THE STAR SCOOP: We have to ask – how many times a day do you get your name said wrong?
AVAN JOGIA: It’s easier to count how many times a day I get my name said right. It’s funny. Having a made up name was cool growing up, and it’s still cool. I love it. No one has my name. But it makes it hard when people are calling your name out who don’t know your name and who have never met you. When I meet people, I have a thing I say. It’s Avan, it’s Gavin without the G, or Avenue without the “ue.” That’s kind of what I say in order for people to understand how to say my name.
THE STAR SCOOP: Moving on…the first season of Victorious was a huge success. Why do you think so many people love the show?
AVAN JOGIA: I think that has a lot to do with, our writing staff is very, very talented. They come up with very interesting shows every week. The rest of the cast is so on it. They all have very distinct characters and it’s fun! It’s got comedy in it. It’s got them singing. It’s something that you can watch and enjoy. What I love about the show is, parent’s can watch it with their kids and not be completely bored out of their mind. There’s some jokes that the adults will find funny. There are jokes that the younger kids will find funny. There are situations that teenagers find funny. It’s wide enough that it doesn’t isolate any audiences.
THE STAR SCOOP: You play Beck. What do you like most about the character?
AVAN JOGIA: Beck, he’s a mediator; he’s a nice guy. He’s always in control of the situation and he never loses his cool. That’s nice to play as a person, because I’m not like that all the time [laughs]. It’s nice to play this character. Beck gets to do some cool things. It’s fun.
THE STAR SCOOP: Do you have any hopes or expectations for what will happen with him in season 2?
AVAN JOGIA: I don’t know! I think there’s definitely some surprises this season for Beck. You’re only doing what the writers are telling you to do…eventually at a certain point you want to develop your character further, and that’s something that the writers are in control of, and you have to talk to them about it.
THE STAR SCOOP: Did you guys all “freak the freak out” over how well Freak the Freak Out did?
AVAN JOGIA: I thought it was really cool. I kind of try to stay my nose out of ratings and how the show does. I try to not make it my business. But it was really exciting when I heard through the grapevine that it did very well. We hoped that people enjoy it and it did really well on iTunes. It’s really cool.
THE STAR SCOOP: The holidays are right around the corner. Do you have any holiday traditions?
AVAN JOGIA: Christmas is big deal in my family. Christmas is fun. I’m hoping to go home and hang out with the family. Thanksgiving in Vancouver in Canada is in October, so we don’t usually do a big Thanksgiving dinner. But we do do a big Christmas dinner, so that will be exciting.
THE STAR SCOOP: What can we expect for the new year? Do you have any upcoming projects?
AVAN JOGIA: I’ve got a couple things in the works, but nothing really I can discuss just yet. It will be cool when you guys can see it and I hope you guys will be seeing it next year sometime.
THE STAR SCOOP: What do you want to say to your fans, and, are you aware of how many of them have a crush on you?
AVAN JOGIA: I’m definitely not aware of that! I have the Twitter thing, and I’m so grateful for people who follow me on Twitter. I just try to keep my head out of that side of things! I don’t know what to say most of the time. I’m very thankful for all the people that enjoy my work an enjoy the show. I hope to keep on doing that.
THE STAR SCOOP: Lastly, any teasers for Victorious?
AVAN JOGIA: This season’s going to be interesting. There’s going to be a lot of switching and roles and some cool stuff. I’m excited for you guys to see it.
THE STAR SCOOP: You can learn more about Avan on his Tumblr: http://atjogia.tumblr.com/.