The Sims 3 Official Magazine Interview
Posted by Laura on Mar 15 2013
Liz did an interview with the official Sims 3 Magazine, you can read it below:
What's your life like these days? Are you still working on a TV show? Are you done with high school?
For the last three or so years, I was filming a show on Nickelodeon called "Victorious." Now I'm just home and working on my album. I have one course to finish in school, but I had to start homeschooling because of all the traveling I had to do for work. I left public high school halfway through freshman year, so I had some of the high school experience. But I've met actors who haven't, and it's funny because we'd do a [classroom] scene, and they had to guess what it's like in high school.
When did you first start playing The Sims?
I started playing the Sims... maybe 10 years ago. I'm 19 now, so I was 8 or 9. I had a best friend when I was 8, and her next-door neighbor was over, and she had the game. I was like. "What is this?!" and I became obsessed with it. and it stuck. I started with The Sims, and then I got The Sims Deluxe... and then I've had every game ever since except Hot Date and Vacation, which is weird because they're very popular.
Which Sims games do you play right now?
EA was kind enough to send me The Sims 3 Seasons, so I'm playing that. My Mac crashed, though, so I haven't been playing as much. I've been playing on my grandma's PC in her basement, so I have to set aside time to play it outside my house, which is kind of good, because I can get really obsessed. When I was younger, I would play for like 9-10 hours - there would be times where I would ask my parents to hide the game from me so I wouldn't play as much. But the game centers me, relaxes me. When I'm playing, I don't think about anything else, which can be very therapeutic for me.
What's your play style like? Do you like building or storytelling more?
Sometimes I just like to build houses, but I get really invested in telling a story. I've been like that since I was a kid. Even with Barbies - I'd like to direct and get really dramatic. That's why I love The Sims. Anything I can control I like. I have a game right now that completely ruined my computer because it's gone generation after generation - I just keep going. It's a huge file. Right now, I have maybe four or five generations. I started with a normal adult couple, then they got married and had kids, and then their kids had kids, etc. It's hard because I try to move some of them out into different lots or send the kids to boarding school, but I end up neglecting one or two of them. Right now I'm trying to keep them all in this massive compound with different houses built on the lot. It's weird, but it's good for my purposes because the adults with jobs make a lot of money. I never play with cheats anymore. If I ever need money, I have a girl Sim go around and marry all the rich male Sims, kick them out, sell their house and take their money. Or get married and then sell the car that comes with their spouse. That's not cheating, that's clever playing.
Do you get sad when your Sims die at the end of their lifespan?
When I play the full lifespan, I'm OK when they die. I've never embraced the Elderly stage because it gets boring. I try to keep them looking young and I rarely let them retire. Once I had a sim get electrocuted and die and I was like, "Whoa. Wasn't expecting that. I know that's a thing, but they usually just get burned!" But I'm OK when they die. My Sims usually live a full life.
What's it like as an actress and singer to play the Hollywood-themed expansions like The Sims 3 Showtime?
This is the crazy thing - I haven't played Showtime! I've played The Sims Superstar and The Sims 3 Late Night. I like them - it's a new challenge [being a celebrity]. It added a fun element to the game. I usually play nuclear households, with a full family and a big house. So when the apartments came out in Late Night, it was a new angle to the game. It reminded me of my life a little bit.
What other expansion packs have you loved in the franchise?
I loved The Sims Makin' Magic, I was obsessed with that. It was so long ago, but I really liked making the Potions - I guess in The Sims 3 Supernatural it's Elixirs, now. I also loved Open for Business and making little stores. The Sims 3 Seasons is really cool. It's beautiful, and the lighting looks really realistic. I think weather is really important for the game; I'm from the East Coast, when I moved to LA for four years, I hated that there was no change in weather. When I used to play The Sims without a weather expansion, it reminded me of LA because it was sunny every day. Weather is also good for stories. When I was a kid playing The Sims, I was telling stories and building sets and the weather could make things more dramatic. Like if it was raining, it was a good day for my Sims to get divorced.
What's the most drama you've created with The Sims?
I don't like when I can't control them - that sucks. Like when they come home from work and they're all angry [and Accuse Spouse of Cheating] and I was going to wait to reveal the affair... everything I do is very calculated. I like to make it really, really dramatic. I always have a plan. I also never kill a Sim, really, unless I want to make someone a widow. It takes forever to kill them, and I can't care about them at all because then I can't kill them.
Do other people in your life play The Sims at all?
My "Victorious" co-star, Avan Jogia, plays once in awhile. It was funny when he told me because a few of my castmembers were giving me a little grief about how much I play. But once he took a picture of himself playing it and sent it to me, and I was like, "Damn straight!" A lot of my friends from childhood used to play, but stopped. And sometimes my family looks at me like I'm crazy when they see me play for hours and hours. But I never care what over people think, I do what I want. I'm sure a lot of my friends probably wish they were still playing but feel like they can't because they worry about what other people think. That never bothered me. I just do what makes me happy.
Do you ever see yourself giving up The Sims?
Not really. I might stop playing for a while. Like, there would be like a full year when I wouldn't play, and then I would maybe get my tonsils out or something and get back into it [while I was recovering]. The only things that have ever stopped me are my computer failing or the game running too slow on an old computer. I feel like I've never actually seen what the ultimate version of z looks like because I've never had a computer that could run the game with all the visual effects turned on and the graphics quality at max. If I had a great computer, I would never stop playing.
Matt Bennett's February 2013
Posted by Laura on Mar 15 2013
Matt Bennett posted another one of his month videos, and Liz is in it again for a few seconds. Check it out below:
Liz On Zach Sang And The Gang
Posted by Laura on Mar 12 2013
Liz stopped by Zach Sang and The Gang tonight to chat! She talked about her recent projects, her character Jade and much more. You can listen to her radio interview below:
Mike & Liz Sing "Okay"
Posted by Laura on Mar 09 2013
Liz posted a video of her and Michael Corcoran (aka Backhouse Mike) singing his song Okay. It sounds amazing, make sure to check it out below:
Liz On Zach Sang And The Gang
Posted by Laura on Mar 08 2013
Zach Sang just announced on Twitter that Liz will be stopping by his radio show, Zach Sang and the Gang, on Monday, March 11th! The show usually starts around 7 PM EST so make sure to tune in here. You'll also be able to call in and ask questions. Don't miss it!
At Victoria Justice's 20th Birthday Party
Posted by Laura on Mar 03 2013
Liz went to Victoria Justice's 20th birthday party in LA last night. I added 7 large pictures from the photo booth of the party:
Public Appearances > Appearances 2013 > Victoria Justice's 20th Birthday Party
P3R Photoshoot (2012) Update
Posted by Laura on Feb 26 2013
I recently came across a HQ picture from the photoshoot for P3R Liz did in early 2012. I've added it to the gallery, check it out below:
Photoshoots > Elizabeth Gillies stops by P3R
Liz and Ariana Sing "Give It Up"
Posted by Laura on Feb 22 2013
Nickelodeon released a new iPad App yesterday, which features a few new clips of the Victorious cast, one of them being a new video of Liz and Ariana singing Give It Up. You can watch a medium quality clip below, I hope we'll get it in high quality soon!
Cameron Ocasio Celebrates 2,000 Twitter Followers
Posted by Laura on Feb 16 2013
Cameron Ocasio ("Sam & Cat") posted a special video to celebrate his first 2,000 followers on Twitter, and Liz was his special guest. You can Watch the video below:
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