Cast Catch-Up: ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

It’s hard to believe that our demon-saving heroine, Buffy Summers, just turned 33 (But, according to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s tweets, she thinks she just turned 30!) When Buffy the Vampire Slayer first premiered in 1997, our little Buffy was only 16! Where has the time gone? Better yet, where are our beloved characters that graced our screens with witty remarks (thanks to Xander) or left us with crazy nightmares (I still shudder at the thought of “The Gentlemen” knocking on my door in the middle of the night to steal my heart)?

I decided to find out for myself what the “Scoobies” are up to outside their alter egos.

Sarah Michelle Gellar BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Image Credit: Warner Bros.) / Sarah Michelle Gellar in THE CRAZY ONES (Image Credit: CBS)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Image Credit: Warner Bros.) / (Image Credit: CBS)

Buffy Summers a.k.a. Sarah Michelle Gellar

After the series ended, we spotted Sarah in different spots here and there. Her most notable characters were Karen in The Grudge series and of course, the fashionable Daphne in Scooby-Doo (She was part of another Scooby gang!) She’s picked up small parts as voice actor for The Simpsons, Robot Chicken and American Dad. But, how can we forget to mention the other television show she starred in during 2011 that ended abruptly. I’m talking about Ringer where she did the double duty of playing twin sisters. Now, Sarah can be seen playing the daughter of comedian Robin Williams in The Crazy Ones on CBS. The duo works together at an advertising agency and let’s just say hilarity ensues.

Alyson Hannigan in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Image Credit: Warner Bros.) / Alyson Hannigan in HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (Image Credit: CBS)
Alyson Hannigan (Image Credit: Warner Bros.) / (Image Credit: CBS)

Willow Rosenberg a.k.a. Alyson Hannigan

Ah, the intelligent and shy Willow and basically Buffy’s rock through all the years of being a slayer. Alyson is not one to shy away from hit television shows. Apart from doing small roles in Veronica Mars or standing in as the wife of Jim Levenstein in the American Pie series, she’s widely known for her role as Lily Aldrin in How I Met Your Mother. Playing Lily for a whole nine years and Willow for seven just goes to show Alyson will stay dedicated to a role.

Nicholas Brendon in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Image Credit: Warner Bros.) / Nicholas Brendon in CRIMINAL MINDS (Image Credit: CBS)
Nicholas Brendon (Image Credit: Warner Bros.) / (Image Credit: CBS)

Xander Harris a.k.a. Nicholas Brendon

How do we not fall in love with Xander, the kid with the witty remarks and his little eye patch near the end of Season 7? Just like his alter ego, Nicholas keeps himself busy with different projects. We can find him on the small screen playing both FBI technical analyst Kevin Lynch on Criminal Minds and in television movies like Lifetime’s My Neighbor’s Secret. It’s safe to say Nicholas won’t be leaving us anytime soon. Keep a look out. You never know when you’ll be watching television and you say to yourself, “Wait a minute, Xander?”

Anthony Head in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Image Credit: Warner Bros.) / Anthony Head in MERLIN (Image Credit: BBC)
Anthony Head (Image Credit: Warner Bros.) / (Image Credit: BBC)

Rupert Giles a.k.a. Anthony Head

Buffy’s watcher, or as I like to think of him, the real father figure in her life. As much as we all wanted a spin-off series to happen for him since he basically disappeared for all of Season 7 of Buffy, it didn’t happen. Instead, Head stuck to his UK routes, popping up in roles such as Uther Pendragon in Merlin and heck, he even made a cameo in The Inbetweeners Movie (UK version, remember)! It’s weird to see our good ol’ Giles NOT walking around with a book in his hands or at least cleaning his glasses.

David Boreanaz in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Image Credit: Warner Bros.) / David Boreanaz in BONES (Image Credit: FOX)
David Boreanaz (Image Credit: Warner Bros.) / (Image Credit: FOX)

Angel/Angelus a.k.a. David Boreanaz

Okay. We just can’t forget the ultimate love of Buffy’s life. Angel! To this day, I don’t believe in any love as much as Angel and Buffy’s (Okay, Kelly Kapowski and Zack Morris are up there too…) Fortunately, our sweet, blood-sucking vampire received his own spin-off series that lasted for five seasons. But nowadays, we can see him as a detective again, just without the long black dusters and fangs popping out now and then. Nope. We’re talking about his role as Special Agent Seeley Booth in Bones. The show has been running for a whopping nine years! Heck, as long as I get to see David Boreanaz on my television screen again, I’m fine with that!

James Marsters in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Image Credit: Warner Bros.) / James Marsters in HAWAII FIVE-0 (Image Credit: CBS)
James Marsters (Image Credit: Warner Bros.) / (Image Credit: CBS)

Spike a.k.a. James Marsters

Alright, I figured some die hard Buffy fans might get upset over the fact I didn’t mention Spike (For those of you who don’t know, this was way before Team Jacob and Team Edward). All Spike wanted was Buffy’s love and to eventually redeem himself which he did in an epic way during the series finale. However, that’s not the last we saw of his character since he was brought in as a series regular on the spin-off show Angel. Since both shows ended, James has been hopping from different television series with small arcs on the show, including Smallville and Hawaii Five-0. When will a casting director finally see that James has the potential of a series regular? I’m waiting for that day to come.

I know there are some honorable mentions such as Dawn, Anya, Tara, Riley, Faith, Principal Snyder, Cordelia… But don’t you see? The list would go on and on. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or should I say the complete genius who is Joss Whedon, had a way of bringing in new characters and taking some out but allowed them to be instilled in our memories even after the series have ended! Now who feels like they should have a Buffy marathon? 

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A pop culture junkie who learned her life lessons from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Lizzie McGuire. @ashleeeybash

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