Interviewing Emily VanCamp- Sharon Carter/Agent 13 Captain America: Civil War

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Disclosure- I was invited by Disney to attend this all expense paid press trip but all opinions are 100% my own.


Last month when I was in Los Angeles for the Captain America: Civil War premiere I had the opportunity to interview Emily VanCamp with 24 other bloggers. She was all smiles when she walked into the room filled with women and her happiness was infectious. She was so beautiful in person and absolutely sweet as can be. Here’s what we learned….

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

How do you feel knowing she’s going down in history as Agent 13? 

It’s really cool. 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 I’m doing it with because everyone’s great and super talented. These movies could have been very sort of surface level but what I love about Marvel is how they delve into the characters. They sort of give us the freedom as well 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 like an extra bonus.

Curious what Superhero Emily looked up to as a child? This is what she had to say:

I was trying to think of like a superhero that I looked up to and I was obsessed with the Ninja Turtles, I’m not gonna lie. I was one like four years in a row for Halloween and I was trying to figure out do they count as superheroes. I don’t know but that was my thing. They inspired some of these characters I really like to play.

Not April?    

I wanted to be the Ninja Turtle. I think I was like Donatello one year and then like Michelangelo like three years because I love pizza, I don’t know.

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

What of you went into the character?

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 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. So I really enjoyed that but in terms of what I identify with I love a girl with a strong moral compass and a lot of integrity. I think she really has that and I think you see her struggle with that within this film because she’s battling her work and her loyalty to her work. Cap rebels against that and it’s like is she gonna follow her head and her heart. Ultimately see what she does but I think people can relate to that struggle.

Emily kicked some serious butt in Captain America: Civil War so we asked her to tell us a little about her training and this is what she told us:

It’s just a lot of working out really. I mean 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 feeling fit. I wanna be able to keep up really. We were wrapping Revenge while I started training for the movie which is very interesting and I kind of realized how much I should have done that for Revenge. I mean I was fit doing Revenge but I was like this is another level. I’m just not really good going into it it’s fun. I love that stuff. I was a dancer so all that physical activity’s great and sort of helps with the sequences and stuff because ultimately it’s choreography. I hope to get to do more of it.

Photo Credit- Marvel

Photo Credit- Marvel

Who does Emily think would win on a battle between Emily Thorne (Revenge) and Sharon Carter?

Someone asked me who would win in a battle the other day. And I was really thinking about it because I think Sharon’s incredibly technical and has this very serious real training. It’s not like some sensei that she had in Japan but I think Emily would win because she’s so tortured. She’s just fueled by so much anger so I kind of feel like when she unleashes the rage…I think it would be a really close fight. I think it would be a close fight but Sharon might just be missing a little bit of an edge.

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.  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 they’ve been so successful. So you want to bring your A game and you want to show up. I was in Winter’s Soldier but not very much so it was a little intimidating. There’s that nervous factor before you go into it but everyone’s so kind and generous and the Russo Brothers have always made me feel so comfortable. So I wouldn’t say difficult. I just think you just want to do the best job you can.

Agent 13 and Captain America

Photo Credit- Marvel

And then our attention turned to THE KISS:

It’s kind of refreshing to see Captain in a more intimate situation and they have chemistry. It was there even in The Winter’s Soldier I would say so it’s kind of nice to see it finally happen.
Want to know more about THE KISS? Make sure to see Captain America: Civil War this weekend!

agent 13 pop

It was so cute to see Emily looking at her Agent 13 Pop figure. Here’s what she had to say about how it feels 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. It’s awesome. I gotta get one for my mom. That’s really cool.

How does Emily feel about being a role model for girls?

In these movies 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 role model. It’s not like you have an obligation but you have a choice and why wouldn’t you choose to empower young women and use yourself as a vehicle when you have a voice to, to kind of inspire that. I don’t see why you wouldn’t. That’s not to say I’m always going to play this kind of character. It’s amazing to play a kickass girl like Sharon or a really tortured version of a woman when I played Emily Thorn. 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 so it’s just I don’t know I tend to pick characters that have those elements to it. But I guess in terms of being a role model it’s not a responsibility but it’s something that 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.

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

civil war posterCaptain America: Civil War opens in theaters this week on May 6th!!!

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in twocamps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Opens May 6th.

Check your local theater listings because you might even be able to see a showing on May 5th in the evening. I’m so excited because I already bought tickets to see it with my family Thursday night!
Here’s a sneak peek to hold you over until you can see it in theaters:

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