"Buffy"'s vampy nemesis is ready to fight. Clare Kramer reveals why she's TV's most glamorous hellspawn
by Liane Bonin
Whoever said demons
lack chic hasn't been
watching the WB's "Buffy
the Vampire Slayer"
(Tuesday, 8 p.m). As
Glory, Buffy's latest
nemesis, Clare Kramer --
best known as the smug
cheerleader Courtney in
this year's teen comedy
"Bring It On" -- adds some scary flair to her
role as a pouty, coiffed villain who can rip
through solid steel without mussing her
designer duds. On Tuesday's episode, Glory
goes head to head with Buffy, who's
protecting the Key, a mystical energy
embodied by Buffy's ersatz sister, Dawn
(Michelle Trachtenberg). EW.com talked with
Kramer about her bratty character and why
she's keeping her fingers crossed for a
"Buffy"/ "Angel" crossover.
Can you give us any hints about the
trouble you're stirring up?
Glory is going to make a little progress in
attaining what she's been looking for, and
you're going to see a really great scene
between her and Buffy. But I really can't say
anything more, which is the typical "Buffy"
So how do you get into character playing
a demoness in high heels whose temper
tantrums can destroy entire buildings?
I broke her down as someone who was pretty
angry and felt like she didn't fit in. I think
there are things in her life that are missing,
which she's trying to attain. So I took it from
the more human aspect. I did research on
demons and demigods, but there's no one to
tell you how they feel, so I had to make my
own interpretation and tweak it for the
For such a rotten villain, your character
certainly has a cute name. What's up with
Oh, you'll find out my full name in this week's
episode. Glory is a shortened version.
Which is tougher: cheerleading or fighting
Cheerleading, I would have to say. Learning
the routines for "Bring It On" was pretty
crazy. I have a whole new respect for
cheerleaders. There are a ton of dance
moves on top of the cheering on top of the
stunts, so it's really intense just to do a three
You costarred with Eliza Dushku (of both
"Buffy" and "Angel") in "Bring It On." Did
she give you any tips?
Eliza's one of my best friends, so when I
found out I was going to read for Joss
[Whedon, creator of "Buffy"], I called her up
and said, "Guess whaaaaat?" It's been really
fun because she's given me a heads up as to
what I can expect on the show. But now that
she's done the "Buffy"/ "Angel" crossover and
she's in jail on "Angel," we powwowed a
couple of days ago and said, "Wouldn't it be
cool if I busted you out of jail and we went
after Buffy together?"
Most of the monsters on "Buffy" look a
little grungy. Why do you get to be such a
I think Glory is so bored being on earth she's
trying to make the best of it. For some
reason, she's trapped here, so her way of
dealing with it is to have the best of
everything. It's a little fetish of hers, based
on the habits of mortals.
How are you adapting to all the action
I have to train for a couple of hours before
we shoot the fight sequences, while Sarah
[Michelle Gellar] is so good at it, she learns
the fight right when we're shooting. But I did
accidentally punch one of Buffy's stunt
doubles. She forgave me, but I gave her two
black eyes, which I didn't realize until I came
back to the set a week later. I saw her and
thought she just needed to get more sleep
until the makeup artist asked her, "How are
your black eyes?" Luckily, she was very nice
about it, and she's now training with my
As the new bad girl on the show, which
member of Buffy's Scooby gang would
you most like to pummel?
Oh, I'm pretty open to punishing everyone.