Emily VanCamp: ELLE Canada interview

Emily VanCamp is a small-town Canadian girl who just happens to be taking over Hollywood.

Mar 04, 2014
By
Kathryn Hudson
Photography
Colette de Barros

emily-vancamp-celebrity-04.jpgDo you have a temper?
“I’m not going to be caught beating someone up, but ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a really strong sense of justice. So, in this case, I feel like my privacy is being taken away from me. It makes me mad, and I think they know it. Maybe someday I’ll lose my temper enough that they’ll be scared of me!”

How do you deal with the pressure to look good?
“I can definitely feel the pressure looming, but I really do try to avoid it because I think there’s a little bit of an addiction that comes with it. I don’t want to spiral down that path. It’s kind of like getting a tattoo—people want more.”

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Do you have a tattoo?

“I don’t! Maybe that’s a pattern—I just avoid even entering into the spiral effect. I hope I’ve stayed true to who I want to be as a human being.”

Who do you want to be?

“I have always wanted to live with a strong sense of integrity and try to live this crazy life as fully as possible. [Laughs] I’m getting deep! But I want to be trustworthy, a loyal friend and a giving family member. Everything is so disposable nowadays, including relationships with people, and I really don’t believe in that.”

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Now seems like a really good moment for you.
“It feels like that to me too. It’s just a really inspired time. I feel this fuel. It was amazing for me to consistently work for 10 years without ever really being on the radar. That’s very rare in this business, where everyone’s seeking attention. There was a part of me that wasn’t ready for it and was scared. Then, at a certain point, life just said ‘Buckle up, it’s time, go get it. Here’s your reward for taking a risk, here’s your reward for trucking along all these years and working hard on the sidelines.’ It has been so much fun.”

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