Its half time, so it must be time for a change. As Angels first season continues, familiar face Wesley arrives to replace the departed Doyle.
Alexis Denisof and Charisma Carpenter talked through the changes with Simon Bacal.
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Alexis Denisof, alias Wesley Wyndam Price in Season Three of the WBs Buffy The Vampire Slayer, is the latest veteran of the hot hit to become a regular character on Angel, the networks Buffy spin off. Angel from the creative team responsible for Buffys success, premiered last October revolving around the titular vampire Angel (David Boreanaz), who has started a private investigation agency in Los Angeles. Cordelia Chase, now a wannabe actress, is Angels assistant in his ongoing attempts to redeem his own soul by preventing others from falling victim to the forces of darkness.
When my character first appeared on Buffy last season, he was going to be killed within a couple of episodes, says Denisof about Wesley, who debuted in the Buffy episode Bad Girls. But as Wesley developed further and further, he became such a wonderful addition to Buffys universe that they [producers Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt] kept him on the show for the remainder of the year.
Wesleys decision to join forces with Angel and Cordelia follows the exit of Doyle (Glenn Quinn), their half-demon ally and a spiritual mentor initially sent by the enigmatic Powers That Be, who seem to have chosen Angel to stop the spread of evil on Earth.
I love working with David and Charisma (Carpenter, who plays Cordelia), Denisof says. And I jumped at the opportunity to become a part of Angels universe because Wesley now has an excellent chance to further grow and evolve. Id love to see him become a cross between James Bond and Inspector Clouseau since hes a pompous and irritating guy whos always very full of himself. I would also love to see how those traits materialize should Angel ever find a way to take him back through time to other periods of history.
Denisof also hopes the new series will explore his characters personal history. He was educated and raised in England, and his family was dedicated to fighting vampires and demons, the actor muses. So I think theres a whole curious life to explore when it comes to the things hes done, the places hes visited and the eccentric information hes collected over the years. We actually have an episode about Wesleys childhood, an element which will hopefully prompt fans to become more and more intrigued and mesmerized by this character.
Meanwhile, the aforementioned Carpenter is also more than happy to be a part of Angels universe. The series is a tremendous workload, so its a shock because I wasnt in high demand during my three years on Buffy, Carpenter says. But Im beyond satisfied with the series because Im able to flourish as an actress thanks to my characters ability to be vulnerable, scared, courageous, heroic and funny.
The actress believes her character has developed considerably since her days of battling supernatural nasties on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Besides using her abilities as a survivor, she says, she must conduct research and use her brain. If she remains the Cordelia seen on Buffy, the one-dimensional gratuitous person walking the streets of Sunnydale, we wouldnt have much to work on.
Since the shows debut, the actress has received a stream of positive feedback from fans. These days the remarks from little girls are not pressing me to be nice to Buffy. Instead, they say Oh, I especially loved it when you were there for Angel that was really nice. Theyre also pleased that Cordelias not so perfectly dressed all the time. She wears flip-flops now, something which probably makes her more earthy to the fans.
Im still looking for my action figure, but she hasnt materialized yet, Carpenter adds. Apparently my fans need to start protesting. I want an action figure, dammit I want a Barbie doll. However, I do have a special lunchbox that was sent to me by the network its going into a shrine. I mean, nobodys going to touch my lunchbox. Initially, I was really tempted to give the thing to my family, but since its been such a big part of my life, Im not going to part with it anytime soon.
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