Victoria Justice is a child star who has kept her cool, and dare we say, gotten even cooler with each passing year. She stars as Janet in the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake on Fox (airing this Thursday the 20th) and we knew we had to sit down with her to get the inside scoop on filming.
Justice is a girl after our own hearts: she’s newly obsessed with avocados, loves sushi and wants to have dinner with Kristen Wiig. Does that sound like a Potatohead or what? Read below for our interview with Victoria Justice, then make some popcorn and watch her on TV this Thursday. You know there’s nothing better than a Rocky Horror viewing to get in the Halloween spirit….
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Breakfast would be an acai bowl with bee pollen, blueberries, goji berries and cacao chips. My ideal lunch would be sushi. I love salmon sushi with truffle oil and sea salt, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño peppers and salmon carpaccio (from Koi) is one of my favorites. The way they prepare it is amazing.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
I try to eat healthy and exercise at least every other day. I also try to meditate as often as I can and read inspirational books.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
In the morning, I use a Acure’s facial cleansing gel with a Clarisonic, maybe 2-3 times per week only with the gentlest head they sell (which is the acne one, I have really sensitive skin) to start, followed by Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar for a toner that I make myself (I add 1 tsp. to about 4 oz. of bottled water, that I put in a small bottle). Then I lightly mist my skin with Heritage Rosewater & Glycerin Atomizer Mist Sprayer (I get it at Whole Foods) and then seal it with Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian moisture cream (also at Whole Foods).
Were you a fan of the original Rocky Horror Picture Show growing up?
Yes! I saw it for the first time when I was in 5th grade, and I went to my first midnight showing when I was fifteen. I’ve always loved the music and the characters and how different it was.
How is the remake different from the original?
Well, honestly we don’t even really like to call it a remake. It’s more of a reimagining – paying tribute to this cult classic. In our version, we incorporate the Rocky Horror fans doing the call outs at the screen and throwing props. It’s very cool. It’s also a more colorful version; William Ivy Long (our costume designer) created some incredible pieces. There’s new choreography…I mean, this is Kenny Ortega’s vision, so you can expect for things to be a bit more amped up.
What was the craziest thing that happened on set while filming?
I do remember one scene that was challenging. We were filming the “Over At The Frankenstein Place” number. It was so cold and we were using a rain machine in the middle of the night. The water wasn’t heated either…it was pretty rough.
What is always in your handbag? What beauty products can’t you live without?
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
New York and LA. I love Koi both in NY and LA, Gangadin (best Indian food in LA in my opinion), El Criollo (the best cuban restaurant I’ve found), Aurora (my favorite Italian restaurant in NY…their panacotta is everything) and El Caribeno, which is a Puerto Rican restaurant in Spanish Harlem. It’s a little hole in the wall and so cheap but so good.
What are some of your go-to workouts?
I have a personal trainer that comes to my home, but I also go to the Equinox gym. I use a trainer there, but lately my sister Madison, who is so highly motivated when it comes to working out, will coach me. She will push both of us. We’ll do some cardio, good old fashioned sit-ups, push-ups, jumping rope, lunges and some weights. I also love a great yoga class to alternate.
What is the best advice you have ever received? What is the worst?
The best advice I’ve ever received is to treat other people the way I want to be treated. I’m very lucky to have a mom who has instilled the importance of kindness in me ever since I was little.
You didn’t like X until your tried it with Y….
I didn’t like avocado until I tried it when I was eighteen in Ohio when I was filming Fun Size. I remember thinking, ‘You know what…I’m going to try some avocado in this salad.’ Ever since then I’ve been obsessed!
If you could have a dinner party with five people, living or dead, who would you invite? And what would you cook?
Amy Winehouse, Oprah, Paul McCartney, Kristen Wiig and the Dalai Lama. I would honestly probably just order sushi and have a few vegetarian options.
What is your ideal smoothie comprised of? What is in your ideal salad?
My ideal smoothie is mango, coconut meat, peaches, blueberries and a scoop of vanilla coconut milk. My ideal salad would be romaine or bibb lettuce, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, hearts of palm, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and a touch of garlic powder.
Where do you love to travel? What wont your travel without?
I recently traveled to Tulum, Mexico and I absolutely loved it. The ocean actually felt like bathwater, the food was incredible, and it has this overall health and wellness hipster vibe which I love. I won’t travel without a blow dryer and a straightening iron, my big cozy jacket from Urban Outfitters, and a pair of distressed jeans.
In the same vein as the new black in fashion, what is the new potato right now?
Voting is the new potato! Register to vote!
Victoria Justice, photographed at American Cut Tribeca in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann