ELLE: How would you describe her style?
KBVS: Well, Pam has a lot of time on her hands. She’s immortal, and she doesn’t have to worry about money, so she spends most of her day thinking about what she’s going to wear. She dresses for every occasion. Even last year when her face was rotting, she wore lashes and lipstick. I, personally, like to get dressed and then do my makeup and hair in about five minutes. Lately, I’ve been throwing on Lululemon—it’s so comfortable!—my comfy sneakers, no makeup, my hair in a ponytail, and I’m good to go.
ELLE: You’re probably one of the best badass bitches on TV. How do you get into character?
KBVS: Um, it’s astonishingly easy for some reason! It’s really fun to channel your inner bitch. You know we all have one but in life, you’d lose your friends if you said what you were really thinking. So, it’s really freeing to just get to read the lines and think, “What would be the harshest, most caustic way I could deliver that?” and do it!
ELLE: It’s revealed that Pam was a madame back in her day. Did you know about that storyline before, or was it news to you, too?
KBVS: It was news to me. I heard one of the writers talking about it, and she told me a little bit about the direction they were going. But until I read the script, I didn’t know exactly how it was going to go down, especially the way that Pam was made. I thought it was really beautiful, perfect, and efficient writing. It just encapsulated everything we know about Pam, how ballsy she is, how committed to being a vampire she is, and how she really didn’t want humanity anymore. It really didn’t serve her, and it fit with a woman living in 1905, which was such a vulnerable time.