David Boreanaz reveals what he was thinking while filming pilot scene
David Boreanaz worked as an actor for a number of years before he was cast in his first major role on screen, playing the vampire Angel, who becomes a love interest for the vampire-slaying title character in im Buffy the vampire slayer TV Shows. During a recent interview on the Paramount+ show The summitBoreanaz revealed what he thought as he filmed his first scene with series star Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Boreanaz told The Summit host Josh Horowitz (with thanks to Syfy wire for the transcript), "I first meet Sarah on set the day before I'm due to shoot the next day. And I remember walking into the set, it had very low ceilings, and there was a fight sequence, and there was Sarah, kind of far away. And I met them and I was just amazed at how they had just finished a scene and the crew split up and moved and there she was. She was so bubbly and energetic and very kind. And I'm just staying cool, right? Just like, "Whatever you do, you were there, you did it. Never show your weaknesses'... I'm dying inside. I'm like, 'Yeah, you know, I'll see you at work tomorrow. It is going to be great.' I've never really done this before in my life... So getting this job was huge."
And when it came time to film that scene the next day, "It couldn't have been more surreal for me. She does that flip kick thing and flips me over. And she says: 'Who are you?' … It was like this whole weird dimensional thing. Everything is so calm. I have these cameras pointed at me. I say, 'Just keep it, keep it calm.' I'm nervous, 'Did you like me? What will happen?' ... Lo and behold ... it was great chemistry that we both had. And the characters pushed that for this launch of this show and it was huge. It was this romantic character connection that I felt was the Shakespearean appeal of this show."
Buffy the vampire slayer ran for a total of seven seasons and 144 episodes, but Boreanaz' Angel only appeared in 57 of those episodes. After Season 3 of BuffyAngel got his own spin-off series (appropriately titled Angel), which ran for five seasons. 110 episodes. After getting his own show, Angel only appeared in a handful Buffy episodes.
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