It’s only been a week since Jennifer Veal found herself playing the strict Nanny Agatha–and Agatha’s twin sister–on the Disney Channel series, Jessie, but tonight, the British funny girl will be adding “Simon Cowell-esque” music producer to her resume in a guest-starring role on a one-hour episode of Nickelodeon’s Victorious.
At 20-years old, the L.A.-based actress and singer from Coventry, U.K. has already done what most fail to accomplish in a lifetime: She’s performed for the Queen, sung with Il Divo, and experienced great success on both the stage and screen–on two continents.
In “Tori Goes Platinum,” a special episode of Victorious, Veal is ditching the mole and the unibrow for a role pretty far removed from her Supernanny-esque Nanny Agatha persona, but it’s one she hopes will show her diversity as an actress.
“I’m very good at character work…it’s a great role for me to play to show my ability. I’m really happy with that,” Veal said from Los Angeles in a phone interview with Landmark Report. Her passion lies with comedy. Whether it’s on stage or screen, Veal revels in letting the audience “have some giggles”, and her bubbly personality off camera reflects that as well.
Despite her youth, she’s very focused on what she wants, and where she’s going. She also holds on to her roots with a sense of pride.
“T.V. and film is what my priority is right now, but theater is something that is always going to be close to my heart. It’s how I started my career–on stage in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I’m doing a lot of voice work right now, and I’m hoping to see a lot more of that in the future. I’ve done a lot of video games and animation coming up which I hope people will enjoy. People say I have a really quirky voice, so I want to use that to my advantage.”
She added, “Los Angeles has been good to me…but England will always have a place in my heart.”
On her proudest accomplishments, getting the opportunity to work in the United States tops the list, calling her first television role in the U.S. a “massive accomplishment.”
But, performing for the Queen is obviously high up there as well.
“It’s an honor. She’s a wonderful woman and she’s done so much for our country. To be able to perform for such a highly respected woman–around the world really–it was an honor. I don’t think it’s a feeling that I’ll ever get again. I can’t really explain it. Just knowing that she sat there watching me was such a moment to remember for me and my entire family.”
As for accomplishments she’s yet to accomplish, she has one in mind.
“Adam Sandler–I love him. He produces, he writes, he acts. He just seems like a great guy. I would just love to work with him. Comedy is my alley. So Adam, if you’re reading this, give me a call.”
Jennifer Veal confesses, “I really can’t complain about my life right now,” and why would she? With a rapidly blossoming career and a growing fan base, Veal is exactly where she wants to be right now.
“I wouldn’t be here without the people who support me, and that’s all of the fans and media who support me, follow me and watch me”
Watch Jennifer Veal on Victorious on Nickelodeon tonight at 8pm Eastern.