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Darby Camp Shines on "Clifford the Big Red Dog"

The young actress stars alongside comedian and actor, Jack Whitehall, in one of the best films of the year.

Darby Camp who plays Emily Elizabeth alongside Jack Whitehall in the new 2021 blockbuster remake, Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Photo: Emily Sandifer

We were so excited to see you on Clifford the Big Red Dog. Were you a fan of this iconic franchise before you were cast?


Definitely! My MawMaw and Nana had always read the books to me because my parents had copies still laying around their houses from when they were young. I am a huge dog lover, so of course I was drawn to books about a giant dog! I was always very jealous of Emily Elizabeth for having Clifford. Never in a million years did I think I would get to one day BE her!


The movie gives a unique message about the importance of friendship and being kind. What did you personally learn while filming this project? Was it hard to act with your co-star being CGI?


I definitely gave me more thought to how kids my age respond to being bullied or even just ignored in school or social settings. I knew how it made me feel, but it encouraged me to talk about it with others and it’s interesting how people deal with their hurt in different ways. Not everyone is going to handle it well or respond in healthy ways. I hope this movie shows kids how to get their feelings out with trusted adults and move on in healthy ways by spending time with people that bring out your best and setting boundaries with people who make you feel or act in negative ways.


Working with a CGI co-star was challenging at times, but not as hard as you might think because we had 2 very talented puppeteers controlling a giant Clifford look alike and they were very easy to connect and interact with.


Fans of Big Little Lies will recognize you as Chloe. How’s it like to be on set with great actors such as Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman?


I live in North Carolina so it’s funny when people recognize me. Most of the time they say I just remind them of Chloe, or they ask things like, “did I teach you gymnastics” or something like that. Most people are shocked to find out it really is me because they would never expect to see me in our small-ish town. Working with big name stars has been a huge gift. I feel like those 2 especially invested in me and wanted me to learn how to be an advocate for myself on set and allowed me to be a kid and have some fun together at appropriate times.


Darby Camp who plays Emily Elizabeth alongside Jack Whitehall in the new 2021 blockbuster remake, Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Photo: Emily Sandifer