Kramer a 'Buff' on all things geek

Clare Kramer at the 'Man Of Steel' premiere this week. Photo: Getty.

Clare Kramer at the 'Man Of Steel' premiere this week. Photo: Getty.

Clare Kramer and Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Clare Kramer and Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Most celebrities give off the impression that doing guest appearances at conventions is a bit like having the flu - the fussing and attention is nice for a while, but really they'd just rather be curled up at home.

But the opposite is true for Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor and self-proclaimed geek Clare Kramer.

She describes getting the role of Glory in Buffy and getting to travel the world to meet like-minded fans as "winning the lottery".

"As an actress, we do a million projects and there's always this really special one gem that people really attach to and Buffy was that for me," Kramer said.

"It was like winning the lottery.

"Not only travelling the world but also creating relationships with fan groups in different parts of the world."

And she walks the walk - the actor-turned-producer-director launched her own website, a meeting place for geeks of all varieties, last year.

Geek Nation posts anything from video Q&A panels with Game of Thrones cast and creators - Kramer lists it among her favourite shows - to blogs on the top superhero console games on the market.

"It's a collaborative group of artists and we started it because we wanted to have a voice in the community," she said.

"As an actor, you can put your acting thumbprint on a role but you have no say in how it's going to be edited together, how different performance are going to lay in, whereas if you're producer or director you do."

Kramer has two films set to be released this year - Big Ass Spider and The Lost Tree - but remains as passionate about TV as she was a decade ago during Buffy.

"It's really interesting what's happening with TV right now - it's gone to such a higher level that the production value is like watching mini-movies," she said.

"Game of Thrones [sometimes has] five units shooting in three different countries at the same time, their production schedule is crazy.

"When we were doing Buffy, that was the most progressive show on TV - it had a lesbian kiss, it had all these things - and now that wouldn't be the case.

"It would still hold up because the quality of work is there and the writing but there is such a level of excellence that is happening across the board."

She admits a feeling of "we did it first" when watching modern takes on vampire shows.

"[Buffy creator] Joss [Whedon] was definitely onto something, he knew that vampires were hot, an untapped commodity," she said.

"But I'm a fan of True Blood, I love True Blood.

"The interesting thing is when Joss was telling Buffy, it wasn't really a vampire story per se.

"It was a story of a teenage girl and the vampires represented the demons every teenage girls faces and to slay them was to overcome a fear."

Whedon also created, directed or wrote Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse, Toy Story and The Avengers and Kramer described herself as being part of the "Whedonverse".

"The great thing about Buffy fans and Whedonverse fans is they don't really want anything from you," she said.

"They just want to tell you they loved you in the role and if anything, they just want to know about your experience, working with Joss or with Sarah Michelle [Gellar]."

Almost as many fans remember her for her role as Courtney in cheerleading movie, Bring it On.

"A lot of people want the cheers or the 'spirit fingers'," she said.

"There's this interesting cross-over between Buffy fans and Bring it On fans.

"It seems like because Eliza Dushku, who played Faith in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel was also in Bring it On, fans tend to know both projects.

"I'd say 90 per cent of the people who come up and want to talk about Glory also say 'I loved you in Bring it On too'."

She's as excited about the conventions as her fans are, whether or not they're scared of her.

"It's always an amazing experience, if someone has never been to a Supanova convention I highly recommend it," she said.

"It's fun for us to because it's the only time that we as actors get to interact with our fans.

"I played an evil character so sometimes people are like 'Oh I'm scared of you' or 'Should I bow down to you?' and I'm like 'No, that's not me'.

"The most common thing people say to me is 'Oh you're so much littler in person' so I guess I had a bigger persona on-screen."

Supanova is at the Claremont Showgrounds June 28 - 30.

This story Kramer a 'Buff' on all things geek first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.