EXCLUSIVE: Christina Milian & Victoria Justice Spill All the Tea About 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'

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This story originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Latina magazine.

When The Rocky Horror Picture Show made its debut in 1975, the British musical comedy starred Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist/alien transvestite. Needless to say, that movie raised more than a few eyebrows four decades ago. In 2016, it’s fresh fodder for this month’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again on Fox. Directed and choreographed by Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega, this new spin on the cult classic stars Victoria Justice as Janet, Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Adam Lambert as Eddie, and Christina Milian as Magenta.

Here, Milian and Justice spill the tea on secrets from the set and more.

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What was it like filming this reimagined version of Rocky Horror?

Victoria Justice: It was an incredible experience. I feel so honored to be reprising the role of Janet Weiss and stepping into Susan Sarandon’s shoes. It was really cool, specifically when Ryan McCartan and I had to do the song “There’s a Light Over at the Frankenstein Place,” which is the famous scene where I’m holding the newspaper over my head and it’s raining. That was a tough night because we were filming at three in the morning and it was so cold outside. For the most part it was a fun shoot. There were a lot of night shoots, so the cast and I bonded a lot. I got everyone into “Heads Up,” which is one of my favorite games on my phone.

Christina Milian: It’s exciting and feels like a great bucket-list point in my life. I’ve been a fan of Rocky Horror…my mom let me see it at a really early age. At the time I may not have understood it, but throughout the years, [I began] to get what the movie is about. As a unit, we all cared passionately about each other [and wanted] to do our best, have fun, and pay homage to the original film.

Given our society’s ongoing conversation about gender, why is retelling TRHPS important today?

CM: People are growing and changing their minds. It’s a good time. Had they done it 10 years ago, I don’t know if [viewers would be] ready, but they’re ready now.

VJ: Back in the day, having Tim Curry singing “Sweet Transvestite” was controversial and groundbreaking. We’ve come such a long way culturally, as far as people being accepted for whatever they are. Having Laverne play Dr. Frank-N-Furter symbolizes how far we’ve come and that’s going to inspire a lot of people to be true to themselves.

Kenny Ortega is a legend in the business. What was it like working with him?

CM: That was one of the selling points. At first, I was nervous knowing Kenny was on board. I was like, “You worked with Michael Jackson, that’s crazy.” He’s really inspiring and Kenny allows the cast to bring their own take on things.

VJ: Kenny is honestly one of the warmest and friendliest people you’ll ever meet. He’s enthusiastic and passionate about what he does whether we’re in rehearsal or on set, and he’s inclusive and collaborative, which I love.

What can viewers expect to see with Laverne Cox in the famous Dr. Frank-N-Furter role?

VJ: Her range is insane. She can hit these low lows but also go high high, which is pretty incredible. Her interpretation of Dr. Frank-NFurter is so fun and so sassy and full of life. Her lips alone have so much character…you can just watch her lips for the entire movie and be entertained. 

Christina, let’s talk about your character, Magenta. What do you love most about her?

CM: She’s wild and crazy. She knows there’s a master plan at the end, not necessarily to leave Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but she’s trying to get home. Between Kenny, the costume department, and hair, everybody brought vibrancy to her.

How was it working with one another?

VJ: I love Christina! She’s one of the most down-to-earth and sweetest girls that I have ever met in this business, and has such a big heart. I’m excited for people to see what she does with Magenta because her laugh is perfect for this. It’s so infectious in real life, and even more infectious in the film.

CM: Victoria is a sweetheart. She’s got some really great fans who love her, but it’s a wonderful time to show that she’s a woman now playing this role. For her to step up and do this was an amazing choice.