While my mother might remember the lovely and talented Emma Caulfield from her role as Susan Keats, Brandon’s newspaper girlfriend on Beverly Hills 90210, genre loving folks will always think of her as Anya, the former vengeance demon on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Making her debut during Season 3’s excellent episode The Wish, Caulfield spent the next 4 1/2 years on Buffy playing a character who always spoke her mind, good or bad.
Since the end of Buffy in 2003, Emma Caulfield has kept busy acting, most recently appearing on ABC’s Private Practice. She’s also started a web comic called Contropussy. I had a chance to talk with Emma at Fan Expo in Toronto about her present, the past, and some shared passions.
Andy Burns: I was on your myspace and realized that you and I have something in common. We both want to meet Bono.
Emma Caulfield: On yeah. Love him.
Caulfield: Why not? I mean, the guy is brilliantly talented. He’s inspirational. He’s brilliant. He’s managed to accomplish a lot in his life. And I love his music.
Burns: Which brings me to the next question – what did you think of No Line On The Horizon?
Caulfield: I hated it.
Burns: Really?? How come?
Caulfield: It felt like a big hot mess to me. And it’s painful for me to say because I’m a huge U2 fan. They’ve been my favourite band for as long as I can remember. I was very disappointed by that album.
Burns: What’s your favourite album by them?
Caulfield: Achtung Baby probably. The Joshua Tree a very close second. It’s a toss-up, but I think Achtung Baby is my favourite.
Burns: What can you tell me about the web comic you’re doing?
Caulfield: It’s called Contropussy. You can log onto Contropussy.com. It centers around a cat called Contropussy. A controversial cat, thus the name. On a surface level its Sex In the City for animals, but on a deeper level we explore human behaviour through a different kind of animal. Nothing is taboo or off-limits. The more we make people uncomfortable, the better.
Burns: Why did you decide to go the web comic route?
Caulfield: We wanted to build the audience that way. We wanted to do a grass roots kind of thing. And that world is something everyone was telling me is extremely popular and it’s one I knew nothing about. So that’s phase one. Then we’ll go to print and then eventually animate it, hopefully in six months, something like that.
Burns: Considering the fact that you come from a genre show, were you always into sci-fi and horror?
Caulfield: I love sci-fi. Not horror, but I do love sci-fi. It’s my favourite genre.
Burns: Is there any film in particular that you always dug?
Caulfield: Aliens. I can quote it from start to finish. It’s embarrassing. 2001, obviously. As far as tv goes, Battlestar Galactica, the redo. Amazing. And I own all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I do, and I’ll admit it freely.
Burns: On that note, we should talk about Buffy The Vampire Slayer. How did you feel about how things ended with Anya?
Caulfield: I asked (Buffy creator Joss Whedon) to kill me off, or at least suggested it might be a nice way for my character to end. I didn’t necessarily expect it to be so, I don’t know, quick or blunt. But I think her dying the way she did, in terms of being heroic, I think it was a nice way to go out.
Burns: I remember watching and thinking “did that just happen”?
Caulfield: Yeah, and then it was just done. There was no real discussion about it. It was weird. But she was a great character and she went out how she should have gone out.
Burns: Do you miss her at all?
Caulfield: No. Is that bad? No, I don’t. When something is done, it’s done.