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David Boreanaz - On Ym.com

By Sarah Tomczak

Tuesday 18 February 2003, by Webmaster

We caught up with David Boreanaz - who plays the mean, moody, and seriously hunky Angel - and pumped him for info on his hit vampire TV show. Read the interview and win a copy of Angel - Season One on DVD

Who should buy this DVD? It’s good for people that enjoy the show and want to catch up with what’s going on, because it is a very complex story line to follow. So [the DVD] enables people to really get up to speed with the show and see its evolution to date.

How do you think the show has developed since that first season? Oh man, considerably! The look of the show, the tone, the way the characters interact with each other, where they’re going, how they deal with certain situations, and their confidence level. They’re more in tune with themselves now. The first season is really a launching pad for a show and it’s tough because you try to find out what works and what doesn’t work. That leads into a bit of a sophomore slump, and then you have a great third season, now we’re getting into a challenging fourth season and we hope it goes on to another one.

What makes Angel such a successful show? It’s a bit darker than Buffy, isn’t? Yeah, you have a bigger base to work with, too. You have small town [Buffy] versus big city [Angel]. The writing is different, but there are similarities as far as the wit is concerned and the overall flair of Joss Whedon [the creator of both shows].

Do you ever get depressed because you play such a brooding character? No, because he’s expanded. He’s opened up his vulnerable side. He’s still very dark and very broody but there’s an evolution of his character and that’s enjoyable to play. If I didn’t have that I wouldn’t really have much of a show. I think the writers have really tapped into that nicely.

How are fans reacting to the relationship between Cordelia and Angel? We’ve read on message boards that many fans feel like you’re being unfaithful to Buffy. [That relationship] had a sad ending to it. There was a very deep love there and there was really no end to [that love]. But you have to move on. The relationship with Cordelia is a lot different than the relationship with Buffy was. So it’s two different situations. You just let [fans] voice their opinion and it’s nice. But when people say they wish [Buffy and Angel] were still together, I tell them if that were the case there wouldn’t be any growth for both characters.

What’s the ultimate ending for Angel? Probably to be human, get his soul back. He could still fight the bad but he’d just fight them in a different way. His evolution now and where it’s going to go is pretty cool and will be surprising for some people.

How do you feel knowing Buffy the Vampire Slayer might be cancelled when Angel is still going strong? I don’t really know how to answer that one. Their show is great and Sarah does a great job with it - I came from that show - they had a great run. But with any show you just move on. I’m sure everybody wants to do other things so that’s just the nature of the business.

Have you heard about the rumors of a spin-off with Faith? Yeah, I’ve heard of the rumors and I think it would be a fantastic thing. But you also have to remember it’s a personal decision for the person who wants to do the show, because it’s a lot of work.

Are there plans for any Buffy cast members to join Angel? I know Willow comes to our show; she has a crossover. She just finished shooting with us two episodes ago.

What about permanently? I don’t know. I think Joss [Whedon] would be able to answer that one. You never know...