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Buffy The Vampire SlayerEmma Caulfield - Darkworlds.com Interview
By Greg Stacy
Thursday 29 April 2004, by Webmaster
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and DARKNESS FALLS star Emma Caulfield recently sat down with DARKWORLDS for a Q&A in which she was characteristically honest about the final days of BUFFY. Emma will next be seen playing herself in the brilliant mockumentary BANDWAGON, which is just now beginning to make the rounds on the film festival circuit. Emma will also be appearing (along with Nicholas Brendon, Anthony Stewart Head and other BUFFY stars) April 30-May 2 at the Starfury Fusion convention in Blackpool, England.
DW: By some accounts you were pretty determined to leave BUFFY by the end, and you wanted Anya killed in the series finale so that even if there was a BUFFY movie or whatever, it’d be clear that you would not be back. Is that true?
Caulfield: Well, that’s all been exaggerated. I had a fantastic experience on BUFFY and I thought it was a great show, but in some ways I didn’t feel that character was reflective of everything I could do. And by the end, I felt very unappreciated by certain people. Almost everybody was great, but certain people...
DW: You don’t want to name names? Even off the record?
Caulfield: No. No reflection on you, but I’ve been burned too many times! It wouldn’t be smart for me to say, but the people I’m talking about know who they are. By the end it was just no fun to come to work and be continually disrespected. But if they ever do a BUFFY movie and (BUFFY creator Joss Whedon) wants to bring me back as a ghost or something, I’d be glad to do that.
DW: Now, I’m sure you’ve been asked this to death, but what the hell. Can you tell me anything about if there’s a BUFFY movie on the way?
Caulfield: Honestly, I don’t know anything. I know that Joss is busy doing the FIREFLY movie right now, but that’s all I’ve heard.
DW: Do you do the conventions and fan cruises and stuff like that?
Caulfield: I have, sure. I’m doing a con in England at the end of the month.
DW: I’ve been to conventions myself, and fans can be so gushy. If strangers are coming up and telling you you’re the best thing ever, how do you keep that from screwing up your values?
Caulfield: Well, I guess if anybody comes up and says anything like that to me... I just don’t really believe them. I mean, I’m just not that impressed by anything I’ve done, acting-wise. I think I do good work as an actress, but in some ways I’m not sure acting is what I’m best at. I’ve always said that if acting doesn’t work out I’ll move on and do something else, I’ll make my mark some other way.