Victoria Justice graces Teen Vogue’s October 2012 ‘Young Hollywood’ issue. And the 19-year-old beauty is definitely one of the top actresses of the younger generation. “It’s pretty surreal,” the Victorious star says. “My number one thing was that if I ever did get successful enough to make it, I wanted to be able to give back to my family.” The lovely actress has recently bought a new home for her parents. “It’s our dream house. It’s amazing,” Victoria says. “I know I’m going to be moving out in a few years, but I’m not ready yet. I’m still nineteen. I have a lot to learn.”
Talking to the magazine about the beginnings of her career, Justice recalls that, “The conditions were awful — long hours, wind, my costume was too big on me. But I loved it,” she remembers. “At a young age, I had to give up a lot of things, like being able to hang out with my friends. But it was okay. In a lot of ways, I wasn’t a normal teenager. I knew my family had moved here for me to pursue this, so I wasn’t about to let them down.”
When it comes to her romantic life, the actress admits she prefers to keep it far away from the public eye. “I hate being so mysterious, but I feel like once you start talking, people want to know more,” she says. “I don’t want to be the type of person to have my relationships plastered in magazines. The times the paparazzi have gotten pictures of me in my personal life, I’ve been completely freaked out by it, like, How did they know I was here?”
What about her ideal boyfriend? “I like a guy who’s down-to-earth, smart, into film and the arts, and who’s going to bring out the best in me,” she confesses. “I feel like I’m applying on a dating website.”
The actress says that it is important to keep a balance between your boyfriend and your friends. “Are guys that important that we need to lose our girlfriends over them and fight with them?” she asks. “As girls, we have to stick together. Even in this industry — it’s so competitive: Who has a better body? Who has better skin? Who’s more talented? At the end of the day, we’re all unique.”
In her interview with Teen Vogue, Victoria also reveals her celebrity crush. “I have, like, talent crushes on people. I’m a huge Coldplay fan. Chris Martin is a legend. I admire him a lot,” the actress told the magazine.
On her career, the young starlet admits she loves comedies and that she feels comfortable with looking silly, “I’m not afraid to put myself out there for the sake of comedy,” she says. “I’m not afraid to take a pie in the face. I’m not afraid to look silly and make a fool of myself. It’s kind of thrilling for me.”
Victoria confesses that she would be thrilled if her path intersected with that of Lena Dunham, the creator of HBO’s Girls. “I love that she’s fearless and smart and really relatable,” Justice says. “I love how each character is not perfect. And I love that she’s not afraid for the camera to get all up in her business. I don’t know if I would go as far as she does, but I respect her for it. She’s awesome. I’d love to work with her.”
Read Victoria Justice’s complete interview in the October 2012 issue of Teen Vogue.
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