Tom Lenk is widely loved by Buffy fans for his role as Andrew, which expanded from a fun side character into something far more integral as each season progressed. But there’s so much more to his career beyond Sunnydale.
Digital Spy caught up with Tom to discuss Buffy and his wider career highlights, including a brand new play called Lottie Plachett Took a Hatchet that’s currently part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme.
You may know Tom Lenk as Andrew, one of the trio in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or you may know him from his social media skits – some with celebrity guests in them (we speak to him about his Teen Witch sketch later on). Perhaps you know him from his comedy plays like Tilda Switon Answers An Ad On Craigslist, the hilarious story of a modern day Mary Poppins who finds a depressed gay man on Craigslist and insists on dissecting his life as part of a character study for her next big movie role.
Buffy star Lenk said about the slayers single status: “Amen, sister. I think years ago I would have been like, ‘She should have ended up with Spike.’
“But honestly, to quote that meme or tweet or whatever, ‘Honestly, you choose men in this day and age in this economy? You want to end up with a man? No thank you. Aren’t we over men?’
Lenk’s latest show Lottie Plachett too a Hatchet has been billed as a “high-camp” retelling of the Lizzie Borden story. For those not in the know, Borden became famous when she was tried and acquitted for the axe murders of her father and stepmother in 1982.
It might not sound like fertile ground for a camp extravaganza, but Lizzie Borden’s story is a unique one. In the near century since her death, she’s become a feminist icon in her own right, while others have imagined her as a queer legend.
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