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Charisma Carpenter

Charisma earned Hollywood status by starring as "Cordelia Chase" on WB's action series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" since 1997. She continued her success with the same role in another action series "Angel". Though Charisma Carpenter refers to her first name as an "absolute curse" (it was derived from an ill-conceived Avon perfume line), it certainly hasn't proved detrimental to her career. Born in Las Vegas, NV, Carpenter had exhibited an interest in the performing arts by the age of five, when she began studying classical ballet. Though her family moved to Mexico in 1985, the fast-paced, entertainment-laden Las Vegas atmosphere had already had a profound effect on a then 15-year-old Charisma -- so much so that she embarked on an hour-long, daily commute to San Diego, where she attended the prestigious School of the Performing Arts. Carpenter had somewhat drastically changed her career plans after her graduation, when she moved to San Diego and took on a series of odd jobs, ranging from a video clerk to a member of the San Diego Chargers' cheerleading squad, in hopes of funding a college education. The non-aspiring actress was hoping to become an English teacher. To the eventual delight of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans nationwide, however, this wasn't to be. While waiting tables on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Carpenter was discovered by a commercial agent who promptly recommended she continue attending acting school. Her penchant for show business piqued once again, Carpenter decided to test her chops at the reputable Playhouse West, where she spent 18 months honing her skills. While there, Carpenter appeared in series of commercials, though her first true television role wouldn't occur until much later, in 1995, when she made a guest appearance on Baywatch.

Seven long years after dedicating herself to acting, Carpenter managed to land a starring role on prime-time soap guru Aaron Spelling's Malibu Shores opposite Keri Russell. The show, however, was short-lived, and Carpenter was once again left with no solid job of which to speak, despite sporadic appearances on Boy Meets World and Pacific Blue. In 1997, Carpenter's agent found the then very much aspiring actress two separate auditions for a role the same show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a teen-oriented horror comedy series based on 1992's much less successful movie of the same name. One of the auditions was for Buffy, the intrepid vampire slayer, while the other was for Cordelia Chase, snooty high school student extraordinaire. As fate would have it, Sarah Michelle Gellar would win the part of Buffy, while Carpenter would ignite many an Internet fan site as Cordelia. So popular was her role that in 1999, when the Buffy spin-off Angel was launched, Carpenter was able to continue and expand the role.

Though the series couldn't last forever, Carpenter continued to act after its cancellation. In 2004, she starred in What Boys Like, a sex comedy directed by Lawrence Gay, and played a reoccurring role in NBC's short-lived Alicia Silverstone vehicle Miss Match. When not acting, Carpenter enjoys a variety of outdoor activities -- rock climbing, horseback riding, biking, and rollerblading, to name a few -- and spending time with her son. Charisma was born on July 23, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For her 26th birthday, she had gone skydiving. When the folks at WB heard about this, they made her sign a clause that she would refrain from that for the length of her contract.) She has prudently switched to writing poetry instead. Her favorite color is yellow (mine too, it's so bright and cheerful). For Charisma, life is good. And, as a former Las Vegas lounge performer, she comments that dancing is easy, acting is not. She also notes: "You can take the girl out of Vegas, but you can't take the Vegas out of the girl."

Charisma married actor Damian Hardy, October 5, 2002 and they now have a son together.
Charisma Carpenter gave birth to her son Donovan Charles Hardy on March 24, 2004.

More fun facts about Charisma Carpenter

She's 5' 7½"
Charisma's issue of Playboy is the June 2004 issue.
As a child, Charisma hated her name and preferred to be called Chrissy.
She has a tribal sun tattooed on her back.
Is half Mexican and half Cherokee.
Has a rosary tattoo on her left wrist.
She held three state titles when she was thirteen years old and placed top five for a ballet routine at an international competition.
She only signs personalized autographs so her signature cannot be sold on EBay or elsewhere. She also refuses to sign her MAXIM, FHM, or other revealing photos.
She is one of the only cast members from "Buffy" and "Angel" who refuses to charge for her autograph at fan conventions. She does it for free.
Made $35,000 Per Episode on Buffy, and on the First Four Seasons of Angel she made $50,000 Per Episode.
Her guest spot on Lifetime's "The Division" as a young woman attacked by an undercover police officer eerily resembles a real life incident nearly ten years ago in which Charisma and two of her friends were attacked by a former police officer in Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego. Charisma escaped unharmed, although one of her friends was seriously injured. The police officer, who had been stalking Charisma for almost a year, was sentenced to fifty years in prison.

Auditioned for the role of Buffy on the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", but got the role of Cordelia after it was turned down by actress Bianca Lawson.

After 7 years playing Cordelia Chase, 3 years on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) and 4 years on "Angel" (1999/I), Charisma has now left Angel after its fourth season. [2003]

Will be reprising her role as Cordelia Chase in the 100th episode of "Angel" (1999/I). The show is currently in its fifth season without her, considering the Cordelia Chase character is in a coma. [November 2003]

After starring in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997), "Angel" (1999/I), and guest-starring in episodes of "Charmed" (1998), she has become the face of supernatural dramas on The WB.

Her character, Cordelia Chase, whom she had played for years on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) and "Angel" (1999/I) was killed off in the landmark 100th episode of "Angel" (1999/I). It was her final appearance on the series, with the exception of archival footage.

Her characters in both "Angel" and "Charmed" could see into the future.

She is good friends with her "See Jane Date" co-star Holly Marie Combs. In fact, it was their friendship that prompted her to play Kira on "Charmed".

Favorite actor: Jack Nicholson, Holly Hunter, and Anne Heche
Favorite foods: Mexican, fruits and veggies, red meat, and peanut butter
Pets: Sydney and Hobie the Golden Retrievers

Her Personal quotes:
"I had my heart set on becoming an English teacher, but stumbled into acting after meeting a theatrical agent in my dad's restaurant in San Diego." [June 30, 2003]

"Lots of doors have opened for me because of Buffy and Angel but, although I'm ambitious, I'm not going to just do anything simply because the money is good. If I can't love a project, then I'm not interested." [June 30, 2003]

[about Sarah Michelle Gellar winning the role of Buffy:] "Initially I was disappointed, but while I didn't see it at the time, I know now I'm better suited to Cordelia. ... Moving from Buffy to Angel was great for me. On Buffy I wasn't all that high on the totem pole as far as responsibility and screen time. That all changed when I joined David [Boreanaz] in Angel. The whole thing has been such a buzz." [2003]

"I'm a mixed breed and hope to live longer because of it."

"I don't really see myself being a sex symbol at all."

"I think essentially the meaning of life is probably the journey and not really any one thing or an outcome or a result. I think it's kinda the process and I think that if you can find happiness in the process then maybe that's it. I just feel really in love with life and the life I've created with my family. So it works for me."

"Well, I can tell you what my goals are. I have a son now, so I want the half-hour sitcom lifestyle, where you can have a family and work. And then, during summer hiatus, I'd like to do a Kill Bill or Wonder Woman or some movie like that."

"You can take the girl out of Vegas, but you can't take the Vegas out of the girl."

"I was a little turned off by the idea of doing another bitch. But my agent put it to me quite frankly, that you have to be known before you can be typecast." (On her role as Cordelia)

"My mom owned a retail store, so I had these hot satin pants. I was like Satan at my all-Christian school."

Charisma Carpenter: Living on the edge

Sunnydale High's former Queen of Mean Cordelia Chase has come a long way since moving over to spin-off series Angel.

Cordy's alter ego, Charisma Carpenter, chats about visions, hair, and dancing.

Q: You originally auditioned for the part of Buffy - are you glad the way things turned out?

A: I think that the way it turned out is the way it was meant to have turned out. I’m extremely pleased that I wound up with the character that I have for a myriad of reasons.

Number one: because we got to see her growth. Number two: I got to do the spin-off with David, so you couldn’t ask for more there. Number three: I don’t know that I would have been ready for that kind of fame if I’d gotten Buffy. So, I think [Buffy] went to the right person.

Q: How do you feel about the evolution of Cordelia?

A: The road Cordelia has travelled, the journey she has taken up to now has been such a joy to play as an actress, because there have been so many chances to do so many different emotions.

Heroic, vulnerable, just angry, possessed, funny - I get to be all those different things rolled into one. Getting this role, in hindsight... God I made a good decision, or they did.

Q: Are the visions difficult to play?

A: The visions aren’t really too hard to play but I have to say I wouldn’t include in that statement the last episode I did (That Vision Thing). That’s episode two of the third season.

That that one was really tough because [there] is this stigmata effect where the visions start manifesting physically upon me. That was a little bit more challenging than I had anticipated. It wasn’t your basic ordinary vision.

They’re not that hard to play. I don’t know. if they’re believable, great, if they’re not then they’re really hard.

Q: At the end of season two you became a queen. Was that fun and would you want the responsibility in real life?

A: Sure, I’d take the responsibility of queen any day. My inner queen sure came out. It was a bonus, it was great.

I had fun with the crew too. I had to be a little bitchy, more than I would normally, and just blamed it on my role, which was fun. Yeah, I got 'Princess' [from them] a lot. I don’t understand it, but that was fun.

Q: It was an amazing outfit

A: I was scantily clad wasn’t I? And cold. It was tremendously cold. In fact in the last episode [of season two], we’re in Pylea. Groosalug and Angel are fighting and I run to Groosalug’s rescue. He’s fighting with Angel and Angel has to go 'extra hellbeast' to fight him, because he’s like the king of all fighting in Pylea.

At that moment I realise my love for Groosalug and I go to hug him, and he’s wearing a metal plate, and there was snow on the camera cases. So I’m in a bikini top with coins all over going brrrr - so cold.

That was fun, that outfit rocked. I loved that outfit (laughs). I wish I could wear that every day.

Q: Did that outfit bring up the programme any more in the demographic do you think? I’m wondering how the ratings were for that punishment. Were they any bigger?

A: I think they were a lot higher.

Listen to him feed me my ego!

Q: One thing that shapes Cordelia is that she’s a struggling actress. What was the most bizarre audition you’ve ever had in real life?

A: I have a two part answer for that.

Answer A, in Angel, I think the most memorable audition I had was [the one where] I was suffering from the loss of Doyle and I get my first vision in the middle of an audition.

I’m doing a Tide or a Spray and Wash type product audition, and it was funny and pathetic and a real joy to play. Jim Contener directed that particular episode and that scene, so that was the most memorable audition scene I had.

Then, answer part B is the most bizarre personal audition I ever had. Not so much bizarre, but it was just a trek to make it.

I was auditioning for the role of Cordelia. It was the screen test with the whole network and I was running late for the audition because I was at work at [the show] Malibu Shores in Long Beach and I had to get to Burbank. It was raining and it was rush hour, so I borrowed clothes from Costume, and I’m high tailing it on the freeway, trying to be safe, trying not to get in an accident.

I got these [cell phone] pages from my manager, and I was really broke at the time so I didn’t have a cell phone or anything. I’m just like, "I know this is my agent, please hang in there, please hang in there, I can’t get off [the freeway] yet, I can’t get off yet".

Finally I get off and I go to the Seven Eleven and my agent has paged me six times. I know what she’s telling me, "You’re late, they’re going to leave," and it would just make me panic.

So I get to the Seven Eleven [call her and ask] "Why are you calling me so many times, like 13 pages in half an hour?" She goes, "You’ve got to get there, they’re going to leave," and I go, "You tell them not to leave, you tell them to order a pizza, you tell them something but tell them to wait". So they waited, and I got the part. That was my most exciting real personal audition.

Q: I heard that you have a talent for dancing. Is it true you trade dance routines with J August Richards?

A: We’re not a dancing team, but we do like co-ordinating stuff. We’re together all the time dancing. We did a good Thriller version working on [the episode] First Impressions, J’s big episode.

I was breaking him into our group, and I’m there for him or whatever. We had some really long nights together, so we entertained ourselves making up Thrilleresque dance routines from the 80's, like old Michael Jackson stuff. We had a lot of fun.

Q: I heard that you’re into dangerous sports like sky diving, which the network weren't too pleased about?

A: It was never officially told to me that I couldn’t do [the skydiving] any more. I had been warned not to get on a motorcycle, sort of. I think there is a clause in most general basic contracts to keep yourself in one piece and not alter your looks without telling them first.

There’s a pretty good chance that you’re going to go down when you’re on a motorcycle or if you’re sky diving or whatever, but that happened before I even got this job, and I haven’t sky dived since.

Q: Does Charisma sing better than Cordelia?

A: No, I’m a horrible singer, I’m awful. This is funny because I just had a job over the summer for VH1, a project I did called Strange Frequency where I got to play a Goth rock band singer.

I thought that my fans would really enjoy seeing me in that and I totally wanted to be my character. I really wish I could sing so I could front a band, because that would be a dream come true, totally. I want to sing. Can’t do it though.

Q: What made you change your look and hair?

A: I wanted a change from the first season because I had to wear a lot of curlers every day. It wasn’t fun and it was hard to maintain continuity-wise. My solution, since I couldn’t cut my hair, with that whole fiasco with the WB telling USA Today ""Nobody can cut their hair", was to go in the opposite direction and get longer hair.

I got much longer hair and I started to have repercussions from that. It was too much for my scalp and it was just creating a lot of ickiness and hardship and was not the right thing to do.

So I begged, half way into season two, for them to let me cut my hair. They did and then it was darker and they didn’t like that dark edge for Cordelia. It wasn’t as warm and effervescent as she is usually, so they wanted me to go shorter and blonder. Hence, I’m growing it back out because I think I’m going to go back to season one style. It will just make life a lot easier.
What’s your favourite episode?

There are so many. One is the last episode I did - season three episode three - because I felt a very strong connection performance-wise. I felt really confident in my growth as an actor and I felt really good about the opportunity I was given to go deep. I don’t know what the outcome was or how the fans or my producers felt, but I felt really good about it.

Then Expecting, there was so much fun in that episode. In season one, Expecting and Rm w/a Vu. I don’t know from season two, nothing’s really coming to mind.

Q: Would you like a Phantom Dennis in real life?

A: Oh heck yeah, I totally would love to have a Phantom Dennis in real life. That would be great. A built in alarm system that freaked everybody out, nobody would mess with me.

Maybe he could feed the dog when I wasn’t available or scrub my back, or give me a massage. That would be great, and there’s no clingy relationship issues. That would be cool. Yeah, why not?

Charisma Carpenter Departed From ''Angel''

Q: Your sudden departure from Angel shocked the fans and certainly angered many. Have you and Joss talked about that situation and was it a difficult decision for you to go back for the 100th episode considering how things unfolded?

Charisma Carpenter : Um, yes and no. First, to answer have I spoken to Joss about it, no we haven't, there's really no point. There's really nothing to say. The day I ended up on the set to return for the 100th episode was a lovely day and he was there, he wrote a note and left flowers for me in my trailer expressing his gratitude for my return and that it meant a lot to him and the story would probably be one of the sweetest they'd ever told. And that's enough for me. I don't have any need to hold on to anything.

Q You don't want to dwell on it.

CC: Yeah, I mean it's just, it's turned out to be a really great thing. You know, sometimes and this is kinda cliché but sometimes...well, I was laboring on whether to return or not return or how to proceed myself. Sometimes decisions get made and it ends up being God doing for you what you couldn't do for yourself. It's just turned out for me to be a really positive thing. So it's hard to harbor any resentment or ill feelings for something that has turned out to be a wonderful thing.

Q: Any tidbits you can share about Cordelia's return on Angel?

CC: You know I agree that it's going to be one of the sweetest stories ever told. It's pretty emotional. Bear down, hold on. [laughs]

Q: Is there going to be closure for Cordelia?

CC: I don't know what your definition of closure is and I'm not gonna take liberties in trying to assume what you mean by that...

Q: Did they leave it open so that Cordelia could someday come back?

CC: Yeah. You know this a difficult thing too...

Q: Because in Jossverse there's nothing permanent...

CC: Yeah, in Jossverse there's always an opportunity for that to happen. Whether it does happen in his end or my end I wouldn't really count on it. But I feel that it's a really well told story. And I think that regardless of how people take the way I leave it is up for everybody's to deal with. But I think that if we don't get emotional about it, it's just a really well told story. Um, honestly I wouldn't have gone back for anything less. That's the truth. I wouldn't have ever considered it if I just didn't think like 'whoa', 'ok', 'that's good', 'that's a good story'. Now let's negotiate. [laughs] Now let's take it to the next level. Because I wouldn't come back for anything less. I think it's important to give that character, I think she's important to the show. She's important to Angel, that it was important to tell a very good story. If this is the last time we see Cordelia, I think people will not be disappointed.

Q: That's great to hear. I think that once we post this interview and the fans read your comment, they would want to watch this episode even more and not miss it.

CC: No, I wouldn't miss it.

Q): It was a pleasant surprise to see you on the new Alicia Silverstone TV series, "Miss Match". What were the circumstances of your going to work on that show?

CC: I think the circumstances were that there was a story about a girl named Serena Lockner who turned out to be a friend of Kate, who's Alicia Silvertsone, from High School, who she has bitter-sweet feelings for. And Jeff Meshel is the one who championed for me to play the part. He thought I would be well suited for it and knew I was available. He made it all happen in more ways than one. And I'm so grateful because working with Darren Starr, Dennis Erdmann, and Alicia and now that I think about it, pretty much the whole lot, is a fantastic experience. And I've come back now, I just wrapped one, I shot an episode, Santa Baby, which aired already, and then I did Angel, which won't air until Feb. 4th. I wrapped that Monday and started on my third episode for Miss Match on Thursday of that same week and we just wrapped yesterday cause it was split over the holiday. And then I'm going back again for a fourth one at the end of the month.

Q: Wow!

CC: I don't think that they know fully what's happening with Miss Match so therefore I don't know how many more if any, if the show's even gonna keep going. But if it wasn't for Jeff Meshel, that would have never happened and my decision to go back was a really easy one since Darren has made it so easy and she's such a fun character to play and she reminds me of Cordelia a little. And it's just been a pleasure.

Q: It's looking like Serena may become a recurring character cause now you're going to be doing your 4th episode. Do you think that's where it could be headed?

CC: Well, they know that I'm not very anxious to get into one hour again. So, I'm happy to do that because it's a wonderful working relationship but I will be going out for pilot season for half hour work and that's the gamble I'm taking. I'm happy to reccur in a one hour but I really don't want it to be anything more than that. With Donovan in the picture and maybe wanting another one someday in a semi-near future I just think that would be most conducive to my family (half hour work).

Q: It's wonderful to hear that your priority is your husband and your child.

CC: Well, that's my goal. I just hope it doesn't backfire on me [laughs] where I don't turn down a bunch of great opportunities because one-hour's have come my way but I've just been saying no. It's been a difficult thing because some great opportunities have come and I've just been holding my breath and praying...I'm basically gambling hoping something will come along this season and if not, I don't know what the future holds.

Q): We recently talked with Julie Benz

CC: She's a doll.

Q: Yes, we agree. She's a wonderful person. She shared some of her experiences from her first day on the Buffy set. Was there anything about that first day on the set - experiences or emotions - that you remember most and would like to share?

CC: Being terrified because every executive was on the deck that day. And the very first scene I shot was the scene where Buffy comes out of the bathroom and she takes her hand to my throat and I'm like 3 feet off the ground with a stake in her hand ready to plunge me. Then she realizes that I'm not who she thought I was and she drops me and I look at her and I'm like 'what's your childhood trauma?'. That was the first line I had to deliver and I was really nervous. I remember David Greenwalt, everybody was on the set and the second I heard laughter then I relaxed. That's my first memory of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Q: It was a good experience then.

CC: Oh, for sure. And I remember my first season just never hitting my mark and the poor cinematographer, I was never in my light. [laughs] Cause I was such a novice and thank God that Sarah was as seasoned as she was because she was really a great leader in that regard in the sense that she would communicate really well with the crew. She knew that there was a mark to hit, she knew how to ask questions and she was very ahead of the game. She was on the director's mindset where I was just like 'huh?'. [laughs] Like you know, 'what's going on around here?' I didn't know if I was coming or going let alone to be conscientious of the lighting and the wardrobe and don't run my fingers through my hair even if I'm nervous. [laughs] There's just a lot of departments to make happy. Obviously I was new and didn't become aware of those things until much later.

Q: But look how far you've come.

CC: Yeah, it's been a long journey. [laughs]

Q: You're such a good actress. Look at how much you've done with Cordelia.

CC: Wow, thanks. You're really gonna like the 100th episode. There's stuff that comes through that has probably been like 4 years accumulated. It's just a summation of the last 4 years. Like everything. The gamut, the emotion, the funny. They wrote the script with range. I know that in some cases it was there because it was there. I think with David and I, we had scenes that, I don't even have the right words to serve what I'm trying to say here. What I mean is that it's a strong, strong and powerful episode full of what most of the show is. You know, there's fighting, there's humor, there's sex, there's love and forbidden love. There's tears, it's just all there and it's a really special episode.

Q: So again, this is one [episode] that fans shouldn't miss and not miss taping.

CC: Well, if you're a Cordelia fan, yeah. This is the one to watch.

Q: While we're talking about Cordelia, how did you feel about the Evil Cordelia/Connor storyline?

CC: I hated it. I hated it.

Q: That was a quick answer.

CC: I didn't like it all. I was very uncomfortable. I hated it.

Q: It gave the fan community something to talk about. Of course there was the 'ewww' factor. Some reviews and fan comments were negative. So, you didn't like it either.

CC: I don't know what the reviews were but the vibe that I got from my mother who pays close attention to that stuff was just that nobody was a fan of that storyline. The only thing that stands out, that I remember reading, was something about how it was like monotone or like one note. It was just all one. I was really unhappy doing it, it's fun to be bad but I like traditional bad Cordy where she's just a little prissy bitch. But I didn't like this at all. I guess they just didn't know how to serve her anymore and so that's what kinda came out of it. They wanted to dupe the audience and I guess it just didn't work out very well.

Q: Ah...let me go back to Buffy for second. What was it like working with Sarah?

CC: She's really professional. Very hard working and very focused.

Q: Great. Now, See Jane Date...

CC: Oh, you're covering the whole thing aren't you? I thought this was Cordy-specific.

Q: No. You know, a fan is not only interested in that one specific part of your career. If they're a fan, they're a fan of everything that you do.

CC: Yeah, I found that to be true. I did want, if you could, express my gratitude to the fans for the support in my leaving, the Variety or the Hollywood Reporter ads and all the e-mailing and faxing and the inundating of various places. [laughs] My mom tells me all this stuff that's going on and I'm just so impressed that people even care to such a level. I mean it's warm, fuzzy, flattering but it's more.

Q: It's funny because in the Buffyverse the fans have come to love not only the show, the characters but the actors as well. Buffy is over or an actor has left but the fans continue to support their projects because we've come to appreciate the work.

CC: I think, God, could I ask for anything more? Really, no. It makes me feel really good. So thank you.

Q: And you are very welcome. If you'd like to take a couple of minutes later to say a little something for the fans, I'd make that into an audio clip so it's all in your own words. People might think that I'm embellishing your message. [laughs]

CC: Sure, that'd be great.

Q: So, about "See Jane Date"... When that came out, one of the things he (Glenn) heard time and again was how 'nice' your character Jane was in comparison to the role of Cordelia in which many people know you best. He thought it was a refreshingly different role for you. What was it like to play a character like that in contrast to your better-known Cordelia role?

CC: Well, I liked it. I liked doing the not so gloomy, dark [hears baby noise in the background, pauses]

Q: Oh, the baby...(poor child is patiently waiting for mom)

CC: No, dad's handling it. [pauses] Um, like he said it was refreshing. Because I had done Buffy and Angel, which you know is a lot of long hours, night shoots, grim locations, and so this was so refreshing. It was probably the hardest job I've ever done in the sense that I was a new mother, my baby was 10 weeks old when I shot that film. And I brought the whole kit 'n caboodle, son and husband came. (See Jane Date was shot in Canada) My husband championed me through that, supported me and became the primary caretaker of Donovan while I was there. And I was also breastfeeding and memorizing pages of dialogue every night and working 15 hour-days. It was probably the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. But because of that experience, and getting through it and doing it well, and having such a great crew to go to work with and have words in a project that was so different, and light, and bright, and fun, and sensitive, you know I just welcomed it so wholeheartedly. That has now given me confidence. That now I don't feel threatened or scared to do anything. I feel like anything is possible after doing that. I'm not afraid of the work.

Q: There you go. Now are you actively seeking out or working on any other projects this year besides the upcoming Miss Match appearances?

CC: Well, yeah. There isn't one in particular that I'm working towards but pilot season is coming up and the only thing I can say is that I'm focusing on half-hour. Movies, I don't know. I certainly wouldn't not do a movie but it would have to be the right thing and I think I'm most comfortable doing television and I would love to do half-hour...just because it's less work and now I do comedy and I think that's where I'd like to go, I would be best suited for right now.

Q: What was your reaction when you were offered to move to Angel and did Joss give you any idea as to the direction he planned to take Cordelia on that show?

CC: Um, my reaction was concern that what if it didn't fly, would I have a haven to return to? And then I was assured yes, then I was like 'what about the writing' but my first reaction was 'really, you'd want me to do that? and what an honor'. I was really flattered. And then I was like 'wait a minute, what if it gets cancelled after the first couple of episodes? Does that mean I'm going to be in the poor house again?' [laughs] You know, am I gonna kick myself and go what have I done? [pauses, talks with Damian in the background. The poor baby is fussing now. He can't wait for his bath and this strange lady is keeping mommy away from him. Bad lady...] Ok...[laughs]

Q: I understand that you're very busy. So last question and this is something that I always ask, have you found the meaning of life yet?

CC: Um...[laughs]

Q: I always get that reaction.

CC: I think that it's not realistic at my age to say that I've found the meaning of life but I think I've found happiness and I think I understand...having my son, I've always wanted children since I can remember and finding the love of my life and being able to have a baby with the love of my life gives me probably the greatest...

Q: Feeling in the world?

CC: Yeah. It's really intense and I don't know if that's the meaning of life. I think essentially the meaning of life is probably the journey and not really any one thing or an outcome or a result. I think it's kinda the process and I think that if you can find happiness in the process then maybe that's it. I just feel really in love with life and the life I've created with my family. So it works for me.

Q: You are very blessed. Thank you very much for doing this. Give Donovan a hug from all the fans. Good luck with everything.

CC: Oh, thank you!

Charisma Carpenter: One on One

She might be known as Angel's self-absorbed sidekick Cordelia, but there's definitely more to Charisma Carpenter than meets the eye. Aerobics instructor, ballerina, skydiver, world traveler. From battling waves in a bikini to kicking monster butt, this girl has done it all.

The former San Diego Charger cheerleader was discovered, yes, while waitressing. It was "commercial city" for Charisma for a while, until she landed a guest spot on Baywatch, which led to her recurring role as Ashley in Malibu Shores. Then she snagged an audition for a role on some vampire show, and the rest is Buffy history.

But you wanted the whole vampire lowdown. What's David Boreanaz's unofficial middle name? What happened to her soul mate Doyle? Charisma tells all, even revealing the ugliest part of her body--as if that's possible!

Q: I know you were born in Rosarito, Mexico. What languages do you speak, and what nationality are you?
Broken Spanish. I'm a mixed breed and hope to live longer because of it.

Q: What's it like working with David Boreanaz? Has he pulled any pranks on you on the set?
It's nothing but giggles working with David. His middle name is "Prankster."

Q: What is your favorite Angel episode?
Of episodes aired so far: "Room with a View," because of Beth Grant; "Hero," because it was Glenn's last episode; and "Parting Gifts," because I got my first vision--and did my funniest work having it. I had a lot of fun filming that scene.

Q: Are you upset that Glenn Quinn's character, Doyle, has been written off the show just when a romance was starting between him and Cordy? Do they plan to bring him back?
I miss Glenn as a person and miss working with someone as talented as he is. I don't know if the producers ever plan to bring him back. That's a Joss [Whedon] or David G. [Greenwalt] question.

Q: Did it ever feel weird to realize you're playing a high school student, yet you graduated 10 years ago in real life?
Ten years, huh? Interesting.
Q: Do you foresee yourself acting for the rest of your life, or is there something else you are interested in?
I'd like to act for as long as possible. A lot of things interest me, like photography and writing.

Q: What motivated you to take the part of Cordelia?
They were hiring.

Q: Do you have much contact with the Buffy cast since you switched to Angel?
Some. I would like more time during the day to maintain a lot of personal friendships.

Q: Even though Cordelia still has her bite, do you think she has become more compassionate toward the people she and Angel are trying to help?
Yes. As a fan, I hope that's good with you.

Q: Will Cordelia get a new love interest?
Sorry again. Future storylines are answers I'm unable to provide. I'm in the dark, too.

Q: I read somewhere that you said your agent would kick your butt if you didn't find a movie to do during your hiatus. Have you found anything yet?
Possibly. Nothing in writing, though.

Q: What type of role--for film or television--are you interested in doing next?
All types of roles. Just something I feel connected to.

Q: Are you ticklish, and where?
No, no. Stick to the topic, friend: Angel.

Q: What was it like working on Baywatch and having to spend practically the entire time in a bikini?
Baywatch was a week in my career of five years. It's had no real side effects thus far.

Q: What part of your body are you most embarrassed about, and why? I heard it was your feet.
It's true. My feet are embarrassing from 17 years of ballet. However, I've grown to embrace their "uniqueness."

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