So you know, it was a really wonderful nostalgic episode. PW: Your name is always one that gets bandied about to play superheroes — especially the now defunct Wonder Woman movie.With Joss doing “The Avengers” I’m wondering if you’ve put a call in to, you know, just say hi? Sometimes I call up my agent and say, “I want to be on this.” But it never happens, can you help me with that Jarett?It was like, “Conquer your fear and just get on with it.” It must have made an impact on me because I’m mentioning it now. I think those are interesting parts to portray because I identify with it and because it lends itself to saying that people are complex. You can learn more about the show at where you’ll also find tips on self-defense.
CARPENTER: I had some very strong instincts and intuition that danger was around me and it was threatening me, in a very real way. How were you able to find the strength to move on with your life, and find a balance with career, motherhood and charity work? CARPENTER: I think I’m definitely attracted to the stronger types, or the smarter characters, or the professionals. What’s it like to have a project like that, in your career history?CARPENTER: When I was eight years old, or I may have been younger, my aunt picked me up and threw me in the pool and I didn’t know how to swim. I did a sitcom, years ago, where I played a lawyer and her love life was a disaster, but her professional life was well on track. CARPENTER: It’s unbelievable to have that level of support. It is the best feeling and the most rewarding thing, any actor could ever hope to have. And it was such an honor to have been a part of it. I got to be one of the lucky ones to be a part of it. I’m still trying to live up to that and find that show that has that quality of writing, producing and all of that about it. Surviving Evil airs on Wednesday nights on Investigation Discovery.Series host and actress Charisma Carpenter (best known for her role as Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel) kicks off the 10 episodes by providing viewers with a chilling first-person, point-of-view story, as the survivor of a near-fatal incident that she endured when she was 22 years old. I was very concerned about how it was going to be told, not so much that it would or wouldn’t. CARPENTER: You know by the title that it all ends well. It is suspenseful, in the way that we tell it and we draw it out, but ultimately you do know that there is a happy ending. That’s been hard because I see my friends coping with something where it’s not right that that happened. And not only am I gonna fight back, I’m gonna take you down.During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, Charisma Carpenter talked about how this series came about, why now was the right time to tell her story, reliving her fight for survival (she was held at gunpoint, and her two friends were both shot and seriously wounded by the attacker, who turned out to be a police officer), how connected she feels to the other women who are also sharing their stories, always trusting your gut and intuition, and how she found the strength to move on. Had you been looking to share your story, in some way? CARPENTER: The only convincing that I needed to talk about it was just about how it was going to be told. Hopefully, the object is to inspire and to educate others. Also, I get emotional thinking about their pain, and how incredibly brave they were, especially Arthur jumping Hubbard. In stopping this guy from hurting anyone else, could you appreciate what heroes you were, in that moment? I don’t think that you can know those things, in the moment. This is not gonna happen.” But having gone through what I went through, there is a self-knowledge that I have now. The knowledge came at a price, but I find it very comforting. I was able to think very clearly, strategize and go for help.She also talked about being drawn to strong and sassy characters, throughout her career, and what an honor it is for her to have been a part of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. CHARISMA CARPENTER: I don’t think I’ve ever really pursued telling my story, but I think things come to you at the right time. I think it was just the right people involved, the right network involved, the right storytellers, and a willingness, on my end, to be open and honest about what happened to me. I think my perspective has changed because of that. Was it difficult to watch your episode, once it was all put together, especially with the re-enactments? I think the hardest part, for me, in all of this – in shooting it and in talking about it – was seeing Arthur again and learning how his life has unfolded since the incident happened, and being sad about that. That was an incredibly brave thing to do, and it makes me emotional. Like with most things, you’re in the moment, so you’re not thinking about it. There is no perspective because it’s right here, right now. And the gravity of his actions, in jumping Hubbard, stopping him and preventing him from harming me, and taking it a step further, knowing that he stopped him from hurting anyone else, is pretty compelling, brave, heroic, admirable and inspiring. I don’t know if it’s a good thing, but I didn’t comply with what he was saying because I knew that, if I did comply, I would be even more vulnerable and I wasn’t willing to be vulnerable. I only wanted to survive, and I only wanted to get through it. I have insecurities about being a good mom, or balancing my career with motherhood. My motto is just unconsciously, and maybe now consciously because I’m saying it, is sink or swim. You’ve played a lot of really strong, sassy women in your acting career.
I was finally, after all these years, open to saying yes to telling my story. Has it been cathartic for you to narrate these other women’s stories and hear what they went through? Is that something that was intentional, or did you even realize that?
After Eliza Dushku (Faith) and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) reunited earlier this weekend at Salt Lake City's Comic-Con, fans were hopeful that other cast members would follow suit.
Well, it looks like all the fandom paid off because Emily Caulfield (Anya) and Nicholas Brendan (Xander) recently met up at Oz Comic-Con to take a super cute selfie!
Then I read the script and loved how tongue in cheek it was.
The only thing I said was, “do I have to wear a cheerleader uniform again? PW: Will it be all Butterfingers all the time at your house now?
PW: Very exciting — so tell me, is there one show you’d like to guest on above all others? Charisma: I auditioned for it after I did an episode of “Back to You.” The same casting director remembered me and brought me in to audition. PW: So you just kept asking for more rehearsal time with your on-screen fiance? Charisma: I’m glad you asked because I feel like in the film, it’s all from his point of view. It’s a really fast-paced action movie and I think America is just going to love it. I know that he’s done a lot of work – but this is nothing like that. I seriously have so much respect for how many hats he was wearing.