Playboy.com: Were you nervous to do Blade, because sci-fi fans can be so...?
Jill Wagner: They're so critical. Oh my god. People were looking at where my hands were on the gun at all times, just to make sure my finger wasn't in the trigger when I wasn't aiming. They really dive into the story.
Playboy.com: But you have a gun collection, so you probably know your way around a handgun.
Wagner: My father has always collected guns, and I was raised by my father. As a girl, we would go to the shooting range and shoot skeet. I just got this love for guns, and I know it sounds weird, but I think some guns can be beautiful. I love the old guns, the way the wood is carved. I have four guns in my personal collection, and my dad is getting ready to give me another one.
Playboy.com: That's very sweet of him. Which of your guns is your favorite?
Wagner: My newest one, which I haven't even had a chance to shoot yet, is a Kimber Raptor .45. It's about the best target gun you can get. When the show wraps, I'm going to go back to North Carolina and have a firing day with my dad.
Playboy.com: You had vampire dreams growing up. What was that about?
Wagner: It's so weird, and I wasn't going to tell anybody this, because people might think I'm crazy. When I was little, I had five or six vampire dreams. I can tell you exactly what happened in the dream. I never was afraid of the vampires in my dream -- they didn't scare me. Then when I moved out to Los Angeles, I started having these dreams again. These vampires were swooping down at me from the rafters in the grocery store, of all places. But I haven't had any since I got the job [on Blade].
Playboy.com: What did you make of the grocery store vampires?
Wagner: I analyzed them at first as meaning that I had people around me who weren't good for me, who were sucking the energy out of me. I think in real life there are vampires like that -- not the ones that live forever and suck blood and wear great black leather coats -- but people who suck the positive part of you out of you. I kind of thought that was what was going on.
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