After reducing me to a squealing fangirl with last week’s cover featuring the cast of the upcoming return of Twin Peaks, Entertainment Weekly is devoting the cover of its latest issue, on newsstands Friday, to the cast of another beloved cult TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show ran for seven seasons, from 1997 to 2003, and the cover is in honor of their 20 year reunion.
The magazine is also featuring a gallery of photos of the reunited cast, which included show creator Joss Whedon, Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy, of course), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Amber Benson (Tara), Alyson Hannigan (Willow) and hubby Alexis Denisof (Wesley), David Boreanaz (Angel), James Marsters (Spike), Seth Green (Oz), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce), and Nicholas Brendon (Xander). Anthony Stewart Head, who played Buffy’s mentor Giles, was the only cast member of note who missed the reunion, most likely because he lives in the UK. Eliza Dushku, who played Faith, was also noticeably missing.
Joss Whedon, who called the gathering “surreal,” jokingly noted, “For the most part, this is like a high school reunion but much worse because they all still look really great. I was hoping some of them would puff out a bit. But that did not take place.” He’s right, you know. Sarah, Charisma and Alyson (who will always be Lily from HIMYM to me) look great. The fellas – James, David and Seth aren’t looking too shabby either. They all definitely looked better than the motley crew assembled for my last high school reunion.
In a short interview, most of the cast talked about how the show put a fantastical spin on the horrors of high school and how they were proud that so many kids could identify with the characters in their own way. Sarah said that when you boil it down, Sunnydale was just like any other high school, except the terrors weren’t quite so literal, telling EW, “It’s the ultimate metaphor: horrors of adolescence manifesting through these actual monsters,” adding, “It’s the hardest time of life.” You said it, sister.
Lily…I mean, Alyson gushed about playing Willow, declaring, “It was the role of a lifetime. I met the love of my life [Alexis]. And just to get to go to work every day and have Joss sort of train me — I’ll never have a better experience than that.”
As for the show’s enduring legacy, Joss told EW,
The most important thing to me is that I have had people come up to me and say the show made me feel different about what they could be, about what they could do, about how they respond to problems, about being a female leader. People getting strength from my own little terrors is … there is no better legacy than that.
Sarah also waxed philosophic about what the show was able to accomplish over its seven-year run, stating,
I’m so incredibly proud of what we all created. Sometimes you need distance to really understand the gravitas of that. I appreciate everything about that job. As an actor, all you ever want to do is leave your mark — you want to do something that affects people.
You can see a short clip below, but if you’re an über fan with 45 minutes to spare, you can watch an extended special on People Entertainment Network.
Full confession, I never watched an episode of Buffy, but I did see the movie. (Does that count?) I am familiar with many of the faces and it is kind of cool to see them all together again, especially because there’s no remake/reboot or return associated with this gathering. Twin Peaks aside, none of the recent reboots have excited me (although I’m on the fence about Will and Grace). Besides, I think we are all kind of Vampire-d out, right?
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