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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the most iconic teen shows of the 90s and perhaps one of the most iconic shows in general. It first premiered in 1997 on the American network The WB and ran for seven seasons before ending in 2003.
The show, which centred on the life of a young girl who was born to be a "slayer" and kill vampires, has been cited as the inspiration for several other shows and teen/vampire movies and literature. Its legacy lives on even now; the show has been on many "best of" lists over the years, and is still beloved even 20 years on from its premiere.
The show's success skyrocketed its stars, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz and Seth Green to super-stardom. The show's creator, Joss Whedon, has gone on to create many other successful shows in the past two decades. But many Buffy fans are still fondly reminiscing about the show's glory days and wondering what the cast is up to now.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar played the eponymous character of Buffy for six years, from 1997 to the show's finale in 2003. It's hard to think about the show without Gellar's spirited portrayal of Buffy Summers, and even now, over 20 years since its premiere, many people still think of Gellar as Buffy.
Gellar's certainly been busy since her Buffy days, though. In 2004, she starred in the horror flick, The Grudge. She later saw some starring roles in television again, with The Ringer (2011-2012) and The Crazy Ones (2013-2014).
She currently in the process of filming an upcoming Lifetime series, Sometimes I Lie, and has also written a cook book, titled "Stirring up Fun with Food" which was released in 2017.
Gellar married fellow I Know What You Did Last Summer co-star Freddie Prinze Jr. in 2002; they are still married, and have two children together.
Did You Know?
Sarah Michelle Gellar originally auditioned for the role of Cordelia Chase! Originally the show's producers didn't think Gellar could be seen as an "outcast" like Buffy's character was described in the script. Later, though, they realised that Gellar's star power made her perfect for the main role.
Who didn't absolutely love Willow Rosenberg? Alyson Hannigan brought the character to life during her time on Buffy, and we've had a hard time forgetting Buffy's #1 Scooby since then.
However, Hannigan's kept plenty busy since her Buffy days. In fact, many people might know her better at this point in time for her role on How I Met Your Mother, which she starred in as Lily Aldrin from 2005-2014. Hannigan's also well known for her roles in the American Pie film franchise (1999-2012). She's also made guest appearances on various shows, such as That 70's Show, Veronica Mars, and The McCarthys, and can currently be seen as the host of Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
Hannigan found love of the Buffy set and married her former co-star Alexis Denisof (whom played Wesley Wyndam-Pryce on both Buffy and its spin-off, Angel) in 2003. The two are still married and have two daughters.
A human falls in love with a vampire- it's a popular trope now with franchises like Twilight and shows like The Vampire Diairies. But long before either of those stories were told, there was the story of Buffy and Angel: a twisted, tragic, beautiful love story of the slayer falling in love with a vampire.
David Boreanaz's swoon-worthy role as Angel made him a heartthrob overnight. So much so, that he left Buffy after its third season to star in his own sitcom, Angel, which aired from 1999-2004. After Angel, Boreanaz starred in the crime comedy-drama television series, Bones, from 2005-2017, and has been starring in the military drama show, SEAL Team, since 2017.
Boreanaz has been married since 2001 and has two children.
Where would Buffy be without her best guy pal, Xander Harris? And there would certainly be no Xander without Nicholas Brendon's affable portrayal of him!
Since Buffy, Brendon acted in the crime-drama show Criminal Minds from 2007-2014. Interestingly enough, he also was one of the writers for the Buffy Season 10 comic book in 2014.
Sadly, Brendon's had a bit of legal drama since his Buffy days. He's had a handful of arrests related to assault and robbery, and was on an episode of Dr. Phil in 2015, where he talked about his battle with sobriety.
Charisma Carpenter played the role of Buffy's frenemy, Cordelia Chase, from 1997-1999, until she joined the cast of the Angel spin-off (1999-2004). We loved to hate Cordelia, but it's hard to imagine the show without her!
Since Buffy and Angel, Carpenter has acted on TV shows like Charmed, Veronica Mars, The Lying Game and as the host of the Discovery channel true crime series, Surviving Evil. She's also acted in films: The Expendables movie series (2010-2012) and Bound, a 2015 spoof of the Fifty Shades of Grey series.
Carpenter has one son, who was born in 2003.
Did You Know?
Just as Sarah Michelle Gellar auditioned for the role of Cordelia originally, Charisma Carpenter initially auditioned for the role of Buffy. She was instead cast as Cordelia, which Charisma has said she has no regrets over.
Anthony Stewart Head
Giles was always my personal favourite character on the show; the sensible, mature, librarian often held the Scooby Gang together during some of their craziest moments. Anthony Stewart Head was absolutely fantastic in his role as Rupert Giles.
Since the end of Buffy, Head has acted in several TV shows: Little Britain, Merlin, Dominion and most recently, British legal drama, The Split. He's also had several movie roles including The Iron Lady (2011), Underdogs (2013) and lest we forget his lovely singing voice, he had a main role in the 2008 rock musical, Repo! The Genetic Opera.
Head and his long-term partner, Sarah, have two adult daughters together, and he still resides in the UK.
He was cast on the show as an adversary, but James Marsters role of vampire Spike went on to become one of the most beloved on the show. Just like co-stars David Boreanaz and Charisma Carpenter, Marsters eventually went on to star in the last season of Angel (2004) after Buffy's end.
Since then, Marsters has had roles on TV in Smallville, Without a Trace, and Hawaii Five-0. He's also done voice acting for the Dragon Ball anime franchise, in the form of the TV show, Dragon Ball Super (2019) and various video games. He can also currently be seen on the Hulu superhero show, Marvel Runaways.
Marsters has been married since 2011, and has two children.
Did You Know?
Despite his British accent on the show, James Marsters is actually American. He often received vocal coaching on set from real-life Brit and co-star, Anthony Stewart Head.
His role may have been behind the camera, but there would've been no Buffy The Vampire Slayer with the show's creator, Joss Whedon. Whedon originally came up with the idea for Buffy when he created the film in 1992, but unhappy with the way the film turned out, he pressed on and developed the television show in 1997.
During Buffy's run, he created the aforementioned spin-off, Angel, which ran from 1997-2004. Whedon's had several other successful shows, including the cult sci-fi Western, Firefly (2002), Dollhouse (2009-2010) and was even one of the co-writers of the Disney/Pixar film, Toy Story (1995).
Whedon is currently working with the Marvel Universe; he's the creator of the superhero show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013-present) and wrote and directed both The Avengers (2012) and it's 2015 sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Whedon has two children and resides in Los Angeles, California.
Michelle Trachtenberg was already a well-known child star before landing the role of Dawn in Buffy. She later went on to star on TV shows like Gossip Girl and Weeds. She's most recently done voice acting for the Facebook animated comedy, Human Kind Of in 2018.
She played the sexy, bad-girl slayer, Faith, but since her Buffy days, Eliza Dushku has been plenty busy with her own starring roles. She played the lead roles in two Fox shows, Tru Calling and Dollhouse, and is currently in talks to star in an upcoming fantasy show called The Black Company, which is based on the book series of the same name.
Seth Green's stardom has probably eclipsed his short time on Buffy, at this point; though he played Willow's werewolf boyfriend, Oz, from 1997-2000, his more known for his long list of TV and film roles. Amongst his impressive credits, he's known on TV as the voice actor of Chris Griffin on Family Guy, and has also had appearances on Entourage and Dads. His filmography also includes roles in the Austin Powers film series, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Batman movie. He's the co-creator, executive producer, and frequent voice actor of Adult Swim's animated sketch comedy show, Robot Chicken (2006-present).
Actresses Emma Caulfield and Amber Benson played Anya and Tara, respectively, and it was heartbreaking when neither of their characters made it to the end of the series alive. Thankfully both women have still gone on to have successful careers post-Buffy; Caulfield was most recently seen on TV in roles on Fear the Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time, while Benson has had guest roles on Supernatural and Grey's Anatomy.
Did You Know?
Seth Green was the only main actor to appear in both the original Buffy The Vampire Slayer film (1992) and the TV show. Green's role in the film was uncredited; he played an unnamed vampire.
Once More, With Feeling...
Fans of the show have always wanted a reunion- maybe a movie, or a limited-time series, or even a whole new show, set in current day with Buffy and the rest of the Scooby gang as adults.
However, the former cast-mates are pretty split in their perspective about reuniting for a new Buffy show or movie. Sarah Michelle Gellar has said, "At a certain point, when things are magical, you don’t want to go back and Godfather III it—right? I’m sure the fans are incredibly disappointed to hear that answer, but I think they’d be more disappointed if we created something and it didn’t live up to the expectation because the expectation is so incredibly high. And I love that it can live in comic form and graphic novels. There are so many worlds it can live in."
Alyson Hannigan is along the same terms and is behind Buffy being rebooted as a cartoon. Meanwhile, James Marsters has said he'll only do a Buffy reunion if show-runner Joss Whedon is behind it again.
There's recently been rumours of a Buffy reboot; not with the original cast, but with a new slayer taking the helm (because of course, "In every generation, there is a chose one..."). Monica Owusu-Breen (whom has worked on shows like Lost, Alias, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has been reportedly working with Joss Whedon on the reboot, but there's been no official word on casting yet.