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Cougar Victoria on prowl for new roles after 'Dracula' ends

Caroline Crawford

Published 12/07/2014 | 02:30

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Victoria Smurfit kicks off the HMV Supporting Irish Film party at the Galway
Victoria Smurfit may be disappointed that her US series 'Dracula' has been dropped – but says she’s confident that her newfound fame as a 'cougar' has opened a lot more doors for her. Photo: Andrew Downes
Victoria Smurfit may be disappointed that her US series 'Dracula' has been dropped – but says she’s confident that her newfound fame as a 'cougar' has opened a lot more doors for her. Photo: Andrew Downes
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Alexander Grayson and Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby in Dracula
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Alexander Grayson and Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby in Dracula

IRISH actress Victoria Smurfit may be disappointed that her US series 'Dracula' was dropped but she's confident that her new-found fame as a "cougar" will open plenty more doors.

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Smurfit played Lady Jayne in the NBC show, which also starred Jonathan Rhys Myers.

Although the show has since been axed, the actress revealed it had opened a lot more doors for her – including some unusual ones. The 40-year-old is glad that she is considered a "cougar" and that women are now "still considered viable" beyond their 20s and 30s.

She explained: "It's opened up a very large cougar door, which has been fun. It was great, hilarious."

Despite her disappointment after 'Dracula' was cancelled, Smurfit revealed it had made life easier "on a practical level".

She said: "I was backwards and forwards from Budapest to Los Angeles every couple of weeks, managing kids and life and all that sort of good stuff. So it would have been hard to do it again but at the same token we wouldn't have said no, it's just one of those things."

Since moving to Los Angeles three years ago, the actress has enjoyed a surge in her career, with a number of films in the pipeline and a best actress award from the Independent Filmmakers Showcase. But she revealed that she has also learned how to handle rejection a lot better.

"There's so much more opportunity there. It does mean you are getting rejected more often because you're in more doors, so that gives you more of a crab-like ability too. I now have such a tough shell, but I can take it off very easily, because you need to be able to take it off," she said.

Smurfit's latest movie 'Among Ravens' premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh to rave reviews this week.

"It was lovely because everybody was comparing it to 'American Beauty'; one gentleman said to me he hadn't seen a film in the last 18 years that had such a way of expressing the American culture and psyche at the moment in the way that 'American Beauty' did 18 years ago," she said.

Irish Independent

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