Wednesday 28 June 2017

Victoria Smurfit opens up about new filmmaker boyfriend: 'It's nice to know there's life in the old dog yet!'

Victoria Smurfit arrives for the screening of Radar Pictures'
Victoria Smurfit arrives for the screening of Radar Pictures' "Homecoming" at Laemmle's Music Hall Theatre on April 17, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
Victoria Smurfit
Victoria Smurfit at IFTA Awards 2016 at The Westbury Hotel & Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland
Victoria Smurfit covers the December issue of Image Magazine
Victoria Smurfit and Alistair Ramsden
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Irish actress Victoria Smurfit has spoken of how happy she is finding love with filmmaker Alistair Ramsden.

The Once Upon A Time (40) star went public with her relationship earlier this year after meeting him on the set of Bait, a project they both worked on nearly a year ago.

"It's nice to know there's life in the old dog yet. It's a brave new world and modern families are being accepted so much more and I'm really happy," she told the December issue of Image magazine.

She filed for divorce from ex-husband of 15 years Doug Baxter in February 2015 and the couple have three children together Evie Dorothy (10), Ridley Belle (seven) and Flynn Alexander (six).

Victoria Smurfit and Alistair Ramsden
Victoria Smurfit and Alistair Ramsden

In a refreshingly candid reflection on her marriage, Smurfit said she tries to focus on the positives instead of "sounding like a victim".

"I think that hideous old adage about trusting yourself is something I've only learned recently and uh, it's so hard to talk about this without sounding negative or like a victim, because I'm not interested in any of that rubbish," she added.

"I think no matter what, life comes with knocks, that's how it comes. That's how you learn.

"If I'm on a film set, I don't want the director to tell me what I did right, I want him to tell me what I can improve. Nobody is untouched by the swings and roundabouts of life and love and pain and loss."

Victoria Smurfit at IFTA Awards 2016 at The Westbury Hotel & Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland
Victoria Smurfit at IFTA Awards 2016 at The Westbury Hotel & Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland

Already an accomplished actress in Ireland and the UK, she moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and explains it in such a way that will make you step back and consider the direction your life is heading in.

"The decision to move was partly to do with seeing my life playing out. I could see how it would play out until the end of time. I was more scared of waking up one day and asking why did I never try it? I had a fear of that and I had a fear of regretting what I didn't do."

Victoria Smurfit covers the December issue of Image Magazine
Victoria Smurfit covers the December issue of Image Magazine

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