You Must Know: Charlie Weber
MTV's new show Underemployed stars Pretty Little Liars alum Diego Boneta and a smattering of shiny new stars. But in the pilot episode, there was one face I simply couldn’t place. That of Daphne’s boss, Todd.
There was an overwhelming sense of familiarity that swirled around him throughout the hour and, thankfully, my brain clicked into gear during his final scene and I realized that Todd was played by Charlie Weber, who previously starred on the fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the Glory-ous Ben!
Now, with a new series under his belt, and a fresh layering of scruff to age him up a bit, Charlie sat down with TheInsider.com to talk about the exciting places Underemployed goes in the coming weeks, what it means to be part of the Buffy-verse and why the time has come for him to finally settle down.
TheInsider.com: What was your first impression of Underemployed?
Charlie Weber: When I first got the script, I was surprised by how well-rounded all the characters seemed. From one reading, I could feel the comedy and I could feel the heart; it was such impressive writing. As for Todd, I was really interested to see how the arc of his life would go. It's weird to say, but I've never played a "normal guy" before -- Todd's got a job and an apartment and I rarely do that. It's a new thing in my career. I was excited to watch this man's life unfold.
Insider.com: Todd is faced with the age-old dilemma of an inter-office romance. In real life, are you pro or con?
Charlie: I don't know if I'm anti, I'm one to go with my heart, so if I were in a workplace and responded to someone, I don't know that I could say no simply based on company guidelines.
Insider.com: But it's clear there's more to Todd and Daphne's love story than that, right?
Charlie: Absolutely. Todd definitely has feelings for her and will pursue them. There's that scene at the end [of the pilot] where she comes into his office with the dog and there was a moment where I consciously have the realization that this is such a strong young woman, and that's more of an attraction for Todd.
Insider.com: It's been over a decade since you were on Buffy, but do you find that people (like me) still bring it up?
Charlie: Oh yes, and I love it. The fans are wonderful. I was up in Toronto shooting an episode of Warehouse 13, and I was shaved clean for the role. Part of the reason I have some stubble on [Underemployed], which is how I look in real life, is because Todd's a bit older than everyone and I tend to read younger with a shaved face. So in Toronto, I got it a lot. I can't believe people still recognize me from that. I feel youthful when it happens.
Insider.com: Does it surprise you that Buffy has endured to this degree?
Charlie: Not at all. Even then it was such a cult hit, you knew it would live on. What's happening is people are still discovering the show on Netflix, and that's changed everything. There are constantly new people watching it, and I get recognized the most from people watching it for the first time. It's a very special show to me. It was such an amazing opportunity to be a part of as such a young actor. I watched it in high school and then got to be on it – that was very surreal.
Insider.com: After Buffy, and a stint on Everwood, you hopped around from show to show. Do you prefer playing a bunch of different characters for short periods of time, or do you like digging in to one person?
Charlie: It's funny, I really chose to be a drifter for a while – constantly experiencing something new. Buffy and Everwood were so amazing, but then I started jumping around, trying new things and changing my appearance. I think it helped me grow as an actor. But in the last few years, I started wanting the chance to explore one guy and that's why I'm so excited about Todd and Underemployed. It's been a wonderful experience and I can't wait for everyone to see it.
Underemployed airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on MTV & you can follow Charlie on Twitter at @TheCharlieWeber!