How does it feel to be touched by an ”Angel”? Pretty darned good, judging by last year’s ratings for the ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spin off. As the WB drama kicks off its new season of bloody fun, EW.com tracked down the brooding vampire star, David Boreanaz, for a biting Q&A.
What juicy details can you spill about this week’s time traveling episode?
What’s great is that usually we go back to the 1800s or the 1700s. Here, it’s the 1950s and the colors just came to life; we didn’t do the typical ”let’s shoot it in black and white” type of thing. It has a little bit of a James Dean vibe. Basically, we find that Angel is living in a hotel with these writers and actors. He gets involved because there’s a demon that’s living in this hotel feeding off the insecurities of people. At the end of the episode we find out where the new headquarters will be, where the team will be setting up shop.
Did you do any special research for it?
I didn’t. I just spoke to my mom. The clothing for the men at that time was very stylish and the hair was slicked back to the side. It had that whole kind of film noir thing going on that was a lot of fun to do.
Last season, ”Angel” seemed to shift tones between comedic and dark. Should we expect more of the same?
Last year I think ”Angel” developed some form of sarcastic humor that was inherent to that type of character. This year, I think the producers are gonna open him up more as far as him having to sing karaoke songs, making a fool out of himself, and I think that’s where he might be his funniest.
Did they have to sweeten your voice for the karaoke stuff?
No, not at all. It was me — and it was bad. I’m not a singer, so it worked on all levels.
How much did you complain when you were told you’d have to sing Barry Manilow’s ”Mandy”?
It was horrible. Wait till you see the next one I’ve got to sing — it’s just humiliating me all over the place.
Everybody Wang Chung.
Seeing that Drusilla is coming back, can Spike be far behind? Does that mean we’ll see more ”Buffy” – ”Angel” crossovers?
Yeah, we’re actually doing one right now that involves myself, Spike, Drusilla, Darla, the Master. We’ve got some heavy shit coming up there. We’re going to the Boxer Rebellion next week. It’s going to be wild.
Angel’s home was blown up last season, forcing him to bunk up with Cordelia. Is romance blossoming or is it just our imagination?
It’s your imagination.
Darla looks like this season’s thorn in Angel’s side. Can you give us a glimpse of payback to come?
I would only say redemption, that’s all. We’re going to be diving into his past again and the whole Darla thing is gonna haunt him, drive him crazy, and he can’t figure it out.
Your show is up against Jim Cameron’s new futuristic Fox drama, which is coincidentally titled ”Dark Angel.” Were you at all bitter that they cribbed your name?
What’s up with that, right? Well, when they see something good, they try to borrow it.
Any predictions on who will win that battle?
No fight predictions. But if I had to enter the ring with Dark Angel, I’d lure her in with my eyes — that’s all I gotta say.