by Billie Doux
[Originally published on N:Zone in 2002]
On Saturday, December 14, 2002 I went to another autograph event at Metro Entertainment to see my two absolute favorite actors from Angel, Alexis Denisof (Wesley) and Andy Hallett (Lorne). (Let me add that I'm not alone in choosing these two as my favorites; see my Buffy/Angel Opinion Poll from last spring.)
Based on what we know of their characters, I would expect Alexis to be rather quiet and Andy to be something of a tease, but in fact I think the reverse is true. Alexis shook my hand, asked my name, and said he was glad to meet me. He asked if we knew that Angel was moving to Wednesday nights (we did); and he and Andy had a short discussion about what else was on Wednesday night, and if the move was a good thing. I assured them both that The West Wing was on its way down.
Alexis' current sexy, stubbly look has been causing a lot of positive comment among the fans, so I asked Alexis if the stubble drove him nuts. He laughed and said that it was his idea in the first place; he had to talk them into it because it was such a big departure for his character, and now they like it so much that they're not letting him shave it off. "Sometimes I long for a shave," he said. I also asked him about how he felt regarding the massive changes in his character, and he said he's really enjoyed the change and hopes that we all like it, too. I told him that I certainly did.
When asked if he had any movie roles coming up, Alexis said that he was currently looking at scripts right now for the summer hiatus; he made a joke about being the next James Bond.
While Alexis Denisof looked a lot like his character that day, right down to the stubble, Andy Hallett, of course, did not. (Actually, I thought Andy looked much younger than I expected.) I asked Andy how long it took to get into his demon makeup. Alexis leaned over and said, "Ten minutes," and Andy laughed out loud. "Three hours," he said.
Other fans in line asked Andy when he was going to move from guest star to cast member, but I don't believe we actually got a straight answer. Andy told one person in line that he didn't want to be a permanent cast member, while Alexis teased that Andy asks the producers every day if he can be in the opening credits.
As we came up to the table, I heard Alexis telling someone how sorry everyone on the set was when they heard about the death of Glenn Quinn.
This was my third event at Metro, and again, I had a very good time. By the way, Buffy fans -- Metro's next guest is Amber Benson (Tara) on January 25. I won't be able to cover that one; if you go, please write to me and tell me how it went.
(and P.S. Hello to Connie and Mario!)