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21 January 2012 2 comments

Charisma Carpenter – NEWS


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Charisma Carpenter Talks The Lying Game, Haunted High and Buffy with Collider

3 January 2012 Leave a comment

Charisma Carpenter Talks THE LYING GAME, HAUNTED HIGH, and the BUFFY Remake

by Christina Radish Posted: December 28th, 2011

When the ABC Family drama series The Lying Game returns on January 2nd, actress Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will be a recurring guest star as Char’s (Kirsten Prout) aunt, Anne Rebecca Sewell, who has come back to town after years of being estranged from her family. Having overcome being the girl who was treated poorly in high school, she wants a fresh start after her split from her husband, and returns with a confidence and success that makes a lot of people uncomfortable.

During a recent interview to promote her appearance on the popular show, Charisma Carpenter talked about her desire to find a home on a television series, that she hadn’t been familiar with the series prior to being cast but quickly caught up on episodes, the similarities between her character on The Lying Game and Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, that working on the show is one of the best experiences she’s had, and how, although she’s been given ideas for where her storyline is going, she’s specifically asked not to have all of the details. She also talked about how her heart is in television but that she would also love to do more film, how doing a remake of Buffy without Joss Whedon could do more harm to the franchise then good, working with Danny Trejo on Haunted High, reuniting with James Marsters for an episode ofSupernatural, and how she would love to do an episode of Bones with her Angel co-star David Boreanaz. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Here’s the show synopsis:

Inspired by the book series of the same name,The Lying Game follows long-lost twins Emma and Sutton (Alexandra Chando). Separated under mysterious circumstances, Sutton was adopted by the wealthy Mercer family in Phoenix, while Emma grew up in the foster system. When the twins reunite as teenagers, they keep it a secret so that Sutton can go in search of the truth while Emma takes over her life and discovers more secrets and lies than she could have imagined. And, Season 2 is a season of secrets, seduction and life-and-death stakes, as the twins continue to expose the skeletons in their family closet.

Question: What is it about this role that really drew you to it? Were you looking to do another television show, as a regular cast member, or do you prefer doing guest starring or recurring roles?

CHARISMA CARPENTER: I am definitely interested in finding a home, for sure. But, this was a recurring opportunity to be on a show. If more comes of it, it would be a welcome surprise, but that was not my intention. I was drawn to the complexity of a character that is not all that she seems, which I’m a little bit familiar with. With Cordelia, from Buffy and Angel, if I were to compare the two characters, she was way more up-front. She was like a soothsayer. She just said what was on her mind. You always knew where you stood with things. She’d give you advice, even when you don’t want to hear it. I think this character, Anne Rebecca Sewell, is not so forthcoming with what she’s really thinking. You know that there are wheels spinning, behind her eyes. I think that also happens with age. You filter a little better.

Rebecca definitely has her filters and her radar, highly tuned. She’s smarter, wiser and more sophisticated. Apparently, she’s a little moneyed up. She’s lived and survived a lot, especially socially. The way she was treated, when she was younger, affected her in a way that either you sink or swim, and apparently she swam. Now, she’s back to these choppy waters to navigate them and see what she can make out of it. I feel like her intentions are to set things right for herself mainly, but not in a vindictive, revenge way because then that gets into a whole other show, altogether. I think what her intention really is, she never turned heads in the past, and she was really mistreated by her peers, so it’s nice to come back on top. It feels good. I don’t think she’s really going to be willing to let that go, anytime soon. I think you’ll see a lot of similarities between Rebecca and Cordelia, but they’re not, by any means, the same character.

What characteristics do Rebecca and Cordelia share?

CARPENTER: I think they’re both very spoiled. I don’t think Rebecca was always spoiled, but she has come into money, and money changes you. There’s almost an arrogance that comes with it. And, I think that is similar to Cordelia. There’s this sense of entitlement. Rebecca has found herself. She’s made herself successful. Cordelia was very specific and very intentioned in her behavior, and protective of those people in her vicinity, that she grew to love and trust. Rebecca is a hard nut to crack. We don’t really know who she has an affinity for, if anyone. I think she will tell you the truth. She’ll say enough to make a person uncomfortable, which is very Cordelia, but she’s not as blunt as Cordelia. I think she just says enough. She’s like a garnish on a plate. She’s grown, she’s sophisticated, she uses respect and she uses her resources in a way that maybe Cordelia didn’t always know to do yet.

How familiar were you with the whole phenomenon of The Lying Game, when you were first invited to join the cast?

CARPENTER: Not at all. In fact, I had no idea what The Lying Game meant, and I’m still missing the last five episodes of the first 10. I’ve got the first five, and then I’ve got episodes 10 through 16 down, but I’m missing five. I was given the link, but I can’t get the link to work on my Mac, so I’m a little bit challenged, in that regard. I’m not that familiar with that. I’ve been exposed to it a little bit, but I don’t know in what sense it’s a game. I understand Sutton introduced it.

Was there anybody that took you under their wing and helped you get assimilated with the entire universe of the show?

CARPENTER: I would probably say that it started at the top with Chuck [Pratt]. I read the script and called him and told him that I had some questions about her like, “How does she fit in? How will that be explained to the audience? Will that be more confusing or less confusing? Who am I? What did I do?” So, he walked me through it and was pretty generous and willing to tell me whatever it was that I needed to understand, but there did come a point where I was like, “Okay, don’t tell me anymore. I don’t want to know any more than just what you said because I don’t want it to inform my performance, in a way that would reveal too much.” It doesn’t assist you to know more than you should because then you’re not playing it right. You can be informed and you can have the information, but then you have to play against that information, and it becomes more confusing and more complicated than it need be. I just like to keep it simple, and play it very earnestly and straightforward with the information I have at hand, unless I’m told otherwise.

Why has Annie been gone so long, and what is her relationship with her sister, Phyllis (Sydney Barrosse), like?

CARPENTER: It’s not about them. It’s about her. That’s the way I approach it. It’s about just focusing each interaction, one at a time, and knowing what my overall purpose is to be there. It’s a fresh start, so it’s positive and it’s a good thing. To play it any other way would just be a different show. Part of The Lying Game is that appearances aren’t always what they seem. If you go into it being difficult or giving too much attitude, there are not a lot of places to go with that. She’s optimistic. She wants a change. She’s open to befriending those people that weren’t nice to her when she was younger, and starting new. I think she comes from a place of confidence and success, and she has nothing to apologize for. She’s interested in opening those doors again.

What’s the history between your character and Ted (Andy Buckley) and Alec (Adrian Pasdar)?

CARPENTER: With Ted and Alec, my understanding of their relationship is that they were high school acquaintances. They were cruel and mean to me, but what that means, I honestly don’t know. They played games on me. Maybe The Lying Game started way before Sutton. I don’t know. But apparently, I was not treated well. I was not a confident person. I was not a charming person. I was not attractive, in any way. I guess they must have done something terrible to me, but I honestly don’t know what it is. It hasn’t been revealed to me, and I don’t even know if the writers know yet what it is that they did. More will be revealed, I guess.

How is the chemistry on the set, and how are you enjoying that?

CARPENTER: It’s one of the best sets I’ve been on. It’s probably on par with my experience onVeronica Mars. It’s a lot of young kids with a great deal of pressure and responsibility, just killing it, every day. They get it. They’re appreciative. There is no diva. There is no attitude. There are no hang-ups. Everybody has a fantastic outlook. And, in this economy, everybody is really appreciative to be working. It’s not lost on them. It’s really a wonderful thing to see such young people taking on such huge responsibilities and jobs and hours, and doing it with such grace. I really have been impressed, a great deal. And, Alexandra Chando is in her mid-20′s and she’s not one character, but two characters. It’s a fantastic environment. The chemistry is great. The crew is great. I love working with Adrian [Pasdar]. He’s crackly. He’s incensed, like he’s on fire and going to ignite, at any moment. One little bit of accelerant, and he’s just going to blow up. He’s so alive and his energy is impossible to ignore. Every time, he’ll give you a line and you might have in your mind a way that the scene would be going or the way he would say something, but no. And then, you’ll do the same thing again and it won’t be the same way either. That, for me, just brings my level of acting up. When you see the season, you will see what I’m talking about. It’s an amazing work experience for me.

Who does your character have the most chemistry with, and who will she cause the most trouble for?

CARPENTER: I feel like she has the most chemistry with Alec Rybak, but I think that’s on purpose. Some of my scenes are with him. I feel, though, there is very interesting tension between Ted Mercer and Rebecca Sewell. I feel like, whenever he’s around, he’s a cold fish and she revels in that. I think she likes that, but it’s not like it’s mutual. With Alec, it’s mutual interest. With Ted, I can tell that I can ruffle his feathers, and I love it. It is very interesting to see where that may or may not go. I think the most trouble I will be causing is probably with Kristin Mercer (Helen Slater) because she feels threatened, in some way, and she can’t put her finger on why – why I’m back and why I look different. It’s really fun to be back and turning heads. I don’t think that that’s conducive to something you say to a woman who you want to befriend and who’s married when you’re single. I don’t think that’s very comfortable for her. I don’t think Thayer Rybak (Christian Alexander) likes me very much. We don’t know why he’s so resistant because his sister, Mads (Alice Greczyn), is very happy to see me and thinks I’m cool.

Have you been given any ideas for your arc on the show, at all?

CARPENTER: Ideas, yes, and I have my own suspicions, but I don’t know what I can say without losing my job. They don’t like it when you give too much away. It’s such a difficult position because I want to give you stuff and make you happy, and I want to give you the interview that you want, but at the same time, I don’t want to lose my job. To be honest, I know things, but I don’t think I really know all of it because I’ve actually asked to not know past a certain point.

With the resemblance between you and Alexandra Chando, do you think you are the twins’ real mother?

CARPENTER: Obviously, I’m wondering, too. It would seem that I am, but I don’t know if I’m a red herring and we haven’t really met her yet, at all. I don’t know. I hope that I am. It would be nice to be around awhile. But, I don’t know for sure. They haven’t told me. We only suspect. Also, if I am the mom, who is the father? Apparently, I’ve had relations. I was a bit of a get-around girl. All I can tell you is that my feeling is that the adults are going to have their time, and they’re going to be competing hard for that storyline for the younger kids. The younger kids are very compelling and it’s the demographic and all that, but if you are a grown-up and are watching this show, you will have your own storyline and be into it. I have every intention of making it super-interesting.

Do you have a preference between working in TV or film?

CARPENTER: Yes, of course, I would love to do more film, and I will be doing more film, but I can’t tell you any more than that. My heart is in television, just because it’s been so good to me. I’ve had the joy of working on critically acclaimed shows, but unfortunately, those shows aren’t always in the Golden Globe or Emmy categories, which bums me out because they are really good, quality shows. So, television is my home. It’s a special breed of person that can do nine months on and three months off, with 22 episodes of one-hour shows. It’s very hard work. It can be a grind. It’s not a grind for me. I relish in that. But, there are very few of us that can handle that. When movie people go over into television, it’s a little bit of a shock. It’s much faster-paced. Everything is really last-minute. You won’t know your schedule for the next episode until the last minute. You don’t know if you’re going to be off for Christmas. But, it’s familiar and good for me. I like having a steady job, and all that goes along with that.

There were rumors this past year about a Buffy remake. How do you feel about that?

CARPENTER: I get asked that a lot. I talk about it on Twitter a lot because it inevitably makes it on my timeline. My feeling is, “Of course, they’re doing it. It was successful.” But, to do it without Joss [Whedon], it’s just going to be really disappointing. I feel like it could do more harm to the franchise than good. Maybe it’ll make people appreciate the original more. I don’t know. But, it doesn’t make much sense to do that, without any of the key players involved. Why call it Buffy? They should just call it something else because it’s not going to be the same thing.

What is Haunted High, and how was the experience of doing that?

CARPENTER: I’m in Haunted High with Danny Trejo. He is an amazing man, and he looks so fit. He’s on my favorite show, Sons of Anarchy. It’s just ridiculous. The man is so accomplished. He just is everywhere. I love him. He’s a doll. He’s bad to the bone. I want to be him, sometimes. I imagine, “What would Danny do?” If I could embody him, it would be really nice, sometimes. Who’s going to say no to Machete?

What was it like to work with James Marsters again on Supernatural?

CARPENTER: Oh, it was a lot of fun. What was so great about it was that we didn’t spend time together before, at all. I never really had scenes with him. We’ve been orbiting the same areas and various conventions since then. So, when we were on set, I really feel like I get backstory and I know what’s going on in his life. I know he has a kid. I know they love music. I know they play together. I know he’s involved. I really felt like I got to connect with him, and talk about the old days and what our experiences were, and reconnect, in a trusted way. It was really special to me.

Would you ever consider going on Bones, with David Boreanaz?

CARPENTER: I hear such wonderful things about that set. I have friends that have worked on the show. I am in touch with David, and Julie [Benz] and I have tweeted about doing episodes of Bones. I think it’s been brought up to the executive producers, I’m totally, absolutely game. I adore David. He’s like my brother. I know him really, really well. I love him so much. Julie is one of my closest friends. For us to get together again and play, whether independently or all together, would just be so much fun. I really want to work with Emily [Deschanel] because I hear wonderful things about her. She’s one of the nicest people around, and she and David have such wonderful chemistry. I want to meet this woman that has been so wonderful to my friend.

CARPENTER: I have had some fan encounters that were interesting, but most encounters are actually quite pleasant and endearing. But, it was a little unsettling when a very sweet young girl actually did pee her pants. That was a little odd. You hear about that happening with people like the Beatles or Michael Jackson, or something like that, so it’s a little unsettling to know that that level of excitement or emotional intensity is being caused by you. It’s flattering, but unsettling, at the same time. It’s like, “It’s just me. I’m just a person.” It’s a little odd. I don’t know how Justin Bieber deals.

Being involved with Twitter, how does the interaction with fans come into play with your projects? Is it a great way for you to not only interact with fans, but also promote the projects you do, or get that instant feedback about your projects?

CARPENTER: Social media is a double-edged sword. I’ve gotten in trouble for announcing, too soon, something that the network or the studio wanted to do, and it steals some of the thunder, so to speak. I don’t mean to do that, but it’s hard because I want to give my fans what they want to hear.

In addition to The Lying Game, do you have any other upcoming projects in the works?

CARPENTER: Yes, there is something, but I’m not allowed to say and I won’t get in trouble. I can’t get in trouble. It will be announced very soon, and it’s not TV.

 Original Interview at Collider

Charisma Carpenter The Lying Game with Small Screen Scoop

3 January 2012 Leave a comment

Charisma Carpenter Talks all about The Lying Game, Teases Spoilers

Posted by Jessica Rae

Best known and beloved for her role as Cordelia Chase, I am among the millions of fans who first loved Charisma Carpenter for this role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer andAngel the series.

Charisma Carpenter Interview / Q & A for The Lying Game

Joining a group of writers for a conference call, Charisma Carpenter talked about her new role on ABC Family’s The Lying Game.

All About Annie

For Carpenter’s character of Annie, she shared that this is a woman who was not treated well before. “Some very bad things happened to her.” And she will not be received with open arms by everyone in town. That is, if they recognize her. She’s arriving as someone who looks completely different in her appearance, and is much better off financially.

Her Lying Game character is, “a more grown-up, sophisticated version of Cordelia. You’ll see similarities between the two but they’re not by any mean the same character.”

As for the mystery surrounding the character, Carpenter is currently in the dark almost as much as fans.”It doesn’t assist you” she said, to know too much. Why? Because then you have to “play against information that you know.” So what does she do? She “play(s) it very earnestly and straight forwardly with the info (she has) at hand, unless told otherwise”

Is she the twin’s real mom? “It would seem that I am. But I don’t know if i am a red herring.” She also said, “It would be nice to be around a while.” The real question would still be, who’s the father? Of Annie, Carpenter reveals that she was a “get around girl.” Ahem.

We know that Annie was running a music company in Los Angeles, but has divorcedfrom her husband and wants a fresh start. The character doesn’t intend to cause trouble, although she will. She’s back and she’s  optimistic and wants to re-open some old chapters. “She’s open to befriending those people who weren’t nice to her when she was young,” Carpenter said. “She’s coming from a place of confidence and success. “She’s smarter, wiser, sophisticated, … a little moneyed up. She’s lived and survived a lot…”

The Lying Game Spoilers

How long will the character of Annie be on the show? That’s up in the air as far asCarpenter knows. “If more comes from it, it would be a welcome surprise,” she said. She also said she’s “definietly interested in finding a home” on a TV set.

Who will be the most threatened by Annie returning? Kristen Mercer! Carpenter repeated one line that her character says to Kristen: “Between you and me, it is really fun to be back and to be turning heads.” But whose heads is she turning?

Carpenter hasn’t seen all of The Lying Game episodes. She’s still missing the last five episodes of the first ten. She said she’s seen the first five, then episodes 10-16. Meaning she’s involved (if only off screen) in at least six episodes.

Loving those Cast Members

I’ve pointed out to Small Screen Scoop readers that Carpenter and Alexandra Chando (The Lying Game) resemble each other quite a bit. Had they talked about this? It’sdefinitely come up! Aside from thinking that her character might be the twins mother (although she has no idea if that is true) Carpenter has seen pictures of Chando for continuity pictures for makeup, and she’s gone “that’s me!” only to realize it was the 20-year-younger version of herself.

“Yes, we’ve noticed it. And this is actually not even with her around—they take continuity pictures of your makeup so they know what you look for a particular outfit and day, like it’s labeled like day 1 or night 2 and this is what you were wearing, this is your makeup and this is your costume. So the costume department has one, the makeup department has one, the hair department has a continuity photo.

So, I was literally going through, running through the wardrobe and they have thesepictures cut out and I literally thought it was me. I had to remember, okay, that’s a 20-year-old version of me; but it was like me. I really did think that it was me. Dang, I look good. Oh wait a minute, that’s Alex.”

And of Alexandra Chando, Carpenter openly praised her. Certainly impressed,Carpenter said that Chando was “bright and strong and capable” She also said:

“Well, I think she’s so beautiful, so I will take that as an absolute compliment and she’s so bright, so bright, and strong. She’s just a strong girl. You can just—I just love people from the Midwest. They’re just awesome. I just love them.

Grounded and bright and down to earth and get the job done and there’s no whimpering or whining. It’s just handled. She’s very capable and I admire her very much. She has a lot of responsibility at a very young age. So I will definitely be grateful for any comparisons to that young lady.”

Aside from Alexandra Chando, Adrian Pasdar also got a special shout out from Charisma Carpenter. “He’s crackling. He’s on fire. He’s gonna ignite at any moment – one lil bit of accelerant and he’s gonna blow up. He’s so alive. And his energy is impossible to ignore.” She said fans will see this on screen on The Lying Game when it returns.

“I was drawn to the complexity of a character that’s not all that she seems. ” Drawing a parallel to Cordelia Chase (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel), Carpenter revealed that Cordelia was more blunt and up front. “She(d) give you advice when you didn’t even wanna hear it.” The character of Annie says less than what she’s thinking because her filter is on alert.

Buffy, Angel and … Veronica Mars!

One of the specific questions I asked her was to imagine she could have had twitter technology for just one year during her experiences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer andAngel. What year would she pick? It was such a perfect answer for a BTVS fan that I had to ask he to repeat her answer. (Click here to read more on this!)

Veronica Mars also got a shout-out. For her time on The Lying Game she said, “It’s one of the best sets I’ve been on. It’s probably on par with my experience on Veronica Mars.” She said the younger kids “get it” and that they’re appreciative and there’s no diva on set. Everyone has a good attitude. “Everybody – I mean everybody – has a fantastic outlook.”

Future Charisma Carpenter Projects

New projects? Yes. Something will be announced very soon, but not by her (she said she’s gotten in trouble for going to Twitter to prematurely announce things.) She called social media a “double-edged sword.””I will be doing more film. I can’t tell you anything more than that. But my heart is in television.”

In random trivia, I learned that Carpenter is a big fan of Sons of Anarchy on FX. (We always provide extensive Sons of Anarchy Recaps for you guys.)

New Years Resolutions including “less cussing”, putting in more effort to train and work-out in Austin, travel more (Montana was mentioned), have more time for family, and to “re-appropriate spending.” As an example,s he said that in her 20′s she would have loved to buy several Chloe and Fendi bags. But now she knows it’d be better to take a mini Ski vacation with her family.

Something very interesting is that she said she wants to “brand out.” She’s interested in a perfume line. She has thoughts on beauty regimens. “I’ve got plans!” she exclaimed, explaining that “I have a book that I think should be written. I’ve got some stuff on my mind.”

“I want to go to Montana. I want to spend time in Montana. I got plans. I want to brand out; brand out like sell out. Who says that? So bad. But I want to sell out. I want my own perfume line. I have some ideas about beauty regimen and care and that sort of thing. Those are the things that I think a book should be written about. I have some stuff to say. I got some stuff on my mind. I would like to get started on those things.”

Lively, confident and as someone who comes across like the wise older sister whose opinions you want and advice you trust – Carpenter will have a legion of fans (new and loyal) following her to her next adventures.

Twitter picture of Alexandra Chando and Charisma Carpenter via Carpenter’s Twitter.

Original Interview at Small Screen Scoop

Charisma Carpenter Talks Joss Whedon and Buffy Season 3 with Small Screen Scoop

26 December 2011 Leave a comment

Charisma Carpenter Speaks about (Joss) Whedon World and Buffy Season 3

December 19, 2011

Ever wish Twitter was around back in the 90′s? Us too. We took part in a conference callwith Charisma Carpenter and, naturally, some of the questions became about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel the series. How could they not?

We asked her what season of either show she wishes she could have tweeted during. Her answer was Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 3, right before she made the jump to Angel.

“Probably the third season of Buffy; my last season on Buffy. Graduation day, I think that probably would have been a good year to be on Twitter, because we were getting ready to exit. There would have been a lot of news to share, if I was allowed to share it is another story. But there would have been a lot going on. The rebar scene, some of the kooky stuff we wore, it was exciting for me. A lot of stuff happened to me. I knew I was jumping ship, so a lot of my character was getting some resolution with relationships in that season. I finally got to vanquish a vampire after being a damsel in distress for three years. So that would have been fun to tweet. Pictures on the set with all the demons running around would have been fun. We were on a very specific lot which we calledWheden World. So it wasn’t on Fox or Paramount or any of that. We had our own sort of world going on. So that would have been interesting We were around on set, like we hadoutdoor sets, the graveyards and stuff.”

Of course, she has plenty of love for her time on Angel the series. Noting they had a lot more indoor sets there, she said that “Angel would have been fun too,especially whenAndy Hallett was around it was always fun. It was a lot of fun too, but I just think if I had to pick one year, that would have been it.”

Remember the Buffy movie remake that is (uh, hopefully not) happening? Stating that she does get asked about it a lot, her answer has never waived. “My feeling is… to do it without Joss (Whedon) is really disappointing. I feel it would do more harm to the franchise than good. Or maybe not. But it doesn’t make much sense without any of thekey players involved. Why call it Buffy? They should just call it something else.”

Carpenter is still very eager and open to hearing from fans who loved her as Cordelia Chase. Rather than refuse to talk about it, she warmly thanks you if you pay her a compliment about it.

In fact, if you have a major Buffy/Angel “omg I LOVED you” type of fan encounter with Charisma Carpenter, you’ll be glad to know she generally finds them “pleasant and endearing.” The only really unsettling stuff is when someone wets themselves. This did happen to Carpenter, a very “sweet girl” actually pee’d her pants. Carpenter said it was awkward knowing “that level of excitement and emotional intensity is being caused by you.” She said it is “both flattering and unsettling” adding, “I don’t know how Justin Bieber deals!”

Original Interview at Small Screen Scoop

Charisma Carpenter Cast in The Lying Game

13 November 2011 Leave a comment

Charisma Carpenter Charisma Carpenter has been cast in a recurring role in ABC Family’s The Lying Game. The series focuses around identical twins who, after being separated at birth, swap places without the knowledge of their family and friends. Charisma will play a family friend in an arc that will begin midseason, slated to air around January 2012.

Source: TV Guide

Charisma Carpenter Talks Burn Notice and Vampires with TV Line

8 September 2011 Leave a comment


Charisma Carpenter Teases a Sexy, Satisfying Burn Notice, Bites Into Today’s Vampire Craze

This Thursday on Burn Notice (USA Network, 9/8c), in order to nab a bio-weapons specialist who’s doing the Russians’ bidding, Michael and Fiona go undercover as rich marrieds at a South American resort. There, they target their asset’s beautiful and emotionally vulnerable wife, played by Charisma Carpenter. The Whedonverse alumna spoke with TVLine about how this episode will be super-satisfying for fans, shared tales from its “hardcore” set, and offered her qualified take on pop culture’s new vampire craze.

TVLINE | So, what are you playing here on Burn Notice – the wife of some nefarious type or something?
[Laughs] Well, of course! As always. Tom Gallop (The Bourne Ultimatum) plays a smarty-pants physicist who went to work for the Russians, and now the FBI wants us. I guess they want us both, for some reason – I don’t know why I’m valuable to them, but hey, I’ll go for it! Basically, I hate my husband now because our lives are boring and run by the Russians — he doesn’t want to spend any money or do anything – so I’m this unhappy trophy wife, which is a bad combination. You don’t want a trophy wife to be unhappy.

TVLINE | How does your Nicki figure into Michael and Fiona’s plan?
The only way to access both of us is through me, and because they were listening in on our hotel room arguments, they find out that I need some “extra attention.”

TVLINE | They prey upon her marital unhappiness?
Exactly. And the way Michael and Fi team up in this one is like Mr. & Mrs. Smith, so the people who usually watch Burn Notice are really going to like it. It’s a lot of Fi-and-Michael time, posing as a couple.

TVLINE | You got to work a good amount with Jeffrey Donovan and Gabrielle Anwar?
Yeah, the four of us [including Gallop] are together a lot, and it was a lot of fun. We run and jump into a marina, and as we come out we’re being shot at – and since Fiona is really good with weapons, there’s a lot of shooting back; Gabrielle and I are poolside in bikinis; and there are a lot of kind of “Cordy moments.” [Burn Notice co-executive producer] Lisa Joy wrote it, and I had some great lines. Like, when I’m very upset with the Russian bodyguard, I say, “Is it Get Lost O’Clock yet?” [Laughs]

TVLINE | Would people be surprised to know how non-fierce Gabrielle is off-screen?
She is totally Earth mother — to meet her is to love her. She’s incredibly gracious and welcoming, and she’s very concerned for others. Like, I was running in these platform heels, and on the fifth take my heels literally went over my head. I took a digger so gnarly, into this gravel – and they didn’t stop! I was like, “OK, I guess we’re not stopping….” [Laughs] It’s hardcore on that set. But Gabrielle was like, “I’m really embarrassed! This is not acceptable. Is she all right?”

TVLINE | Can you tell us what’s going on in the two pictures TVLine has posted?

They’re from just before a ballroom scene, where a very sexy tango happens. Like I said, fans are going to lovethis episode.

TVLINE | Nicki looks so forlorn in one of the pics, sitting alone on the hotel bed…. [Click at right for larger image]
Well, she’s all dressed up and has no one to enjoy it with! This episode is just going to be so epic, I’m really excited for the fans. I know how [Angel] fans would react when the storyline was centered around Angel and Cordelia, so Burn Notice viewers are not going to be disappointed. And I’m in it!

TVLINE | USA Network is pretty good about recycling their guest stars. What other show of theirs would you like to drop by next?
White Collar! And Suits is really good, too. Gabriel Macht has got “something” about him. He’s not a traditionally good-looking guy, but I really like his confidence. It’s like yes, his character is arrogant, but there’s something else there that’s mysterious and sexy. I like it! It makes me want to know more.

TVLINE | Lastly, do you kind of have to laugh at the vampire craze that is so hot these days, when you and the Scoobies were doing it like 15 years ago?
I’m not surprised. I deduce the popularity to be all about the chemistry between the people. On Twilight, the chemistry between Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart … I mean, clearly they’re together [in real life], and it’s palpable in the way they look at each other. That’s what drew everybody in and made Twilight so incredibly popular. It is about that universal feeling of love and connection, understanding and protection, and sex, and that’s so visceral in Twilight. As far as True Blood goes, what I’ve seen of it is very sexy and raw. That cover they did for Rolling Stone brought out a dual side of me — offended that my son would see it on the one hand, yet intrigued by how daring it was with the sexuality on display. All that, plus blood.

TVLINE | The very idea of “feeding on” someone can be so metaphorically sexual.
Also it’s a very dark part of our nature, to destroy the weaker to survive. That appeals to a very central part of our humanity – how far will you go to survive?

Original Interview at TVLine


James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter To Guest in Supernatural

17 August 2011 Leave a comment

James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter have been cast as husband and wife in the fifth episode of the new season of Supernatural, entitled “Shut Up, Dr. Phil”.

Showrunner Sera Gamble said the episode would be “Bewitched gone wrong. [It was] all upside for this successful man while he was married to the witch, but now that he’s pissed her off, the whole town is paying the price”.

Supernatural returns for a seventh season on 23rd September 2011.

Source: TVLine

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