De­liv­er­ing Jus­tice to the world

This tal­ented dy­namo ap­pre­ci­ates the breaks that have come her way, writes

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WHEN some­one has as many strings to their bow as Vic­to­ria Jus­tice, it’s easy to imag­ine ev­ery­thing runs smoothly for them. But the 19-year-old singer-dancer-ac­tor-model does have one or two flaws.

‘‘Lots of them,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m not good at wak­ing up in the morn­ing. I’m def­i­nitely not a morn­ing per­son. Time man­age­ment too. I tend to run a lit­tle bit be­hind and lose track of time.’’

That’s hard to be­lieve given how far Jus­tice has come in a rel­a­tively short time.

A pro­fes­sional per­former since the age of 10, she landed the lead role in Victorious, a mu­si­cal se­ries cre­ated just for her, when she was 16. The Nick­elodeon hit proved to be an ideal show­case for her artis­tic tal­ents.

Now she records al­bums and plays lead roles in films. Victorious fans will get to see her in Jan­uary play­ing the as­pir­ing singer Tori Vega in episodes which she in­tro­duces. When you started on did you have a feel­ing of ‘I’ve made it’?

I think when I re­alised I’d been given my own show it was a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity and I felt very lucky. I feel very lucky, and I’m really grate­ful. I al­ways hoped the show would be suc­cess­ful and that a lot of peo­ple would watch and en­joy it. How has Tori devel­oped as a per­son over the course of the show?

Start­ing off with the pi­lot, my char­ac­ter was ob­vi­ously not very con­fi­dent when it came to per­form­ing and when she sings Make It Shine (Jus­tice’s sin­gle) for the first time, that’s when you first kind of see her let go. Then as the sea­son pro­gresses she be­comes much more passionate and much more com­fort­able in her own skin cre­atively, and also as a teenager she kind of comes into her own. That whole thing about be­ing com­fort­able with who you are but also push­ing your­self to be your best seems like one of key mes­sages.

I think, go­ing back to the pi­lot, that it is a really big moment, just kind of con­quer­ing your fears. If you are a singer and you have a fear of per­form­ing, you have got to push through, and if you love it, you’ve got to make it hap­pen. I think Victorious is about just ex­press­ing your­self freely and say­ing it’s OK to be dif­fer­ent, it’s OK to be your­self. Af­ter four suc­cess­ful years,

is soon coming to a close. What do you want to achieve next?

I am mov­ing on from Victorious and Nick­elodeon and I really am grate­ful for my ex­pe­ri­ence and the time I had on the net­work. It was an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity. I’d love to do mu­sic and movies be­cause those are the two things that I’m really passionate about. I have my first lead­ing role in a movie called Fun Size, a Hal­loween com­edy that just came out, so hopefully I can con­tinue to do more films and branch out from Tori Vega. And also writ­ing more of my own mu­sic, tour­ing, do­ing some shows in Aus­tralia hopefully. I want to be cre­atively in­volved in that process. Who knows, maybe one day cre­at­ing my own show or writ­ing a screen­play or pro­duc­ing a film. Get­ting more in­volved be­hind the scenes is some­thing I’m in­ter­ested in as well. I’ve def­i­nitely got plans.

Mon­days, 5.30pm, Nick­elodeon.

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