”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Anthony Stewart Head has plenty to celebrate this summer. First, his fuddy-duddy character Giles proved that Buffy isn’t the only butt kicker worth watching on the show’s recent finale; and this month a DVD boxed set of ”Buffy”’s second season hits stores.
EW.com talked to Head, 47, about why Europeans get the best ”Buffy” goodies, what he’s been up to since returning to his native England, and why he isn’t worried that the end might be near for his beloved vampire-bashing show.
Last year you asked ”Buffy” creator Joss Whedon to limit Giles’ screen time so you could return to England to be with your family. What else have you been up to?
I did a series in England called ”Manchild.” BBC America will be showing episodes in August. It’s a very funny show about four men in their late 40s who have all the toys: the fast cars, the bikes, the young model women, all that stuff. But the show reveals that everything has its price. My character finds he has some problems with his libido.
So you’ve had some love scenes? Giles would be shocked!
Yes! As soon as I came back to England I did another love scene in a show here called ”Spooks,” so I seem to be doing a lot of them for the first time in my life, which is very odd. Even in the Taster’s Choice commercials [a popular series of ads that ran in the 1980s], we never got our kit off. All we did was kiss, and even then there was debate over whether I should have my feet up on the sofa, because that means you’ve made out, apparently.
Originally you were scheduled to star in a British ”Buffy” spin-off called ”Ripper,” but Joss Whedon’s new Fox series, ”Firefly,” seems to have gotten in the way. What’s ”Ripper”’s status now?
”Firefly” hasn’t bumped it; it’s just displaced it slightly. ”Ripper” is still on the map, and the BBC still wants to do it. Fox [the studio that produces ”Buffy”] is still interested, so it’s ultimately about when Joss has some time. But I’m doing another season of ”Manchild” until mid-October, so I won’t be available at least until then.