Victoria Justice

Victoria Dawn Justice (born February 19, 1993) is an American actress and singer. She rose to fame on Nickelodeon in the 2000s, starring as Lola Martinez on Zoey 101 (2005–2008) and later as Tori Vega on Victorious (2010–2013). Justice has also appeared in the films The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010), Fun Size (2012), The First Time (2012) and Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (2015).[1] In 2015, she starred in the lead role as Lindy Sampson on the MTV television series Eye Candy. In music, Justice has recorded several songs for the soundtracks of her acting projects, including Victorious and the Nickelodeon musical Spectacular!.

Victoria Justice
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Justice in September 2013
Victoria Dawn Justice

(1993-02-19) February 19, 1993 (age 27)
EducationCleveland High School
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2003–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
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Early life

Victoria Dawn Justice was born on February 19, 1993, in Hollywood, Florida, the daughter of Serene Reed and Zack Justice.[2] Her father is of English, German, and Irish descent, while her mother, originally from the Bronx, is of Puerto Rican ancestry.[3][4]

She has a younger half-sister named Madison Grace Reed.[5] She and her family moved to Hollywood, California in 2003.[6] While filming Victorious, Justice attended Cleveland High School before completing her diploma through a home school program.[4][7]

Since 2013, Justice has lived with her parents in an Encino Hills home she purchased.[8]


2003–2009: Career beginnings and Zoey 101

In 2003, Justice began her acting career when she was 10 years old, making a guest appearance on the Gilmore Girls episode "The Hobbit, the Sofa and Digger Stiles." Justice portrayed Jill No. 2, a walk-on role.[9] After her appearance in the series, her family moved to Los Angeles, when Justice began to pursue a career in acting. The following year, Justice guest-starred on the second episode of the Disney channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, in which she played a young pageant contestant named Rebecca. Later, Justice was cast as Stella, a young girl who begins seeing visions of Mary Magdalene, in Aaron Ruell's 2005 short film Mary.[10]

Justice in April 2008

In 2005, Justice was accepted into the musical theatre program at the Millikan Performing Arts Academy in Los Angeles.[11] She appeared in advertisements for companies such as Ralph Lauren, Gap, Guess, Mervyn's, Peanut Butter Toast Crunch, and Ovaltine.[12] During the same year, Justice landed a main role in the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101 as Lola Martinez, a new student who is an aspiring actress.[13][14] On landing the role, she said, "I was extremely happy; I was bouncing up and down and screaming. That was a really great moment."[15] Justice's character was introduced in the second season on September 11, 2005.

Justice also made a cameo appearance in the R-rated film When Do We Eat?, and played the role of Rose in the Hallmark television film Silver Bells, the latter of which became a Hallmark Hall of Fame film. In 2006, Justice made a guest appearance on an episode of Everwood in the episode "Enjoy the Ride." Also in 2006, Justice played the supporting role of Holly in the thriller film The Garden. The film was met with negative reviews from critics.[16] Justice released a cover of "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton[17] in 2007. Zoey 101 ended its run on May 2, 2008.

In 2009, she announced plans to guest star on an episode of Nickelodeon's series The Naked Brothers Band. The TV special, titled Valentine Dream Date featured Justice portraying herself.[18] Justice did not record new music until 2009, when she starred in the Nickelodeon musical Spectacular!, in which Justice performs three songs. The film aired on Nickelodeon on February 16, 2009.[19][20] The film became one of Nickelodeon's most popular movies, attracting an audience 3.7 million viewers on its premiere night.[21] The film received generally positive reviews from several critics, holding a 76% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of 2011.[22]

2010–2013: Victorious and music debut

After the success of The Naked Brothers Band special in which Justice guest starred, she appeared in another episode, "The Premiere", on April 11, 2009. She later appeared in episodes of iCarly,[23] True Jackson, VP, The Troop, and BrainSurge. Justice announced in 2009 that she would be working on a thriller film, set for theatrical release. It was later announced the film would feature Dylan Sprouse and Cole Sprouse.[24] Unlike initial plans of a theatrical release, the film had a limited preview release on December 12, 2009, and was returned to post production. Despite this, the film's worldwide release was canceled.[25]

Justice confirmed that she would be starring in her own musical show on Nickelodeon called Victorious, explaining the show's genesis thus: "I was on Zoey 101. When I was 12, Dan Schneider cast me as a new character, Lola Martinez. From there, I worked with him for three years, on three seasons of Zoey 101. And, after that, Dan found out that I could also sing and dance as well as act, so he thought it would be really cool to create a show for me on Nickelodeon, called Victorious."[26] The pilot for the show debuted on March 27, 2010, and received 5.7 million views, making it the second-highest rated premiere for a live-action Nickelodeon series.[27] The original broadcast of this episode took place following the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards. Justice recorded several songs for the series throughout its run. Justice had the opportunity to share a recording set during the series' recordings, with different young artists who, like her, were in search of artistic possibilities, some of them were Ariana Grande, JC Gonzalez, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett, Jake Farrow, Elizabeth Gillies, among others, participating in several seasons dominated by episodes such as "The Bird Scene", "Tori the Zombie" and "Survival of the Hottest".

Justice singing in August 2011

Justice later guest-starred on the animated series The Penguins of Madagascar, voicing the character of Stacy in the episode "Badger Pride." Justice starred in the 2010 Nickelodeon television movie The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, playing Jordan Sands, a girl who is transformed into a werewolf following her move to a creepy manor.[28] The film averaged 5.8 million viewers for the premiere.[29] Victorious ended its run on February 2, 2013.[26] Justice played the lead role Wren in the comedy Fun Size, released on October 26, 2012.

In a 2010 interview with the Associated Press, she stated that she was recording an album, but planned to take her time with the process.[30] In October 2012, she revealed she would release her debut album in 2013.[31] Justice's debut single "Gold" was released on June 18, 2013.[32] On October 11, 2013, it was announced that Justice was cast as Lindy Sampson in MTV's Eye Candy, a cyber thriller based on the novel by R. L. Stine.[33] The series was cancelled after one season.

2014–present: Acting and music

In 2013, it was announced that Justice was cast in Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List[34] alongside Pierson Fode. The film had its world premiere at the Outfest Film Festival on July 17, 2015.[34] It was later released on September 18, 2015 through video on demand services.[35] Justice also competed against Gregg Sulkin in an episode of Lip Sync Battle that aired July 30, 2015, performing Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and Nelly's "Hot in Herre".[36]

In August 2014, Billboard revealed that Justice had left Columbia Records, but was recording new music to be released in 2015.[37] Two songs have premiered on Justice's YouTube channel, including "Girl Up."[38] "Girl Up" was written by Justice and Toby Gad for the Girl Up movement, which helps girls in developing countries.[39]

On October 20, 2016, Justice played Janet Weiss, one of the lead roles in The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again.[40] Starring an ensemble cast led by Laverne Cox, the film premiered on the Fox network. It is a tribute[41] to the cult classic 1975 film of the same name and directed by Kenny Ortega, using the original script written by Richard O'Brien and Jim Sharman. Justice was also cast in The Outcasts as Jodie. The film was released on April 14, 2017.[42]

In July 2020 of Justice announced that she was now a member of the Recording Academy. [43]


Justice has taken part in several charity events, supporting charities such as the United Nations Foundation, which benefits numerous causes such as AIDS, Children, Environment, Health, Human Rights and Peace.[44]

On September 30, 2010, Justice announced she would be joining the Charity Campaign Girl Up. When asked about joining, she stated "I'm so excited to become a Champion for Girl Up and to help make a difference for girls who aren't given the same opportunities that most of us take for granted. I know that there are plenty of girls throughout the country who are just like me—ready and motivated to stand up for the rights and well-being of girls in the developing world. I am confident that, together, we will rise to the challenge." Justice joined Girl Up on September 30, 2010, for the campaign's official launch in New York City and went on to support the "Unite for Girls" tour, which traveled to cities across the United States. She visited Girl Up-supported programs in developing countries to observe first-hand the impact the programs can have on girls and communities.[45] During an interview with Seventeen, Justice stated, "I was looking into different charities and hearing these girls in Guatemala and Africa talk about having to walk miles for water and crying because they don't have any money to go to school. It just really broke my heart, so I want to spread the word as much as I can and get other people working together. Before you know it we can actually make a difference."[46]


Justice's musical influences include Michael Jackson,[47] Madonna, Britney Spears, Pink, Sara Bareilles, Coldplay, No Doubt, The Jackson 5, The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Hall & Oates, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Karen Carpenter,[48] Elton John, Alanis Morissette, Carole King and Diana Ross.[49]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Mary Stella Short film
When Do We Eat? Young Nikky
2006 The Garden Holly
Unknown Daughter
2008 The Kings of Appletown Betsy
2012 The First Time Jane Harmon
Fun Size Wren DeSantis
2013 Jungle Master Rainie (voice) English dub
2014 Snow White and the Seven Thugs Snow White Short film
2015 Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List Naomi
Get Squirrely Lola (voice)
2017 The Outcasts Jodie Originally titled The Outskirts; scheduled for a 2015 release, but held until 2017[50]
2018 Bigger Kathy Weider
2019 Summer Night Harmony
TBA Push Brooke Gatwick Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Gilmore Girls Jill #2 Episode: "The Hobbit, the Sofa, and Digger Stiles"
2005 Silver Bells Rose Television film
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Rebecca Episode: "The Fairest of Them All"
2005–2008 Zoey 101 Lola Martinez Main role
2006 Everwood Thalia Thompson Episode: "Enjoy the Ride"
2009 The Naked Brothers Band Herself 2 episodes
Spectacular! Tammi Dyson Television film
True Jackson, VP Vivian Episode: "True Crush"
2009; 2011 iCarly Shelby Marx Episode: "iFight Shelby Marx"
Tori Vega Episode: "iParty with Victorious"
2010 The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Jordan Sands Television film
The Troop Eris Fairy Episode: "Speed"
2010–2013 Victorious Tori Vega Main role
2010–2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Stacy (voice) 2 episodes
2013 Big Time Rush Herself Episode: "Big Time Tour Bus"
2015 Eye Candy Lindy Sampson Main role
Undateable Amanda 2 episodes
2016 Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life Ramona Miller 2 episodes[51]
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again Janet Weiss Television film[40]
2017 Man with a Plan Sophia Episode: "The Silver Fox"[52]
2018 American Housewife Harper Episode: "Trophy Wife"
Queen America Hayley Wilson Episodes: "Sequins and Fritos" and "Ms. Claremore"
Robot Chicken Student (voice) Episode: "Factory Where Nuts Are Handled"
2020 50 States of Fright Logan Episode: "Red Rum"
The Real Bros of Simi Valley Courtney Ingles Episode: "Back In High School"



Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 Young Artist Awards Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Zoey 101 (shared with cast) Won [53]
2007 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress Zoey 101 Nominated [54]
Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Zoey 101 (shared with cast) Won
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series Zoey 101 Nominated [55]
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Smile N/A Nominated [56]
2011 ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress – Comedy Victorious Nominated [57]
Imagen Awards Best Young Actress/Television Victorious Nominated [58]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Victorious Nominated [59]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program (Series or Special) Victorious Nominated [60]
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave TV Star Victorious Nominated [61][62]
Hottest Girl Hottie N/A Won [61][63]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Nominated [64]
2012 ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress – Comedy Victorious Nominated [65]
Do Something Awards TV Star: Female N/A Nominated [66]
Imagen Awards Best Young Actress/Television Victorious Nominated [67][68]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Victorious Nominated [69]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress 17–21 iCarly Nominated [70]
2013 Imagen Awards Best Young Actress/Television Victorious Nominated [67][68]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Victorious Nominated [71]
Nickelodeon Slime Fest Aussie's Fave Nick Star Victorious Won [72]
Aussie's Fave Hottie N/A Won [73]
2018 BreakTudo Awards International Instagrammer N/A Won [74]

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