has been a Beverly Hills girlfriend, tormented by the Tooth Fairy, and
bounced from demon to human twice and is still racing forwards. She has
said her good-byes to the Tuesday nights of slaying demons after four
years and said hello to a documentary-esque project she is just itching to
talk about. She is learning not only to accept the complimentary cups of
coffee life gives her but to steer herself in the direction she wants.
A&F sent Jared Grant to track her down while making sure to break for
I am sorry to bring up a role from so far back, but how was
90210? Oh, god. It’s something that people always want to know
about, and I did it like eight years ago. It’s like someone asking you to
remember senior year of high school. Yes, it was great. Yes, Jason is a
great kisser. I think it’s going to haunt me for the rest of my life.
Okay, I just had to mention it. So I can’t believe Buffy
is over. If you hadn’t die would you do a spin off for Anya? I’m
done. It was great. I don’t think I will ever get to play a character like
her ever again. It was such a cultural phenomenon and so well written.
What was it like on the set? On set it was a mix
of things. Family coming in and out, dogs running around, but there was
always a Scrabble game going on. I love Scrabble. But when we finished our
last day of production, it was emotional.
I can only
imagine the crazy fans from Buffy. Any scary stories? This one
time I was in London for a Buffy convention. And I was at this bar in my
own little world with my journal, and this girl came up to me and offered
to buy me a drink. I was just settling up my bill and and about to leave
and I was very polite, "Thank you so much, but I am about to leave." I am
always very polite, you know, "Thank you, thank you, but I am really about
to leave," and this girl was just persisting. And she said, "You know,
these conventions might be your only source of income one day," and walked
away. Another time I was at Starbucks, and someone offered to buy me a
coffee, and I thought back to this story and was like, "Yeah, sure, I
would love a coffee." (laughs)
And in the musical
episode you got a chance to sing. That was great. That’s going
back to my musical theater years in high school. It was fun, you get to
kind of leave reality. You know, isn’t that nice you can just abandon
Very nice. You studied
psychology in college, do you think that helps with your
characters? I guess it helped me not so much to understand my
characters, but to better understand people. That’s a never ending
process, so that’s how it helps me.
The word on the street
is you are working on some kind of documentary. Care to confirm the
buzz? Actually, I really can’t talk about it. It was a project I
started working on that has changed and morphed into something bigger and
different. It’s going to be amazing. I wish I could talk about it, because
it is such a great project I am really excited about, it’s one of those
great moments in life that I may never have again. But everyone will see.
How mysterious. Now I really want to know-can you at least
tell me when to expect it? It will be out some time next year.
Is there a dream role you would like? What I am
doing right now, which I am not allowed to talk about. (laughs)
It seemed I was falling into roles and just sticking around for awhile.
Anya on Buffy was written for one episode, and four years later I was
still around. With Darkness Falls, it was kind of like "Hey, do you want
to do this movie with Revolution?" and i was like, "Sure." It was a great
movie, it was scary, and it made a lot of money for the studio. But it was
a real wake-up call for me.
Why is that? Well, I
was just falling into roles it seemed and not really thinking about it too
much. It was almost like I was doing someone else’s career. And now I feel
I am at a place where I can point myself in a direction I want to go.
Maybe I got those roles because I was so laid back, but I am at a great
point right now, to be so passionate about something.
guess that is what we should all strive for. Is there anyone that has
influenced you? Bono. Him and his music I have just really loved.
What he has done with AIDS research and helping to clear debts of third
world countries is so great. And he isn’t just speaking on a panel, he is
helping to setup research and all that. I am into animal rights. I was
researching it for like three hours last night on the
Oh no, a paint throwing PETA hippie? No,
no. I am not like that at all. I am not a vegetarian, I eat meat, I don’t
wear fur, but I do wear leather. It’s the treatment of animals that is so
horrible. It’s a national and global problem. Criminals in our prisons
receive better treatment than cows. I am not saying we shouldn’t kill
animals, kill them. It’s how they kill them. Just don’t chop the feet and
beak off a chicken, don’t torture it. I could not be a member of PETA.
"I am not saying we shouldn’t kill animals.
Kill them. Just don’t torture them."
So you are
online surfing animal rights websites and buying a new leather handbag on
another, my kind of woman. (laughs) Yeah.
Emma Caulfied photographed by David