Victoria Justice is waving goodbye to her Nickelodeon days in favor of racier roles. The 23-year-old former teen star is stripping down as Janet Weiss in Fox’s star-studded Rocky Horror Picture Show revamp and proving her triple-threat status in singing, dancing and seducing.
“I was super excited,” Justice told PEOPLE Now of tackling the role originated by Susan Sarandon in the 1975 cult-classic film. “It’s such an iconic moment, you know, Janet Weiss singing ‘Touch Me.’ I love the song, and it’s just the first moment that Janet is having this sexual experience. It was really fun to play as an actress.”
As fun as it is to explore the risqué and new characters, she says her fans’ reactions have been a “mixed bag.”
“I looked at some of the comments. Some people were like, ‘Good for you, Victoria, I can’t wait to see this,’ and other people of course were like, ‘She’s a slut now,’ and doing all that kind of shaming,” shares the star. “I was like, ‘Come on now, this is a role in a movie.’ “
In addition to Laverne Cox, who is taking over the role originally played by Tim Curry and Curry himself, who is now portraying the musical’s Criminologist Narrator, Justice will share the screen with Adam Lambert, Christina Milian and newcomer Staz Nair, among others.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.