Famed Canadian actor Neve Campbell said "I'm home" as she graced the stage of Fan Expo Canada Thursday night with her Scream co-stars Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy and Matthew Lillard.
"I was here nine days ago at the cottage," Campbell said to a roaring crowd in Toronto. "I love it here. Always happy to come home."
Throughout Campbell's illustrious career she's acquired a massive fandom for her work, with women in particular really identifying and idolizing the actor's work. But Sidney in the Scream franchise, in particular, has a special place in hearts of horror fans.
"It's overwhelming," Campbell said. "When we come to these, we get to meet you guys and hear from you all ... the effect that these films and projects have on you, how we touched you in some way. It moves us and it keeps us going, and it inspires us to continue to make art."
"For me, to play a role that has had the kind of impact that it has had on women, made them feel stronger, makes them feel confident, made them perhaps overcome something. I mean, that blows my mind. I know I've been cast in some great roles ... but when you actually get to hear the impact it has on people, that it actually has an effect on people's lives or how they feel about themselves, or how they take on the world, that's beyond what I could have ever imagined art would do."
'I know I was not the cool kid'
Taking questions from the audience, Campbell was also asked about playing Julia Salinger on the 1990s TV series Party of Five, the premise being that the Salinger siblings have to raise themselves and make ends meet after their parents unexpectedly die.
"The writing was so good on that show and I think the reason it was so good is because the writers wrote from their experiences and from the experiences that we all, I think, have in life," Campbell said.
"Even if you're the coolest kid in school, you still had a day where you felt like shit. You felt nervous. You didn't think anybody liked you, and you felt inadequate and never thought you were going to accomplish anything. I think we all have these challenges, especially in our youth."
Campbell revealed that she even personally had those feelings when she believed that nobody liked her as a kid in school.
"I know I was not the cool kid," she said.
"There was actually a song written when I was 10 years old. The boys wrote a song about all the girls in the class and it went from prettiest to ugliest, and all they could say about me, at the last, was 'Neve, ugh.' That was all they could say about me."
As Jamie Kennedy stressed right after hearing that story, Campbell certainly had the last laugh, becoming one of the most beloved women in Hollywood.