Captain America:Civil War holds plenty of surprises, but one pleasant discovery is finding out the real identity of Agent 13, played by Emily VanCamp!
VanCamp is reprising her role from The Winter Soldier, although back then she was known as Agent 13 she is now known as Saron Carter (niece of Peggy) and once again has captured Steve Rogers’ heart. There are some romantic moments between Sharon and Steve in Civil War but VanCamp says her no-nonsense S.H.I.E.L.D. operative is way more than just someone who fawns over the hero.
Carter’s storyline carries over from Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” in which her true identity as Agent 13 of S.H.I.E.L.D. is revealed to Rogers, who believed her to just be his neighbor Kate. She later joins the CIA and is stationed in Berlin, but her “Civil War” story begins with attending her Aunt Peggy’s funeral in Berlin
Though Carter does add a bit of color to his personal life, the film is really all about the battle between Cap (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), over who would thrive at the helm of the Avengers. Cap, the patriotic Steve Rogers, prefers an entirely independent leadership style, while Iron Man, business magnate Tony Stark, isn’t opposed to a little government accountability.
Emily VanCamp admits that she was never really very Marvel savvy, let alone a comic book nerd, so she took her preparation for her role quite seriously. Marvel provides actors joining the universe with what she refers to as “all of these bibles” so it gave her the opportunity to really study up on her character as well as the Marvel World.
Emily Van Camp is no stranger when it comes to hard work. She spent five years as the lead character in the hit television series Revenge. The ABC drama, which ended in 2015, detailed the journey of a woman seeking vengeance after her father was wrongfully imprisoned and then murdered. Getting the chance to work on Civil War was exactly what VanCamp was looking for after the series ended. The change in pace after four action-filled seasons of playing an incredibly troubled woman, she said it was rewarding to be able to experience something new.
VanCamp, born in Canada is best known for her lead roles on the WB series Everwood (2002–06), the ABC dramas Brothers & Sisters (2007–10) and Revenge (2011–15). She started studying dance at age three and, wanting to become a professional dancer, at the age of eleven convinced her parents to let her attend a summer training program in Montreal. At twelve, she was accepted at the École supérieure de ballet du Québec, the training program of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and moved in with a local French Canadian family
In 1999, VanCamp became interested in acting after visiting her sister Katie on the set of the film Ladies Room. She started taking acting classes on Saturdays, found an agent and, after working on a couple of commercials,was cast in the second part of the three-part season 7 premiere of the Canadian children's television series Are You Afraid of the Dark? She soon went on to other roles that lead to her being cast in Everwood, Brothers and Sisters and ultimately Revenge.
The 29-year-old actress is grateful for the opportunity to once again be in a Marvel movie and although she hopes to see Sharon Carter in more films , she doesn't take anything for granted. VanCamp is super excited about all of the hype surrounding the movie and assures fans that it totally lives up to all of the buzz. “I just feel like this is kind of the biggest [movie] they have done yet, and that’s kind of what Marvel does," Emily recently told reporters at the red carpet Hollywood premiere. “They never, never disappoint.”
I spoke with the lovely and talented Emily VanCamp while promoting Captain America:Civil War in Toronto. Check out our interview below.