Friday 19 October 2018

Victoria Smurfit says she lost out on major Hollywood role after rejecting producer's advances

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)

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Victoria Smurfit has revealed that she lost out on a major film role after rejecting a producer's advances.

The 43-year-old Irish actress and mother of three said the incident happened when she was in her 20s.

Having had a successful audition for the role, she was asked to have a second audition which also went really well and the producer invited her out to dinner with the production team.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, Smurfit said that while the others were drinking she "kept pouring my glass into a potted plant because I new I had to be 'on my game'".

Victoria Smurfit in 'The Secret Market'
Victoria Smurfit in 'The Secret Market'

When everyone left to go dancing, she said the producer said, "you are coming with me to my hotel room" and when she said no and suggested they go dancing, he was insistent.

"He was very straight and very strong about it.  So I legged it back to my hotel," she revealed.

Despite the incident she was flown to LA to audition for a third time and after the screen test with a "big star" she came  face to face with the producer and said 'hi', but he replied, "I am done with you".

She did not get the role but said she was happy with her decision.  Coming from a "successful family" she had a choice, unlike some other actresses who rely solely on acting to pay the bills.

The revelation comes in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements which aim to highlight the sexual harassment and abuse of women in the film industry and beyond.

Victoria is up for two IFTA awards for her roles in The Lears and short film The Secret Market. 

Read the full interview in The Sunday Independent.

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