Buffy The Vampire Slayer pierced pop culture in the 90s; a female fighting demon slayer who became one of the most prominent heroines on screen. “[The show] was the ultimate metaphor: horrors of adolescence manifesting through actual monsters,” described Sarah Michelle Gellar. “It’s the hardest time of your life.”
David Boreanaz (who played Buffy’s love interest and vampire paramour Angel) agreed. “When you’re going through a really horrible part of your life, like your teenage years, you feel alone. And Buffy was a way to tell the audience you’re not alone.”
It was, however, disappointing to say the least when I finally got to meet Gellar a couple of years ago during a promotional trip to Australia for a brand I shall keep unnamed. Unnamed because Gellar was, well, not particularly warm. Although questions had been previously approved, the actress was not at all interested in answering anything along the lines of 90s hairstyles, teenage crushes, her role on The Crazy Ones with the late Robin Williams or the television show which made her a household name: Buffy.
That aside, the cast have reunited for EW in honour of the television show celebrating its 20th anniversary. Creator Joss Whedon said the experience was surreal. “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.”
Most importantly though, who should Buffy have ended up with logn term? “Spike’s kind of your guy, he actually went and got a soul because of her. He was evolved in a different way,” says Whedon. “But Angel is Romeo.”
“Spike understood a different part of who Buffy was and I think she needed to understand that and discover that,” says Gellar.
“There was something so beautiful about the Buffy and Angel story,” she continues. “They spend that first time together and it literally pushed him to the dark side. It was the ultimate metaphor for the guy that didn’t call.”
In the spirit of Love Actually’s sequel, who do you think aged the best?