The star of ABC's juicy drama tells PEOPLE why the role is a perfect fit

By Monica Rizzo
Updated October 12, 2011 10:30 AM
Credit: Randy Holmes/ABC

On ABC’s juicy new hit drama Revenge, Emily VanCamp plays a woman whose purpose is to settle the score with all of the people who contributed to ruining the life of her beloved late father.

“It’s been so much fun,” VanCamp says of playing vindictive yet righteous Emily Thorne – a character that is a huge departure from her previous television series roles on Everwood and Brothers and Sisters.

“I was so desperate to do something completely outside the box that people weren’t expecting and I think this is the epitome of that,” says VanCamp, who enjoys the verbal sparring matches with her on-screen nemesis, Victoria Grayson, played by Madeleine Stowe.

“I can’t imagine what the show would be without Madeleine,” VanCamp says. “You actually sympathize with her character on so many levels, which you don’t with most villains.”

On Wednesday’s episode of Revenge (9 p.m. ET), Emily turns her crosshairs on the psychiatrist who institutionalized her as a child.

In between taking out those who took her father down, she seems to be stepping into a love triangle with blue-collar childhood friend Jack and Victoria’s dashing son Daniel. Watch an exclusive sneak peek of the episode below: