Re­venge is sweet

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - DEB­BIE SCHIPP RE­VENGE, South­ern Cross, to­mor­row, 8.30pm

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.

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