Meet Victoria’s new character Maya Whitman

Could you start off by telling us about your character, Maya?
Mays runs a children’s charity called The Whitman Foundation which is going from strength to strength.
She is totally focused on it and she loves the fact her company is helping people. She seems to be quite
wealthy and has come from a good background. She’s married to a man called Vince who didn’t have
the same upbringing; he’s a working class self-made businessman who is quite self-absorbed. His
company is currently receiving negative press and when we meet them their relationship is on rocky
ground and the reputation of his company seems to be damaging their marriage.

Do you like creating back stories for your character?
I think that actors always tend to want to create a back-story together. Jason, who plays my husband
Vince, myself and our first director Charles Martin sat down together and talked it over. In fact, I think
Charles had already talked to Jason, so I’m sure we were being gently steered in a certain direction from
the boss man!

And what was your initial reaction after reading the scripts?
I loved them! I felt confidently confused if that makes sense?! Working on Marcella is like watching it as
a viewer. Even though you have inside information you still seem to respond going ‘Oh my goodness,
what just happened’; it’s quite fascinating.

I’ll be watching series two almost the same as I watched series one – with my jaw dropped, probably a
tiny bit of drool and losing sleep because it’s so compelling.

I had always known after watching the first series that I would love the chance to work with Hans
Rosenfeldt, Tony Wood, Nicola Larder and Anna as it’s just an incredible team.

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The Secret Market | Irish Film & Television Awards Nominations & New Trailer

Congrats to Victoria’s movie The Secret Market for its IFTA nomination for Live-action short and to Victoria herself for a nomination as Actress in a supporting role for her performance in The Lears. So happy for her!

In addition to the nominations, a new trailer for The Secret Market was released. Check out the clip below and HD screencaptures in the gallery.

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The Secret Market | Cork Film Fest Selection & New Trailer

The Secret Market is screening Nov 11th at the prestigious @CorkFilmFest. Check out the newest trailer that was released for that occasion and the HD screencaptures in the gallery.

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“It’s fantastic that it’s been blown open” – Irish actress Victoria Smurfit on women making allegations about Harvey Weinstein

Irish actress Victoria Smurfit has applauded the women who have gone public with sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein – and said she hopes it will prevent other “rats” from abusing their power.

The Dubliner spoke out in support of the women who have shared their stories, and added that she feels lucky she’s never had such an experience in her lengthy career.

“I think it’s fantastic that it’s been blown open,” she said.

“Any other rats it’ll put them back in their hole.”

“There are many that have abused their power in any business, and anybody that has done so and knows it, will hopefully step down and away from thinking they can abuse their power again.

“I also think it’s going to give female producers opportunities in ways that they may not have had.

“The problem is, you only need one person to mess it up for the masses. Thank goodness that’s been outed.”

She praised the women who have spoken out, and said she considers herself fortunate not to have had to do so.

“They’re using their power for good, and making an astonishingly difficult choice. I applaud it from the hills, but I’m lucky I never came across it.”

The actress, whose new movie The Secret Market premieres at The Kerry Film Festival this weekend, has joined the cast of Marcella, the smash-hit crime drama that proved a big ratings winner for ITV and Netflix. She’s currently filming series two with Anna Friel in London.

“I play a woman married to a wealthy businessman and all is not as it seems. It’s dark and emotional and clever.

“Being back in London is fantastic, it’s such a real true melting pot.

“I’d heard everybody talking about it but I hadn’t the chance to see it. When I knew I was getting on board, I thought: ‘Ah, I’ll watch episode one’. The next thing you know, the night’s gone and I’ve ploughed through the series and it’s 5am! It’s really compelling viewing so I’m thrilled to be part of it. And I’m getting to be Irish in it, which is great,” she added.

“You only know from script to script who and what you are. You don’t find out whodunnit, every character is a dark shade of grey. You don’t really know until the series fins out who you really are, which is a fascinating way to work.”

The busy actress’s new film, The Secret Market, was shot in Ireland and bows at Kerry Film Festival on Saturday. Directed by Garret Daly, the award-winning sci-fi thriller stars Smurfit as a doctor who’s offered the chance to ‘buy back’ a secret that is about to be revealed about her by mysterious strangers.

“Garret and I had an in-depth chat a few years ago and he came to me and said: ‘We’ve got this idea and we want to make it as a short, will you come and play Dr Amy’.

“I get to read a lot of stuff, I’m very lucky, and I kind of loved that… you know we come from a kind of curtain-twitching community, but now that curtain-twitching community is everywhere because of technology. You can spy on people in all sorts of ways.

“I liked this idea that if you did have this big horrendous secret, and there was a market for it, what you would do and how you would cope. It’s something that almost anyone can relate to, whether it’s a big or a small secret, that you don’t want everybody to know.”

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