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Interview: Nickelodeon Star Liz Gillies on the ‘iParty with Victorious’ Crossover

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This weekend, Nickelodeon unites its two major shows, iCarly and Victorious, in a 90-minute TV special called iParty with Victorious. In the crossover, Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) and Tori (Victoria Justice) discover that they're dating the same guy; when Carly and her pals head down to L.A. to catch the cheating boyfriend in the act, the Hollywood Arts kids get to meet the stars of their favorite webshow. Oh, and Nick alum Kenan Thompson shows up playing himself.

Earlier this week, we chatted with Victorious star Liz Gillies, who plays mean girl Jade, about getting to know the iCarly cast better and whether the 17-year-old will get to attend a non-TV prom.

How was shooting iParty?

Gillies: It was a lot of fun. It was crazy to work with iCarly and have all those crazy energies and personalities in one room together. ‘Cause our characters are crazy, but we’re all crazy, too. It was wild, throwing this all together. There was never a dull moment. The movie was lots of fun; I spent a lot of time in the hot tub, which was fun. We do a really great singing scene. It was a blast.

Did both casts record the theme song mash-up, “Leave It All to Shine,” in the studio on the same day?

Gillies: I came in with a couple of my cast members, and iCarly [came in another day]; we recorded separately. We ran into each other a little bit. It was so much fun. It was difficult, ‘cause they’re such differnet songs! The fact that they mashed them up together well was cool. It was fun recording and fun performing it.

Do you have any favorite mash-ups?

Gillies: Yeah, it’s “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” but with a rap… My brother has this online DJ thing where you can spin songs together. Ari[ana Grande] actually just did a really cool mash-up—she did “Born This Way” and “Express Yourself.” It was smart of her.

Do you guys have your own YouTube accounts?

Gillies: I just opened mine; it’s LizGilliesOfficial. You know it’s real ‘cause it says “official”—none of the others can do that! (laughs) I have about six videos up right now. The funny thing with my videos is, I have a couple full songs I recorded in a studio, but when it comes to my singing, I feel like nobody wants to watch me sing for four minutes at a time; I think that’s boring. I make these weird little snippet videos. But I have a lot of fun covering little things; I play piano a little bit, so dabbling in that. It’s gotten some good feedback so far.

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