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"There's a feeling of elation that comes after getting off stage and then there's a feeling of utter sadness that comes after getting off the stage."

Neve Adrianne Campbell (born October 3, 1973 in Guelph, Ontario) is a Canadian actress. She became known in The '90s for her roles as Julia Salinger in the drama series Party of Five, Sidney Prescott in the Scream series, and adult Kiara in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.

She has also starred in films such as The Craft, Wild Things and 54, and later several films that received a limited theatrical release, such as Panic and The Company.

Campbell is partners with JJ Feild and they have two children. Her brother Christian Campbell is also an actor.

Filmography on TV Tropes:

    Film roles 

    Television roles 

Tropes associated with her work:

  • Ability over Appearance: For Party of Five, producers wanted an age-appropriate actress to play Julia Salinger, as the character was only fifteen. Neve — who was nineteen and looked it — won them over with her performance. It's then a minor plot point that Julia is able to pass for over twenty-one with a fake ID.
  • Cast the Expert: She plays a ballet dancer in The Company. She had studied ballet for years and was planning to become a ballerina when she had to have surgery on her feet.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • She was 19 when she began playing Julia in Party of Five, who starts out at 15.
    • She was 23 playing the 16-year-old Bonnie in The Craft.
    • She was 24 playing Sidney in the Scream franchise, who starts out as 17. However, due to some Time Skips between films, Sidney's age matches Neve's by the third.
  • Fake Nationality: She's Canadian and has a tendency to be cast as a California native.
  • I Am Not Spock: She remains heavily associated with Sidney Prescott to the majority of her fans. She recalls most of the scripts she was offered afterwards being horror films that evoked Sidney in some way.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Despite being well-known for horror films such as the Scream series and The Craft, she has never been a fan of the genre and admits to not watching horror films due to being frightened by them.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Especially in her roles in The '90s.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Liz Callaway sings for Kiara in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. However, if one watches early Party of Five episodes, they can find that Neve's singing is quite decent.
  • Playing with Character Type: In The Craft, her character Bonnie starts out as a Shrinking Violet with an adorable side, like most of her '90s characters. However, once she becomes beautiful, she also turns vain and narcissistic.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's known for her very pale skin and her very dark hair.
  • Real-Life Relative: Tamara Taylor (who played Grace on Party of Five) is Neve Campbell's second cousin.
  • Romance on the Set:
    • She met John Light while filming Investigating Sex and they were married for a few years.
    • Also Matthew Lillard, whom she dated for two years after meeting him on the set of Scream.
  • Star-Making Role: Party of Five is a curious example. While well-received by critics, it only had a small pool of loyal fans until its ratings went up in the second and third seasons — around which point Campbell got famous for Scream, too.
  • What Could Have Been: A lot of instances.
  • Written by Cast Member: She came up with the concept for The Company and got a story credit for it.