"It just seems to be a trend these days," says Campbell, who plays a bisexual beautician. "After Wild Things, everyone sort of jumped on the bandwagon. But I think it's good showing males and females being open about their sexuality. You shouldn't have to hide anything."
As for locking lips with her colleagues on camera, Campbell confesses: "It's always awkward, whether it's a guy or a girl. The first thing I do is reach for the Altoids. Then, I just try to be sensitive to the other person and make them comfortable. The hardest part is not thinking about the very large group of crew members that are standing around watching."
Aside from the same-sex smooch, Panic features Campbell sharing a brief, yet passionate scene with co-star William H. Macy. Her character is the object of his fantasies as he contends with a mid-life crisis. The pair meet in their psychiatrist's waiting room which Campbell admits was not an unfamiliar setting. "I think everybody should have a shrink," she laughs. "I don't know how you could get through life without one. For me, it's been definitely freeing to talk about your difficulties with someone and know they're communicating with you from a very honest place."
Campbell who's gone from teen dream on Party of Five to Scream queen on the big screen is now co-writing a screenplay based on her days as a teenage ballerina in her native Canada. "I started dancing again recently," she says, "just to get ready. Yesterday, I went up on point in toe shoes for the first time in years. When I felt the pain, it was like, 'Wow, how did I ever do this?' But you get used to it even the bunions."
One thing to which Campbell insists she won't go back is series TV. "No way," the actress says. "I don't want that kind of demanding schedule again. For the first time since I was 15, I'm getting some time off. When I was doing Party of Five, I just didn't have a life of my own."