Emma Caulfield first appeared on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as a guest star during the 1998-99 season, portraying the demon Anyanka, patron saint of scorned women. Then, the character lost her powers and became Anya, a 1,120-year-old mortal teenager, and Caulfield joined the cast as a series regular.
Born and raised in San Diego, Caulfield began studying drama while still in high school at the La Jolla Playhouse and the renowned Old Globe Theater where she won the honor of “Excellence in Theater Arts.” She continued her studies at San Francisco State University and UCLA. After college, she continued her drama studies at TASIS (The American School in Switzerland) in London.
Caulfield’s big break came in 1995 when she joined the cast of “Beverly Hills, 90210” as Brandon’s (Jason Priestly) journalist girlfriend, Susan Keats. Following her stint on the primetime serial, she landed the role of Lorraine Miller on the daytime drama “General Hospital.” This exposure landed her the role of Anyanka, the patron saint of scorned women, on “Buffy”. After losing her demonic powers, she has returned as the morally ambiguous Anya, who becomes Xander’s plucky girlfriend.
While Emma loves working on “Buffy”, she has a cynical attitude towards her career. “I don’t know that I want to act 15 years from now. I mean, I love the process of acting, but not the masochism.”
Caulfield currently lives in Los Angeles.