.: AOL / TV Guide Chat January 12th, 2000 :.
TV Guide Online: Tonight we are chatting with Holly Marie Combs from the television series "Charmed." Welcome, Holly! Thanks for joining us tonight!
Holly Marie Combs: Hi! :)
Question: How would you actually describe Piper Halliwell?
Holly Marie Combs: She's, you know, the middle sister, very much the peacemaker. She's always worried about something, always trying to fix something. Just a very busy girl.
Question: Holly, I love your show and your character. Can you give us any hints on when Piper's powers will be growing like Prue's have?
Holly Marie Combs: That's a good question! They haven't told me. They must be pretty happy with the state of Piper's powers, because I'm getting nothing.
Question: Hey, what's up?? Holly, who are your favorite actors and actresses?
Holly Marie Combs: Andy Garcia is one of my favorite actors. Susan Sarandon is one of my favorite actresses -- she played my mom in my first movie.
Question: What is a typical day on the set like? And how long does it last?
Holly Marie Combs: Well, there's usually an invisible demon that we can't see that involves a lot of green screens and a lot of screaming... and all that takes up about 12-14 hours.
Question: Can you give us any hints on what is going to happen with Piper, Leo and Dan?
Holly Marie Combs: I'm not quite sure what's happening with them. Leo does come back, like he always does, but we like that. They haven't told me which one I end up with. I think they haven't decided yet. It's hard for me to choose anyway... I like them both. :)
Question: How did you get started acting?
Holly Marie Combs: My mom was originally the actress, and I kind of fell into it from being around her.
Question: Hello, are you going to be on any other shows, or movies in the future (soon)? Thanks, love the show "Charmed."
Holly Marie Combs: I hope so. Nothing set in stone yet that I could tell you about.
Question: Hi, Holly, I love the show and you are a beautiful woman. I fell for the girl on TV when I saw you. Are you married or seeing anyone?
Holly Marie Combs: I am seeing someone. I'm not married. :)
Question: Can you give us some spoilers for February sweeps or some developing story arcs?
Holly Marie Combs: No... sorry. I can't give anything away.
Question: What is the strangest encounter you've had with a fan?
Holly Marie Combs: Probably when I was in the restroom and someone shouted out that they loved my show. That was an interesting moment.
Question: Holly, what is the funniest blooper from filming "Charmed" that you can remember?
Holly Marie Combs: We have bloopers every day. You could basically sell our gag reel for money. I think some of our funniest moments are bloopers. We usually bump into something, drop something or break something.
Question: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Holly Marie Combs: Well, right now I have three horses, and all my spare time is taken up by them, which is fine by me.
Question: What was your favorite episode to make?
Holly Marie Combs: It actually hasn't aired yet. It's called "Awakened" and it airs in February, I think.
Question: What was your worst and best subject when you were in high school?
Holly Marie Combs: My worst subject was math. My best subject was English.
Question: Holly, if you weren't an actor, what other profession would you have chosen?
Holly Marie Combs: Actually, when I was in high school I wanted to be a marine biologist. I got a movie and THAT went out the window.... :)
Question: What is it like working with Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano? I have read articles that say you three act like sisters, is that true? That's so cool!
Holly Marie Combs: Yeah, you could say that we act like sisters. :) We are very much like sisters.
Question: Hey, Holly, do you have any brothers or sisters? If so, how old are they?
Holly Marie Combs: Nope. I'm an only child.
Question: Hello, Holly. Do you still have contact with any of the cast members from "Picket Fences"?
Holly Marie Combs: I talk to Tom Skerritt every once and a while. Lauren and I still exchange Christmas cards. And I'm actually in touch with a lot of the crew members.
Question: What is it like to work with Aaron Spelling?
Holly Marie Combs: It's definitely different. I've never worked with a producer who's so involved in every aspect of the show. He's a very successful man who knows what he's doing, so we tend to heed his advice.
Question: Holly, what do you think "Charmed's" appeal is to adults and teens?
Holly Marie Combs: I think it's the entertainment factor. I think sometimes that people just want to be entertained and watch a show that isn't depressing or thought-provoking. Sometimes people just want to laugh, and I think we do that well. And I think there are good role models for young girls.
Question: Since you are in the show "Charmed," are you superstitious?
Holly Marie Combs: No, I'm not very superstitious. Besides, with all the spells and stuff we've done, I think we've maxed out on superstition.
Question: What is the thing you like most about acting?
Holly Marie Combs: It's hard to explain... there's a feeling that I get when I've done a good job that I don't quite get from anything else that I do. Of course, it's usually momentary, because the rest of the time I watch myself and criticize myself.
Question: I was just curious, what was the first actual acting job you ever had? Commercial or anything...?
Holly Marie Combs: I was actually an extra in a film when I was probably 11 or 12 called "Flannigan."
Question: What would your dream role be, and what director or actor would you most like to work with?
Holly Marie Combs: I don't really have a dream role as of yet. Well, obviously, Andy Garcia.... :) I'd love to work with Oliver Stone again, because I worked with him before -- it was just for a second.
Question: Hi, Holly. Will you be doing any conventions in the future?
Or autograph signings?
Holly Marie Combs: No, not as of yet.
TV Guide Online: Thanks, Holly, for joining us this evening! We had a great time and hope you can come back soon!
Holly Marie Combs: Thank you all for your questions, and I hope you enjoy the show!