INTERVIEW: Victoria Dunsmore On Pushing the Envelope with ‘The Last Porno Show’

Victoria Dunsmore stars in the movie, The Last Porno Show, which has just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. The film is unique and challenges the audience, and Victoria talks to us all about it. Read more below!

Hello, Victoria, thank you for talking to Defective Geeks! Tell us about your upcoming movie, The Last Porno Show, and how did you get involved with the project. What about it appealed to you the most and what can people expect when they watch it? 

The Last Porno Show follows aspiring actor Wayne, who inherits a seedy, run-down porn cinema from his estranged father. Initially wanting nothing to do with the building, he attempts to sell it, but has a change of heart after auditioning for an art film. On a whim, he bases his character on the persona of his late father, which is what ultimately wins him the lead role in the film. He then falls down a method actor rabbit hole, reenacting memories from his childhood (all set in the old porno cinema), and it all gets pretty crazy from there. 

I was drawn to the project simply because of the risk involved. The potential the script had, as it was so well-written, made it very appealing from the get-go. Kire had the full script available read, for anyone who might be interested, a rare occurrence, by the way. Screenwriters are often very protective of their intellectual property, and rightfully so. Kire felt it was important in this case, however, which is just a testament to who he is. Anyways, his script was a departure from anything else I’ve ever read. So I submit for the role, and I went in for the audition. And I got the part. 

Audiences can expect a raunchy, whacky movie-going experience, that overall still possess a lot of heart. The movie is strange. It’s the good brand of weird that’ll keep you entertained and engaged, but maybe offend some folks too. The whole story has so much humanity and compassion at its core, however. Circumstantially the audience might not always be able to empathize, but emotionally I think everyone should be able to level with these characters in one way or another. They’re very real people. 

You star as Ashley in the movie, what is your character like? What made you want to explore playing a character like her? 

Ashley is a young, naive actress that wants to be a star. She wants to be a leading woman, and will do pretty much anything to achieve her goal. She very quickly realizes her limits, however, when she’s cast in an art film where she is expected to perform unstimulated sex on camera. Initially, she commits, her ambition getting the better of her. Soon after, however, she begins to grapple with the dilemma of compromising her integrity for opportunity, and vice versa. Ashley struggles with her fear to speak up, which I believe is a realistic and honest portrayal of how difficult it is to fight for what you deserve. Her role falls very much under the #metoo umbrella. I wanted to tell that story, and I feel the film’s content pushed the envelope in a memorable and yet realistic way. It’s a special piece of work, and I wanted to take part in it. 

I imagine working on this film was a unique experience for you and everyone involved. Do you have any memorable moments while filming? 

My most memorable day on set was the rehearsal scene with Nathanael. It was by far my longest day on set, and just the nature of the scene, the push and pull back and forth for what each character needs, was fun to play. There were also a ton of random sex toys that they had dressed the set with! The whole place was organized chaos, a little manic. It made for a pretty wild day of shooting, and it was so much fun. 

What do you think will make this movie stand out?

We just recently had the premiere of The Last Porno Show, and I think Kire said it best in the Q&A afterward: “If you can’t handle the opening credits, you can’t handle the rest of the movie, so may as well go and get your money back now!” This film stands out because of its honesty, which is all you really want from your movies! We’ve got a very particular story that we’re telling, one that’s commonly downplayed as trash, or depicted with vulgarity and overcompensation. In this movie, nobody’s faking it. Oh, and also: sex sells. 

If you could inherit something bizarre or one of a kind, what would you want it to be and why? 

Strangely, the first thing that jumped to mind was an original painting by Joni Mitchell. Everyone knows her for being a world-famous singer songwriter, and I absolutely adore her music, but she is also a very skilled painter. Her work depicts a lot of beautiful Canadian landscapes, and she owns a haven in British Columbia that the paints quite often. I’m from BC originally, so it would be such a sentimental and priceless acquisition. I would love that. 

When did you know you wanted to become an actor? What inspired you to pursue acting as a career?

I was around 13 or 14 years old when I knew I wanted to be an actor. I had been performing on stage for a couple years at that point, and had started obsessing over certain celebrities and how insanely skilled they were, Meryl Streep being the primary. She was the instigator. I’ve always been pretty insatiable when it comes to watching movies, but I remember that was also the age when I started watching the behind-the-scenes content on my DVD’s as much as I was watching the films themselves. I wanted to know how movies were made. So I continued performing through high school and into university, grappled with all the usual questions of ‘practicality’ before taking the leap and moving to Toronto to pursue this professionally. I’ve lived here for the last six years. 

What would be your dream project or role in the future? 

I would love to play Joni Mitchell in a Canadian-produced biopic. I also have some ideas for an original screenplay that I hope to get off the ground. The narrative revolves around a female RCMP officer in small-town BC. She’s a mom, wife and professional in a high risk field, and the film would explore how those things intersect and affect one another. It would in other words be a love story to my mom and aunt, who are both police officers in BC. That is my dream project. 

What has been the most rewarding part of being an actor? What lessons have you learned personally that you are willing to share for other young people who are thinking of getting into acting? 

I’ve always been a fairly shy person, so it’s rewarding to have a medium like acting through which I can express myself. My overactive imagination and curiosity is really satisfied when I get to work and play. It’s a long haul to make this a career, however, and I’m still very much in the beginning stages. 

Lastly, imagine you woke up one morning with super powers, what would it be and what would you use it for? 

The ability to fly is the superpower I’ve always dreamed of, and I would use it purely for selfish reasons to explore the world and escape to all sorts of beautiful places.

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