out, only to lose her brother. She faces many adventures while searching for her brother but manages to locate him before her mother finds out. By the end of the movie, Wren (Justice) not only finds her brother but also learns a lot about responsibility, love, and life in general.

The movie, Justice's first collaboration with a big film studio, is the perfect launch vehicle for a tween celebrity who, like her hordes of fans, is moving from her teenage years to adulthood. For many years now, Justice has followed the same route that Hilary Duff and Miley Cyrus took to become movie stars. Her role in "Fun Size" may mark the perfect start to her movie career.

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