WandaVision’s Emma Caulfield talks about Dottie’s ‘surreal second’ – and did the writers sneak right into a Buffy reference?
We don’t yet know who is behind WandaVision’s seemingly perfect alternative reality – is Wanda the architect? Or could this be the work of some malevolent force? – but in the Disney + series it is clear who runs the suburbs in it.
In the second episode, titled “Don’t Touch That Dial,” we were introduced to Dottie Jones (Emma Caulfield of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), a Regina George-like character who, according to Agness (Kathryn Hahn), is the “key” to all ”in Westview.
She is married to Phil (who was fired by Vision’s boss in the first episode, “Filmed In Front of a Live Studio Audience”) and doesn’t particularly like the show’s main characters. (“I’ve heard things about you, you, and your husband’s vision,” she said to Wanda during an icy exchange.) It’s unclear what role she will play in taking up the story, but judging by her memorable looks, it is just beginning.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Caulfield told TVLine.
A harrowing scene in the pavilion suggested that Dottie has a lot more to offer than she is currently allowing. When Wanda told her that she meant no harm, the well-dressed housewife said she didn’t believe her. Both women were then interrupted by Randall Park’s voice – his character is currently unknown – calling Wanda over the radio. The confusing moment apparently ripped Dottie out of her sitcom character and she questioned Wanda’s identity before smashing a glass in her hand and cutting herself in the process. Dottie jumped back into character and made a joke about blood stains, and the moment was quickly forgotten.
“It’s incredibly disturbing for Dottie to hear that [the voice in the radio] as it is for Wanda. We both have a surreal moment for very different reasons, ”explains Caulfield. “But in the end it’s terrifying for both of us, and there’s the element of regaining control of ourselves.”
This bizarre moment is one of several that has fans raving about the Westview-based queen bee. In another case, Wanda and Vision put on a disastrous but hysterical magic show that briefly featured a fluffy white rabbit. The cameo was interpreted as an allusion to Caulfield’s beloved Buffy character Anya, who notoriously feared rabbits in the Joss Whedon series. However, Caulfield reveals that she didn’t establish the Buffy connection until she was pointed out.
“I shot it and didn’t understand. I had nothing to do with the rabbit. This is Wanda’s action. It is her magical act with vision. I didn’t get it, ”she says. Caulfield announces that she texted WandaVision creator Jac Schaeffer, who she previously worked with on the 2009 science fiction film, to ask if this was a deliberate reference.
“She would have said something if that was her intention of putting the little Buffy Easter egg inside. She never told me about it, so I guess it’s just a coincidence, “she adds, noting that” it would make sense for someone to throw in such a fun little Easter egg. “