Paul Andrade

Where are you from?

I've lived in Brentwood, Essex, for the last 20 years, but was born in London and also spent 2 years in Blackpool as a kid.

Do you have much acting and/or production (stage or TV) experience? What was your acting debut, and how old were you?

From the age of about 9 to 11 I had some (very) minor parts in school plays and assemblies while I attended Breck Primary School in Poulton-le-Fylde (nr. Blackpool), but got out of it as much as I could because I hated, even briefly, being the focus of attention on stage - all those people looking at you! Other than that, I'd done nothing until I started an evening course studying Drama last September (2000).

How did you get involved in Fluffy?

I saw the posting that Henry left at the message board back in January, was familiar with the subject matter (Buffy!), so I replied because I thought it would be good experience on top of my drama course - which it was.

Why did you audition for the part of Alex?

I came along to the auditions purely for the experience, expecting to be nothing more than a vampire extra, but auditioned for the roles of the Count and Alex anyway. To say I was surprised (but delighted) to get the role of Alex is an understatement.

Is this your first film, or have you been involved in other films?

It's my first film.

Are you a Buffy fan?

Yes, I've been a huge fan since the BBC recommenced with the second half of Season 2 in late 1999. The first episode I saw was "Hallowe'en" and I've been hooked ever since.

What have you gained from your involvement in Fluffy?

An insight into the mechanics of how a film is put together. I've also learned a few things about myself. A definite plus has been being surrounded by all the creative people involved in the project.

Do you have any claims to fame? (E.g. meeting famous people, appearances on TV / stage etc.)

I met Omar (a London R&B singer) at a Carleen Anderson concert (The Event, Brighton, 1994). I was a bit worse for wear when I approached him, so I probably didn't make the best impression. My (sadly long-lost) friend Jane never forgave me for not introducing her to him. If you're reading this Jane, CALL ME!!!

Any hobbies / obsessions? (Things you enjoy doing)

Football, though mostly watching these days, especially the Portuguese duo of Rui Costa and Luis Figo (Figo is from Madeira, the same island my Dad's from).

I'm a huge music fan, with a fairly eclectic taste. On my stereo at the moment are the Dandy Warhols, Outkast, R.E.M., and 70's cult soul legend Donny Hathaway.

I also love a lot of cult TV especially Buffy the Vampire Slayer ('natch), Angel, Farscape, Millennium, and, even though everyone else seems to have stopped watching it, the X-Files.

Any amusing acting / production cockups (faux pas) - things going wrong on stage etc.?

Not yet, but I've got my Drama course end-of-year show coming up in late June so ask me again in July!

Any amusing / mad stories about things you've done, or have happened to you?

Nothing mad, just stupid. While on holiday in Australia in December 1994, I managed to severely burn my eyelids. I'd put sun cream on while wearing my shades, then removed them, leaving my eyes totally unprotected from the sun. After 2 days my eyes were all blistered and peeling, so for the next week I had to wear my shades 24/7. I got some strange glances during the nighttime, I'm sure people thought I was suffering from rock star delusions.

Any achievements you'd like to mention?

I'm currently studying drama and guitar, any real achievements are yet to come.

Any annoying habits?

I'm can be incredibly untidy and disorganised. Oh, and I don't talk enough!

Favourite films?

Anything by Woody Allen, especially Annie Hall and Sleeper. Kevin Smith films too (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, etc). Both of the Austin Powers films. A film I would definitely recommend everyone to see is Buffalo '66.

Favourite director(s) + actor(s) + actress(es)?

Favourite director: Kevin Smith, Woody Allen.
Favourite actors: Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise.
Favourite actresses: Christina Ricci, Sarah Michelle Gellar.

If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?

Prince, during the mid-80s (his "purple patch"). The music he made between '83 and '88 is untouchable.

What's your favourite fluffy thing?

Mashed potato ("For Mash Say SMASH!").