Emily VanCamp is a small-town Canadian girl who just happens to be taking over Hollywood.
Let’s get one thing straight: Sure, Emily VanCamp is nice, but she’s not the girl next door. I don’t know who lives in your neighbourhood, but girls in mine don’t amble about like urban giraffes, all legs and eyelashes. When we meet at a quiet café in downtown Los Angeles, the angular knockout chats eagerly with the baker. Apparently this place has the best baguettes in the city. I only notice that he is blushing the colour of a strawberry tart. The 27-year-old Port Perry, Ont., native should be used to the attention.
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VanCamp moved to Montreal at age 11 to study ballet and never went home. She fell into acting, was cast as a teen in Everwood and then scored a role on Brothers & Sisters. “You kind of seize the opportunity as it comes to you,” she says with an easy shrug. Now, it seems like the opportunities just keep coming. She dishes out addictive weeknight drama on Revenge and, this month, is taking over the big screen as Agent 13 (the babe who catches Chris Evans’ eye) in the blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier. “I was flipping out,” she says with a laugh. Honestly, I’m just surprised it didn’t happen sooner.
You play such intense characters, but you’re so easygoing. How do you manage?
“I’ve always been very good at letting my characters go at the end of the day. For almost three years now, I’ve been playing with these heightened emotions—someone who’s so much more tortured than I could ever be, with so much more anger than I could ever have. At a certain point, it does start to weigh on you physically and mentally, and suddenly you’re not coping with things as well. I think it’s emotional exhaustion. It’s definitely something I’m trying to catch and change as much as possible when I really feel that it’s getting me down. I started meditating this year, which was hugely helpful. You have to let this all out.”
And you’re dating your Revenge co-star Joshua Bowman, so your personal life must be very intertwined with work.
“Josh and I keep it all very separate. I barely talk about him in interviews, to be honest. It’s just really funny in the moments when we’re playing these absolutely absurd things. I call him ‘wife-beater Daniel.’ It’s hard for my family to watch—it’s also hard for them to see me in that light. But we’re actors. None of that lives in any of us. Thank God!”
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