A Former Victorious Star is Now Highly Involved with ‘Sex and Drugs’

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When she played Jade West on Nickelodeon’s Victorious, Elizabeth Gillies was a TOTAL badass! And, LBR — Liz is pretty much just as cool in real life, too. But now, as the 21-year-old actress makes her return to a network television show as a series regular, she’s proving that we actually haven’t even seen CLOSE to the awesomeness she can bring out.

Liz plays Gigi on FX’s upcoming dramedy, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Like on Victorious, Liz’s character is musically adept and dead set on becoming famous. Think of her as Joan Jett meets P!nk, if you will. Here’s the show’s official summary:

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll centers on “Johnny Rock” (Denis Leary), lead singer of a legendary early 90’s New York band called The Heathens. Known for living up to their name, the band partied so long and so hard that even Keith Richards thought they needed to slow things down. The Heathens were on the brink of becoming famous for their kickass live shows and the release of their highly anticipated first album. Until they broke up. The same day the album dropped. Because lead guitarist Flash (John Corbett) found Johnny in bed with his wife. So the band became legendary for all the wrong reasons — like self-destructing sooner than any group in rock-n-roll history. 25 years later, the only thing bigger than Johnny’s ego is his prostate. The drugs he really needs now aren’t cocaine and marijuana — they’re Crestor, Cymbalta and Cialis. He’s out of work, out of money and out of show business options. That’s when a massively talented young singer named Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) shows up — with a burning desire to be famous, a throwback appreciation for The Heathens’ only album, and a stack of cash big enough to bring the whole band back into the studio. Only this time, SHE’S the lead singer and Johnny’s just a behind-the-scenes songwriter. John Ales, Bobby Kelly and Elaine Hendrix round out the rest of this dysfunctional rock and roll family. The race is on to see who gets famous first — and for what reason.

As you probably noticed, music is a HUGE part of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. And if our first taste of Liz’s performance of “Die Trying” is any indication of the rest of the show, it’s safe to say that it’s going to kick some SERIOUS a**. Check out the music video above!

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll premieres on July 16 at 10pm ET on FX!

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