VanCamp plotting life after Revenge
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Keeping the audience onside.
That's the biggest challenge of playing Emily Thorne, believes Emily VanCamp.
For three seasons now the 27-year-old Canadian actress has been plotting the Revenge of the show's title against those who framed and ultimately killed her beloved father.
It has involved faking romantic interest, arson and a spot of murder, when required.
With her character doing all these very terrible things, it's important that the real villains are truly villainised.
''You have to have that contrast for anyone to be rooting for my character,'' the striking VanCamp says while on location in downtown Los Angeles recently.
''The exploration of her vulnerability and inner-child this season definitely reminds the audience of what she's been through and the lost life she could have had.
I know if I'm feeling bad for her, hopefully that's translating to the audience as well.
''I've really enjoyed digging a little more deeply into her psyche, exploring why she is where she is and making the choices she's making this time around.
"Psychologically she really has been melting down, things have started to happen that have forced her to look at her life and choices. Her mother has a history of mental disorders and she's begun to question that in herself. She is going to start to have psychological downward spiral.''
VanCamp admits that Thorne is a difficult character to leave behind on set, although she has become good at ''snapping out of it''.
''Now that I'm in my third year of playing her it has become a little bit more difficult, less because of bringing the crazy home and more because of the exhaustion of having to emote those feelings. I'm nothing like her and constantly pushing those emotions to a place that is so uncomfortable leaves me with a general sense of exhaustion all the time.
"But that's the sacrifice you make to create an awesome TV show so I shouldn't complain.''
While still enjoying playing Thorne, VanCamp's marvellous career may be about to take a new turn.
A small role in this month's Captain America: The Winter Soldier may lead to more work in the blockbusting movie juggernaut that is the Marvel Universe.
While known as Agent 13 in this film (a S.H.I.E.L.D operative assigned to guard Chris Evans's Captain America), her character is actually Sharon Carter, who as anyone familiar with the comic-books will know is a potential love interest for the Cap.
Sounds like there could be more Avenging as well as Revenge on the horizon for her.
Revenge 9.30pm, Tuesdays, TV2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (M) opens in New Zealand cinemas on Thursday.