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.”
SWEET VINDICATION: It’s a good bet that Jay Leno is loving the press surrounding Bill Carter’s soon-to-be-released “The War For Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy.” The New York Times scribe, who chronicled the Leno-David Letterman battle for “The Tonight Show” in 1989 to great acclaim (and an HBO movie), now dishes the details of “The Jay Leno Show” debacle. Conan O’Brien and team come off as a supercilious bunch, to say the least. NBC bosses look like bumblers. And Leno’s depicted as the guy understandably bemused by the fact he brought the network years of ratings victories only to be handed a pink slip. Wonder what Jimmy Kimmel and other comics who’ve been using Leno as a punch line punching bag will have to say — if anything. The book comes out Nov. 8, the day O’Brien’s new TBS show launches.
THE BIG SCREEN SCENE: Greg Grunberg says that the idea of his bringing back the ultra-colorful Harry Mudd character from the original “Star Trek” series in one of his long-time pal J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” movies is just that – an idea. “There’s been no serious talk about it. I’d do anything they want me to,” adds the former “Heroes” star. Mudd definitely has an appeal: “He wears crazy hats, an earring, he has beautiful women around him all the time.”