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Victoria Justice shows true colors in ‘The Boy Who Cried Werewolf’

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Here’s a unique approach to overcoming the insecurity and lack of popularity issues that plague many a teenage girl — find your inner werewolf. At least, that’s kind of what happens to Victoria Justice’s character in “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf.” The Nickelodeon movie, also starring Brooke Shields (doing an homage to “Young Frankenstein’s” Frau Blucher) debuts Saturday (10/23).

“I thought my character in the movie was relatable to a lot of girls — she doesn’t have a lot of friends, the popular hot jock doesn’t notice her,” relates the beautiful 17-year-old star of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” series. However, as she is coping with that certain problem that starts to overcome her after her exposure to wolf blood, “She starts gaining inner confidence in herself, she realizes beauty is more than skin deep, it comes from within. You have to feel good about yourself.”

Victoria admits she wasn’t so sure about handling the werewolf aspect of the role, however. “I was really excited to do the role, it had so much action that was like nothing I’d ever done before. Luckily, I wasn’t always in the transformation stages. I didn’t always have to be i the prosthetics.”

When she did have to get fully wolfed-out, “It took about three hours, I would say. You just have to sit there and not talk. I would put on my iPod and try to go to sleep. Getting to walk out of there in hair and makeup was really awesome.”

Now Victoria’s getting ready to start filming Monday (10/25) on the second season of her music-filled sitcom that’s set in a performing arts high school. “I think we’re all really excited for the second season. We learned a lot of things from the first season, got to know each other really well, got used to comedic timing. The later episodes were some of the best ones. I’d be the first to say the first season left a lot of room to grow.”

She reports there’ll be even more music in Season 2 of the show than Season 1. Personally, “I think it would be really cool to see her break up with a guy or something, to see that softer side — real emotions. I think even though it’s a Nickelodeon show, people would respond to that realness.”

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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