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Neve Campbell: ‘I’m glad my Scream days are over’

Actress Neve Campbell never felt comfortable during the height of her fame.
The 42-year-old rose to prominence on drama series Party of Five in the mid-90s before starring in hit horror film Scream.
While she went on to star in three further sequels, Neve admits achieving such a high level of fame didn’t sit easily with her.
“I’m so glad those days are over,” she confessed to Britain’s The Guardian newspaper. “I felt I was being forced into being something I wasn’t – all the time. I look back and wonder who that person was, who it was they made me. So no, no, I don’t miss that at all. I’m happier now than I’ve ever been.”
Much of her happiness comes from being a mother to three-year-old son Caspian with partner JJ Feild, but also from her new role in hit Netflix series House of Cards.
Neve plays Leann Harvey, an ambitious, Democratic fundraiser, opposite Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, and she is thrilled to be able to sink her teeth into a more meaty, grown-up role.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better role after a few years away having a child,” she smiled. “I don’t want to carry a network show. I don’t want to give up 10 months, working 17 hours a day, up at five in the morning. Not with a three-and-a-half-year-old son. I don’t crave that attention. I’ve had it, don’t need it again. So this is perfect.”
Neve hopes her work on the show will help industry bosses realise she’s outgrown her teen slasher movie days, but admits it’s taking some time for the news to spread.
“I’m saying: ‘I’m back. I want to work on good things,'” she said before adding: “I was offered three horror films last week.”
Neve was happy to take a break from acting to focus on motherhood as she was getting extremely disheartened with Hollywood as an industry and as a place to live.
“I wasn’t interested in the things I was being offered,” she said. “I was sitting in L.A. getting sad. I lived there for 13 years and I never felt at home. L.A. is very isolating. It’s not a walking city and it’s not a very cultured city. I feel out of step with Hollywood and I love that. I don’t know when the Oscars are. That’s such a great feeling.”

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