People said, `That`s going to be around your neck for the rest of your life. I didn`t have a problem with it.
There is a warmth and generosity about Giles. If I met him in person I think that is what I would be attracted to. In terms of what I enjoy about playing him - the social ineptitude, and the intellect is great fun too as I don`t have one!
We all sing about the things we`re thinking; musicals are about expressing those emotions that you can`t talk about. It works a real treat.
My first job was a musical, and I had quite an interesting and varied career in the theatre and television long before the Gold Blend ad came along. I played leads at the National Theatre and all things. The Gold Blend ad gave me a profile which meant that when I wanted to travel to Hollywood, it just gave me a foot in the door - I was a recognizable face.
I think Giles` journey has been fascinating. I think that`s what made it such a joy to play. The character was never static; you never knew what his deal was. And you still don`t know what his deal is. The conflicts I was given to play are not soapy, they`re not silly things or huge story arcs.
`Don`t fall back on the parachute (my safety net). Go outside the zone of confidence and find out what`s on the other side.` Anthony Head`s answer to the question `In a nutshell, my philosophy is this...`
To me that`s the best part of the show and the best part of the business. Occasionally you are blessed with the chance to do something that people are so taken with they hold it dear.
I sang with a band and all that stuff, but I did make a choice at one point to favor acting as a career just because that seemed to be the way to go.
I think Giles likes Buffy, but she annoys him. The mere fact that she doesn`t want the job that he`s offering her -- she frustrates him. She represents everything he doesn`t understand. Ultimately he becomes extremely fond of her. People have said, What is it? A father/daughter relationship? And it`s not quite. There`s nothing like it on TV. It`s difficult to pigeonhole. He becomes extremely fond of her and gets into all sorts of terrible trouble because of it. ... Xander is complete anathema to him. A great annoyance because he never seems to take anything seriously. Cordelia is ... Who knows where she`s coming from? Willow he respects greatly, but it`s all a confusion to him. He`s never really sure of anybody or anything. The only thing he is sure about is what he`s supposed to do.
I`ve always resisted the idea of becoming a David Hasselhoff, and I hope I`m still resisting it.
We used to hang out at Joss`s place Sunday nights and do Shakespeare readings. I got to do my Richard III recently. Then we`d have a few tequilas, sit around the piano and sing. I talked to Joss years ago about doing a Buffy musical, and then finally in the summer he sat down and wrote Once More, With Feeling," episode seven of season six. He`s taken the inaccessible area of musicals - why does everybody keep singing? - and turned it to his advantage. It`s the answer to "Hush," season four`s spellbinding silent episode where nobody could talk. We all sing about the things we`re thinking; musicals are about expressing those emotions that you can`t talk about. It works a real treat." (January 9, 2002)
I have a very open mind. I believe that there`s a spirit world. I believe that there`s a lot of stuff out there that we don`t know about, don`t want to understand, and sometimes we don`t want to understand it.