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