Pep talk opens door for ac­tor to take Whe­don’s way

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Whe­don is one of the best sto­ry­tellers of his gen­er­a­tion. The di­rec­tor and writer of the up­com­ing su­per­hero flick The Avengers got his break cre­at­ing TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its se­quel An­gel. Most ac­tors wish he’d call with a job of­fer. Elis­a­beth Rohm (pic­tured) al­most turned him down. Whe­don of­fered Rohm a role in An­gel. ‘‘I told him I don’t want to do a vampire show, I want to make Mer­chant Ivory movies,’’ she laughs. Whe­don re­fused to take no for an an­swer. ‘‘He sat me down and he gave me a lec­ture about how An­gel was mean­ing­ful and in­tel­lec­tual as any pe­riod drama. That it was about a lot more than demons and vam­pires. He gave me a long talk­ing to and I re­alised I was talk­ing to the smartest per­son I’d met in my life.’’ Rohm signed on as De­tec­tive Kate Lon­g­ley, An­gel’s friend in the po­lice force, and is glad she did. ‘‘He (Whe­don) was right. Here we are 12 years on and peo­ple still care about the worlds of Buffy and An­gel,’’ she says. Rohm went on to long-run­ning roles in Law & Or­der and He­roes. Rohm meets fans at the Su­panova Pop Cul­ture Expo at the Gold Coast Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on Satur­day and Sun­day. Whe­don’s fright­ener Cabin in the Woods gets its Aus­tralian pre­miere at the Gold Coast Film Fes­ti­val, play­ing at Birch Car­roll & Coyle, Australia Fair, from to­day un­til April 29.

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