aka Slay Belle Buffy's Charisma Carpenter has her own killercharm
Q: Hey Carisma, I love Cordy on BtVS, i was wondering how it feels working with Sarah, Aly, Seth, Nick, David, and every one else?- Jackie, NY
Charisma Carpenter: Its an amazing experience because they are all so incredibly talented. I feel that I've improved working with them.
Q: How did you get your name?
Charisma: My mother and father were fighting over what to name me, and then my grandmother came in with a bottle of Avon perfume. The name of the bottle was "Charisma" -- my mom didn't like the perfume but loved the name.
Q: I know you were the runner-up for playing Buffy Summers - do you ever regret that audition, or think about what you could have done better, or anything like that?
Charisma: I wasn't not chosen based on a poor performance. I was chosen for Cordy -- who I love playing -- because I suited that character better. I think Sarah was more well suited for Buffy. Besides, brunettes are usually the villain
Q: How do you feel about leaving "Buffy" for "Angel"?
Charisma: It's a little scary leaving the security of Buffy. But it offers a whole world of opportunities and we'll be on the same lot with the same writers and producers so it won't be that big of a change.
Q: If Cordelia had another "wish" in the next episode of Buffy, what would it be?
Charisma: I guess the biggest wish might be to find true love.
Q: What is it like working with gross-looking demons every week? is it like a new adventure every week?
Charisma: Definitely. one really amazing demon was in a recent ep. The guy was about 7 feet tall. They gave him an ugly witch nose and disgusting make-up. I was really impressed with the scariness of the monster. He really came alive.
Q: Are Xander and Cordy going to get back together?
Charisma: That's more of a Joss [Whedon] question, but I doubt it.
Q: How long have you been acting?
Charisma: Well 3 seasons on Buffy andMalibu Shores before that -- probably 5 years
Q: What's it like kissing Nick Brendon, since you guys are such close friends? How do you feel about the break up?
Charisma: I'm sad because we don't get to work together as much. The kissing part took us time -- it was like kissing each other for the first time every time.
Q: Hi! do you have anything in common with your character on the show?
Charisma: I guess we both seek the truth and we're very honest people. Hopefully I have more tact than she does.
Q: Do you have any movies or something like that coming up in the near future?
Charisma: Not on the plate right now. With Angel starting in June, I would only have 2 months [off to do a movie]. We're trying to find something that will fit in that time.
Q: What do you look for in a guy?
Charisma: My guy is sensitive. I look for loyalty and independence
Q: Did you like the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
Charisma: Yes I did.
Q: Hi Charisma! Cool name! I was wondering, how has being known as "Cordelia" changed your life? Ever get to do anything without getting mobbed or recognized?
Charisma: I never am mobbed. I do get recognized occasionally. I hope that peope aren't afraid to talk to me because they think I am like Cordelia.
Q: Could you please clear up the rumor going around that your character Cordelia is going to be a vampire on the "Angel" show. You said something about it in an interview but your answer could have been interpreted in a lot of ways.
Charisma: I have no idea where that came from. There was a misprint in Pavement magazine. I said "the undead and all of that" and they printed "I'm undead"
Q: Hi Charisma! I was just wondering how much input you have into the show, especially the character and development of Cordelia?
Charisma: None, and that's fine. Joss has it well under control.
Q: Who is the funniest person to work with on the show?
Charisma: Everybody has a really great sense of humor. I guess Nicki keeps me laughing the most since I am around him most.
Q: You are very pretty, what is your heritage?
Charisma: My heritage is Heinz 57. I'm everything.
Q: What do you find is the most challenging part of your job?
Charisma: Staying cool under pressure.
Q: Do you and [Sarah Michelle] get along offstage and go like shopping and to the beach and stuff?
Charisma: I don't know about the beach, but we've spent time together.
Q: How long ago were you on Baywatch and what was it like?
Charisma: It was the first thing I did, so 4 or 5 years ago. It was interesting since the person I worked opposite was 9 years my junior.
Q: How would you compare the clothes you wear in everyday life to the clothes you wear on the show?
Charisma: I only wish I had Cordelia's wardrobe.
OnlineHost: Thanks so much for coming, everybody! We have to wrap things up!
Charisma: Thanks for inviting me.