“I have never done a sales pitch for a TV show before,” Emily VanCamp says, “and I would have thought Revenge was more geared towards women than men. But I’ve met so many guy fans of the show that started watching with their girlfriends and have now become more hooked on it than their partners.”
Actress VanCamp, 27, Canadian, all butter-wouldn’t-melt, girl-next-door loveliness, has been asked by Esquire to give us Revenge’s hard sell. It’s the arch US drama in which she stars as a butter-wouldn’t-melt girl-next-door hell-bent on avenging the not-so-good rich folks of the Hamptons for crimes against her family. In truth it’s a bit The OC meets Dynasty, but we can understand why all those men tuned in: Emily VanCamp.
Your next appointment with the fetching actress is in the Marvel Comics Universe, where she joins Chris Evans in the second instalment of the Captain America franchise. Shall we do the bad news first? VanCamp’s role is a small one as Agent 13 who, as comic-book readers will know, becomes significant in Captain America’s life later on.
“When we meet Agent 13 in this movie, it’s really an origin story,” she explains. “It’s really about planting the seed to develop this relationship that she ultimately has with the captain in the movies to come.”
The comic strip version of Agent 13 features some eye-watering catsuit action, but the film-makers – in their wisdom – have dressed her in more sombre CIA-style uniform. Boo. So, no catsuit? “Ha ha. No,” laughs VanCamp. “Though I would have been excited to do something like that, too.” There’s always next time.
Captain America: Winter Soldier is out 28 March. Taken from Esquire's April issue, on newsstands now.