We had the fantastic opportunity to sit down and interview Emily VanCamp at the #CaptainAmericaEvent a few weeks ago. She was such a fun and nice person to chat with about her role in Captain America: Civil War. Don’t forget that the movie hits theaters this FRIDAY, did you get your tickets yet?
You kicked some serious butt in the movie! Can you tell us about your training?
It’s just a lot of working out, really. I had already sort of done some training for Revenge so it was like an easier segue into the films but you wanna go into these movies feeling really strong and fit so I want to be able to keep up. We were wrapping up Revenge while I started training for this movie which is very interesting so I kind of realized how much I should have done for Revenge. I mean, I was fit doing Revenge but this is another level. I was a dancer so all of that physical activity is great and sort of help with the sequences and stuff because ultimately its choreography. I hope to do more of it.
Was there any scene that was particularly difficult for you?
I wouldn’t say difficult. I think in these movies, you just don’t want to screw it up like everyone’s bringing their “A” game. It’s very rare that you go into a movie almost already knowing it’s going to be great and successful because historically theyve been so successful. So, you want to bring your “A” game and show up. I was in Winter Soldier but not very much so it’s always a little intimidating. There’s that nervous factor before you go into it but everyone’s so kind and the Russo Brothers have always made me feel so comfortable. I wouldn’t necessarily say difficult, you just want to do the best job you can.
How do you feel knowing that you’re going to go down in history as Agent 13?
It’s really cool! I mean being a part of this universe is really a special thing especially with the movies that they’re making and how good they are. I’m really happy to do it with the people that I’m doing it with because everyone is so great and talented. These movies could’ve been sort of surface level but what I love about Marvel is how they delve into the characters. They sort of give us freedom to create a version of the character that hopefully the fans will like and it’s a really fun process. So, the fact that people love the movies, is an extra bonus!
What, of you, went into the movie?
What I love about Sharon is her moral compass. I think she has a really strong moral compass and I think that’s what her and Steven initially sort of identify with each other and ultimately in the comic books. It led to a very complicated relationship but there’s gotta be something that sort of brings them together as well as their love of Peggy. I think there’s an initial trust there that maybe he doesn’t have with anyone else and maybe she doesn’t have with anyone else. In terms of what I identify with I love a girl with a strong moral compass and a lot of integrity and I think she has that. I think you see her struggle with that within this film because she’s battling her work and her loyalty to her work. The cats rebel against that and she’s gonna follow her head and her heart. I think people can relate to that struggle.
Do you have any superheroes that you look up to?
Someone else asked me that recently and I was trying to think of like a superhero that I looked up to and I was obsessed with Ninja Turtles! I was one like four years in a row for Halloween and I was trying to figure out if they count as superheroes! I wanted to be the Ninja Turtle, I think I was like Donatello one year and then Michelangelo like three years because I love pizza!
How does it feel to have a POP! Figure?
I was just noticing this! I never actually saw it out of the box. It’s hilarious!! I think she’s pretty cool and that’s awesome. I gotta get one for my Mom or something – that’s really cool.
Will the red had become a trademark feature for your character in future films?
No, I think think so. That’s not her thing, she can’t steal it.
Which scene was the hardest for you to film as far as the choreographed kind of action?
I really only have one proper fight sequence when she’s going up against Bucky.
So, tell us about the kiss?
It’s kind of refreshing to see Captain, you know, in a more intimate situation and like I said, they have chemistry. There’s even some in the Winter Soldier. I would say it is kind of nice to see it happen finally!
This group is divided Team Cap and Team Iron Man? I know with your role what you are but in real life are you Team Cap?
I have to be in Team Cap. I have to because I’m traveling with Team Iron Man and the truth is she’s very torn. I mean she’s got this struggle in the movie where she’s like sort of on the sly giving information but trying to keep her job. I guess for the viewers it could potentially go either way but for me as I’m leaving for me to say I was anything but Team Cap would be massive problems. I do agree with him and watching the movie I was kind of really trying to take myself out of it and my sort of personal connection to the character.
How do you feel that you’re going to be a role model for females and young girls?
In these movies and I think especially in like anything you do I always hate it when I hear actors or musicians or people in the public eye say that they have no obligation to be any sort of a role model because it’s not like you have an obligation but you have a choice. Why wouldn’t you choose to empower young women and use yourself as a vehicle when you have a voice to kind of inspire that?It’s amazing to play a girl like Sharon. I just did a film called the Girl in the Book which is much more sort of rooted in reality and much more real. I also think she, in her own way, is strong and on her own adventures. I tend ti pick characters that have those elements to it. It’s not a responsibility but it’s something I feel connected to. I have three sisters, I have wonderful women in my life and I just want to see girls have the best opportunities they possibly can and if I can inspire that in the tiniest way, I don’t see why I wouldn’t.
You mentioned training for Revenge. How does your character compare and contrast between the two?
Someone asked me who would win a battle (between Emily Thorn and Sharon Carter) and I was really thinking about it because I think Sharon is incredibly technical and has this obvious, real training. It’s not some sensei that she had in Japan. I think Emily would win because she’s so tortured. She’s just fueled by so much anger so when she unleashes the rage it would be a really close fight. Sharon might be missing a little bit of an edge.
I loved our time spend with Emily VanCamp, she was so real, down-to-earth and fun! If you haven’t purchased tickets to see Captain America: Civil War yet you definitely need to. Check out the trailer below and remember that it will be in theaters on Friday!