Emily VanCamp is in the best shape of her life, thanks to her role as Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke on the hit ABC series Revenge.
The 26-year-old actress appears on the September cover of Hamptons magazine, where she reveals her favorite method of exercise. “Pilates is probably my favorite way, but I want to get back into yoga,” VanCamp says. “When I’m working, I find it’s the best way to balance working on your body and also your mind and spirit.”
Though her role can be physically demanding at times, VanCamp is well equipped to perform. “Luckily I had ballet training. At the end of the day, a fight scene is choreography; we’re developing the character as we go,” she explains. “I’ve definitely been thrown for a few loops — trying to memorize the Japanese. But that’s what I love most about this character. This is a girl who has gone off and trained intensively for eight years. She’s incredibly skilled.”
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VanCamp doesn’t anticipate shooting many girl-on-girl fight scenes, but she isn’t opposed to it. “I’m all about strong female empowerment,” she laughs. “It’s funny: a lot of men watch this show, and I don’t think any of us were expecting that in the beginning. They’re more hooked than their wives! It’s kind of hard not to look. It’s like watching a train wreck.”
Though fans might “love” to see VanCamp throw down with her arch nemesis Victoria Grayson (played by Madeleine Stowe, 54), the actress doesn’t think the show’s creators will let it happen. “I don’t think she’s as much of a physical fighter as she is with her words — that’s her tool against people. We have this underlying banter that is masked with smiles and laughs. That’s almost more fun.”
VanCamp is careful not to reveal any plot spoilers from Revenge‘s upcoming second season — and she’s just as tight-lipped when asked about her eight-month romance with costar Josh Bowman, 24. “We don’t really talk about our relationship,” she tells Hamptons. “The show becomes about your personal life if you talk about it too much.”
For now, VanCamp has plenty of other things to focus on. “Last year was the hardest I’ve ever worked,” she admits. “I’m trying to sleep as much as possible to gear up for season 2!”