Emily Van Camp says that whatever age she is, television usually corresponds to it.
“I have almost always played my own age,” the Ontario, Canada, native
tells Zap2it. “I’ve had an interesting career, in that I can seriously
look back on my work and see myself growing up. It’s kind of odd. The
most interesting thing in ‘Beyond the Blackboard’ was playing a young
parent. That was new for me.”
The former “Brothers & Sisters” and “Everwood” star next plays a wife, mother and teacher in “Beyond the Blackboard,” a true “Hallmark Hall of Fame” drama that CBS debuts on Easter Sunday (April 24). In one scene of the movie, which also features fellow “Everwood” alum Treat Williams, her character gives her age as 24 … which VanCamp actually is. Until Thursday, May 12, anyway.
Van Camp will be back in ingenue territory if ABC orders “Revenge,” the pilot she’s now shooting, for the fall schedule. The pivotal role of the vengeful party who targets Hamptons residents also would give her new twists to play, but she maintains great fondness for the series parts that have brought her to this point.
“‘Everwood’ and ‘Brothers & Sisters’ were both great learning experiences for me,” VanCamp reflects. “To have been a part of two very different, yet successful, family dramas at such a young age is always sort of mind-blowing to me.
“I have Greg Berlanti (executive producer of both series) to thank for that. I think everyone has that one person who truly made an impact on their career from a young age, and for me, he certainly is that person.”
He’s in good company, since VanCamp also is grateful to the mentor of “The Vampire Diaries” and “Dawson’s Creek.” She confirms, “Kevin Williamson also holds a very dear place in my heart. If he had never given me a chance on ‘Glory Days,’ I wouldn’t be where I am today.”