David Boreanaz as Angel

He's No Angel

Not any more, it seems. The brooding vampire Angel has been pushed too far. David Boreanaz examined recent changes in his life and in that of his character with Jean Cummings.

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It’s an early weekend morning, but David Boreanaz, TV’s vampire Angel on the Warner Brothers show of the same name, is as energized as if it was mid-day. He’s now in the second season of his spin-off show and is starting to get an idea of where his character is headed. “The feedback from a lot of the fans and our followers told us that they were interested in Angel’s back life and his story in the 17th and 18th Century,” he explains. “You know, where he came from, why he was turned into a vampire. So we decided to focus on that.

“Consequently, now we know this is more than a story about redemption and saving people and killing demons, [it’s about] finding a man who’s trapped in society, not knowing where he’s heading but trying to become human again. We find a character who, along with that redemption, has found some strong points in himself. This character has evolved from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.”

Getting the spin-off gig in the first place came as something of a surprise to Boreanaz. “We were just finishing up the second season of Buffy when I was called into a meeting and the producers said they had this idea for this character,” he offers. “They said they wanted to put him in Los Angeles instead of Sunnydale [Buffy’s locale] and make him the defender of evil in a city, like Los Angeles, of lost souls.

“Now, at the time we were just shooting the season finale so my mind really wasn’t into it,” he says with a shrug and a laugh. “I was kind of focused about what we were shooting that day. I didn’t know how to take it. And I remember walking out of the meeting saying, ‘Oh, that’s great.’ And so I called my father and said, ‘Dad, they just offered me a spin-off series,’ and my father said, ‘Oh, that’s great.’ And he said, ‘So, what are you doing next?’ I said, ‘I’m going to do a scene.’ He said, ‘All right, focus on that’.

“So it didn’t really hit me until we went to a WB event in New York and there was this presentation about the show and it was after that presentation that I realized what was going to happen.” He pauses before adding, “Throughout this, the producers were like, ‘If you don’t want to do this, you don’t have to do it.’ But at the time I found that the character really didn’t have much place to go in Sunnydale. I mean, I think he was overgrown for it and it was a challenge, this new show. Succeed or fail, it was an opportunity that I definitely wanted to accept, to grow as an individual.”

“One of the most rewarding experiences of all this is having my parents sit down and enjoy an episode of the show,” says David. “Or have my parents pick up a magazine article and read it, even though sometimes your name is wrong or some bits of a story are wrong. But you laugh at it and to see them delighted and enjoying what I do is the best.”

Last year, David also had the trauma of a divorce just as his series was starting. Now, though, he’s well on the road to recovery. “It’s a healing process, so I find myself continuing to heal, and learning from it. I mean, I look forward to the day of being able to have an other half that understands, that we work through the problems and are blessed with a child.

“The reason for the marriage not working out was not understanding each other’s wants or needs and getting into this rut. Instead of working the rut out, we decided to push each other away. Ingrid called me last night and she’s working on a documentary and she said, ‘You know, I realize all the pain, the pressure and the responsibility; when you were going through it I didn’t understand it. Now I do understand it.’"

He’s quick to add, of course, that with his work schedule there’s limited time for a social life, including dating or searching for romance. “I’m not dating anybody right now,” he says without emotion. “I wish I had the time. I wish I had the time to take a girl out to dinner, but if a girl wants to go out at four in the morning, then we could go. That’s about it! So I’m not involved in a relationship right now nor do I really kind of want to be,” he says...

David Boreanaz talks about his upbringing, believing in angels, and being 'old school' in the full version of this interview in Xposé #54

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