Angel may be a tortured 245-year-old vampire with a soul, but his portrayer, David Boreanaz, is about as angst-free as actors come. As series creator Joss Whedon once told TV Guide, "David takes things in stride, and those of us who don't know how to stride are confused." During a break in shooting Angel's series finale (airing May 19 at 9 pm/ET), the ever-cool 33-year-old actor discussed why he's relieved to see his 5-year-old WB drama bite it, how he feels about star-crossed love Buffy's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) absence, and the chance he'll resurrect Angel for those rumored TV or DVD movies.
TV Guide Online: How did you get the cancellation news?
Joss came to set and told me. I said, "OK, fine." There were no tears. There was just a moment of congratulating him on a successful run of five seasons.
TVGO: You weren't at all upset?
I don't wanna sound like I was cheering, but when Joss broke the news, it was almost more like the burden of pressure came off me after five years. I mean, it's a lot of responsibility [carrying a show], and you don't realize how much that is until they say it's done and then you can breathe. So there's some really nice light that came into my life. I'm in a really great place about it.
TVGO: Most actors would be stressing about being out of work.
It's not worth it to get too stressed. [Laughs] What can I do, man? Look, it's a f---in' show, and it was a great experience. I think we can be very proud of what we've accomplished. Now, you just move forward.
TVGO: Your fans are having a harder time doing that.
Yeah, it's a disappointment for them. They've been so into the show this year. For them, I think it's a really bad thing. But this kind of stuff happens everyday, and I think you have to realize that.
TVGO: What did you think of their "Save Angel" campaign?
I think it's very cool. It's a really good testimony to how strong the show is and how committed they are [to] the universe Joss created.
TVGO: A lot of us were disappointed to hear Sarah won't pop up in the finale. How do you feel about it?
You know, I went over to her finale and she said she would come over to mine. It would've been nice to have her over here. I guess it was Joss's decision. He wrapped it up the way he wanted to. I'll just leave it at that.
TVGO: What do you think of how the show's wrapped up?
I'm comfortable with the way they're ending it. It's very open-ended. The title of the episode is "Not Fade Away," which I dig [because] that's a Grateful Dead tune. It goes out fighting, which I think is great.
TVGO: There are rumors we haven't seen the last of Angel, that there might be some TV or DVD movies in the future. Would you come back to the character?
[Laughs] I don't think I will, no.
Yeah. The only way I would do any kind of loose-end wrapping up would be if the pieces were right, and if they decided to do it on a different, higher level, like a film. Joss is doing Serenity [the feature based on his 2002 short-lived Fox series Firefly], and we'll see how that goes for him. If they decided to do that with Angel and if the pieces were right, fine. But you never know where everyone is in their lives at that moment.
TVGO: Where do you see yourself going from here?
Shooting a film with Martin Scorsese off the coast of Africa. [Laughs] F---, why not, man? Give me a call, Scorsese. I'm open!
TVGO: Are you reading scripts?
I haven't thought about it. I have one project that looks like it's gonna happen, but I can't talk about it yet. I have some offers coming in. But most importantly, I'm just gonna chill and not do much of anything. I'm not in a rush. I'm in a beautiful position because I don't have to worry about a hiatus. I'm free, and I'm very excited about the opportunities that lay ahead.