Revenge is sweet
SHE plays an ice- cool woman with a vendetta and a heart of stone on hit US drama Revenge, so it’s a little surprising when Emily VanCamp greets you with a wide smile and a warm hug.
The Canadian actress is a far cry from the cool, collected, driven control freak she portrays as Emily Thorne on Revenge, something the former Brothers & Sisters actress had to work hard on to land the role.
Thorne ( pictured), for those of you living under a rock, is the mysterious rich girl at the centre of Revenge, determined to avenge her father’s death at the hands of the rich and powerful Grayson family.
She has spent all season hiding her true identity, and taking people down. Now it’s all coming a little unstuck – which is just what VanCamp was after when she landed the role.
‘‘ I had to show them I could play dark,’’ VanCamp says.
‘‘ I had played all these girlnext- door- type characters and the producers were a little uncertain as to whether or not I could show them a dark side.
‘‘ There were two of us left in the race when producers called us in for the final network test.
‘‘ They said ‘ we just need you to play dark’, and I knew I wanted the role and I wanted to fight for it, so that’s what I did.’’ With only two episodes remaining of Revenge’s first season in Australia, VanCamp has proved she can play dark – very dark.
And as the show spirals towards a cliffhanger finale next week, it’s about to get darker.
As the body count rises, questions are answered and loose ends are tied up.
Viewers will wonder how another season will be created.
And then a new set of curve balls are fired from the ‘‘ oh- myGod’’ cannon.
‘‘ It certainly gets a whole lot more complicated,’’ VanCamp says.
‘‘ Emily has lost total control of her plot for revenge, and that’s dangerous for her and those around her.
‘‘ She’s got a lot coming at her, but she will not stop.
‘‘ She’s fighting for her father’s memory and her life and making that life make sense.’’
The role has been a smash hit for the actress, despite the fact Thorne and VanCamp are poles apart. Where Thorne moves easily among the rich and powerful in The Hamptons, VanCamp has only been there once for a photo shoot, and ‘‘ wouldn’t want to live there – I’m more a cabin by the lake kind of girl’’.
While Thorne refuses to let anyone close to her, VanCamp surrounds herself with good friends to keep her grounded.
And where Thorne strides into a room, assesses and owns it, VanCamp confesses to bouts of shyness and nervousness on photo shoots.
They are both driven, but VanCamp is driven by a passion for her craft rather than a thirst for revenge.
VanCamp discovered the role in early 2011.
‘‘ Pilot season was happening, I had finished Brothers & Sisters and I wanted to wait until something really great came along,’’ she says.
‘‘ I was reading some good scripts but they weren’t really connecting. If you’re going to sign on to do a TV show you want to know that it’s going to be something that is going to keep you interested for a long time because it can potentially go for five years or more. ‘‘ Revenge was worth the risk.’’ Will Thorne ever be satisfied? ‘‘ That’s the challenge of the show,’’ VanCamp says.