Freddie Prinze Jr and Madchen Amick
Life's a bitch when you're a witch. This Sunday's episode of Lifetime's Witches of East End (10/9c) finds the all-sorceress Beauchamp clan in emotional turmoil. Mom Joanna (Julia Ormond) is facing charges for a murder committed by a demonic lookalike while daughters Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Rachel Boston) are in a heartbreaking crisis over men.
But the hour is pretty much a lark for Mädchen Amick's madcap character, Aunt Wendy, who morphs into her black-cat persona in order to infiltrate the apartment of Leo, a nerdy entomologist played by Freddie Prinze Jr.
"Wendy is after a rare butterfly she needs for one of her magic spells," Amick tells TV Guide Magazine. "Leo is one of those adorable geeks who is uncomfortable with himself but at one point he takes off his shirt and Wendy is, like, 'Whoa! Damn! I didn't know that was under there!'"
The witch and the bug man have instant chemistry — of course, it helps that Wendy emerges from her cat form and is stark naked when they meet — and they end up in the sack. "It starts out flirty but then Wendy realizes she really likes this guy, which takes her quite by surprise," Amick says. "She's all about keeping things on the surface. She does not like these feelings!"
Amick, who costarred with Prinze in the 2005-06 sitcom Freddie, petitioned the Witches execs to cast him in the recurring role. "We've stayed close friends since we worked together and his wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar, had me on her show Ringer for a bit, so it's all in the family," says Amick. "We're keeping each other employed!"
The actress doesn't mind her frequent, though strategically lensed, nude scenes. "That's the way it works with shapeshifting — you always end up out in public looking for something to wear," she says with a laugh. "But Wendy doesn't really seem to care. She's like, 'No clothes? Whatever.'"
Of course, nothing could be weirder than the series that put Amick on the map — David Lynch's Twin Peaks. "Witches of East End is certainly wild and so are a lot of other shows these days," she says. "But Twin Peaks still holds the gold medal for strange. I think we'll hang onto that for all of TV eternity!"
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