It’s tough to believe that Victoria Justice has a 12-year career under her belt, considering she’s only 22. She started acting when she was just 10 years old—a guest stint on “Gilmore Girls”—and by 2005, she bagged a starring role in the Nickelodeon hit “Zoey 101,” and later landed her own show, “Victorious.” Nine million Twitter fans and three million Instagram followers later, she’s a bonafide star—and is setting her sights on more mature roles.
Justice’s latest project is the MTV thriller series, “Eye Candy,” in which she stars as a gorgeous computer hacker on the hunt for a murderer she meets through an online dating app. (Think of it as a Tinder stalker’s worst nightmare.) The show’s been heavily promoted by MTV, and represents a real gear shift for Justice, who tells us she’s looking forward to broadening her horizons when it comes to roles.
We talked to the social media-savvy starlet about about her new role, her personal style, and how to take the perfect selfie on a wintry day in New York City—while she sported some of the season’s coziest knits and killer dresses.
StyleCaster: Your character on MTV’s Eye Candy meets her enemy on a Tinder-like app called Flirtual. Would you ever date a guy you met online?
Victoria Justice: Probably not, I think I’d just be too scared. I personally prefer meeting guys the old-fashioned way, through friends or that sort of thing.
“Eye Candy” is a big move for you coming from Nickelodeon. How much of a change has that been for your career?
It’s a really big change. I am able to play my own age now and step into a more mature role. After my show was over, I did these really cool independent films, “Naomi” and “Ely’s No Kiss List,” and “The Outskirts.” If I was going to do another TV show, I wanted to do something that was going to be totally different.
I knew I wanted to do a drama since I was doing comedy for so long. I got sent the Eye Candy script and couldn’t put it down, I was so intrigued. I loved the mystery and the thriller elements to it. It was a cool concept and the perfect way for me to grow up on screen without pushing it too far.
You have a huge social media following. What’s your favorite platform to use on a day-to-day basis?
My favorite platform is probably Instagram. I love taking pictures and all of the cool filters that you can use. I like posting #OOTD pictures and just being able to share cool photographs from different points of my life—whether it’s a lifestyle picture or me at work behind the scenes. It’s a really cool way to connect with the fans, and also be somewhat artistic.
Any tips for fans on getting the best #OOTD shot?
For an #OOTD, I always try and find a really cool wall in a color that pops or is really bright. To take a better selfie, the most important thing is lighting.
What’s your favorite Instagram account of follow?
I like to follow my sister’s Instagram account. She’s @TheMadGrace because I’m away and traveling a lot and working, it’s always fun to see what she’s up to and what she’s doing.
What’s your favorite emoji?
There’s a big debate over whether it’s chocolate ice cream smiling or if it is a little pile of poo—and either way, I think it’s adorable. I just … it makes me happy.
How would you describe your style in three words?
Eclectic, fun and funky.
What’s your go-to outfit?
I love my Rebecca Minkoff leather motorcycle jacket, a cool T-shirt and DL1961 jeans—they’re so comfortable. And then probably a pair of chunky boots or shoes that give you a little bit of lift, like a wedge sneaker.
Whose celebrity style are you obsessed with?
I love Sienna Miller. I think she’s so effortlessly cool and just gorgeous and I’ve always been a huge fan of hers. I love that bohemian chic vibe she has.
Any hidden talents?
I do this thing called the “eyebrow wave” where I basically [demonstrates eyebrow wave] just have really weird control over my eyebrows.
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Photographer: Justin Marquis
Stylist: Sofia Karvela
Hair & Makeup: Lusine Galadjian
Location & Set Design: Arran Patel