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2009 has been a great Emily year so far, and it only seems to get better and better. I found an absolutely gorgeous new photoshoot pic of Emily today! Hopefully I’ll be able to find some more pics from the shoot. It would be a shame if this was the only one. Until then, you can visit the gallery to enjoy this new pic. You can also read a brand new interview with Emily below!
Q&A with Emily VanCamp
By Jason Dean
Emily VanCamp is battling a cold, so she offers a preemptive apology as soon as she sits down. “Once you hear this cough, it sounds like a 50-year-old man.” Many young actresses would shy away from making such a statement, perhaps afraid that it would find its way into the lead paragraph of an article highlighting their promising career.
But VanCamp, affable and ebullient, is clearly comfortable in her own skin. Only 22, she’s already a veteran of two successful television series. She’s in her second season portraying Rebecca Harper on the ABC hit drama Brothers & Sisters and, prior to that, she spent five years as Amy Abbott on the WB teen drama Everwood.
VanCamp hails from Port Perry, a Wasilla-sized community in Ontario, Canada. She has three sisters, and in spite of her statuesque 5’9” frame, is in a two-way tie for being the shortest. All the girls studied ballet growing up, but Emily was the tomboy: She played ice hockey as well. Her family still resides in Port Perry, and she gets back to visit as often as she can, where she encounters the typical small-town fascination with her career in Hollywood. “In terms of my family, it’s sort of old news by now. ‘Yeah, our daughter’s on TV – now get back to work.’”
Her down-to-earth personality was on full display as we kicked back in the h offices on a recent afternoon.
h: What’s it been like achieving success as an actress so early in your career?
Emily: I think it would have been really hard had it been one really big breakout moment and then all the sudden being in this crazy town with all these crazy things around you. It’s been such a blessing to have each job take me to that new level and really slowly get to know this business.
h: How did you balance school with work growing up?
Emily: I did regular school until I started on Everwood [in 2002]. I had done all my schooling in French up until that point because the ballet school where I was studying in Montreal was all French and the family I was living with was French. That’s when I became bilingual; I had no other option. Then I home schooled my last two years of high school in Utah [where Everwood was filmed] – so I got some English studies in, luckily [laughs].
h: Do you feel you missed out on any of the typical high school experiences due to the demands your career?
Emily: I got to live a lot of my youth, like normal first love, through my character. I was really the age that Amy was supposed to be. It’s funny because I can look back and see myself growing up and how much I really did change during that time. That was me as a teenager! And that’s pretty much how it all went down.
h: What’s your Brothers & Sisters experience been like?
Emily: Completely different. I’m in L.A. and it’s pretty much what I would imagine doing a TV show to be like, driving to the studio every day. It’s equally interesting but more mature. I was a kid then, and I was still seen as a kid. Entering into Brothers & Sisters, I didn’t have that to fall back on anymore. It was like, ‘make it or break it cuz you’re an adult now.’ It really put me to the test in a big way.
h: Are you happy with how your character is evolving?
Emily: Yeah [laughs], I don’t really have a say in the storylines, so I just go with the flow and work with what I’m dealt. With [co-executive producer] Greg Berlanti [who also executive produced Everwood] behind it, there’s a grand plan. Rebecca very easily could have been a secondary character, and they’ve really given me a lot of exciting and wonderful material to play with. It’s nice that they put that faith in me, because I am very young.
h: I read somewhere that you like to splurge on traveling. Have you taken any interesting trips recently?
Emily: I went to Cambodia last summer with one of my best friends. It was extraordinary – Cambodia is like the Wild West of the Eastern world. I met so many incredible people. I can’t do my work without those experiences. In the L.A. world, there’s so many actors I know that just never get out of here. They get consumed in this lifestyle and everything that comes with it. That’s not really what it’s all about. For me, anyhow.
h: Do you feel that’s part of your curiosity as an actress, needing to expose yourself to as much of the world as you can?
Emily: Yeah, but I contradict myself sometimes. On the one hand, I’m such a homebody. I love being cozy, I love all those yummy things that I can cook and just being comfortable. But at the same time, I get so bored with it after a while. I can’t live a routine lifestyle. I was eleven when I moved away from home and that was my idea. My parents thought I was only going for a summer session [at the Ballet Oeust de Montreal] and then I was accepted to perform in “The Nutcracker”. I asked them if I could just stay at the school for half a year and then I’d come home. I just never saw any opportunity for me back in my hometown, so I just continued living with the family I was with. Montreal is also where I got started in acting.
h: So your parents have been supportive of the path you’ve taken?
Emily: Absolutely. My parents taught us from a young age that we could do anything we wanted to do. I’m getting to a point where I do want to buy some land up there and be there more often. One of the hardest things is not seeing my little sister growing up, and also not being in the country. But that’s becoming more appealing.
h: You have a couple movies coming out in the next few months, yes?
Emily: Yeah, Norman, with Dan Byrd, who’s a wonderful actor. [Byrd plays a troubled high-school kid who pretends to be dying of cancer.] And this movie, Carriers, that I did two years ago is coming out as well. It’s so weird, because you grow so much as an actor year to year, and then all the sudden, work that you did in the past comes out. It’s a little frightening because I haven’t seen it. You gotta let it go, I guess.
Source: h monthly