Do you like scary movies? Well, Neve Campbell probably does, seeing how she starred in all four Scream films, but even she apparently has her limits. Though the game-changing slasher series certainly helped raise Campbell’s profile, the actress also know for Wild Things and The Craft found herself swamped with further offers for horror movie roles and found it to be all a bit much.
When Campbell appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote the new Dwayne Johnson actioner Skyscraper recently, she had an opportunity to explain her disappearance from Hollywood for several years in the wake of the first few Scream films. Apparently, it was to do with all the success she found at such a young age.
“I needed a minute. In my 20s, 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 things I wanted to do. I was constantly being offered horror films, because I was known for horror films, or bad romantic comedies.”
Feeling little incentive to get involved in these projects, Campbell chose to back out of the spotlight for a while, explaining:
“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 of the whole thing and I thought, ‘I want a change.’”
Should Campbell decide to never feature in another horror movie again, at least we can say that she’s already left a pretty impressive mark on the genre as scream queen Sidney Prescott, the intelligent and sympathetic emotional center of this funny and frightening series.
While we’re still awaiting news on when exactly Season 3 of the Scream TV show is coming our way, you’ll be able to see Neve Campbell in Skyscraper from July 13th.