‘Norman’ officially opens in limited theaters today. New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle and Chicago are among the areas in which it will be playing. To see the full list of theaters click here. Not sure how long it’ll stay in theaters, but Fandango has showtimes for the next week. For those who aren’t able to see it in theaters, hopefully it won’t be too long before it makes it’s way to DVD. There are rumors the DVD will come out later this year, so that’s something. Some new stills from the movie have been added to the gallery and you can watch a few sneak peeks below.
[ETA by Shirphie] HD screen captures of Emily in the last two episodes of ‘Revenge’ have also been added to the gallery. Sorry the ones from 1×04 were just added now. I’ve been swamped with work and other real life things. My apologies again, everybody. Thanks so much to Grey for updating the site while I’ve been semi-MIA.
And lastly, two new Q&A interviews with Emily about her role in Norman:
Emily VanCamp Says Good-Bye to Teen Roles
By: Jarett Wieselman
‘Norman’ — a darkly serious but endlessly fascinating portrait of teenage life — allows Emily VanCamp to embrace her inner butterfly as the bright light in our leading man’s life.
In addition to being the final time she would play a teenager, ‘Norman’ provided the actress with another odd milestone: it became the third time in as many years that she played a character named Emily.
Insider.com: Your character in ‘Norman’ is named Emily — not only your name, but the character you played in The Ring 2 and currently on Revenge. Coincidence or are you the new Tony Danza?
Emily VanCamp: [laughs] I know! They’re all such different characters, but I might have to nix that the next time a script comes in with that name. It doesn’t bother me too much because it’s more about how you play them versus their names, but it is getting a little weird [laughs]. I’m not gonna lie.
Insider: What I love about this character is she not only lights up Norman’s life, but also every scene she’s in.
Emily: That’s what I wanted to do with the character – I wanted her to contrast the dark scenes of the film and give it some lightness. She was written as such a light, vulnerable, open young woman and I really admired that about her. I was hoping I could bring that to life that because I loved that side of her. Also, I knew this was going to be the last time I played a teenager because I was already in my early 20s and there has to be a point where you leave that behind. So I really wanted to take her to an extreme of that beautiful youthful energy. I think having her be open and aloof was the only way Norman would be drawn to her.
Insider: Was that why Revenge was so appealing to you, in this post-teen role world?
Emily: Absolutely. It’s tough for any actress known for a teen role to move on, so I have to give [Brothers & Sisters creator] Greg Berlanti a lot of credit for helping me transition into something slightly more adult with that show. But at the same time, Rebecca was still very much a young girl trying to figure it all out, which was fun to play because I was going through it myself. It’s funny, in my career, I’ve always played the age I am, which is interesting because I can relate to my characters and bring elements of myself to them. A lot of actors who still look 12 at 30 and play teenagers successfully through their 30s. I didn’t want to do that, so it was bittersweet saying goodbye to those roles but I’m so glad Norman will always be the last high schooler I played.
Insider: With this new outlook on the characters you play, what do you look for in a script?
Emily: When I read a script, if I don’t feel challenged or have a sense of fear over playing the character, generally I know I won’t have that much fun with it. That’s why I chose Revenge. I get bored easily and want to always be trying something new, so I try to step outside the box with everything I do. Plus, people can get bored of your performances if you’re always playing the same thing.
Emily VanCamp on ‘Norman’ and ‘Revenge’
By: Jami Philbrick
Thanks to her impressive body of television and film work, as well as her undeniable charm and beauty, actress Emily VanCamp is quickly becoming a household name. She first gained attention for a small role in the film The Ring Two, but it is on TV where the actress has truly left her mark, first portraying the role of Amy Abbott on The WB’s long running series Everwood, and later as Tom Skerritt and Patricia Wettig’s long lost daughter Rebecca Harper on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters. This fall VanCamp returned to television, this time in the starring role on ABC’s new hit drama Revenge, which was just picked up for a full season. On the new series she plays Amanda Clarke, a mysterious young woman who moves to The Hamptons under another name in order to strike vengeance on the people that caused her father’s death and destroyed her family. In addition to her hit series, the actress can also be seen in the new comedy/drama Norman, which opens in select theaters on October 21st.
In the film, VanCamp plays Emily Parrish, an attractive new girl in school who begins to fall for unlikely loser Norman Long (Dan Byrd). Norman is a troubled young man that considers suicide because of the frustrations of high school, the recent loss of his mother, and his father’s (Richard Jenkins) terminal cancer. Through a series of misunderstandings, a rumor begins at school that Norman has cancer (not his father) and that is why he has such a dark personality. Emily instantly takes a liking to Norman and they begin a relationship but that is threatened when she learns of the rumor. Now Norman must decide what is more important to him: the misguided attention he is getting at school, or the honest affection of the girl he loves. Meanwhile, Norman is dealing with his father’s illness and his unwavering desire to not get treatment but instead “go out” on his own terms.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the absolutely lovely Emily VanCamp about Norman, as well as her series Revenge. The actress spoke candidly with me about the new film, her intriguing character, the movie’s difficult subject matter, comparisons to 50/50, not having enough screen time with Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins, the pressure of starring on her own TV series, and what fans can expect from Revenge the remainder of this season.
To begin with, I found it refreshing that in the film your character begins to fall for Norman before the rumor spreads that makes him popular, for lack of a better term. Was that an element of the script that you found unique as well?
Emily VanCamp: Oh absolutely, absolutely. I think she’s genuinely just drawn to him, which is so sort of sweet and lovely. She’s really an adorable character in that she’s just completely…a bit of an odd ball you know? She has that sort of girl next-door look, but she’s certainly not that. She’s very sort of free spirited and just kind of lovely. I love how she was written.
I’m glad you mentioned that because I also thought that your character was sweet, and lovely, and charming, and exuded those qualities throughout the film. Was the character written that way or is that just you? Are you actually just as sweet and lovely as your character?
VanCamp: I don’t know. The character was definitely written that way. That’s sort of what I really wanted to bring to the table, just a contrast between the dark themes of the movie and also just to lighten things up a little bit. I think she really is there to sort of brighten up Norman’s life as well and is needed to go to one extreme to sort of contrast the other.
As an attractive new girl at the school, it’s almost unlikely that she would be attracted to someone like Norman, what do you think are some of the qualities she recognizes in him and falls for?
VanCamp: I think that’s just who the character is. I think she’s so uninhibited and open that it just really operates on an instinctive level of what she’s drawn to in terms of his energy really. I think that initially she’s just very drawn to his energy and who he is. I don’t think that she really operates on the same level as most teenagers in terms of looks, status and things like that. I think she was just genuinely drawn to him and it didn’t have to do with who he was in the school, it was more of just him and I loved that about her.
That’s something you don’t see a lot in movies about high school students, is that something that you picked up on right away in the script? Was that one of the aspects you liked about this project?
VanCamp: Absolutely! I loved that she wasn’t a typical high school girl next door. She was just very quirky, odd, interesting and inquisitive and curious. I think that’s why she was really fascinated with Norman. It was about wanting to sort of opening him up, getting to know him and understanding him. It’s just that curiosity, that youthful curiosity that was just so lovely.
That quirkiness you mentioned, was that a quality you were able to draw from within yourself to inject into the character?
VanCamp: I mean to an extent, definitely, but it’s something that I just really wanted to put into it. I just wanted to make sure that she had that. I think you put elements of yourself into every character, but also you want to make them different from yourself as well.
Dan Byrd did a great job playing Norman, which is a very complex role. What was your experience like working with him on the film?
VanCamp: Oh it was absolutely brilliant. Like you’re saying, he’s phenomenal. He brought so much to this character, so much that wasn’t on the page. His commitment to his character was unreal. You could really sense his passion for the film immediately and it’s such a joy to work with someone who’s that committed. It was just amazing and Richard Jenkins was absolutely brilliant as well. I thought that their chemistry as father and son was perfect. It was amazing to watch that because I wasn’t really a part of those scenes. So to see that part of the script play out was beautiful and to be able to see it so objectively was incredible.
I’m glad you brought up Richard Jenkins’ performance in the film because he’s truly one of the best actors around, but unfortunately you only had one scene with him in the movie. Were you bummed out that you didn’t get to have more scenes with him, and did you get to know him at all off the set?
VanCamp: Yes, definitely. I was just so honored to meet him. Hopefully at some point we’ll get to do something where we have a few more scenes together because I didn’t feel like I got enough time.
No, you didn’t have much on-screen time with him at all, did you? I think the only scene you had with him is when you’re helping him get into a car.
VanCamp: I know that was it, but it was awesome to meet him I will say. I would love to work with him at some point. I’m a big fan of all of his films.
What can you tell me about working with director Jonathan Segal? He seemed to have a very specific vision for what he was trying to accomplish with the film, what was he like on set?
VanCamp: He was great! He was equally as passionate about the project as Dan and everybody involved. He had a beautiful vision for the film and he really made it happen. I think it was one of his first things he directed so I think he should be so proud of the film. He did a splendid job and he really understood what he was going for. I think mission accomplished! I think it’s a really great film.
I was curious if you had a chance to see 50/50 yet and if so, what did you think about it? I would imagine there are going to be a lot of people comparing your film to that one since they are both comedy/dramas about a young person getting cancer, so how do you feel about the comparisons?
VanCamp: I haven’t seen it yet so I really can’t say. I’ve heard great things about it, but I haven’t seen it yet. I’m kind of in the dark on that one.
Do you think there’s room in the market place right now for two comedy/dramas both about the same dark subject?
VanCamp: I think so. I mean if there’s room in the market for five super hero movies then they can handle two of these.
It’s a subject that seems to have been taboo in Hollywood for a long time, so it’s really interesting that there are two movies about young people getting cancer both coming out now at the same time, don’t you think?
VanCamp: Absolutely and I think so as well. It’s great. I think that’s what movie making is all about. Pushing the envelope and making people think, so I’m proud to be a part of that.
I’m really enjoying your work on Revenge and I heard that you just got picked up for a full season, congratulations!
VanCamp: Thank you so much, we are so excited. It’s been a great couple days just celebrating and we’re so excited to be able to keep delivering because we have a blast doing it. We’re so proud of the show and it’s amazing the response we’ve been getting. We’re so grateful.
Is it starting to feel like a little family over there? I know you’ve been involved with several other series in the past, but is it starting to feel like you’re part of a real team on this show?
VanCamp: Absolutely! It’s really insane. I mean I’ve had experiences on shows before and they’ve always been lovely and great, especially with Everwood, it really did feel like a family. But with this there’s something really kind of wonderful about it. The chemistry between all of these characters somehow just works, and as people as well, we all click because everyone’s there for the right reasons. We all just want to make a great show. There is this insane sense of friendship, teamwork, and just wanting to make this great so we’re all delighted. I couldn’t imagine a greater group of people to go to work with everyday. So it’s a very good situation on the set of Revenge.
This is the first series that you’ve been on where you’re really the star of the show. I mean your picture has been on billboards, posters, and buses everywhere and in a lot of ways you’ve really been responsible for selling the series. Have you felt any pressure or added responsibility in taking on this role and really being the star of your own show?
VanCamp: Absolutely! There’s an immense amount of pressure that came with it. I never really experienced anything like that, but I think I just sort of had to take it day by day. It’s so much about remembering that it’s about the process and just enjoying every moment of being on set and getting to play this great character. People are either going to like it or not. You can’t obsess about it too much or you’ll drive yourself crazy. Now we can sort of breathe a little bit and I feel like the weight has lifted a little bit. That makes it that much more fun. I can relax a little bit, at least for a little while.
Finally, have the writers or creators spoken to you yet about the timeline for the series and what they have planned for the rest of the season? Do you think your character’s secret will be revealed to the other characters on the show this season, or is that a “game changer” that you see happening down the line, perhaps as a cliffhanger going into season two?
VanCamp: Absolutely. There have been so many ideas thrown out there. I think they’re cautious of what they tell us because we get to talk to all of you guys and sometimes we spill too much. But they definitely give us ideas of where are characters are going. We know Mike Kelly (the show’s creator) has publicly said that we’ll know who is dead on the beach and who is responsible for it by episode thirteen, so those questions will be answered. People can sort of relax and know that we’re not going to draw this out for a full twenty-two episodes. But we are endlessly surprised when we get the scripts, and the twists and turns just keep coming. It’s wonderful.