Victoria Justice biding her time
BY TRICIA DESPRES July 31, 2013 5:24PM
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Updated: September 3, 2013 6:40AM
Victoria Justice currently finds herself in that all-familiar territory between carefree teen and responsible adult.
She sleeps late and wears Juicy Couture sweatpants and is always the first one on the dance floor. At the same time, she is more than ready to be taken a bit more seriously.
“I would love to follow in the path of someone like Zooey Deschanel,” explains the 20-year-old during a recent phone call from a soundcheck for her Summer Break Tour with fellow Nickelodeon favorites Big Time Rush.
“She has her own show and has been in movies, but she also has a passion for music that she can do just as well on the side.”
Justice is a Nickelodeon favorite who in 2012 came off an impressive three-year run as the lead character of her own hit TV series, “Victorious.”
Justice says she’s currently searching to find the right combination of success and privacy.
“I love acting and I have been doing it forever, but I also think this is a good time to also focus on my music and songwriting,” says Justice, who will make her Chicago-area singing debuton Aug. 4.
“When ‘Victorious’ was over, it was a little bittersweet, but I feel like 20 is the perfect age to start exploring new horizons. I’m looking forward to new opportunities around the corner and aging myself up a bit.”
While Justice saw much success with recording pieces of music that were ultimately featured in various “Victorious” soundtracks, she admits there was a bit of a cap on what she could do creatively.
“I can’t wait to release more of my own music,” says Justice, who released her new single, “Gold,” just a few weeks back. “Not only is my new song a really fun and catchy song that I thought would be perfect for a summer single release, but I like it because it is a bit more edgier and a bit more mature than the stuff I was singing on ‘Victorious.’ I’m singing something a 20-year-old would be singing about.”
Under the watchful eye of more than 5.6 million Twitter followers, Justice admits that living in the spotlight is no easier now than when she first broke into the acting and singing business more than 10 years ago.
“Even though my life is so abnormal, my parents have really grounded me and I think I have a pretty good head on my shoulders despite the craziness,” she says. “I try to stay as low-key as I can because I truly value my personal life. It’s not something I want in the pages of magazines. It’s always been important to me to separate my personal and professional life. Some things just are meant to stay private because once you let people in that way, it’s hard to close that door. I’m very close to my family and I still live at home. I have tried my best not to grow up too fast.”
Tricia Despres is a local freelance writer.