Sunday 25 August 2019

Victoria to return in Cruella role as her TV character comes back from the dead

Victoria Smurfit as Cruella de Vil in Once Upon A Time
Victoria Smurfit as Cruella de Vil in Once Upon A Time

Elaine McCahill

Victoria Smurfit is set to reprise her role as Cruella de Vil in the popular TV fantasy series Once Upon A Time.

The role is one of the biggest breaks for the 41-year-old as the episodes are seen by up to 12m viewers each week.

While Cruella was killed off last season, the show - which merges fairy tales with real life - is known for bringing characters back to life.

While many stars are returning for the 100th episode of the American series, Victoria will appear in a number of episodes towards the end of season five.

Victoria is set to return as evil Cruella De Vil
Victoria is set to return as evil Cruella De Vil

Victoria originally joined the show during season four with other evil queens, The Little Mermaid's Ursula, played by Merrin Dungey and Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent, played by Kristin Bauer van Straten.

The second half of season five is rumoured to be focusing on the underworld, which explains why dead characters are making a return.

Victoria recently told of how the producers gave her very little notice that her character was getting the boot.

"I only found out a week before that they decided to make Cruella unrepentantly evil and kill her off," she said.

"So I only had a few days to say: 'please don't kill me'.

"Even when I first turned up for filming, I'd only packed for a weekend when a guy from the transport department told me I'd be in Vancouver for five months.

"I was like 'I have three kids', but you just have to figure it out," she added.

Cruella is known for driving an incredible vintage Zimmer Golden Spirit car and Victoria said it took some getting used to.

"I love driving it," she said. "When I first got in, I took it fairly easy just getting used to the size because its nose is extremely long, and once I got my confidence up, I think I terrified poor Merrin [Dungey], who plays Ursula, several times because I screeched around corners. But it was great fun. I love, love, love that car. That car is a little bit of heaven," she added.

The 41-year-old also got to wear some incredible costumes, namely the incredible fur coat and Victoria said it helped her get into character.

"I love that juxtaposition between this weedy, angular looking woman in this extraordinary luxury and I love the fact that Cruella thinks she's beautiful," she said.

"When you're sitting in just a skull cap and the makeup is going on, it can be pretty frightening because you're borderline man in drag.

"But then, when everything goes on, it pulls it all together and I become Cruella."


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