Victoria Konefal

Top: Cheap Monday, Skirt: Black, Belt: Single, Shoes: H&M, Bandana: Topshop, Necklace: Twisted Silver

Where are you from?

Victoria: I’m from Brooklyn New York.

What brought you to Los Angeles?

Victoria: I came to Los Angeles to pursue my acting career.

Was it always your aspiration to be an actress?

Victoria: Yes, that has always been my aspiration. I’ve wanted to do this since I was seven years old.

Was there any particular inspiration behind that?

Victoria: Yes, I saw an off-Broadway production of the Hobbit with my school, and my mom was chaperoning the event. Something about the performance made me want to run up on stage, so I started to. My mom quickly pulled me back and she’s like, “Victoria you’re not about to do this to me, you’re not going to embarrass me in front of this theater full of people.” The director, I guess he thought my initiative was adorable because he found us afterwards and he asked if I wanted to audition for a play. I said, “Of course,” and I was with them for seven years after that.

Was that your first professional acting experience?

Victoria: Yes.

Do you remember what it was like walking on stage for the first time?

Victoria: I remember not being nervous at all. The nerves surfaced the older I got because when you’re a kid you don’t care about anything, and it’s all about living in the moment. I just remember being so thrilled to be on the stage. I did not want to be anywhere else.

What are you working on now.

Victoria: I am on Days of Our Lives, it’s a soap opera that has been running for over 50 years. I play Ciara Brady. Her family is a legacy in the town of Salem which is where Days of Our Lives takes place. I’m very, very honored to be playing a character with so much standing in history.

Dress: Alpana Neeraj

People are very attached to the show.

Victoria: Yes. I remember one of our camera men’s mother came on set and started crying and she was like, “All of you guys are my family. I cannot wait to turn on the TV and spend my afternoon with you.” It was the first time that someone has approached me and talked about the show in that way. I had no idea that the show was so important to people. People have the Day of Our Lives logo tattooed on their rib cage. We have a seriously dedicated fan base and I’m so lucky to have them.

Do you have a favorite career moment to date?

Victoria: My favorite career moment to date was working with Vivica Fox. I loved working with Vivica.

How about a most embarrassing career moment?

Victoria: My most embarrassing career moment was showing up to set an hour late. I am not that kind of person, I am so responsible and timely, but something happened, my alarms didn’t go off, I’m blaming it on the electronics. My hairdresser from the show actually climbed over my balcony into my backyard area to get me because I wasn’t answering the phone and I was just unresponsive. I opened the door and I’m like, “What are you doing here? I’m going to see you in a few hours silly, go to work,” and she’s like, “Victoria you’re an hour late,” and that was the most heartbreaking thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m still embarrassed.”

If you could share the screen with any actor or actress past or present who would it be?

Victoria: Leonardo DiCaprio. He is always going to be number one for me. He is one of the reasons why I fell in love with movie making. Every performance he gives absolutely takes my breath away. I would love to work with him.

If you could pick your own line up for a music festival, who would your top five acts be?

Victoria: Eminem, Halsey, Rihanna, Sia and Lady Gaga. That’s my ultimate lineup.

You had a fun experience with G-Eazy recently?

Victoria: Yes.  He was rapping and he let me wrap Cardi B’s verse for the concert and that was pretty cool. I didn’t know most of it. What I did know I’m pretty sure I killed, so it was really fun.

Dress: Anicy Manuguian, Showroom: PR SOLO, Shoes: Qupid, Earrings: Cecilia’s STEEL

Is there a future for you in the music business?

Victoria:  I’ve always loved singing and dancing. Anything related to music always made me really happy. I’m trying, I’m dabbling with the gift of songwriting. It’s really hard. I didn’t realize how difficult it was to write a song until I actually sat down and tried. I’m getting there. I’m just working on my lyrical skills and we’ll see what happens.

What is a must-have item at craft services?

Victoria: Tea and coffee. Beverages are really important. Water, tea, anything to calm you down and hydrate you. Hydration is really important to me.

What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

Victoria: Poland. I traveled to Poland like seven years ago. I’m 98% Polish. I recently found out that and I’m 2% Finnish. Now I have an excuse to go to Helsinki.

If you could thank someone for helping you get to where you are today, who would that be?

Victoria: I would thank my mom. She already knows everything that I would want to say because I tell it to her all the time, but I thank her for always supporting me. She would drive me to theater rehearsals and wait three hours in front of the theater until I was done because it didn’t make sense for her to drive all the way back home and then back.

She sacrificed so much and she moved to this country from Poland when she was 19. She didn’t know English. She didn’t have anyone here and she created a law office and a business and essentially an empire in Brooklyn. I’m really, really proud of her for that and she has continued to sacrifice and just give as much as she can to help me. I appreciate her more than she’ll ever know.

What advice would you give to a fellow young woman who shares  dream that you your dream?

Victoria: Never let anyone change you. I always always say this because there are so many people in the industry that you’re going to meet and so many challenges that you’re going to face. You learn that everyone has an opinion and a lot of times it’s not very good. You just have to brush it off and keep doing you and march with your head held high and know who you are. Know what you’re worth.

Is there anything else you like to go OnRCRD?

Victoria: I would like to go on record and say, spread love. Be kind. Smile. Try to compliment someone. Kill them with kindness. I think that it’s important to spread love with all these tense societal issues that are going on. It’s so easy to just smile and show someone kindness.

 

Follow Victoria on instagram @victoriakonefal

 

Photographer: Mario Barberio  

Makeup: Elizabeth Seropian  

Hair: Lucy Gedjeyan  

Stylist: Madison Dixon