Victoria Justice Is More Than 'Victorious'

Let's be real: MTV is killing it these days. First they created one of my absolute favorite new series, Finding Carter (Are you watching it? If not, start immediately) and now they're bringing us a brand new mystery drama from the twisted mind of author R.L. Stine, whose books inspired many of my nightmares as a kid. The new series is called Eye Candy , and it's about a young hacker who becomes entangled in a cat-and-mouse game with a deadly cyber stalker. The actress that MTV hired to go head-to-head with our scary serial killer is Victoria Justice, whose time on Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious might not paint her as the tough, crime-fighting type. But that's totally fine, because Eye Candy promises that we're going to see Justice in a brand-new light. The actress is a total badass in the trailer, and that's just the highlight reel of what promises to be a super intense new series. Justice may be known as a former Nick star now, but by the time we're all hooked on Eye Candy, she could be better known as TV's coolest new heroine.

Of course, Eye Candy isn't the only thing that Justice has done outside of the sitcom that made her famous — nor is Victorious the only thing she's done. In fact, Justice scored her own sitcom after making a mark on a few other Nickelodeon shows — she got major laughs as Lola, Zoey's actress roommate, on Nick show Zoey 101 and guest starred on both iCarly and True Jackson, VP. In 2009, she sang her heart out in Nickelodeon movie Spectacular!, which solidified the fact that she could carry a show like Victorious, as it took place at a performing arts high school.

Like many former tween stars, Justice decided to move onto edgier material after Victorious wrapped production. She had a supporting role in teen flick The First Time, where she played the love interest to Teen Wolf star Dylan O'Brien's character. Check out the trailer below.

Justice may not have been the lead in The First Time, but she did nab the starring role in another teen flick — this time, a buddy comedy about the horror of losing your little brother on Halloween night. (And the horror of having to babysit him on Halloween night in the first place.) Justice starred as Wren in the 2012 flick Fun Size, which co-starred Suburgatory's Jane Levy and Chelsea Handler, and was penned by The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz.

Justice currently has two films awaiting release: Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, based on the popular teen read by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and The Outskirts, a drama about a group of outcasts who try to take down the Queen Bee of their high school. But for now, Justice's main focus is her new role on Eye Candy, one that will surely shake up her image and inspire future ventures into edgier territory. She's no longer a tween star, and her new gig will prove it.

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