This spring, ’90s TV darling-turned-movie star Neve Campbell chews up the not-so-small screen again in America’sother political thriller.
Sometimes, when a celebrity has lived in the eye of an all-encompassing pop-cultural whirlwind, there’s later a moment that they wish they could re-experience, if only to be more centered and present. Just ask Neve Campbell.
“Hosting Saturday Night Live with David Bowie—like, really understanding what that meant,” Campbell offers as her rewind moment, a 1997 episode at the height of the then-23-year-old’s Scream fame in which she wishes she’d been able to better focus on the immediate cool factor. “I was terrified! I wish I could have had more fun with it… To be able to walk out on a stage and say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, David Bowie,’ was pretty incredible!”
It was the mid-to-late-’90s, the era of Peak Neve, in which the actress had gone from starring in her breakout role as Julia Salinger on the beloved TV series Party of Five to full-fledged movie stardom in a succession of youth-appealing box-office hits that included The Craft, Scream, and Wild Things. And Campbell, who continues her return to TV screens this summer by reprising her role as Leann Harvey on Netflix’s perhaps too politically prescient streaming series House of Cards, can be excused for admitting it was all a bit of a blur.
“I don’t think I even knew what was happening,” Campbell, now 43, chuckles. “It was overwhelming and it was wonderful and I was certainly grateful for the work, but I was also working so hard.” That workload included more than 10 months a year shooting 16-hour days on Party of Five. “And then, because I wanted to guarantee that I would have a career after the show,” she recalls, “I felt I needed to do films on the hiatus. It was exhausting.”
Her youth helped her endure the punishing schedule, as well as avoid fully grasping her headlong, hyper-speed transformation into a full-blown pop icon subject to a seemingly non-stop sequence of photo shoots, interviews, and promotional ops. “I remember being in a car with my manager and my publicist, and my publicist was very excited to tell me something: ‘Okay, you got the cover of Rolling Stone!’ And I remember first of all being upset that I had to do another photo shoot, and secondly that I didn’t know what Rolling Stone was. I was just naive.”
Neve attended IFP’s 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street in New York City (November 28).
Neve is celebrating her birthday today (October 3rd). I’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to Neve! And hope you have a fantastic day.
The gallery has been updated with photos of Neve attending the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California (September 18). A big thank you to Maria for the additional photos!
Neve is set to appear at Flashback Weekend, a Horror Convention in Chicago. Visit their website for more information.
Flashback Weekend presents a 20th anniversary outdoor showing of the original 1996 Wes Craven classic “SCREAM” on a giant inflatable screen on Saturday August 6, 2016. The screening will be presented in the Crowne Plaza courtyard and will be introduced by Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard and Skeet Ulrich along with many surprises. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now!
Saturday August 6, 2016:
Crowne Plaza Outdoor Courtyard
8:15 pm | Giant Screen Outdoor Movie! “SCREAM” (1996)* hosted by Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, and Skeet Ulrich
*Separate ticket required
On The 20th Anniversary Of The Craft, Neve Campbell Talks Her Scream Queen Legacy, Slowly Rebuilding Her Resume, And Her Role On House Of Cards
“If you were to try to write about some of the clowns running for president at the moment, I think you’d say it’s not possible. Nobody would buy it.” Having spent a handful of years out of the spotlight, Neve Campbell is throwing her hat into the presidential race—on television, that is—as campaign strategist Leann Harvey on Netflix’s excoriating political series, House of Cards. A blood-pumping, accelerated take on the American political circus, the series was first criticized for being too over-the-top to be believed, with its characters resorting to murder and blackmail to earn their ranking offices. But, in today’s electoral reality, as Campbell points out, truth might actually be more outlandish than fiction.
That isn’t to say that the show runs low on thrills. Joining series stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and Michael Kelly, Campbell is captivating viewers with her grand return to the sort of high-drama TV that launched her career—who could forget Julia Salinger on Party of Five, brooding icon of post-grunge adolescence, who turned teen angst into an art form and influenced a generation of young actresses who’ve winced and exhaled in her resounding wake? Now a veteran of film, theater, dance, and TV—including Robert Altman’s The Company, which she produced—Campbell is bringing a whole new level of graceful craft to the role of Harvey, an Underwood political hire with machinations that would make Karl Rove’s head spin.
I’ve added some photos of Neve attending the 102nd White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner last night in Washington, DC (April 30).
Public Appearances > Appearances from 2016 > April 30: 102nd White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner
Public Appearances > Appearances from 2016 > April 30: Atlantic Media’s 2016 White House Correspondents’ Association Pre-Dinner Reception
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I have added some photos of Neve attending The Annual White House Correspondents Garden Brunch at the Beall-Washington House in Washington, DC (April 30).
Public Appearances > Appearances from 2016 > April 30: The Annual White House Correspondents Garden Brunch