So a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending Hallowhedon 5 in Birmingham. Guest list : Alexis Denisof, Tom Lenk, Sarah Hagan, K Todd Freeman, Jeff Ricketts, Jane Espenson and Brad Bell.

Amy Acker had to cancel due to work commitment but she did send a video message with Alexis which he replayed during his Q&A.

Alexis was very chatty and charming at the autograph session which was probably why his line took forever - we were given the chance to have a decent conversation which was a pleasant change. I spoke to him mainly about Much Ado and my cunning plan to convert the rest of the family to Shakespeare lovers- he was delighted and seemed genuinely pleased about the 'part' he played in that.  From the Q&A's you really get a sense that he loves not straying too far from his family, especially at their young age and I can only admire him for wanting to do that over perhaps pursuing more career opportunities. He also told us he hates cancelling events which is why he hardly commits to any. Fair do. Funny story about shooting Avengers and praise for Tom H - struggle with  He and all the guests (with the exception of Tom Lenk who told us at the meet and greet that he was coming down with a cold) attended the parties - they really 'got into it' but I did watch Alexis go round the whole room virtually unnoticed by most of the attendees, until he said hello - he once photobombed  a group cosplay photo and then they noticed him. Then he got on the floor and did the Wesley dance and later encouraged some ladies to get up from the table and led the conga around the entire ballroom for ages. 

I spoke to Jane about how difficult it was to pick a favourite episode of hers - John and I had discussed the night before I went and came up with 'A New Man' which never fails to lighten our moods when we've had a shitty day. Giles always has a worse time of it :)  She told me that one of my favourite lines from the episode ("picked up a tail") was nearly cut by Joss, but he left it in after all which makes me glad. The event organisers have promised to try and bring other writers over to future events.  She ran two writer room sessions with herself and Brad Bell and they were the most popular extra event of the entire conventions. I don't write but would have loved to have gone.

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All photos and brief report of the Q&A's etc can be found here

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Comment by thedothatgirl on November 19, 2013 at 5:42am

He seems to be pretty close to Joss who obviously took on board his comments. S4 is about as dark as you can get so Spin the Bottle is breath of fresh slapstick air.

Comment by Double Dutchess on November 18, 2013 at 6:28pm

Alexis Denisof sounds like a great guy. So we have him to thank for Spin the Bottle! I also loved Wesley's development, but dorky Wesley was just adorable.

Thanks for the report and photos!

Comment by thedothatgirl on November 18, 2013 at 4:39am

Alexis did say during one of the Q&A that although he loved the character development of Wesley he did miss his dorkiness -especially S4 and he told Joss. Joss returned with the script for Spin the Bottle in response.

Comment by Lulurose on November 17, 2013 at 10:05pm

Sounds like you had a really great time. "Wesley" was always one of my favorite Angel characters. I was into Angel before I got into Buffy. I was only a bit familiar with Wesley as a Buffy character, but I loved him on Angel, though I did hate that he became such a tragic character.

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