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Feature: Charmed

Coming of Age

 Drew Fuller

The series' resident Whitelighter, Chris, takes family business very seriously – and with good reason, considering he’s been sent back in Time to look after his older brother. Actor Drew Fuller talks about secrets, lies and the ties that bind…

The sixth season of Charmed has been one of keeping secrets for Whitelighter Chris. When the tall, dark and handsome stranger first arrives on the Halliwell Manor doorstep he claims to be from the future and is there to help the sisters defeat the godlike Titans. While that may be true, Chris also has a hidden and very personal agenda. He has come back to save Piper’s and Leo’s son Wyatt from a mysterious evil force. However, that’s not the Whitelighter’s only secret. He is, in fact, Wyatt’s younger brother, and at one point the young man almost ceases to exist when his day of conception nearly doesn’t take place.

Chris’s self-appointed mission ultimately comes to a head in the show’s two-part sixth season cliff-hanger It’s a Bad Bad Bad Bad World, and one person who can’t wait to watch what happens is the actor behind the Whitelighter, Drew Fuller. “I was bummed when I found out that [in the States] there was another month of repeats,” says Fuller. “I love watching the finished product and seeing what I perhaps could have done differently as an actor as well as elements that did and didn’t work.

“So I can’t wait to see this season’s final few episodes. In It’s a Bad Bad Bad Bad World we expose the evil that is after Wyatt. The story is chockfull of surprises. Believe me, there are going to be fireworks and heads will roll.”

With parts ranging from a real-life serial killer in the feature film Vampire Clan to bad boy Nick Reed on the action/adventure TV series Black Sash, Fuller had plenty of acting experience behind him when he was cast on Charmed. Like any new role, though, it took him time to flesh out his character and make it his own.

“As we head towards the end of this season Chris starts to let his guard down and viewers get to see another side of him, which is great,” notes the actor. “Prior to that he was all business and every action was geared towards saving Wyatt and his family or himself [as seen in the episode The Courtship of Wyatt’s Father]. In these last few episodes, though, he’s taken time to enjoy his family and has come to love them. Of course, Chris still has a huge beef with his father Leo [Brian Krause], which is common in real-life parent/child relationships. We’ve tried hard to make that situation as believable as possible to the audience.”

by Steven Eramo

Get the full interview with Drew and another with series director Mel Damski in
TV Zone #176

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