IN THE mid to late ’90s, Neve Campbell was one of Hollywood’s hottest properties: A TV starlet who had successfully made the jump to big-screen blockbusters.
As a teen queen leading lady in hits like The Craft, Wild Things and the inescapable Scream franchise.
Granted, Campbell didn’t disappear from Hollywood — her IMDB page shows she had 11 film credits between 2000’s Scream 3 and 2011’s Scream 4, likely the first time many viewers will have seen her on screen for a decade — but the big-name roles had dried up. Bit parts in TV shows like Medium and Grey’s Anatomy kept her somewhat visible, and a 26-episode stint as LeeAnn Harvey on House of Cards brought her back as a series regular for the first time since Party of Five ended 16 years earlier.
“I just needed a minute,” Campbell told the host. “It was a long minute. It was a good minute”. Campbell explained that, after making a string of less-than-great films in the early noughties just to keep working, she slowed down about a decade ago and started to be more selective with her roles. “Cover of Rolling Stone, hosting Saturday Night Live. And then you left! You went to London. Why don’t you like us, Neve Campbell? Why did you leave America?” he asked her.
“In my twenties, it all hit so fast and so big that it was a little overwhelming — wonderful, obviously, and I’m very grateful for it. But it got to a level also where the kinds of things that I was being offered were not the kinds of things I want to do,” she said. “I was constantly being offered horror films because I was known for horror films. Or bad romantic comedies. I just wasn’t interested in the scripts and I was feeling a bit unhappy with the things that were coming to me. And I was feeling a little bored with the whole thing. I thought, ‘I want a change.’ So, I moved to London”.
No word yet on whether Campbell’s appearance in Skyscraper will signal a return to her blockbuster days — she’ll next be seen alongside Steve Coogan in the indie drama Hot Air. “I literally did not get bothered once! People would ask me what I did for a living. I’d say, ‘I act,’ and they’d say, ‘Oh, OK’. It was so lovely!”.