“You can’t have ninja skills and not use them”
Why Emily VanCamp’s lust for Revenge will never be sated
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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