EMMA CAULFIELD (TiMER) Exclusive Interview
I recently got the chance to interview EMMA CAULFIELD (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) about her latest film TiMER, which opens theatrically in Los Angeles on April 30 and in New York on May 14.
TiMER takes place in an alternate version of present day Los Angeles, where a new device called the TiMER implanted on people’s wrists counts down to the moment they will meet their soul mate. Emma Caulfield plays Oona O’Leary, a woman trying to find her soulmate, while dealing with the fact that her TiMER is blank (because her soul mate hasn’t gotten one yet).
Emma Caulfield talked about what attracted her to the project, whether she would get a TiMER, her co-stars, and more. So enjoy the interview below.
What attracted you to this project in the first place?
Emma Caulfield: Well, the script was amazing. I read it and absolutely loved it and was just sort of ravenous about being cast. I just had to be in this film and I’m very happy that she [Jac Schaeffer] agreed that I should be in the film.
How did you go about preparing for the part?
Emma Caulfield: I always feel like I should have some really good answer for how I prepare for things but I really didn’t do anything. I just connected with her from the get go. I had a take on how to do her that thankfully Jac [Schaeffer] liked and we were just in sync from the get go which made the whole process really easy. I didn’t really have to struggle to find her voice largely due to the fact that Jac wrote her rather distinctive voice on the page. It was just kind of a nice symbiotic match.
Performing at all is always a challenge, everything has it’s challenges but some just fit better than others.
Are you a fan of the sci-fi genre?
Emma Caulfield: Enormously. I love it. It’s probably my favorite. It is my favorite genre, period.
The good thing about ‘TiMER’ is that the sci-fi elements aren’t so large that someone who wasn’t a fan could still enjoy the film.
Emma Caulfield: Definitely. It’s inclusive without being exclusive.
If TiMERS really existed would you get one?
Emma Caulfield: Well, I’m married and I’m happy so no. If I wasn’t I guess I’d be tempted. It would be a mistake. I would probably think in the moment that it’d be a good idea and then I would very unhappy that I denied myself all the ups and downs of dating and falling in and out of love. I think that’s a huge piece of what defines us on this planet.
You can always get it removed, right?
Emma Caulfield: Yeah, you can but then the damage is done. It’s like, ‘Yeah, I got it,’ and then somewhere it’s seared in your memory that, like, ‘Well, in about four years and two months I’m supposed to run into somebody.’ So then you’re screwed no matter what you do. I think my character at some point brought up an interesting point which was something to do about first love, something about true love or something that would imply there’s a first and second meaning that isn’t it possible that you can truly, deeply love more than one person – can’t you have more than one soul mate. I think you can. I mean I’ve got multiple soul mates on a friend level and so I don’t see how it would be different on an intimate level. And what about people who are happily married and sadly their spouses die and they fall madly in love years later with someone else and are really happy again.
Can you talk about working with John Patrick Amedori? You two had great chemistry. How was that created?
Emma Caulfield: It was just there. We met at Jac’s house, he and Michelle [Borth] and I. We went over for coffee and talk about the script and get to know each other, create some sort of repartee before we walked onto set. The minute that he walked in it was like I’d known him forever. He is the most ridiculous person you’ll ever meet. I mean that as a compliment. He’s ridiculous. He’s just kind and funny and ridiculously smart and self-effacing and just makes you feel really comfortable. He just has that way. I think he makes anyone he talks to feel like they’re the most unique person around and he’s adorable. I don’t even know if he was twenty one when we shot that. He might’ve been. I think he was just twenty one. Like, ‘Oh, you’re just a baby.’ He doesn’t carry himself like that but he was very young, still is. There was no effort on our part, with all of us. We just all immediately clicked and I think that it shows.
You also have a few scenes with Kali Rocha. You worked with her on ‘Buffy’ as well. How was it working with her again?
Emma Caulfield: A blast. It was a pleasant surprise. I had no idea she was cast and there she was and it was just mad hugs and chat, chat, chat as if absolutely no time had passed. She is another one who is one of the most ridiculous people you’ll ever meet. Painfully funny without trying. She’s a gem. I love her. Love.
That’s good. You don’t want to work with people you hate. That’s not fun.
Emma Caulfield: It’s not fun. I’ve experienced that. It’s never a good time. You’re forcing the smiles and it’s just not fun at all but I was very lucky. Every single person on this set, we all just adored each other. I’m very, very blessed to have had that experience.
How is this experience different from other shows or films that you’ve worked on?
Emma Caulfield: Well, it was unique in the fact that there was so many women involved in high powered positions; the producers and the director were all women. I had never experienced that before. It’s definitely a men’s club in the business that I’m in. I’m not anti-men. It’s not that. It’s just different, like, ‘Oh, wow. This is all women. How is this going to work? Are we all going to be catty and horrible?’ I don’t know. ‘Are we all going to end up on the same cycle at the end of the thing? How is that going to work?’ It couldn’t have been lovelier and surprisingly as different as it was it wasn’t any different from working with a bunch of men in terms of how things were run. A female director isn’t different because she’s female. Any director is going to be different from another director based on how they want to tell a story. It was just nice to be able to play a normal girl who’s not in peril, to play an every woman was different and really nice. It was very appreciated on my end.
The film was very successful on the festival circuit. Can you talk about the reaction it received and did you expect it to be that way?
Emma Caulfield: I can’t speak for anyone else but I don’t know that I expected it to have any particular reaction. I hoped that it would because I loved it and all I could do is hope that other people loved it as much as I did. They have. People, they seem to really resonate with the scenes and some are really happy with the way that it ends and some are not so happy because it doesn’t, it never does flow in a way that you think it’s going to flow which I like. It’s really original. Even those that are like, ‘Hey, but –’ whatever, fill in the blank; they still end up loving it and wanting to see it again because it’s real.
I saw that you have an upcoming TV show called ‘Gigantic’. Can you talk about that?
Emma Caulfield: Yes. I’m working with my old boss actually from ‘Buffy’. Marti Noxon. It’s her show. If you’re familiar at all with how she writes there’s a lot of that. It’s well written and clever. Marti is all over it and she knows how to write and she knows how to write for me. I’m very lucky. I play someone who you almost want to hate but you can’t hate her. Those familiar with Anya will know what I mean.