EXCLUSIVE: Victoria Justice Talks JetBlue’s Soar with Reading Program

EXCLUSIVE: Victoria Justice Talks JetBlue’s Soar with Reading Program

Victoria Justice wants to help spread a very important message: Reading is vital!

The 21-year-old actress/singer has teamed up with JetBlue for their Soar with Reading program to help raise money to donate books to children in underserved communities. Soar with Reading focuses on inspiring and sharing the gift of reading, starting at the grade-school level.

“It’s important for kids to have positive role models and we are so thrilled to partner with someone like Victoria Justice to help inspire children to read this summer. She will help bring enhanced awareness to our program and we look forward to the partnership,” JetBlue’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Icema Gibbs said in a statement.

“Victoria will be an important voice in our mission to tackle national literacy. Like JetBlue, Victoria is extremely passionate about this cause.“

We chatted with Justice about her involvement with JetBlue's Soar with Reading, her upcoming movie The Outskirts, what it's been like transitioning for a child to adult star, and more.

Read it all in our exclusive interview below:

Congrats on your role in The Outskirts! Your character, Jodi, teams up with her best friend after being tormented by a mean girl in school and you decide to unite all the outcasts. Have you ever felt like an outcast or outsider?
Yes, I have at times. I went to public school until the first semester of 10th grade. I made some really great friends, but there were also people that would assume I was stuck-up or something like that, just because I was on TV. They would make up things that just weren't true or try to get others to dislike me, by spreading lies. Of course, some of it would get back to me and would both hurt my feelings and make me angry at the same time.

What personal advice would you give someone who feels like an outcast or is being bullied at school?
If they feel like an outcast, I would tell them to talk to a parent or just someone they really respect and value their opinion to see what they can do to make friends. It could be something as easy as joining school clubs or organizations or maybe just working on their social skills.

If they're being bullied, I would tell them to please tell someone. You need support from family, friends and the school. I don't think it's a good idea to retaliate with anything negative in a situation like that. I think it's better to just smile or say something positive, it usually throws people off that are looking for a negative reaction.

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