"It's a fun character to play. Anya remains mortal and ambivalent. She's just struggling with being human, and really, don't we all struggle with that from time to time? It's fun. She's very irreverent, and definitely bitter." Emma Caulfield
Part German, and part Irish-American, Emma Caulfield is widely recognized for portraying ex-demon Anya Jenkins/Anyanka (1999-2003) on the TV Series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” She previously played the recurring role of Susan Keats (1995-1996), Brandon Walsh's journalist girlfriend, on the TV series “Beverly Hills 90210.” In 2003, Emma played the lead role in the horror movie Darkness Falls and starred as a fictionalized version of herself in the satire Bandwagon, in 2004.
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"I'm a ridiculous sci-fi fan. In fact, I admit it freely; my manager is horrified. I just recently bought seasons two through five of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) on DVD. And I've watched all the episodes, half on the plane and a few of them as I was going to sleep last night. There's something about sci-fi that's comforting." Emma Caulfield
The daughter of a half-German father and an Irish-American professional singer mother, Emma Chukker, who would later be popular as Emma Caulfield, was born on April 8, 1973, in San Diego, California. Emma, who described herself as "a big musical theatre nerd" as a teen, began studying drama in high school at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre, where she won the illustrious honor of "Excellence in Theatre Arts." Emma continued her education in psychology at San Francisco State and the University of California. After college, she picked up her drama studies once again at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) in London.
When Emma was very young, she was briefly married.
Emma Caulfield got a professional acting job soon after an agent stopped her on the street in Los Angeles. She was spotted as a guest in an episode of such TV series as the brief revival of the 1960s cop thriller "Burke's Law" (starring Gene Barry), the NBC Saturday teen series "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" (as Nurse Brady) and the action drama "Renegade" (starring Lorenzo Lamas). She also made guest appearances on a January 1995 episode of the investigating drama series "Silk Stalkings" (starring Rob Estes and Mitzi Kapturn) and a June 1995 episode of the sci-fi comedy "Weird Science" (starring Michael Manasseri and John Mallory Asher).
From 1995 to 1996, TV viewers watched Emma playing the recurring role of Susan Keats, the journalist girlfriend of Jason Priestley's Brandon Walsh, on thirty episodes of the hit teen soap "Beverly Hills, 90210." Afterward, she joined the cast members of the long-running daytime soap "General Hospital," portraying Lorraine Miller (1996-1997), and once again guest starred on "Silk Stalkings," as well as appeared on the cop series "Nash Bridges" (starring Don Johnson).
"I was in London during my first sci-fi convention for "Buffy," and I was at the local bar, having a drink, writing in my journal, and this woman came up to me and said, ‘Do you want a drink?’ I said, ‘No, thank you.’ She pushed it a couple of times, and each time I said, ‘No, really I'm fine.’ Then she turned really cold, looked at me and said, ‘Someday these conventions will be your only outlet.’ I was like, ‘Wow, thanks, peace out, OK.’" Emma Caulfield
In episode “The Wish” on the third season of the teen vampire series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (starring Sarah Michelle Gellar), Emma began the role of Anya Jenkins/Anyanka, the young and beautiful patron saint of scorned women, trapped in the body of a high school girl. Emma was originally suppose to be a one or two episode characters, but as the writers and fans loved her so much, she became a recurring character, and eventually became a regular cast member during season five. Subsequently, she remained a regular cast member until the show ended with its seventh season (1999-2003).
"It was that sense that everything is coming to an end, like high school when you're about to graduate. You really start taking notice of everyone and noticing your surroundings. Especially when they start destroying sets that are no longer in use. Like, 'Oh my God, that used to be Xander's apartment. Now it's just floors and a wall!' The last day, I really didn't think I was gonna cry at all. But as soon as they said: 'That's a show wrap for Emma Caulfield,’ I cried. I cried once, and that was it. I woke up the next morning like, 'OK, what's next?'" Emma Caulfield (about her last day on the Buffy set)
When "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ended in 2003, Emma debuted on the big screen. She costarred as Caitlin 'Cat' Greene, the childhood girlfriend of Chaney Kley's character (who is attempting to help her troubled kid brother, played by Lee Cormie) in Jonathan Liebesman’s thriller Darkness Falls (2003). The following year, Emma reunited with “Beverly Hills 90210” costar Jason Priestley in the comedy TV-movie, helmed by Sheldon Larry, I Want to Marry Ryan Banks (2004, TV), playing the love interest of Bradley Cooper's character. She also co-executive produced and starred as a fictionalized version of herself in actor-writer-director Karri Bowman's satire Bandwagon (2004).
"I don't know that I want to act 15 years from now. I mean, I love the process of acting, but not the masochism. No matter how successful you get in Hollywood, you cannot rest. Your new movie doesn't open well; they're looking for the next person to replace you; it's always something. You never have true peace." Emma Caulfield