“I remember looking up to Lindsay Wagner, the ‘Bionic Woman,’ and Linda Hamilton in ‘Terminator 2’ and thinking that's what women should look like. Linda Hamilton is my hero. She was so tough and so strong and so vulnerable at the same time. I think that's what woman action figures are allowed to be, vulnerable in a way that women are.” Victoria Pratt
Initially enjoying success as a professional fitness model, Canadian beauty Victoria Pratt, also known as Vicky Pratt, has had a toiling acting career since the mid 1990s thanks to encouragement from Robert Kennedy, the publisher of “MuscleMag,” “Oxygen” and “American Health and Fitness.” Making her TV series debut in the Canadian series “Once A Thief” (1997-1998), the former competitive runner began gaining fame in the United States with her reoccurring role of Cyane, a super-human woman, on the hit fantasy series “Xena: Warrior Princess” (1998). She received additional attention with her performances in the series “Cleopatra 2525” (2000-2001, as Rose “Sarge”), “Mutant X” (2001-2004, as Shalimar Fox) and “Day Break” (2006-2007, as Detective Andrea Battle). It was her portrayal Shalimar Fox in “Mutant X” that brought Pratt a 2004 Saturn nomination. She has also acted in several TV movies, including “House of the Dead 2” (2005) and “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (2008), and guest starred in such TV series as “Ghost Whisperer” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
On the wide screen, Pratt is known for playing roles in the Sundance-screened “The Mallory Effect” (2002), “Comedy Hell” (2005), “What Love Is” (2007, with Cuba Gooding Jr.) and “Brotherhood of Blood” (2007). She is set to star in the upcoming drama “Geraldine” (2009).
“Acting isn't the be-all end-all. There are a lot of other things in my life that will bring me joy if I didn't act anymore.” Victoria Pratt
Pratt has been married to director T.J. Scott since 2000. They have worked together in several projects, including “Once A Thief” and “Cleopatra 2525.”
Childhood and Family:
Victoria Ainsle Pratt was born on December 18, 1970, in Chesley, a small town in northern Ontario, Canada. Growing up, she was a tomboy and wanted to be a star athlete. Thanks to her hard work and consistency, the runner emerged as a National medal winner in track and field. Victoria was also an excellent student. She skipped one year in high school and later graduated Summa Cum Laud in Kinesiology from York University Toronto. It was while in college that Victoria discovered a love for weight training.
After graduating, Victoria was offered a scholarship to the physiotherapy Master's program at the University of Toronto, but declined the offer in pursuit of a position at her alma mater's athletic performance testing facility. At about the same time, she coauthored a book in fitness and body building with her ex-professor, a project that led to her meeting Robert Kennedy, the publisher of several fitness magazines, including “Oxygen” and “MuscleMag.” It was Kennedy who encouraged Victoria to give acting a try.
In October 2000, Victoria married television and film director T.J. Scott.
Victoria Pratt began her career testing professional athletes from teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and the San Jose Sharks at her alma mater’s Human Performance Lab. It was while she worked on a side project co-authoring a book on fitness and body building that she was spotted by fitness magazine publisher Robert Kennedy. Within a few months, good-looking Pratt had emerged as a Cover Girl.
Making her television debut in the Discovery Channel sports series “Go For It” (1996), in which she served as an on-air trainer, Pratt scored her first break as an actress when she landed the role of Jackie Janczyk on the Canadian television series “Once A Thief” (1997-1998), executive produced by John Woo and Terrance Chang. Originally a guest starring role, her character was written in as a regular. She costarred in the series with Ivan Sergei, Sandrine Holt, Nicholas Lea and Jennifer Dale.
Pratt was in the Philippines visiting friends who were shooting an independent film called “Legacy” when she landed the supporting role of Ding in the movie. Released in the United States in October 1998, the action film was directed by future husband T.J. Scott and starred David Hasselhoff. She previously had an unaccredited part as a fitness instructor in director Brady MacKenzie's “Whatever It Takes,” which was shown in France in May 1998. Also in 1998, the Canadian native headed to Los Angeles to seek further opportunities following the cancellation of “Once A Thief.” Shortly thereafter, she portrayed the reoccurring role of Cyane in the popular adventure series “Xena: Warrior Princess” (1998), starring Lucy Lawless. She next received a lead role in the Aaron Spelling and Mark Frost pilot “Forbidden Island,” but the project was never picked up. Pratt then flew to New Zealand to shoot both “Xena” and “Forbidden Island.”
Rejecting the offer to star in a new television series called “Cleopatra 2525,” Pratt opted to fly back to Canada to film “Strange Brew 2,” the sequel to Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas's comedy “Strange Brew” (1983). However, the financing of the film fell through. Subsequently, she returned to Los Angeles to pursue her opportunity on “Cleopatra 2525.” Executive produced by Sam Raimi and Robert G. Tapert, “Cleopatra 2525” debuted in early 2000, but was canceled after in March 2001. Also in 2000, Pratt joined Meat Loaf, Kristin Davis and Lochlyn Munro to star in the HBO movie “Blacktop,” for which she was reunited with director T.J Scott. She also made a guest appearance in an episode of the action series “First Wave.”
Seven months after the demise of “Cleopatra 2525,” Pratt received the leading role of Shalimar Fox on the science-fiction series “Mutant X,” alongside Forbes March, Victor Webster, John Shea and Lauren Lee Smith. The show ran from October 2001 to May 2004. For her role as the tough girl with both human and animal DNA, she was nominated for a Saturn Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series at the 2004 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Film Gala.
“I hate hearing about actors who don't like the show (“Mutant X”). There are so many actors out there who'd give their right arm for what I'm getting to do.” Victoria Pratt
While in Toronto filming “Mutant X,” Pratt got the role of Jennifer in the independent comedy “The Mallory Effect” (2002), which starred Steven Roy and model Josie Maran. Helmed and written by Dustin Guy Defa, the film was chosen for the opening night blowout at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Pratt returned to films after the cancellation of “Mutant X” in the Scott LaRose 2005 directed “Comedy Hell,” opposite Owen Smith. Also in 2005, Pratt co-starred with Tori Spelling in the made-for-TV film “Hush,” playing Callie, and portrayed Tara Jeffries in “Murder at the Presidio,” a TV film adapted from a true story. Also starring in the film were Lou Diamond Phillips, Martin Cummins and Kimberly Hawthorne. In addition, she teamed up with her director husband for the based-on-novel television movie “Mayday,” which also cast Aidan Quinn, Kelly Hu, Dean Cain and Charles S. Dutton, and played Henson in the horror sequel “House of the Dead 2,” directed by Michael Hurst.
Pratt went on to have roles in two TV films in 2006, namely “Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep” and “Her Fatal Flaw,” in which she played Nicole and Laney Hennessy, respectively. The same year, she also landed the regular role of police detective Andrea Battle on the ABC short-lived series “Day Break,” opposite Taye Diggs and Moon Bloodgood.
2007 saw Pratt in Mars Callahan's comedy “What Love Is,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Matthew Lillard, and Michael Roesch/Peter Scheerer's claustrophobic thriller “Brotherhood of Blood,” where she starred as Carrie Rieger. She also starred as a young mother named Jamie in the television film “Hush Little Baby” (2007) and made a guest appearance in a 2007 episode of “Ghost Whisperer” called “Double Exposure.” The next year, husband T.J. Scott cast her as Martha Dennison, opposite Rick Schroder and Peter Fonda, in the made-for-TV film “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” She also appeared in episodes of “Moonlight” and “Life” (both 2008).
Recently guest starring as Carla Banks in the episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” titled “The Grave Shift” (2009), Victoria will portray Detective Jen Russo in the mystery film “Geraldine” (2009) for director Roy Knyrim and writer Sebati Edward Mafate. Among her costars in the film are Mark Arnold, Paul Benjamin, Alexis Rhee, Brionne Davis and Mariam Vardanyan.
“I would be very happy doing movies. I love to work and I think I'm a little different.” Victoria Pratt