Emily VanCamp by Andrew Eccles/ABC Emily VanCamp by Andrew Eccles/ABC

She's a Walker sibling no more, but that won't rob Brothers & Sisters' Rebecca from her fair share of drama this coming season (premiering Sunday at 10 pm/ET). Emily VanCamp gave us a peek at what's ahead for Rebecca and Justin, a possible Everwood reunion, and the arrival of Ryan. - Matt Mitovich

TVGuide.com: How is this season different than the last? What's your take?
Emily VanCamp:
It's the usual drama that comes with the Walkers and the Harpers, but it's different in terms of my character and her relationship with the family, which has changed drastically.

TVGuide.com: When you got de-Walkered, was a part of you, the actress, a little scared. "Whoa, is there going to be stuff for me to do?"
There were a couple moments of panic, but it wasn't so much, "Am I still going to be on the show?" It was more, "Oh my goodness, I'm going to miss being a part of the family and playing that aspect of it." But it opened up a lot of storylines that add new layers to Rebecca.

TVGuide.com: Some fans felt cheated, that Rebecca put the Walkers through such upheaval only to be a false alarm. But there are other storytelling possibilities this way.
Absolutely. It was very important to address the chemistry that existed between Rebecca and Justin, and obviously no one wants to go the incest route. I can understand how it would be frustrating that they embarked on this journey with this character and it fell apart in the end, but it's more interesting this way.

TVGuide.com: When the season begins, Rebecca and Justin are keeping their romance a secret from everyone?
I don't want to give away too much, but they're trying to figure this out for themselves - this is all very new and scary for them - so they're not ready to let others know what's going on. But you'll see, the first episode is funny....

TVGuide.com: I've also heard it won't be smooth sailing for them, that there might be "intimacy" issues....
These two characters have gone through so much together, they're just trying to find their footing in a relationship as opposed to that brother-sister connection that never quite existed. When you begin dating a best friend, it can be kind of awkward at times, you have to figure it out. Ultimately they do, which is great. [ Laughs]

TVGuide.com: It would seem that Rebecca will find a kindred soul in Ryan once he shows up.
That's going to be a very interesting storyline. Obviously Rebecca has had to deal with the difficulties of finding out that you're a part of this whole other family, so she most likely will be a great support to this new character - and who knows what will come of that?

TVGuide.com: The audition script for Ryan has exactly that tone. Rebecca basically tells him, "I've been down this road. As tempting as it is, don't be hating on the Walkers."
There's a protectiveness that Rebecca has with the Walkers. But also she will never be one of them, so there's the sense of being an outsider that she shares with him.

TVGuide.com: Are you testing with the wannabe Ryans? Do we have a winner yet?
I know for a fact, because I have really good friends of mine that are auditioning for the part, that they're at the beginning stages.

TVGuide.com: Some armchair casting directors want Gregory Smith (one of VanCamp's Everwood love interests) to play the role.
[ Laughs] I think that's just an Internet rumor. That'd be a little bit of an Everwood overload!

TVGuide.com: How goes Rebecca's career?
She ultimately finds a place in her mother's company. What's exciting about that is I adore exploring the single mother-daughter relationship with Patty Wettig. She's a brilliant actress, and we have such an interesting connection on screen. I love that they are putting us together a little bit more.

TVGuide.com: What I like about them is they're not so polished, like the Walkers. They have imperfections....
That's something Patty and I have talked about. I learn a lot from her in that respect because she is so willing s an actress to be flawed, to be darker, more of a villain. A lot of actors aren't up for that. They want to be loved by everyone.

TVGuide.com: How did you spend your downtime between seasons?
I had all these big plans - I love to spend my time off traveling, running around the world - but I wanted to be with my family. So I spent the month at home in Canada, eating my mom's home cooking.

TVGuide.com: What's your favorite home-cooked meal from Mom?
Oh, that's so difficult.... Hmm, she makes a killer Caesar salad with chicken on it. I know, it sounds basic, but it's my favorite.

TVGuide.com: Hey, a killer grilled-chicken Caesar salad can be awesome.
It's just out-of-this-world. She's brilliant at comfort food, the pot roasts and prime rib and meat dishes.... I'm definitely not a vegetarian! [ Laughs]

TVGuide.com: And your favorite dessert?
I make these really crazy chocolate chip-oatmeal-raisin-pecan cookies. It sounds incredibly overwhelming, but it works!

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