Victoria Justice, 19, has been acting on Nickelodeon since she was 13 years old. Now, she’s making the leap to the big screen in her feature-film debut, the teen comedy Fun Size (Rated PG-13. Not recommended for kids under 13.). Justice plays Wren, a teenager from Cleveland, Ohio, who gets stuck taking her 8-year-old brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll) trick-or-treating instead of going to a Halloween party—and then accidentally loses him. Recently, TFK spoke to Justice about the movie, Halloween, the final season of her Nickelodeon show Victorious, and her first solo music tour.
You play a teenager named Wren in Fun Size. What is she like?
She’s a very relatable, normal teenage girl. She has a crush on the really cool, cute guy at school and doesn’t ever expect him to notice her. When she gets invited to his big Halloween party, she obviously wants to go and have a good time and be a normal teenager. She gets frustrated with her home situation and her life with her mom (Chelsea Handler) and her younger brother because her mom is constantly making her babysit her younger brother, and [Wren’s] kind of become the parent in the relationship.
What kinds of adventures do the characters have in Fun Size?
This whole movie is one giant adventure. Because it’s Halloween—it all takes place in one night—so things get pretty crazy really fast. There are lots of great costumes, which is exciting. There’s lots of adventure and action and some really sweet romance and some poignant moments, so it’s a nice balance.
You have a little sister. Did you relate to the sibling rivalry in the movie?
I think I did, a little bit, especially when we were younger. My sister has always been a very hyper child, so there have been similar situations where I would have to look after her in public, and I would always be freaked out because I would never know where she was going to run to next and have to constantly keep my eyes on her because I felt like she could get away or escape at any second.
What was your favorite candy to receive trick-or-treating when you were younger?
I was into all the sour stuff, like Warheads and sour gummy worms, and—as far as chocolate—I love Kit Kats and Buncha Crunch and Raisinets.
Are you a fan of Halloween? What was your most memorable Halloween costume?
I’m definitely a Halloween fan. I think Halloween is one of the most fun holidays. You have total freedom to be whatever you want, dress up however you want, express yourself as creatively as you want. My most memorable costume…I was a ketchup bottle one year.
You also star in Nickelodeon’s hit TV show Victorious. What can fans expect from the new season?
There’s some really great new music coming up, [including] a song that I wrote called “Faster Than Boys,” which I’ve been giving a preview of on my tour. And lots of funny moments coming up.
This will be the show’s final season. How are you feeling about moving on, and what’s next for you?
I’m feeling good and pretty positive about it. I’m 19 now. I think this is a good age for me to step outside of Nickelodeon and explore other possibilities and opportunities. Of course, I’m extremely grateful. The network has been amazing to me. I’ve been on Nickelodeon since I was 12 years old, starting off on Zoey 101, and then was given my own show, so it’s really been a dream come true for me in a lot of ways. And I think I’ll always look back on this time in my life very fondly.
You spent the summer out on your “Make It In America” solo tour. How was the experience?
It’s been amazing. I have my own tour bus. We’ve all become obsessed with Ms. Pac-Man because we brought a portable joystick that you can connect to the TV. So we’ve been having Ms. Pac-Man competitions, so that’s been fun. It’s just a crazy schedule. Playing a show in front of 10,000 people, and then getting on a bus and driving for 10 hours, and then doing it all over again. It’s pretty nuts, but it’s really, really fun.
You also filmed a really creative live lyric Maroon 5 video with your tourmate Max Schneider, all in one shot. How long did that take to come together?
We filmed it all in one day, and it took 11 takes. We used the 11th take. I honestly didn’t know if it was going to be possible for us to pull it off, but we ended up doing it, and I’m so happy with the finished product.
Note: Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies Fun Size is Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive material, partying, and language.