Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice appears in the PG-13 Halloween movie “Fun Size,” out Oct. 26. The teen comedy focuses on her character, Wren, a high school senior who has to track down her kid brother when he disappears while trick-or-treating.
In “Victorious,” her Nickelodeon series, 19-year-old Justice plays Tori Vega, a musically talented student at the fictional Hollywood Arts High, an elite performing arts high school. (Interesting back story: Justice got her start singing along to Barney’s “I Love You” theme song as a child growing up in Hollywood, Fla.)
So which format does she prefer? Movies or series?
“I like both for different reasons,” she said during a conference call with RAISING ARIZONA KIDS and other members of the media. “‘Victorious’ was really fun because I had music in the show, so the performances would be cool. But it was a really, really rigorous schedule. I would work, sometimes, 18 hour days. I would have rehearsal Monday and Tuesday and then we would shoot Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. And then on the weekends, I would have to sometimes record new music or have to learn a song or have to learn choreography. So it was just a lot that went into filming that show, and it could kind of be a really exhausting schedule. But I did enjoy it, filming a sitcom was a lot of fun, and I personally always loved comedy, and physical comedy, and I got to play around with that a lot on the show.
“And then ‘Fun Size’ was something just for me. I think Wren is a very different character than Tory Vega. She’s a normal teenage girl. I feel like she’s really relatable in a lot of ways. She’s not necessarily like the popular girl. She’s just kind of somewhere in the middle, navigating the waters, trying to find out who she is, and she’s kind of dealing with a lot at home. She has a strained relationship with her mom, played by Chelsea [Handler]. So I really liked playing that character because it was something different than my TV show. We filmed most of “Fun Size” at night, and it was on location in Ohio. And yes, I think I enjoy both for different reasons, but I think I want to take a little break from TV and pursue my film career.”