She dreamed of being a journalist, but it is in acting that she built her career. She started out when she was just 17 years old through a street casting for the series “Morangos com Açucar”. Five years and three soap operas later she is one of the young protagonists of Portuguese cinema. After Sara Sampaio and Sharam Diniz, Vitória Guerra is now starring in the new image campaign of Portuguese Shoes: The Sexiest Industry in Europe. “I am tremendously proud to be an ambassador of a sector that is growing so much in Portugal and that has done a remarkable job of projecting our name abroad. The Portuguese footwear is increasingly modern and sophisticated, and I am extremely happy that they want to associate me with these values”.
If you weren’t an actress, at this time you would be …
Probably I would have followed journalism, which is what I was studying when I started working as an actress.
From a program for kids in 2006 to the cinema in 2015… your career has been surprisingly rapid and successful. How has it been absorbing all of this growth?
I always try to absorb as much as I can in every job I do. There is always something to learn and my philosophy is never to forget that.
Can you point out any very striking moment in your career?
I can point out several. The time when I got into the kids’ series Morangos com Açucar, whihc was where this journey began and I discovered my love for acting. Later on when I did Linhas de Wellington and last year when I filmed Cosmos and had the opportunity of working with a genius of the cinema called Andrzej Zulawski.
You have been involved in national soaps, but the cinema seems to be your priority. How did the opportunity of getting into the world of cinema arise?
My priority is to work on challenging characters, whether in the cinema, on television or in the theatre. The opportunity of doing cinema appeared when I was selected in a casting for Linhas de Wellington. From then on films kept appearing.
Hollywood has been like a second home for you. How has it been embracing projects
In this case in New York, which was my second home while the film was being shot. My home is Portugal. The experience of working in another industry with actors who I admire and who are references for me as an actress was very good. The fact of being bilingual has made life outside of Portugal much easier.
You have been strongly associated to John Malkovich. What importance has his support had on your growth?
Through him I had the opportunity of doing castings for projects outside of Portugal and of filming Wilde Wedding.
You have had very different roles. How do you prepare for each one?
I always do a kind of psychoanalysis for each character, then depending on the period and type of film, I work around that.
Although acting is your natural area of action, you have had some experiences in the world of fashion. What was that experience like?
I wouldn’t say I have had that much experience in the world of fashion, but I have really enjoyed the campaigns and editorials I have done. Just like when I work as an actress, I really like the "chameleon-like" work that photographic sessions demand.
You accepted the challenge of being the face of national footwear. What is it like, for you, to be an ambassador of this sector?
The face and the feet (laughter). I am tremendously proud to be an ambassador of a sector that is growing so much in Portugal and that has done a remarkable job of projecting our name abroad. The Portuguese footwear is increasingly modern and sophisticated, and I am extremely happy that they want to associate me with these values.
What can we expect from Victoria for the future?
The same will to work and wanting to do more and better. In December two films that I did in the last year will go on show. I am going to do a French film. And next year I am going to return to television, in this case to fiction for the TV channel SIC.