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"We work from 7 in the evening till sun-up, then we go to bed and wake up around 2 in the afternoon.It's odd." The British actor says the troupe has also had to "contend with some very strange weather.This apparently very pleasant, charming emergency room doctor turns up at the rendezvous and wines and dines the mom, but the little boy discovers this man is not what he's cracked out to be. He turns into a bat outside the supermarket." As if single moms don't have enough to worry about. But he's foiled by this snot-nosed 12-year-old because it's Disney, so you know, the snot-nosed 12-year-olds always foil the bad guy." Shaughnessy expects the finished film will be too scary for his youngest daughter, five-year old Madelyn, especially with Daddy in the my-what-big-teeth-you-have role. You know, the Brothers Grimm and all those fairytales. Kids need something because they have fears and deep, deep subterranean anxieties and if you place those anxieties on kind of scary stuff like vampires and monsters and giants, it somehow puts it in the world of make-believe where the good guy triumphs and I think that's good." Shaughnessy and his wife of 17 years, American actress Susan Fallender, also have a 10-year-old, Jenny, and are based in California. Three years ago he "creamed" ER's Noah Wyle to become Celebrity Jeopardy champion (winning US ,000 for a Santa Monica shelter for battered women and kids.He now considers himself a defacto American, plans to become a U. citizen and would rather be called Charlie than 'Charles.' He also considers himself a little bit Canadian. "I was just slightly miffed because they had promised that Id be able to go back the next year and defend it and I never did.
"I started out playing around with a mid-European accent, but it just sounded silly.Unbeknownst to them, he is a vampire, out for blood. Born and raised in the Chelsea area of London, Shaughnessy tried to buck the family showbiz trend: His father was a writer on the BBC series Upstairs, Downstairs and his mother was an actress. Soccer and cricket players are absolute heroes.'' A barrister he was not to be.Although he'd acted at school, he opted to study law at Cambridge - "despite a lifelong love of the theatre, I thought it was about time someone in my family did something sensible." He remembers hanging around the Upstairs, Downstairs set. At college, he fell in with mad companions at the Footlights Revue, a spawning ground for comedic talents like Eric Idle, John Cleese and Emma Thompson.Paternal grandfather, Thomas George Shaughnessy, was president of the CPR from 1899 to 1918, and he still has cousins here in Toronto and Montreal. They never asked me." Night shift While Charles Shaughnessy has been shooting "Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire" in Toronto, he's been living the life of, well, a vampire.
He was in touch this week with his former TV family, specifically Fran "The Nanny" Drescher, who 10 days ago had a tumour removed from her uterus. "they caught it very early and I gather there's no need for follow-up treatment." The Nanny's end this year after six seasons was "bittersweet," he said. "But it was a little repetitive and a little relentless. "It never occurred to me that it would be all nighttime shooting," says the former "The Nanny" co-star, who plays a charming bloodsucker opposite Caroline Rhea in the Disney Channel telepic that airs on Halloween.To see some really cute candid photos from the shoot, go to this link on Myles Jeffrey's website Vampire photos "Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire" is being executive produced by Michael Nathansonand Bettina Viviano and Cliff Alsberg.