Tuesday 24 October 2017

‘I had a little cry before my Dracula nude scene’ - Victoria Smurfit

At the Irish Premiere of 'Dracula,' Jonathan Rhys Myers, Victoria Smurfit, Jessica De Gouw and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
At the Irish Premiere of 'Dracula,' Jonathan Rhys Myers, Victoria Smurfit, Jessica De Gouw and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby in 'Dracula'
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Alexander Grayson, Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby in 'Dracula'

IRISH actress Victoria Smurfit had a "little cry" before doing her nude scene in the new Sky series ‘Dracula’.

The mum-of-three plays glamorous society queen and vampire slayer Lady Jayne in the series, which features fellow Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the feature role, as well as Bray native Katie McGrath.

Speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan this morning on RTE Radio One, Victoria said she is enjoying the role, but was fearful of her nude scene.

"The nude scenes are more like a stunt than the stunts," the 40-year-old told Miriam.

"There was one day where I wasn’t expecting a scene to be just in my tiny little thong and it took me by surprise because normally you have to mentally prepare yourself for that kind of carry on.

"I didn’t know it was coming and I remember saying to the director ‘Yeah. I’m going to have to step away. I’m going to go to my dressing room. I’m going to have a little cry and then I’m going to man up and  I’m going to be here in four minutes.

"He said okay.

"And that’s exactly what I did.

"I turned up, threw off my robe and was like ‘come one, if you’re stupid enough to want to see it, I’m stupid enough to show it to you’.

"And we kind of got on with it.

"It’s sort of the same attitude it takes for the stunts.

"You want me to throw myself down this hole, come on let’s do that," she laughed.

"I’m a secret stunt girl," she added.

Victoria said herself, Jonathan and Katie are the ‘Paddy Corrner’ on the series, or the "unholy trinity of Irish people in the show".

The actress, who has previously starred in The Clinic and Ballykissangel, is married to photographer Doug Baxter. The couple quit Ireland in 2011 so Victoria could try her chances in Hollywood. She has also starred in hit film ‘The Beach’ alongside Leonardo Di Caprio.

She described landing the lead role in Dracula as a "gift" for her career.

It’s been great to get this - I know I didn’t drag my family to the other side of world for no reason," she said from her home in Los Angeles.

However, she remains fond of home.

"I miss Ireland - I miss so many of my friends

"I miss the excuse to have a really nice glass of wine because it’s so disgusting outside that there’s nothing else to do," she laughed.

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