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The Hottie Stop interviews Victoria Pratt, star of Double Down and Mutant X

11.09.2015by: Eric Walkuski

Victoria Pratt has a lot going on at the moment. The actress, perhaps best known for playing Shalimar Fox in the sci-fi action series Mutant X, has had five movies released this year - including DEATH VALLEY, which co-stars past Hottie Stop interviewee Katrina Law - guest starred on several TV series, appeared in the most recent season of the show Heartland and just released her first novel, Double Down, which she hopes to turn into a pilot. That's not too shabby.

I recently spoke to Victoria while she was hiking in Canada (she's only got so much time to spare) and spoke about her newest role, her debut book and her incarcerated fans (you'll see).

Sorry for interrupting your hike!

Oh it's no problem at all.

You’re a native Canadian?

I am. I come from a small farm town, which is where I am now.

When did you make the move to L.A.?

I did a series in Toronto, my very first acting job, and when it was done I was like, I’m moving to L.A. Because I was naive and stupid. [Laughs] But I’m glad I did it, because if I knew then what I know now I would never have had the courage to do it.

What do you know now that you didn’t know then?

I know how hard it is for people to get their green cards. And I know how hard it is for actors to get work. I’ve been really lucky.

Was it a struggle for you when you started out or did you hit the ground running?

I hit the ground running, because I didn’t start out acting. I was modeling and my editor convinced me to take acting classes. So I did for two years and after my very first audition I ended up getting a series. Then I moved out to L.A. and I ended up getting an Aaron Spelling pilot.

Did you have other aspirations when you were growing up? Did you ever think you were going to be an actor?

I had no idea I was going to be an actor. I grew up in a tiny farming community, it just wasn’t an option. We didn’t have a theater program at our school. It was nothing I ever considered until I moved to Toronto.

Do you ever regret entering the entertainment industry?

Pretty much at the end of every pilot. [Laughs] You know, you always think about the roads you didn’t take. I can’t say I regret going into acting because I’ve had a really interesting career so far and have met some really interesting people. It brought me out to L.A. and I really enjoy it there, so I can’t say I regret it.

What has been your most memorable experience so far?

I’ve got to say, when I landed Day Break for ABC. I had been known for being the sci-fi action girl, which I love, but that was something where it was completely about my acting. And it was in L.A. so I didn’t have to relocate, I could come home and sleep in my own bed. But also one of my most interesting experiences was Death Valley, just because it was all of our friends and family. You could only ever hope that everyone gets to have an experience like that.

Tell me about your character in the film.

My character is Amy Dillon, and we find out she’s kind of a churchy gal. She comes from a very religious family. She writes convicts in prison because she wants to save them, and that’s how she meets her husband. Their relationship slowly unravels throughout the movie.

That’s something I assume you can’t relate to, writing prisoners?

[Laughs] No, although back in my modeling days I did get a lot of requests from prisoners. The ones that were written in crayon you know had to be pretty bad because they weren’t allowed sharp things like pens or pencils. It was like, you know what, I don’t think I want a picture of me in a bikini in your cell, I just don’t think so. [Laughs]

You have a large fanbase or normal people too, what has it been like communicating with them?

I have a really sweet and fun fanbase. I’m really lucky, the people who follow me on Twitter are really kind and really supportive, I’m really thankful for it. When I go to conventions I get some cool gifts.

What shows are you a big fan of?

My last two binge watches were Narcos, which is so good, and Bloodline is my new favorite obsession.

What’s your all time favorite show?

My favorite all time might be The Shield. It was so good, Michael Chiklis was so amazing in it.

You’ve got a book out now, tell me the origins of that.

It’s my first novel. I’ve done a lot of writing in the past, I used to write for Oxygen magazine. I’ve written scripts too, I think most actors tend toward scripts, but it was actually my manager who said, “If we want to get any off these pilot scripts off the ground, it’s probably easier to turn it into a novel.” People are more comfortable buying a property that’s already been vetted, you know what I mean? So I said I’m going to sit down and write the book and that’s what I did.

So the hope is that it’ll get made into a TV show?

In my heart of hearts it would be a TV series. It has a really strong female character, two of them actually, and a really strong male character. I think it would be a really fun series.

Who is your all time celebrity crush?

I’m going to embarrass myself: It was Andy Travis, the news director on WKRP in Cincinnati. [Laughs] I was like, I don’t understand what’s happening, I really like this guy. I’m sure it was me and two women in the midwest who were in love with this man.

Well good luck with the book, I really hope it’s a big success.

Thanks so much, I do too!

DEATH VALLEY can be watched right now HERE. Victoria's book Double Down can be purchased  HERE. You can also follow Victoria on Instagram HERE and Twitter HERE.

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