(SPOILER) Mercedes McNab says, "Everybody else was getting ass! Where was mine?" One minor spoiler in this juicy "Steppin' Out" interview (with sexy pics). To read non-spoilery excerpts, click 'More.'
Be honest. Did you hate Sara for leaving the show when it was still so popular?
(Laughs) I didn't hate her that much! But if I wasn't working on "Angel" I might not of liked her so much.
So you would have blamed Sarah if your career abruptly came to a halt?
I don't know if I would have taken it just out on her! I definitely wouldn't have just gotten angry with Sarah. I just would have been angry in general.
"Buffy" never dropped in the ratings. I think everyone was shocked when Sara decided to end the show.
Yeah, I think the fans were the most disappointed out of everybody. Because it was just so abrupt. I was only 16 when we first started doing the show. I can barely remember that now! It's been such a big part of my life for so long.
You mentioned that when you play a bitch people think you're a bitch in real life. But what about when you play a vampire?
I think it's better to play a vampire then a bitch because being a vampire is so far from reality that it's easier for people to separate my character from real life. Obviously I'm not a vampire and obviously I don't have a big prosthetic on my head that makes my brow look all ferried.
Okay, now that "Buffy" is over what can you tell me something about the show that you wouldn't be able to tell me while you were still on it?
(Long pause) I just found this out. I had no idea while I was on the show that apparently there was a lot of sex going on during the filming of it back in the trailers and I didn't know anything about it!
I don't know. Apparently some people on the show were hooking up off camera.
Who was hooking up with who?
I don't even know! I was talking to some reporter the other day. He was the one who told me. I couldn't believe it! How did all this just slide under my radar? Was I that oblivious?
So no booty call for you during "Buffy"?
No! Where was my booty call man! Everybody else was getting ass! Where was mine?
I think you know who was getting some action but you don't want to tell me.
I wish I did know! I would love to gossip about it, but I swear I don't know!
Does it piss you off that your fellow cast members were getting action and not you?
Totally! I feel like the ugly cousin. How come I don't get to know any of this juicy gossip? Why wasn't I apart of it?
Steve Seagal is notorious for his casting couch ways. Got any good stories on him?
I saw him when I was 15 years old on the lot at Paramount while I was walking with my mom. Steve Seagal walked by and started commenting about me to all his friends he was walking with. I was like, "I'm 15 and I'm with my mom dude!" He's really a pig. Even my mom said, "That's so classless! Doesn't he care that we're mother and daughter?" I mean I was only 15 years old! How gross is that!
Let's get back to "Angel". Do you feel the same chemistry on the set of "Angel" that you did on "Buffy"?
Oddly enough, I've worked with everyone on "Angel" before, except for two characters. So I've known them all for so long. I'm even working with James Marsters who plays Spike. He played my boyfriend on "Buffy" so it's great to be working with him again.
November 07 2003
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