“Never let anyone take away your dream.” Victoria Justice
American teen actress Victoria Justice is famous as Lola Martinez on the hit television series “Zoey 101,” a role she played from 2005 to 2008. She co-won two Young Artist Awards for her role and guest starred in “Gilmore Girls,” “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Everwood.” She also appeared in such movies as “Silver Bells” (2005, TV), “When Do We Eat?” (2005), “The Garden” (2006) and “Unknown” (2006). She will play Tammi and Betsy in the made-for-TV film “Spectacular!” (2009) and the adventure film “The Kings of Appletown,” respectively.
Now represented by Super Models Unlimited, Justice has done commercials for well-known clients like Ralph Lauren, Gap and Guess. She also appeared in national commercials for Mervyn's, Peanut Butter Toast Crunch and Ovaltine.
“When I'm not acting or modeling, I like hanging out with my family and friends. I love watching movies, dancing, reading, karaoke, swimming, ice skating, and like most teen girls, I really enjoy shopping! I also love music and singing and have hopes of one day releasing a CD.” Victoria Justice
Justice is good friends with Taylor Dooley, Taylor Lautner, Vanessa Anne Hudgens and her “Zoey 101” costars, Jamie Lynn Spears, Sean Flynn Amir, Erin Sanders, and Matthew Underwood. Her favorite sport is football. Justice, who dreams of being an Oscar winning actress by the time she is nineteen, idolizes Johnny Depp, Jamie Foxx, Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Tom Hanks, Juliette Lewis, and Hillary Swank. She loves the movies “The Other Sister,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Almost Famous” and “Zoolander.”
Childhood and Family:
Victoria Dawn Justice was born on February 19, 1993, in Hollywood, Florida, to a Puerto Rican mother and a father who is of Irish, German and English descent. She first caught the acting bug when she was 8 years old after watching a children's commercial. Victoria and her family relocated to Hollywood, California, in 2003.
Victoria, known by family and close friends as Vicky, is a straight A student. In 2005, she auditioned and was accepted into the musical theatre program at Los Angeles' renowned Performing Arts Magnet school. Victoria has a younger sister named Madison Justice (born in 1996).
Ralph Lauren Girl
Victoria Justice knew from an early age that she wanted to become an actress and launched her career by modeling and appearing in a number of television commercials. She did not receive her first real acting job until after her family relocated to Hollywood, California, in 2003. Within three weeks of her arrival, the 10-year-old aspiring actress was cast in the role of Jill #2 on an episode of “Gilmore Girls” called “The Hobbit, the Sofa, and Digger Stiles.” Justice, who secured a national spot for Ovaltine on her very first audition, did a fashion ad campaign for the prestigious Ralph Lauren in 2004. She has also appeared in advertising campaigns for Gap and Guess.
The following year, Justice portrayed Stella in the Aaron Ruel 5-minute comedy “Mary,” which went on to become a favorite at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and landed a guest spot in the “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” episode “The Fairest of Them All,” playing Rebecca. She also played Young Nikki on the comedy feature “When Do We Eat?” (2005), along with Michael Lerner, Lesley Ann Warren, Jack Klugman, Meredith Scott Lynn and Shiri Appleby, and made her TV-movie debut in the based-on-novel “Silver Bells” (CBS, 2005), starring Anne Heche.
It was also in 2005 that Justice enjoyed her big breakthrough when she was cast in the reoccurring role of Lola Martinez on the Nickelodeon popular series “Zoey 101,” starring Jamie Lynn Spears in the title role. She was on the show until its demise in 2008, during which time she shared two Young Artist awards for Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama).
After working on “Zoey 101” for a year, Justice played the supporting role of Holly in the thriller “The Garden,” which premiered at the Brussels International Film Festival on March 17, 2006. Among her costars in the movie were Lance Henriksen, Brian Wimmer, Adam Taylor Gordon, Claudia Christian and Sean Young. She was also cast as James Caviezel's daughter in the psychological thriller “Unknown” (2006), which also starred Greg Kinnear, Joe Pantoliano, Jeremy Sisto and Barry Pepper, and appeared as Thalia Thompson in the “Everwood” episode “Enjoy the Ride” (2006).
Recently, Justice completed filming “Spectacular!” (2009), a television movie directed by Robert Iscove and written by James Krieg. Playing Tammi, she costars with Nolan Gerard Funk, Tammin Sursok and Greg Germann. She will also share the screen with twin actors Dylan and Cole Sprouse in the adventure feature “The Kings of Appletown.”
Young Artist: Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama), “Zoey 101,” 2007
Young Artist: Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama), “Zoey 101,” 2006