Angel's transformation -- How ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'''s bodacious bloodsucker won the spotlight

Some struggling actors hope they’ll get noticed waiting tables, others mail out headshots, but David Boreanaz — Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s bodacious bloodsucker, Angel — took a slightly more aggressive approach. He chose to trespass on private property.

”I’d put on a suit and pretend I was an executive just to get into studio lots. I’d pass out resumes and talk to people,” says Boreanaz. ”I was in this one agency, and I had security chasing me around the building.”

Boreanaz’s moxie helped him land a 1993 guest spot (as Kelly Bundy’s biker boyfriend) on Fox’s Married… With Children. But his Big Break came in 1996 when a talent manager spotted him walking his dog and told him he’d make a perfect Angel. The fact that Boreanaz, 27, had only Married and a few commercial appearances to his name actually worked in his favor. ”We didn’t have a lot of money, and he didn’t have a lot of credits, so we were able to get him for cheap,” says Buffy creator Joss Whedon. ”And, after the audition, all the women were shaking. We were lucky in that he also turned out to be an incredibly talented actor.”

Indeed, Angel’s recent transformation from a glum guy who lurks in the shadows to a terrible tormentor who’s currently trying to conjure up an earth-swallowing demon is finally giving Boreanaz something to do besides look really good. ”What’s a blessing about this character is I can really exercise my chops,” he says. ”I don’t know if I want him to stay bad. I want him to be well-balanced. It’s almost like he’s a recovering alcoholic, [who sometimes] goes off the wagon.”

While he has yet to be smothered with movie offers like his WB brethren — Buffy‘s Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Dawson’s Creek‘s James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes — Boreanaz has an ardent fan base, evidenced by websites like Angel’s Shrine of Drool. ”It’s freaky sometimes,” he says of the cybertributes, which flourish despite the actor’s being officially taken (he recently married longtime girlfriend Ingrid). But will the crush-worthy star crush his fans by being reduced to Angel dust? ”There will be no stake going through this boy’s heart,” he promises. Unless those security guards catch up to him.