Victoria is a versatile actress and recording artist. The 22-year-old, originally from Hollywood, FL, will next star as Naomi in the indie romantic comedy Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List. The story is based on the young adult novel of the same name from the duo of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, who also wrote Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. The characters are incoming NYU freshmen and childhood neighbors, who have been in love with one another their whole lives. The institution of a “No Kiss List” has prevented the two from rifts in the past, but their bond is tested when they both fall for the same guy. The once inseparable pair must figure out if their friendship is strong enough to get past such an epic predicament as they struggle with the realities of growing up.
Victoria will also star as Jodi in this fall’s high school comedy The Outskirts, opening wide on November 6, 2015. Based on a script from last year’s Black List of the best unproduced screenplays, the story follows two best friends who have suffered years of torment under the thumb of the school’s alpha female and plan to ride out their senior year under the radar. When they become the victim of a humiliating prank, the two hatch a plan to unite the outcasts of the school and start a social revolution.
She most recently starred as Lindy in her own MTV series “Eye Candy,” a cyber-thriller based on R.L. Stine’s best-seller.
Victoria is best known for her hit Nickelodeon series, “Victorious.” She played the musically talented Tori Vega, who unexpectedly finds herself navigating life as a student at an elite performing arts high school. Throughout the show’s duration, Victorious was the #1 live action comedy series in its time slot on all TV, with kids 6-17, reaching 40.4 million kids, teens and tweens each quarter. “Victorious” also won “Favorite TV Show” at the Kids Choice Awards in 2012 and 2013.
Victoria is also a successful recording artist. Her vocal talents are showcased on the “Victorious” soundtracks. The first soundtrack debuted at #5 on the Top 200 charts and #2 on the pop charts in its first week. She has sold more than 3 million singles to date.
In Summer 2012, Victoria embarked on her first solo tour, “Make It In America,” which stopped in 17 cities, performing for over 100,000 fans. She continued touring in 2013 on the “Summer Break Tour” and played to over 200,000 fans.
Victoria’s feature film credits include Screen Gems’ The First Time, and Paramount Pictures’ Fun Size. Television credits include Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” and “Zoey 101,” as well as guest appearances on “The Penguins of Madagascar,” “The Troop,” “Everwood” and “Gilmore Girls.”
Along with her major roles in television and movies, Victoria can also add philanthropist to her resume. The actress and recording artist has been a Girl Up Champion since the campaign launched in 2010. In 2011, Justice joined Girl Up on a trip to Guatemala where she was so inspired that she wrote the song “Girl Up.” The music video contains footage from her experience in Guatemala, and was played at concerts during her summer tours.
Victoria has been nominated for Teen Choice and Kids’ Choice Awards, a NAACP Image Award, an ALMA award, as well as an Imagen Foundation Award. She continues to keep up her social media influence with over 28 million followers combined.
PIERSON FODÉ (Ely)
Pierson can next be seen starring opposite Victoria Justice in the much anticipated indie feature, Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List. Based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist), No Kiss List follows two lifelong best friends who find themselves falling for the same guy and have to deal with the repercussions. In the film Pierson plays ‘Ely’ best friend to Naomi (Justice) since they were little kids. They live across the hall from each other and have been inseparable their whole lives. Naomi who is secretly in love with Ely must face reality and come to grips with the fact that they will never be more than best friends, since Ely is gay. Everything changes when Ely unwittingly steals Naomi’s boyfriend. The film will premiere at Outfest on July 19 and the nationwide release will take place in Fall 2015. In addition to NKL, Pierson can also be seen in a lead role in the upcoming thriller Kill Game, which debuted at the Cannes Film. In the film Pierson plays a sociopathic leader of a group of friends being hunted down by a masked murderer with a score to settle. The film is scheduled for release later this year in 2015.
Pierson recently wrapped a lead in the indie feature Cardinal X. Based on the true story of the writer/director’s life, the film takes place in 1984 where we find Angie, a very bright scholarship student at Stanford, but out of place among a host of rich kids. In order to finance her tuition when her loan is slashed, Angie uses her skills as a budding organic chemist to concoct Ecstasy tablets in the Stanford lab. In the movie Pierson plays the lead role of 19-year-old Alex, a handsome golden boy with a swimmer’s ripped body. Alex is a fraternity boy who charms Angie into having sex with him on the frat house’s new pool table, but after she learns it was all to win a $20 bet, Alex has to do some serious groveling. The film was written and directed by Angie Wang and also stars Francesca Eastwood, Elisa Donovan and Annie Q as Angie. The film is slated to make the festival route later this year.
Pierson is best known for his recurring role for two seasons on the hit Disney Channel series “Jessie” where he played Brooks Wentworth, Jessie’s fiancée and down to earth heir to his family fortune. The duo made history as being the first Disney Channel marriage ever using the lead character. His other past TV credits include a guest-star spot on the HBO series “Hello Ladies”, the mini-series “Storytellers” and Nickelodeon’s “iCarly.” His past film credits include the indie film Indigenous.
Pierson grew up on a farm in Washington State. He started raising cattle at the tender age of eight when his father asked him if he wanted to raise a bummer calf that had just been born. Absolutely loving the process, he began raising cattle. After he graduated from high school and junior college at the same time (he was enrolled in the dual – enrollment program), Pierson sold his thirty head of cattle and headed for Tinsel Town!
Matthew Daddario is a native New Yorker. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Business Economics, his interest in performing intensified and he decided to follow his passion.
Matthew’s latest work includes Cabin Fever directed by Travis Zariwny and Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List directed by Kristin Hanggi. He also starred in Drake Doremus’s Breathe In, opposite Guy Pierce and Felicity Jones, which debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, DreamWorks Studios’ Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn, directed by Ken Scott, and When The Game Stands Tall, directed by Thomas Carter.
RYAN WARD (Bruce 2)
Born and raised in New Jersey, Ryan was fortunate to have parents crazy enough to let him to pursue a professional acting career from a young age. He played David Whitaker in the film Far From Heaven (2002). Other Film and TV credits include The Preppie Connection (Joe Castelo, dir.), “Murder In Manhattan” (ABC Pilot), and “Hack” (CBS). Off Broadway appearances include The Polish Play (Katharsis) and Pullman Car Hiawatha (Keen Company). Recent New York credits include Subterra (HERE Arts) and Henry V (Accidental Shakespeare). Ryan received his BFA from Rutgers University in 2012. Endless gratitude to those crazy parents.
GRIFFIN NEWMAN (Bruce 1)
Griffin is an actor, comedian, writer and power forward specializing in rebounds born and raised in New York City. In 2013 he was selected as one of the “New Faces of Comedy” at the Just For Laughs Montreal Festival, and has proceeded to sleep a lot since then. In 2014 he appeared regularly on MTV’s “Nikki & Sara LIVE” as their Resident Entertainment Correspondent, but then that show got canceled. In 2009, he developed and performed a one-person show called Grifftopia at Ars Nova, which his parents thought was pretty good. He’s currently a member of the UCB sketch team NIPSEY and co-hosts The Phantom Podcast with critic David Sims for UCB Comedy’s podcast network. As an actor Griffin specializes in handing paperwork to more famous actors onscreen, such as Kevin Costner in Draft Day, Jesse Eisenberg in Night Moves, Donnie Wahlberg on “Blue Bloods” and Carla Gugino on the USA miniseries “Political Animals.” He also did non-paperwork stuff in the movies Free The Nipple, Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List and Buttwhistle, all of which are real titles of real movies that cost money to make. He can currently be seen in Colin Quinn’s web series “Cop Show” and can next be seen in SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner Fort Tilden and Martin Scorsese’s new untitled series for HBO. He’s also thinking about getting a dog.
Monique is most recognized as Taylor Mckessie in Disney’s High School Musical franchise. However, her most significant role came in 2010 when she was appointed the first ever United Nations Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth. With this title, Coleman organized a global tour, which spanned 24 countries in six months. Her aim was to raise awareness about the most pressing issues facing youth, encourage young people to foster progress in their communities and urge the international community to take responsibility on youth issues. Following the tour, Monique was the keynote speaker or host at several major events including World Youth Day (Madrid, Spain), UNESCO Youth Forum (Paris, France), International Day of Peace (UN Headquarters), and The World Leadership Dinner. She has had the distinguished honor of interviewing the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Monique is the Founder and CEO of GimmeMo, a multiplatform community that amplifies youth voices and supports organizations that are working to make the world better for young people. Season 1 of “The GimmeMo Show” is available on HULU.
Currently, Mo is a Champion for the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign, a Peace One Day Education Ambassador, and a celebrity ambassador for PeaceFirst.org . Monique is thrilled to appear as Girl Robin in the highly anticipated film Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List alongside Victoria Justice and can be seen guest starring as Solaris on the new ABC Family drama “Stitchers.”
DANNY FLAHERTY (Boy Robin)
With his face plastered on every New York subway and city billboard across America, 2011 marked a milestone in young actor, Danny Flaherty’s, career. He was cast as the love-struck and loyal friend, Stanley, on MTV’s “Skins,” 17-year-old Danny Flaherty was getting used to the limelight.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Danny is the youngest of four, and with a father in the corporate world, a dental hygienist mother, and siblings interested in music, fashion and directing, he is the only actor in his family. Growing up, Danny watched a lot of films and needed to channel his extra energy somewhere, so he began doing plays, where his passion for the art of acting grew. At just twelve years old, he started the auditioning process and took his first steps into the entertainment world, where he has been building a unique career from day one, with his sights set high.
When Danny is interested in something, he puts his whole heart into it; no holds barred. He has a true passion for films and entertainment, but his skills extend to sports and music too. When he isn’t acting, you can find Danny singing and playing guitar with his garage band, MF Killer Starfish. The band formed when its original members were in the sixth grade and they have been rocking ever since. With several original songs already in the works and goals to tour and record an album, they are currently jamming regularly and perfecting their sound. Adding to his musical talents, Danny even wrote a song for “Skins,” which was featured in the season finale.
He plays the role of Matthew Beeman on the FX series “The Americans,” has appeared in “The Leftovers,” “Eye Candy,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Unforgettable,” “Law & Order Criminal Intent,” the Meryl Streep film Hope Springs, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Contest, Annie and the upcoming films King Jack (Winner of Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award), Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List, Fan Girl and The Adderall Diaries.
ABOUT THE CREW
KRISTIN HANGGI (Director)
Kristin is best known for directing and developing the international smash-hit Rock of Ages, which received five Tony Award nominations, including a nomination for Best Direction of a Musical. She has directed the productions on Broadway, the West End, Australia, Toronto, Las Vegas, and two National Tours.
Hanggi made her feature directorial debut with Grantham & Rose starring Jake T. Austin and Marla Gibbs. She recently directed her follow-up, Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List, an adaption of Rachel Cohn & David Levithan’s novel of the same name, starring Victoria Justice. For television, Hanggi adapted and directed the hit book series, “Dear Dumb Diary” into a musical movie, under Executive Producer Jerry Zucker for Walden Media. Hanggi’s other stage productions include the acclaimed pop opera bare, which ran to sold out audiences in Los Angeles and off-Broadway. bare brought Ms. Hanggi numerous accolades including the Ovation Award for Best Musical, LA Weekly Award for Best Musical and the Robby Award for Best Director.
Hanggi also directed the initial production that launched The Pussycat Dolls, Pussycat Dolls Live at the Roxy with stars Christina Applegate, Carmen Electra, and special guests Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Brittany Murphy, Nikka Costa and Academy Award winner Charlize Theron.
Other stage productions include: And the Curtain Rises at the Signature Theater; the winner of the New York’s Fringe Festival, Catch The Fish; Twelfth Premise (LA Times Critics Pick); the Los Angeles Premiere of Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi (Ticketholder Award, Best Production; Ticketholder Award, Best Director; Robby Award, Best Director of a Play); Crane, Mississippi (LA Times’ Critic’s Choice, Backstage West Critic’s Pick). Among other exciting projects, Hanggi is working alongside Amy Heckerling to develop Ms. Heckerling’s hit 1995 film Clueless into a musical for the stage.
Hanggi graduated with her Masters from USC after receiving her Bachelors from UCLA in Theater. In June of 2013, Hanggi returned to her alma mater when she received the UCLA School of Theater, Film, & Television Distinguished Alumni Award.
AMY ANDELSON & EMILY MEYER (Writers)
Amy and Emily are two edgy, young writers known for several projects including The Untitled Great Gatsby Project, which sold to Sony. Amy and Emily are currently writing Wishful Thinking for New Line with Kevin Misher producing and Selena Gomez attached to star. They recently wrote Step Up 3D for Touchstone/Disney with Jon Chu directing and sold a pitch to Paramount with Offspring Entertainment producing.
RACHEL COHN (Author)
Rachel is the New York Times best-selling author of many novels for young adults, including the Gingerbread series, the sci-fi Beta series, and, co-authored with David Levithan, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, and Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List.
DAVID LEVITHAN (Author)
David is a New York Times best-selling author of many novels, including Every Day, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green) and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn). Two Boys Kissing won a Lambda Literary Award. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story is his newest release. Levithan, a senior editor at Scholastic, is also the founding editor of the PUSH imprint, which is devoted to finding new voices and authors in teen literature.
SKIP KLINTWORTH (Executive Producer)
Skip has a 45-year career as a health care and Internet entrepreneur, and is now taking his business acumen to one of his personal favorites – the entertainment world. From his earliest company creating and marketing the first colored casts, to founding the first publicly traded B2B Internet firm, Skip has always looked for innovation and pushed for developing new business models. Skip’s philanthropic interests have spanned his career, and include founding DreamWeaver Medical, and producing a seven Emmy-award winning documentary TV show, “Profiles in Caring.” His interest in the film industry is an extension of Skip’s lifelong history of partnering with creative, smart and hard-working collaborators. The first film he executive produced premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the dramatic competition category – I Smile Back, starring Sarah Silverman. As the movie business undergoes an unprecedented change in the production and distribution of films, Skip considers it an enjoyable challenge to be a part of this evolution; new technology, changing audience demands, and a passionate team put Oscar Crosby Films at the forefront of this new field, helping to shape this industry’s future.
ALEXANDRA MILCHAN (Producer)
Over the past 20 years, Alexandra has served as an independent producer of film, television and digital projects, with credits including The Wolf of Wall Street, and the upcoming Crowded Room (developing for Leonardo DiCaprio), Nancy & Danny (starring Carey Mulligan, Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson), Belushi (producing with Judy Belushi, written and to be directed by Steve Conrad), Napoleon & Betsy (starring Elle Fanning, and to be directed by Dearbhla Walsh) and “The Terror” (a major event series for Netflix). Previously, she served as the EVP of Production at New Regency, bringing in and developing major properties such as Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Fraggle Rock. She began her career apprenticing at Columbia/TriStar in Paris, and for Warner Bros. in London, before her first job on set for the production of HEAT.
MIKE HARROP (Executive Producer)
Mike is a New York-based producer of film, documentary and television. With a focus on feature film, he most recently produced I Smile Back with Sarah Silverman (Sundance Competition 2015,), which is slated for an October 2015 release by Broad Green Pictures. Past producing work includes Ed Burns’ The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012), Newlyweds (2011), and Nice Guy Johnny (2010), Tom O’Brien’s soon to be released Manhattan Romance (2015), and the feature documentary One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (2013).
Mike has just wrapped the first season of “Public Morals” (premieres Aug 25, 2015) for TNT, again in conjunction with Ed Burns. He is currently in production on the first season of “Billions” (premieres 2016) for Showtime, with show runners Brian Koppelman and David Levien.
Mike’s background in the business is in postproduction, where he supervised post on a wide variety of projects such as Blue Valentine, Solitary Man, Redacted, Restrepo and Visitors.