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Neve Campbell on Her Early Fame, ‘House of Cards,’ & Why She Enjoys Getting Older

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.”

Flashback Weekend Convention

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

Neve talks “House of Cards”

‘House of Cards’: Neve Campbell Talks “Getting in Bed” With the Underwoods

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the House of Cards season four premiere, “Chapter 40.”]

House of Cards returned Friday for its fourth season — just in time for arguably one of the most bizarre presidential races in United States history.

After last season ended with Claire (Robin Wright) walking away from her partner in life and crime Frank (Kevin Spacey), the premiere opened hours later with the longtime duo still miles apart both figuratively and literally.

While Frank was still on the campaign trail days before an important primary – and desperately trying to cover up his wife’s absence – Claire went back home to Texas to carve a new political path for herself apart from her husband. Step one? Recruiting her own Doug Stamper (Michael Kelley) in Leann Harvey, played by new series regular Neve Campbell.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Campbell about Leann’s loyalty to Claire, creator Beau Willimon’s final season and the joys of playing a role other than “the girlfriend.”
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Neve doesn’t want a “Party of Five” reboot

Neve Campbell doesn’t want a Party of Five reboot

Networks may be crazy for reboots and reunions, but Neve Campbell isn’t interested in seeing Party of Five return to the small screen.

The actress, who first rose to fame as the sensitive Julia Salinger on the popular ’90s family drama, says a reboot with the rest of the original cast isn’t — and shouldn’t be — in the works. “I don’t think that would make any sense,” she tells EW, laughing. “We’re all way older! That was a long time ago. We’ve all moved on, we all adore each other, and we’re still friends, but no, I don’t think that would make sense to do a reboot.”

That said, she isn’t opposed to seeing her other claim to fame return if it’s handled correctly. After starring in four Scream films, Campbell says that she would be open to considering another turn as scream queen Sidney Prescott, but the decision would be “a tough one” after the death of franchise director Wes Craven.
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Neve to be honoured with ACTRA National Award

Neve Campbell to be honoured with 2016 ACTRA National Award of Excellence

Canadian performers will honour Neve Campbell with the 2016 ACTRA National Award of Excellence on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The Award recognizes an ACTRA member’s career achievements, and contribution to their fellow performers and Canada’s entertainment industry.

“Neve Campbell’s disciplined approach to the arts began at age nine with her training at the National Ballet School of Canada. Her versatility as a performer has since captured audiences across multiple platforms – the small screen, the big screen and on stage,” says ACTRA National President Ferne Downey. “From her start as the youngest cast member in the Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera, to her transition to television in Canada’s Catwalk series, to her breakout in the U.S. as a lead in Party of Five and success on the big screen, Neve continually cultivates a clear and honest respect for our craft.”

Campbell is a seasoned actor who is well-known to audiences for her major motion picture and television series work. After her stage debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in 1988, Neve went on to become a household name for her work in the critically-acclaimed Golden Globe-winning television series Party of Five and the Scream movies — one of the highest-grossing horror film franchises of all time. Other credits include The Craft; The Canterville Ghost; Three to Tango; Drowning Mona; Panic; and Wild Things for which she received a MTV Movie Award nomination. Neve also co-wrote, produced and starred in the 2003 film, The Company. Her recent work includes the film Walter, also starring Virginia Madsen and William H. Macy, and a guest-starring role in WGN’s Manhattan. She recently joined the cast of the Netflix series, House of Cards.

Campbell joins the list of past ACTRA Award recipients Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bochner, Tonya Lee Williams, Kiefer Sutherland, Sandra Oh, Eugene Levy, Bruce Greenwood and Jason Priestley.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community.

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“Party of Five” Complete Series on DVD


Party of Five is set to be released as a complete boxset on January 5, 2016. You can now pre-order it at Amazon.

After the sudden loss of their parents, the Salinger children must band together to keep their own lives on track, discovering first loves, last calls, and themselves along the rocky road to growing up. Headlined by a young, sexy cast this highly-rated, long-running series firmly found its place as a pop culture phenomenon for all ages.

  • Won the Golden Globe® for Best Drama TV Series in 1996.
  • Launched the careers of Neve Campbell, Scott Wolf, Lacy Chabert, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Matthew Fox
  • In 1995, TV Guide named the series The Best Show You’re Not Watching.
  • First time ever available in its entirety (first time Seasons 4-6 available at retail)
  • Neve Joins “House Of Cards”

    Neve Campbell Joins ‘House Of Cards’ As New Regular

    As House Of Cards’ Frank and Claire Underwood head into an election, they will face a new lady in Season 4 played by Neve Campbell. The former Party Of Five andScream star has joined the cast of the Netflix White House drama as a new series regular. Everyone is staying mum on the character Campbell will be playing. There had been speculation that Season 4 would introduce a new, younger couple to rival Frank and Claire.

    Stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright return as power couple Frank and Claire who were heading for a possible break-up in the Season 3 finale. The new season will film this summer in and around Baltimore for a 2016 release.

    This marks the biggest TV series commitments for Campbell in years. She also is doing an arc on the second season of the NBC comedy Welcome To Sweden.Campbell is repped by Paradigm, Mosaic and attorney Jeff Bernstein.

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