Victoria Justice, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato are three of the biggest teen stars on the planet. They're all 18, they've each had their own TV show (Victorious, Wizards of Waverly Place, Sonny With A Chance), and they're all Latinas — so people compare them quite a bit. Justice, who's Puerto Rican, took a break from filming her new Paramount Films comedy, Fun Size (which is being directed by Gossip Girl creator, Josh Schwartz) to talk to Latina.com about the things she has in common with fellow Latina superstars, Selena and Demi.
"Well, we obviously all have the singing and acting thing in common," said Justice, who is in the process of recording her debut album (her single "My Best Friend's Brother" came out in May). But Victoria says a passion for acting and singing isn't the only thing she has in common with the former Disney stars. "I would say we're all pretty hardworking and driven at a young age. We all have crazy, hectic schedules and I’m sure that they work really long hours as I do with not a lot of days off," she says. Justice says hard work is the key to achieving success in the entertainment industry. "You have to stay focused and realize that you have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders."
But it's not all work and no play for Justice. "At the end of the day we're all teenage girls, and I'm sure they like to have fun just as much as I do," she explains.
And while she admits that she has a lot in common with Demi and Selena, she explains that the three teen superstars aren't carbon copies of one another. "Although people tend to clump all of us in the same category, I’m sure we're really very different and unique in our own way," she says.
Still, Justice says it makes her proud to see the impact she, Selena and Demi are having in Hollywood. "I think it’s a great thing that young Latina girls have role models to look up to and can see girls on TV that resemble them," she says. "I'm very proud to be half Latina. According to my mom it's my better half [laughs]. I think it’s important for [young Latinas] to see all of us attain success and know it’s possible through hard work. I'm very proud to represent for all the Latina girls and boys out there."