TV enchantress Beth Broderick who plays Aunt Zelda to Melissa Joan Hart's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch admits that she and co-star Caroline Rhea won't mind hanging up their pointy hats next year, when their six-year contracts expire.
In fact, the actresses have privately yearned to dematerialize for some time. "The first four years of Sabrina were very tough on Caroline and I," Broderick tells TV Guide Online. "The hours were quite insane and we hadn't realized that it would be marketed as such a kids' show. For us, it was a little frustrating. We thought our characters were pretty one-dimensional."
Fortunately, matters improved last year, when Sabrina left ABC for the WB where it airs Fridays at 8 pm/ET. "Going to the WB really turned the show around for us," she says. "It's become a more positive situation. Zelda's teaching at the university [Sabrina attends], she's dating and she's got some dimension now. The one thing I always liked about my character is she's glamorous and smart. Girls need to know there's a lot more to being a woman than being 18 years old on the cover of Maxim magazine."
Though Broderick's more enthused about her role these days, she admits it's still tough "reigning myself in" to play sensible Zelda. "Before Sabrina, I played a lot of villains and seductresses," she grins. "I think 900 million boys have lost their virginity to me on film."
Her most out-there role thus far? Laughing, Broderick recalls: "There was this movie Are You Lonesome Tonight?
where I kill Jane Seymour
's husband and hang him on a meat hook, and then stalk her. By the way, how I got this 300 lb. man on a meat hook, I have no idea, since I weigh all of 112 lbs. I never understood how I got his dead butt up there!"