SHE HATH NO FURY
Emma Caulfield is no longer seeing any evil as reformed Buffy demon Anya
Every time Emma Caulfield
is sent a new script for her series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she
holds her breath and flips through the pages like a madwoman. "I
pray that I don't come across those dreaded words 'Anya gets her powers
back.'" says Caulfield. "That would probably be great for the show,
but for me it would suck." The actress joined the WB horror hit (Tuesdays,
9 P.M./ET) last December as the demon Anyanka, patron saint of scorned
women. The role required a four-and-a-half-hour, torso-to-head makeup
job--which Caulfield calls "claustrophobic and horrific"--and a medieval
wardrobe of scratchy burlap. But then Anyanka's power amulet was
destroyed and she became Anya, an 1,100-year-old, math-flunking human teenager.
"And since then, this has been the most fun I've had in my life!" she says.
"It's common knowledge on the set that I want to stay mortal." After
juggling college in the mid '90s with stinits on Beverly Hills, 90210
and General Hospital, the San Diego-born Caulfield stopped acting
to focus on a degree and a career as a shrink--but the Buffy offer
put that on hold. "I have a great desire to actually do something
with my brain," she says. "I don't know that I want to act 15 years
from now. I mean, I love the process of acting, but not the masochism.
No matter how successful you get in Hollywood, you can't rest. Your
new movie doesn't open well; they're looking for the next person to replace
you; it's always something. You'll never have true peace."
That said, the twenty-something Caulfield--who, unlike most young Tinseltown
turks, is an ultraconservative--also has her eye on the chaotic world of
politics: "There's a part of me that would totally drop out of the acting
business and work for Liddy Dole. Seriously. If she ever runs
for office [again], I'm there!"