Sure, Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs have been around since Day 1, but it says a whole lot more that Brian Krause has lasted a full seven years on WB's Charmed (Sundays at 8 pm/ET), which frankly isn't known for providing job security for male actors. Indeed, Krause knows that his is a charmed existence, in more ways than one.
TVGuide.com: Dude, you work with Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Rose McGowan and now Kaley Cuoco. Not exactly the hardest job in Hollywood, is it?
Brian Krause: Yeah, I think there have been more difficult jobs, that's for sure.
TVGuide.com: What's ahead this season? Could newbie witch Billie, whom Leo is spending a lot of time tutoring, cause problems for him and Piper?
Krause: I don't think she'll cause problems for us specifically, but — it's funny to say it like this — any time you get a new witch with new powers, there will be repercussions in her just learning the craft while we try to teach her the way. She definitely has some pitfalls, but obviously she'll come through with success and flying colors — and have demons in her future. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: So there's no threat of sparks between Billie and her teach?
Krause: Piper and I run into the typical marriage issues. Now that I'm mortal, I'm trying to get her to spend more time with me. That's the big issue between them — separating the sisters from the magic, weaning them off so that they can lead normal lives.
TVGuide.com: I suppose if Leo were to stray, who knows what kind of hell Piper could unleash on him?
Krause: Yeah, exactly! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Ever since last season's finale, Leo and the girls have been living with "new faces," although viewers still see the same actors. Are you happy with your "alias" face?
Krause: Uh, yeah, I have no problems with it. It's not the same guy [as in finale]. I think the girls changed and the guy changed.
TVGuide.com: How much are the "alias" actors getting paid to spend eight seconds a week looking into a mirror?
Krause: I have no idea. I have no idea. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Has this gig proven better than you ever imagined back in 1998?
Krause: Absolutely. I started as a three-episode, possibly recurring character, and in that first season I wound up doing seven [episodes], and in the next [season] did 15 and they made me a regular. It's beyond what I thought it was going to be, and has grown and grown into me being an integral part of the show. It's a bit of a dream come true as far as a job goes.
TVGuide.com: Let's talk about two of your past projects. Which was a better trip: the Return to the Blue Lagoon or the Return to Cabin by the Lake?
Krause: Well, I'll tell you, you can't beat [Blue Lagoon's] Fiji — it was unbelievable down there. I spent three months learning how to live on an island and fish and climb coconut trees....
TVGuide.com: With Milla Jovovich, no less...
Krause: With Milla and a wonderful cast and crew. [Cabin's] Vancouver [shoot] wasn't too shabby, either. I made a lot of friends up there. Judd Nelson is a veteran and a class character, a great guy to work with.
TVGuide.com: He seems due for one of those "retro" comebacks.
Krause: He's a great guy and a good actor. I think we'll be seeing him forever.
TVGuide.com: Your bio says you enjoy "jam sessions on your harmonica." Quick, make that sound sexy for the ladies out there.
Krause: Uh, well, basically we play evil and sexy music late Friday nights in some dark dingy rehearsal studio on the West Side. Our mantra is "dark, evil and sexy." [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Just be careful not to smash your hand while renovating your house. How is that going, anyway?
Krause: Doing it with my friends and basically contracting it myself, I've been working on it for two-and-a-half years. It takes as long as it takes; I do it on my days off. I've been building a walk-in closet for six months now. I'm over it!
TVGuide.com: Too bad there are no witches to snap their fingers and finish it up for you.
Krause: You know? I think it'd be "personal gain," though. It'd be a problem. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: What else do you have filling your time?
Krause: I wrote, produced and directed my first short film, The Mission, and we're getting that out to all the circuits.
TVGuide.com: You play [reading press release] an "alcohol-drinking, cigarette-smoking, gun-carrying man in search of missing links to his past"?
Krause: Yeah, that's a classic little line there, huh?
TVGuide.com: All that's missing is "bimbo-bedding."
Krause: Yeah. No s---! He's basically a private investigator/bounty hunter who winds up on a personal bounty of his own, in which he trails this person who has a connection that will change his life.
TVGuide.com: How does General Hospital vet Jacklyn Zeman figure into it?
Krause: She plays my mark, the one that I'm after, and the reveal at the end is something very personal to [my character]. He had to overcome his demons to follow her and actually make his approach to her.
TVGuide.com: Hey, you said "demons." We don't like that word!
Krause: Yeah, but these are inner demons. [Laughs]