We challenged Great
Model Search winner Yammile to interview witmaster Nicholas Brendon.
Who says models can't talk?
Yammile: I just
got a big break, winning the Teen and Maybelline Great Model Search.
What was it like when you got your first break?
Nicholas: My first
break was my elbow. I broke my radial and had two pins in there.
It really hurt.
Y: C'mon, really...!
N: [smiles] Really,
getting a break was exciting. You don't know where your life's going
to go, but it's nothing but excitement. When I booked Buffy,
I had eight days before we went into production. So I had four days
of elation and four days of absolute terror because I'd never really acted
in front of a camera before. It was a lot of fear, but that really
good-feeling fear in your belly, like first love or first dates- you have
no idea what's in store.
Y: What was the
first thing you missed about being an anonymous, non-celebrity, normal
N: I don't know
if I was ever normal, really. I have an identical twin, and he has
to deal with it too. Once, at an In-N-Out Burger, there was this
bus full of teenage girls and they thought he was me and he said, "No,
no, I'm his twin brother!" That made the girls mad so they started
throwing hamburgers and french fries at his car. He's not big on
my fame thing.
Y: Have you and
your brother ever girlfriend-swapped or assumed the other's identity once,
like for a big test in school?
N: I only assumed
his identity once, when he was a superhero, because he lost his powers
tragically. Bad accident...
Y: Got it!
Is there any way you take advantage of being a star?
N: I get to work
with people like you.
Y: Aw, thanks!
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of high school?
N: Absolute terror,
loathing and playing baseball. High school wasn't a good experience
Y: Oh, sorry!
Were you voted most likely to something?
N: Probably most
likely to spontaneously combust.
Y: Just out of
curiosity, did you vote for me at GMS?
N: Yes! They actually
asked me point blank who I thought should win, and I said you.
Y: Thank you.
If you weren't actor-guy, what profession would you choose?
Y: Male stripper?
N: Male stripper
is definitely one of them. Cosmetology, maybe horticulture.
Also, astronaut, police detective or some sort of demigod person.
What would you do for $100 million?
N: For $100 million?
I would walk into McDonald's, continue into the men's restroom and eat
the blue urinal cake. You got the money?
I guess we're not going to McDonald's! If you got the money, would
you spend it on any cosmetic surgery, and if so, what would you have done?
N: I would probably
enlarge my pinkie toe. I think it would be kind of cool to have a
really, really long pinkie toe, just to hang from trees and freak you friends
out. It'd be a party favor, really. Like if the party's bombing,
it's like "No, no, before you guys go, watch this."
Y: Why don't you
have any special power/skill like all the other characters on Buffy?
N: Well, I do.
I'm good with the ladies. Joss Whedon, the creator of the show, wanted
somebody who was normal.
Y: But you're
N: On the show
I am. There's Xander and there's Nic. Nic's a wacky guy; Xander
probably couldn't have handled this photo shoot. He probably would
have been humping your leg like a dog. It's true.
Y: Good thing
Xander's not here! OK, hypothetically speaking, I have the hots for
you. What do I do to guarantee you'll ask me out?
N: Hmmm... nudity
is always good.
Y: Drop all
N: Yes, throw
'em down! Actually, as long as a girl's not foaming at the mouth
or saying crazy religious things at me, I'm into it. Also, it helps
if you have a CD of Barry Manilow's Greatest Hits, Volume III.
Y: Can you describe
your perfect girlfriend?
N: Oh, 5'8", Italian,
great personality. There has to be something Italian in there.
Y: I'm Italian.
N: Are you 5'8"?
Y: You're describing
N: What are we
doing here? This interview is over.
Editor's note: Nicholas
and Yammile were just flirting! Nicholas totally has a girlfriend!