Onscreen, David Boreanaz
has been a serial killer, fought with vampires, and solved the toughest murder cases in the land.
So, while he
and the rest of Hollywood took a strike break, Smoke
took the opportunity to talk to the real David
thoughts on dogs as talent scouts, the craft of acting, and cigars on the golf course.
From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to his
latest hit Bones, Boreanaz
explains it all.
dog to thank for his
career, a fact he
absolutely confirms from his
California home while on a writers' strike scheduled holiday-kind of.
, the former high school jock and once-upon-a-time ball boy for the Pittsburgh Steelers
, wasn't taking his
acting career too seriously until he
moved out to California at the age of 22.
"I didn't really do well in acting class.
They were kind of bizarre to me," he
recalls of his
first awkward forays into dramatic training.
"But then I had this one teacher who kind of transcended me into improvisational games and technique and things like that.
That made sense to me.
Then you know to work with people.
Sometimes instinct and real-life experience is all an actor needs.
never fancies himself the future Olivier, but prides himself on being able to wax intelligently about his
craft, considering himself to simply be "somebody who likes to be around experiences and moments of life, and portray those experiences and those emotions through characters."
However, it probably wasn't direct experience that helped David breath everlasting life into the character that launched him into superstardom.
In 1997, David introduced the world to its most beloved vampire with a soul, Angel, on sci-fi teen angst phenomenon Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (For the uninitiated, here's Angel in 60 words: born in Galway, Ireland in the 1700s, the womanizing son of a wealthy landowner becomes an immortal vampire and terrorizes Europe for a century or so before a gypsy curse returns his soul to him, thus giving him empathy for mankind.
He eventually settles outside Los Angeles in the 1990s where he defends southern California from the forces of evil.) The role drew so much fan attention, Angel was given his own namesake spin-off, which ran for five seasons and developed a cult following for the young actor.
has, more recently, left the gothic soap opera genre and moved into the forensic investigations realm with his
Fox show Bones.
At the time of the interview Bones was still "on break," as he
benignly put it.
"Everyone's pretty much shut down as far as Hollywood is concerned, we're kind of in a holding pattern.
The show already had four pre-strike episodes in the can, but after producers and writers ironed things out, the show was back in production and the network plans to start airing new episodes in April.
And then "how many episodes we do from there until May is dependent on how many we can get done, at least as the current season is concerned."
In Bones, David
portrays Special Agent Seeley Booth alongside Emily Deschanel's forensic-nerd hottie, Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan.
But for a short while, David
took a break from Bones as writers and producers worked to find a shared definition of "residual.
has certainly seen his
hard work rewarded with three hit shows and a rabid following.