She’s come a long way! Victoria Justice was a household name after starring in her own Nickelodeon show, but she’s definitely come a long way since then.
After making her Nickelodeon debut as Lola Martinez on Zoey 101 from 2005 to 2008, the actress went on to star as Tori Vega in her own series, titled Victorious. Not only did the Florida native get a chance to show off her comedic timing during the series, which aired for four seasons from 2010 to 2013, but she became a music star too.
Throughout her days on Victorious, Victoria became known for her songs “Freak the Freak Out,” “Beggin’ on Your Knees” and “Best Friend’s Brother,” among others. Once the show came to an end, she took a brief break from music and eventually returned with a new song — “Treat Myself” — in December 2020.
Since then, she’s dropped a few more tracks, including “Stay” and “Too F–kin’ Nice.”
“When people were like, ‘Oh, it’s like her comeback,’ that sort of freaked me out,” Victoria told Billboard in March 2021 about her return to music. “I just want people to hear it. I’m just flattered that people care in general that I’m making music.”
Aside from music, Victoria has also focused on her acting career over the years. She has tons of movie roles on the horizon and a possible Victorious reboot.
“I was hearing things about a reboot, but no one had ever really talked to me specifically about it. So I don’t really know exactly what’s going on. But I mean, I love that cast, I love that show … but there’s nothing official right now,” the Nickelodeon alum told Entertainment Tonight in March 2021. “I mean, at this time, I don’t think that there are any concrete plans, [but] you never know what’s going to happen in the future.”
Victoria has also gotten real about her past as child star and said that she would tell her younger self that “it’s OK to slow down and to also take the time for yourself to just not be working or discover yourself in other ways,” during an interview with Us Weekly from March 2023.
“I’ve heard this phrase recently where when an opportunity is presented to you, you’re not always going to feel ready. There might be fear going into it, but I feel like the universe wouldn’t present you with these opportunities if it wasn’t beneficial, if it wasn’t right for you, if you weren’t ready for it,” she added. “So I think at the end of the day, just leaning into that faith and that courage, even if you are afraid to still take the leap of faith because you’re never going to feel fully prepared and fully ready to do something. Sometimes you kind of just have to go for it. … That’s what I would also tell myself.
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