The thought-spinning events in Revenge season one simply couldn’t get the fans off the hook each week. As we welcome season 2 with open arms this fall, what exactly are we bound to expect? Zap2it got an exclusive talk with actress Emily van Camp who plays Emily Thorne on the ABC hit psycho-thriller.
Find out what the actress has to say about her character’s journey in knowing about her mother, plus, details on Thorne’s new love interest from her past!
This season, it gets even more complicated, as Emily meets the mother (played by new cast member Jennifer Jason Leigh) whom she hasn’t seen since she was 4 or 5.
“I absolutely love the exploration of that mother-daughter relationship,” VanCamp says. “It’s almost as if Emily is looking into a mirror when we see that relationship, and she starts to wonder whether she is developing the same mental disorders as her mother. It’s just a very different place to see Emily in, because she normally isn’t nearly this vulnerable.”
Her vulnerability is further enhanced this season by the introduction of a new character played by British actor Barry Sloane.
“He’s a mysterious romantic interest from Emily’s past when she was in Japan,” series creator and executive producer Mike Kelley explains. “The character is called Aiden, and I think the audience is going to fall in love with him. He’s sort of a Daniel Craig-ish character. There’s just a lot of passion and history and drama between Emily and Aiden.”
“In Aiden, Emily finally has someone who can match her, who has the same set of skills as her and understands her,” VanCamp adds. “You see how he betrayed her, and now he’s coming back to try to be there for her. It’s a different Emily this season, in that she becomes a little scattered, which is unlike her.”
Every now and then, Kelley admits, he wishes ABC would stop marketing “Revenge” as a “guilty pleasure.”
“I like to call it a suspense drama,” he says. “We try to aim for sophistication. It’s certainly a very challenging show to plot. It’s one of the most complicated things I’ve ever attempted, so we like to be recognized for those effects. But I think (ABC wants) to make sure the audiences feel like they can connect to the show. I’m just glad we’re being talked about.”
Kelley will confirm that Madeleine Stowe’s character, Victoria Grayson, will return this season, but he won’t say how.
“I’m not going to tell you that,” he says, laughing. “But yes, I would have to be crazy not to bring Madeleine back. I’ve been known to be a little crazy from time to time, but not that crazy! So she’ll definitely be a part of the show, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out how.”