Welcome to the Hellmouth – Buffy actors talk fangs & villains
“If every vampire who said he was at the crucifixion was actually there, it would have been like Woodstock.” – Spike
Hey loyal Buffy fans!
Here’s my two articles on James Marsters, who played Spike, and Clare Kramer, who played Glory, on Buffy.
Some things you should know:
1. I had a phone interview with James, who does have a Texan accent. Nothing at all like the voice of Spike!
2. I also had phone interview with Clare, she also told me her fave line in “Bring It On”, which is “You’re a cheer-tator, Tor!”
Tell me your favourite Buffy quote below!
Supanova Pop Culture Expo
When: April 16-18
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds
Preview: Angela Allan
Those who worship fangs, light sabres and the Vulcans won’t need to travel light years in their spaceship to feel right at home.
At this weekend’s Supanova Pop Culture Expo, US Actor James Marsters, who is best known as Spike, the bleach-blonde vampire on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, will join other believers of the sci-fi world.
Marsters has had roles on Torchwood, Smallville as well as Caprica, a prequel to cult TV show Battlestar Galactica.
“I don’t have a problem beliving in [sci-fi] sitatutions, you know, somethig like, ‘Big robot, run!’ doesn’t seem stupid to me,” Marsters says. “I’ve always had an affinity with that so I suppose my imagination has no problem going there. I dig it.”
Marsters played Spike on Buffy and spin-off show Angel for seven years. Fans response to his portrayal of the smart-talking British vampire kept him on longer than his proposed five-episode stint.
“On Buffy, you really didn’t know what the hell they were going to do. It could be a musical or a silent movie,” Marsters says. “Afterwards, the writers started to take my character into dark and surprising places, I realised I had to go anywhere they wanted me to, and they wanted me to go to hell. It become really scary but also, really exciting.
“It was called Buffy the Weekend Killer. We worked 14- to 15-hour days.”
Marsters is also working on a solo record with Charlie De Mars from his former band Ghost of the Robot. Marster’s son Sullivan will play guitar on the album.
At Supanova, Marsters will engage with fans on topics ranging from his roles in Shakespeare plays to who he shared the most passionate on-screen kiss with.
“You know what my favourite person to kiss was? John Barrowman on Torchwood. I’m not kidding you, he was awesome. We played ex-lovers and we kissed and then we got to beat the crap out of each other. A little note to all men, shave beforehand.”
COPYRIGHT: PUBLISHED IN MELBOURNE TIMES WEEKLY, 2010
The power and the Glory
Cult pop expo show confirms once a Buffy star, always a Buffy star. By Angela Allan
Clare Kramer still has a soft spot for her time as part of the “Buffyverse” – the world dreamt up by Buffy The Vampire
Slayer creator Joss Whedon.
For next month’s Supanova expo, Kramer, who played villain Glory on the TV series, says she is considering bringing customised T-shirts to give to fans who ask the best questions. Printed on the T-shirts will be: “Then Buffy staked Edward … The End” – taking a dig at the new vampire lore in Twilight.
“People who follow Buffy tend to have a lot of questions. I love people to give their perception on the show, if they have any questions about the characters or the writers. I love to give as much insight into Glory, the show, and anyone I worked with,” Kramer says.
Aside from Glory, Kramer also played catty cheerleader Courtney in teen flick Bring It On, but it was while portraying an evil deity from a demonic dimension that she really got to show her mean side.
“Everyone says it’s so fun to play the villain, and it is,” she says. “Glory got to say what you would have liked to have said in certain times of your life, and I was able to channel any frustrations I ever had at anyone and put that all through Glory and she just laughed about it. That was the best part.”
Kramer also runs a production company and is the official spokewoman for several children’s charities, but she can’t seem to shake her connection to Buffy. Last year, she made her directorial debut in Hard Love with Nicholas Brendon (who was Xander on Buffy) and is about to start work on Hot Mess with Julie Benz (vampire Darla on Buffy). Benz will also be here for Supanova, and will share a panel about the cult TV show with Kramer.
And her favourite line as Glory?
“Oh, don’t quote me on this one, but it was something like, ‘Did everybody else know the Slayer was a robot?’.”
For more information and tickets, visit supanova.com.au
COPYRIGHT: MELBOURNE WEEKLY 2011