I’ve been thinking about this question a lot. For months actually. I’ve always been one to find an actor in a show, then follow them around through various new shows or guest appearances, just to see what else they can do. Heck, it’s how I started watching Studio 60 (great show) and Heroes (that one, less so). Most recently, it’s how I came across an episode of Private Practice last fall.
Ok, full disclosure here. I’d heard of Charlotte’s rape on Private Practice and heard it was an incredible hour of television in the way they treated the event. I was intrigued. More so? The horrendous rapist just happened to be Buffy alum, Nicholas Brendon.
And after watching that episode, I almost wonder if my perception of Brendan has changed. I realize it’s just a character, but…
Can one ugly role ruin your love or perception of an actor? Your perception of a beloved character?
I use the term “ugly,” just because it’s not that Brendon’s role was bad. He did a great job. But his character was so horrifying, so violent…can I ever see him in the same light? Can I see Xander in the same light?
So what do you think? Have you had a similar experience, or are you able to distinguish one role from another with no blurred lines? By all means, I know it wasn’t Xander on Private Practice, but you know, he sure did look similar.
Look at those eyes…
On a side note, I still have a recent episode where Brendon’s character returns to Private Practice that I haven’t yet watched. I can’t wait…as chilling as that may seem.