“You can’t have ninja skills and not use them”

Why Emily VanCamp’s lust for Re­venge will never be sated

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

AF­TER three sea­sons of mer­ci­less and deadly take­downs in the name of Emily Thorne’s sup­pos­edly dead fa­ther, it’s a lit­tle dis­con­cert­ing to see actress Emily VanCamp smile, shrug and say, “She’s not done yet”.

Warm­ing to her theme, the pe­tite 28-year-old star of hit show Re­venge leans in and low­ers her voice to a mock-con­spir­a­to­rial whis­per.

“You can’t have ninja skills and not use them,” she said.

VanCamp is in what would be the el­e­ment of her al­ter ego Emily Thorne (real name Amanda Clarke), per­fectly made up in cock­tail dress for a press event in Los An­ge­les.

Flanked by co-star Gabriel Mann (who plays her best friend Nolan Ross), VanCamp is more re­laxed and mis­chievous than Thorne. She will de­fend her char­ac­ter’s de­ci­sions, but laugh­ingly con­cedes she wouldn’t have the en­ergy in real life for Emily’s re­lent­less pur­suit.

And that cam­paign is undimmed in sea­son four, de­spite the fact view­ers know Emily’s fa­ther David Clarke (James Tup­per) – the man she thought had died in pri­son af­ter be­ing framed for ter­ror­ism by her Hamp­tons arch-enemies, the Graysons – is very much alive.

VanCamp laugh­ingly con­cedes most peo­ple who had em­barked on a re­venge cam­paign for a dead man might con­sider aban­don­ing it if they found out he was alive.

But Emily Thorne isn’t “most peo­ple”.

“She can’t quit this re­venge path. She can’t do it. It’s not in her. At this point she knows how to be Emily Thorne bet­ter than she knows how to be Amanda Clarke (Amanda be­came Emily as part of her re­venge plan),” VanCamp said.

“The Graysons still did all of the things that ru­ined her life, so whether her fa­ther’s alive – the fact he is alive is a bonus and that’s amaz­ing – they still ru­ined this young girl’s life. She still went through the foster care sys­tem. She still had to put her­self through a lot to get her re­venge.

“It would be un­re­al­is­tic for her not to hold the Graysons re­spon­si­ble for ev­ery­thing that’s kicked off here.

“In her mind, Vic­to­ria (Madeleine Stowe) and Con­rad (Henry Czerny) are the epit­ome of evil.”

Emily is close to dis­cov­er­ing the truth about her fa­ther’s ex­is­tence, but for now is en­joy­ing her favourite pas­time – pun­ish­ing Vic­to­ria.

“She had Vic­to­ria locked up in a men­tal in­sti­tu­tion – I would have loved to have seen her spend more time there,” VanCamp said.

“The dy­nam­ics of her be­ing there – story-wise, I would have loved to see more of it. Also, Emily’s taken over Vic­to­ria’s house, more to spite her rather than a case of Emily re­ally want­ing to live there. She did it be­cause she could.

“If Emily had her way, she’d prob­a­bly burn the place down. But this would hurt (Vic­to­ria) more – and that’s what it’s re­ally all about for Emily, isn’t it?”

VanCamp was adamant view­ers would get to see a softer side to her char­ac­ter.

“The truth is she has a tremen­dous amount of re­morse for the things she’s done to the peo­ple she cared about, for the col­lat­eral dam­age of all this,” she said.

“But she was so alone and so tor­tured and in so much pain for so long, I don’t ever think she’ll let go of the things that have hap­pened to her.

“She tries to be nor­mal, but it is in­side her to be this beast.”



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