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'Revenge' Star Emily VanCamp Talks Wanting a Polygamist Love Triangle & a 'Dexter' Crossover

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 12th 2011 11:00AM
Emily VanCamp, 'Revenge'Emily VanCamp might be out for 'Revenge' as the jilted Emily Thorne (nee Amanda Clarke) on ABC's new drama (Wednesdays, 10PM ET), but in real life she's all about coming up with funny scenarios for the series.

I caught up with her to preview this week's episode, and we veered right off into a polygamist solution to her onscreen love triangle. She also explained why she wants Dexter Morgan -- yes, Michael C. Hall's serial killer from Showtime's 'Dexter' -- to make a guest appearance.

She also had some nice things to say about her 'Revenge' co-stars, including Madeleine Stowe, who plays Hamptons queen bee (and Emily Thorne's main target) Victoria Grayson. "It's kind of ridiculous," Thorne said. "I'm completely aware and completely grateful, just so everybody knows."

Keep reading for more guest-star scoop and a tease about next week's game-changing fifth episode, titled 'Guilt.' Will Emily finally give that hit list of hers a rest? Not so fast ...

I keep waiting for an episode that's just Emily sunbathing or sailing or shopping around the Hamptons, but she's all revenge, all the time.
No, she means business. But I will say, in the episodes to come, the show is going to have less of a procedural quality. If she were to take someone down every week, there would be no one left! We're going to start to see all of that come Episode 5, which takes twisted and dark to a whole other level. That's when you see that the groundwork is being laid, and you really see her commitment to, for instance, her relationship with Daniel, and how far she's willing to go to be with him to infiltrate the Grayson family. It becomes more about the relationships between these people rather than just taking down these smaller players.

It's been nice having that photo, with a new target getting crossed off each week, but it's a relief to know that there will be some time off that "person of the week" theme.
Yeah, what's great about this show is everything is unexpected. You never know what she's up to, what she's going to do and how she's going to do it.

Daniel and EmilyWe really don't know enough about her yet to know if she might actually be open to falling for Daniel, or having feelings for him. Based off what you've shot, what do you think?
I think she struggles with this person that she's become and, ultimately, that little girl that she longs to feel like again. It's a major struggle, and at the end of the day she's still a young woman who does have the potential to feel. At the moment, she's really shutting that part of herself off, but I mean ... Daniel is not who she thought he was. I think she thought it would be much easier to just infiltrate the family with this guy who was just another high-society boy, and in fact he turns out to be the opposite. He's actually really good. So she's definitely going to start to struggle with whether or not she has feelings for him, whether she's taking this too far with him ... the lines are really going to blur between what she truly feels for him and how much she's using him. She'll struggle with that, and also with the relationship with Jack. It's going to be a constant struggle for her.

We saw her set Daniel up for a huge fall last week -- it seemed like it kind of changed her game a little bit.
Absolutely. She's going to find a lot more comfort than she expected in him as well. They are much more similar than she thought. They're both sort of imprisoned in this horrible cell that is Victoria's world, so they share that. She's going to find it more and more difficult to keep all of this from him and use him in this way.

Jack, 'Revenge'And now Jack. Were you surprised at all how quickly fans became either Team Daniel or Team Jack?
I'm not surprised. Nick [Wechsler] and Josh [Bowman] are so completely different, and so appealing in different ways, that I kind of knew that was going to happen. But there are a lot of people who don't quite know which team they're on yet ...

I'm kind of rooting for both of them ...
I'm Team Both! I think she should have this little polygamist family with both of them. [Laughs]

This week Emily goes after the therapist that put her away, right?
Indeed. She was bribed by Victoria to keep me away from my father and, in return, was given this beautiful practice in the Hamptons as the therapist to all the rich and famous people. She better look out [laughs] ... I do some pretty horrible things to her in this upcoming episode!

And I can't wait to see CCH Pounder as the detention-center warden!
Oh my goodness, I just actually shot those scenes last Thursday with her and she is such a powerhouse. That storyline is going to be great -- those flashbacks are insane. People are going to see a totally different side to the real Amanda Clarke. There are a few new characters that I think are really going to surprise people. We have the lovely Margarita Levieva coming onto the show ... but I'm not going to tell you who she's playing. I was shooting last week with her as well, and she's such an incredible addition to the cast. You'll have to wait to know more about her, but she's killing it.

DexterYou're surrounded by this amazing cast already, but who would be your dream guest star?
I think Michael C. Hall should come onto the show as 'Dexter' and help her out a little bit. [Laughs] A little Showtime-ABC crossover, come on! Maybe he should be one of her revenge gurus.

Tell us: Are you watching 'Revenge'? Loving Emily's ruthless ways? Sound off in the comments.

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i love this show. i don't want her to leave aiden, tho.

January 12 2014 at 10:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LOVE IT! Can't wait for the next, and the next. Hate when I miss it and have to watch it later. COMPLETELY A FAN!!!!

November 13 2011 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love, love, love this show. I can't wait every week to watch it. Best show this season!!!

November 03 2011 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We love Revenge - we watch it as a family!

October 25 2011 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Best show since Knots Landing* Anyone remember that*?* - - - What took so long*?*

October 22 2011 at 11:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love the show, it's got great writing, and Emily Van Camp is an amazing actor. Kudos from Everwood, to your fantastic role in Brothers and Sisters (Sadly that was axed last season) to your current role in Revenge. Seriously, it's one amazing show. I love, love, love it.

October 18 2011 at 1:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think this is the best show of the new season. I love the girl that plays Emily. Have followed her since she was on Everwood and Brothers and Sisters. She is a great little actress as well as the rest of the cast. Hope it stays on for a long time.

October 14 2011 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love this show.. Best thing to come along since DYNASTY!!!

October 13 2011 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bon Summers

Revenge ...we finally have some writers out there that know what people want...good writing produces good acting and this set of young adults claim the fame. I'm glued to the TV and I'm 75...so who says you grow old.

October 13 2011 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ms VanCamp should know that the only reason I watch the show is her. It's not the best TV drama but it's decent. Hopefully it'll get picked up for a full season.

October 12 2011 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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