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HALO AGAIN

TWENTY YEARS AFTER TAKING A BITE OUT OF L.A., THE CAST AND CREATORS OF ANGEL UNITE TO REMINISCE ABOUT HELPING THE HELPLESS.
The cast of Angel and David Greenwalt photographed exclusively for EW on April 18, 2019, in Los Angeles

IN THE CITY OF ANGELS, THE SUN IS SHINING BRIGHTLY ON GOOD FRIDAY. BUT BEYOND A HEAVY BLACK DOOR, AWAY FROM HARSH LIGHT, VAMPIRES, DEMONS, AND A ROGUE DEMON HUNTER OR TWO GATHER IN THE DARKNESS OF AN ABANDONED WAREHOUSE.

Okay, so the Hollywood studio that’s serving as the location for EW’s Angel reunion shoot isn’t actually a warehouse, nor a meeting place for the undead. Rather, the cast of the WB drama is very human, and expressing very human levels of excitement at being together again, 20 years after their show debuted.

“It’s good to see everybody!” says David Boreanaz, 50, the show’s titular vampire who, upon arrival, immediately makes a beeline for the dressing room to find his costars. Spotting Charisma Carpenter (shallow cheerleader-turned-champion Cordelia Chase) and Amy Acker (shy Texan physicist Winifred “Fred” Burkle) in makeup chairs, he plops himself on the counter and giddily swings his legs, catching up with them while they’re curled and coiffed. “Look at that smile,” he says, gesturing to Carpenter with affection. “We just picked up where we were last time we talked to each other.” Speaking of picking up, Acker, 42, enjoyed the series’ experience so much, she has already declared she’d be ready for a revival—which would be season 6. “Every show should be this fun,” she says. “We were so spoiled.”

Angel premiered on The WB on Oct. 5, 1999, as a spin-off of creator Joss Whedon’s original vampire series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and furthered the story of a bloodsucker whom the Romany cursed with a soul as punishment for a century of mass murder. Leaving Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sunnydale behind, Angel arrived in Los Angeles to continue his quest for redemption by helping the helpless, one at a time.

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