Born and raised in Hollywood (Florida, that is), Victoria Justice realized her calling at age 8, when she saw a kid the same age in a potato-chip commercial. She simply couldn’t resist the siren song of Hollywood (California, of course).
Since her debut in an Ovaltine spot, Justice has added more than 30 commercials to her resume, though it’s her three-season co-starring role on Nickelodeon’s hit “Zoey 101” that launched her to the big time.
Justice’s stint as Lola Martinez impressed not only tween auds but also the execs at Nickelodeon, who are developing a new star vehicle for her through a partnership with Sony BMG. They tapped “iCarly” creator Dan Schneider to concoct the show, complete with original music to feature Justice’s vocal talents.
The network also encouraged her to flaunt her pipes in TV movie “Spectacular!” (if all goes according to plan, the Nick original could do for competitive show choirs what Disney’s “High School Musical” did for drama students). That took little convincing for Justice, who counts classics like Sinatra and top-40 stars like Alicia Keys as her inspirations.