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Emily VanCamp was stuck in an acting rut

A few years ago, Emily VanCamp took her career into her own hands. After constantly playing the same characters, she took a risk and got a huge payoff.

Emily VanCamp

On ABC’s Revenge, Emily VanCamp is a woman on a mission. She’s a sexy siren who always has an ace up her sleeve. A few years ago, she would have been passed over for such a role. The actress was best known as the girl-next-door type thanks to parts on Everwood and Brothers & Sisters.

In the September issue of Nylon Magazine (via Gossip Cop), VanCamp talks about her life-changing role on Revenge.

“They could’ve hired someone with a bigger name [for Revenge] and banked on that,” she says. “They took a chance on me, and it’s brought on a whole new collection of opportunities.”

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One of those opportunities is her appearance in next year’s Captain America: The Winter Solider. She landed the coveted part as Agent 13 in the Marvel sequel. The character is strong, competent and a skilled fighter. That’s something VanCamp never thought she’d get the chance to play.

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“I felt like I was stuck in a rut playing the same thing,” VanCamp explains. “I promised myself after leaving [Brothers & Sisters] that I would only do something that made me happy, that excited me, that was different. I wasn’t going to compromise my creative integrity just for money, or to stay relevant.”

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Sticking to her guns paid off. This fall, Revenge returns for its third season, and Captain America: The Winter Solider hits theaters April 4.

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