LOS ANGELES – Victoria Justice may be all grown up but there isn't a day when she is thinking back on her Nickelodeon days on “Victorious.”
“… ‘Victorious’ really changed my life and the fans were so, so incredible and are so supportive and sweet to this day,” she told Fox News at GLAAD Rising Stars Luncheon. “Every day I am reminded of how grateful and humbled I am by that. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about that.”
And while a handful of Nickelodeon and Disney stars have gone wild, the 24-year-old credits her mother for keeping her on the straight-and-narrow.
“I used to say when I was younger my mom would ground me a lot so that’s probably how [I stayed grounded],” she said with a laugh.
Justice, who just starred in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Fox, explained growing up on a show taught her how to work hard.
“I think working on ‘Victorious’ really taught me a lot of things,” she said. “I was working really hard at a young age at 16 years old. I was in 80 percent of the scenes, I would say. I would record on the weekends. I would learn choreography and rehearse during the week and [do] press. It was a non-stop thing. I think I developed a really great work ethic at a young age and that’s something I will always carry with me.”
At the Friday luncheon hosted by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the actress stressed the importance of acceptance.
“To me being able to support people so they can be their most authentic self and their true selves is so important, and I feel like they should always be supportive of that,” she explained. “I have so many gay friends and I grew up with the gay community so it’s just something very near and dear to my heart.”
I feel honored to have been invited to present and support @GLAAD at their Rising Stars luncheon yesterday. It was so inspiring to see young LGBTQ advocates recognized for their dedication to equal rights. I'm hopeful for the future and will continue to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community. #🏳️🌈💪🏼🙏🏼💞
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