Victoria Spader is an American set decorator best known for her work on Jack’s Back and Sex, Lies, and Videotape. While the talented set designer is popular for what she does, a significant portion of the fame she has garnered over the years can be attributed to her marriage to veteran Hollywood star, James Spader. Unfortunately, the once blissful celebrity union hit the rocks and ended abruptly. This, of course, didn’t mean the end of the world for Victoria who has always been around the spotlight from her childhood.
The widely acclaimed set decorator was born on June 1, 1959, in Rochester, New York. She was christened Victoria Elizabeth Kheel. It is safe to say that the family she hails from has a long-standing Hollywood history. Victoria’s mother Julian Kheel was an actress and is known to have starred in the classic film Jersey Guy. Her father Lee Kheel was a sound mixer and part of the production crew of the television series, G Word.
She Made Her Designing Debut in 1988
Victoria is a highly-trained set director and decorator. She made her designing debut in 1988 when she worked on Jack’s Back. The crime-horror film was written and directed by Rowdy Herrington. It starred top Hollywood acts like Cynthia Gibb, Rod Loomis, Jim Haynie, Robert Picardo, and her ex-husband James Spader who starred as John/Rick Westford.
The talented designer was also responsible for decorating the set of the 1989 film Sex, Lies, and Videotape. The comedy-drama film was directed by Steven Soderbergh. Interestingly, James Spader also starred in the film.
Victoria also had a brief stint working as an employee of Jack’s Pack art department. From what we have been able to gather, the popular set decorator is currently self-employed. She manages an interior designing firm known as Wonderland Home Design.
What We Know About Her Wonderland Home Design
A home staging and furniture rental company, Victoria Spader’s Wonderland Home Design specializes in designing homes, offices, and anything real estate. As delineated on the company’s website, its goal revolves around staging a home so that it can sell quickly.
Given that, the decorator works with home sellers and their agents to design creative and inviting living space, or offer ideas that would encourage buyers to visualize what living in their prospective home could look like.
For Victoria and her company, no job is too small or too big. She sees every real estate property as a unique space. This inspires her to stage each in such a manner that fits the style of the home. What this means for some properties is full furnishings both indoors and outdoors.
Meet Her Ex-husband James Spader
James Spader is an exceptionally talented actor who has a reputation for portraying eccentric characters. He received widespread praise and acclaim for his roles in Sex, Lies and Videotapes, Secretary, and Stargate. The Massachusetts native is the youngest of three children born to Jean Fraser and Stoddard Greenwood.
James dropped out of school in 1977 at the age of 17 to pursue his acting career. He made his acting debut in 1981 when he appeared on Endless Love. The talented actor later starred in the 1985 film titled Tuff Turf. Spader’s rise to prominence is linked to his acting role in the 1986 film, Pretty in Pink, wherein he played the role of Steff, the rich and arrogant playboy.
The Blacklist actor won his first Emmy Award in 2004. He received the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series; this was for his role in The Practice. Following his superb performance in the television series Boston Legal, Spader was awarded another Emmy Award in 2005 and 2007. After having won three Emmys, the popular actor became one of the very few Hollywood stars to win an Emmy award for playing the same character in different series.
The widely acclaimed actor currently stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington in the popular television show, The Blacklist. The show has been on since 2013 and is currently in its seventh season.
James and Victoria Spader Got Married In 1987
Victoria Spader’s popularity grew exceedingly after her marriage to The Blacklist Star. The duo met for the first time in the 80s at a yoga studio where James was working as a yoga instructor. At the time, James was living in New York. They began dating shortly afterward and stayed so for more than a decade.
By 1987, they decided to exchange marital vows and during that time, Victoria Spade worked on the set of James’s movie, Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). Following her marriage to the Hollywood star, Victoria had her last name changed from Kheel to Spader.
The couple welcomed their first child called Sebastian in 1989. Three years after the birth of Sebastian, Elijah their second son was born.
What Their Kids Do for a Living
Sebastian Spader is now an adult with a promising career in Hollywood. He ventured into the film industry as a producer and director. The film director has worked on productions like Slice, First Kiss, and Machete. Sebastian also works as a photographer and enjoys traveling. In 2015, he published all of the photos he had taken since 2010 in a book titled Wondering. Reports have it that Sebastian is currently working as a real estate agent, presumably in conjunction with his mother’s firm.
Elijah Spader is also on his way to becoming a Hollywood star. He is a writer and actor, and has featured in Roll for Initiative and Nailed It. Elijah is also a musician who plays for the LDYKLR rock band. The rock band is based in Los Angeles, California, and has a growing reputation in the region.
The Truth About Their Divorce
The union between James and Victoria lasted for almost two decades before they decided to call it quits in 2004. It was reported that it was the Hollywood actor who filed for the divorce. The reason behind the annulment of their marriage was cited as irreconcilable differences. However, it is believed that there is more to the story. Some reports have it that James was unfaithful to his wife hence the divorce.
After the divorce was finalized in 2004, the Emmy Award winner hooked up with Leslie Stefanson, an actress and model. Despite not being married, they share a son named Nathanael and have been together for more than a decade.
Victoria Spader, on the other hand, is yet to move on to another serious relationship. Although she remains very private about her personal life, she is believed to be single and has not been romantically linked to another man. The set designer lives in Los Angeles, California, and has her eyes set on growing her career.