Attention, hellmouth survivors: March 10 marked the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the hit TV show starring a spunky, vamp-killing high schooler that paved the way for countless other teen dramas in years to come.
But while the show still has a very special place in fans’ hearts — with many still turning up to fan conventions and binge-watching on streaming services — these days, its legacy comes with as asterisk due to allegations against its creator, Joss Whedon.
Several claims of bullying and other misconduct have come from Buffy actors, with star Sarah Michelle Gellar even declaring in 2021: ‘While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon.’
But the stars and their fans are still happy to celebrate the beloved show, which started on The WB and ended on UPN in 2003 — even if they’re cropping Whedon out of the picture.
In honor of the anniversary, DailyMail.com is taking a look back at what the stars have been up to since the show wrapped, from subsequent hit series to Emmys to multiple arrests.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuted on March 10, 1997 and ran for seven seasons until 2003, leading to the spin-off show Angel, which ran for five seasons
The show starred Sarah Michelle Gellar in the title role (pictured left in 1997 and right in 2022)
The butt-kicking, wise-cracking, vamp-vanquishing star of the show was 15 years old when the series premiered – though Gellar was 19 at the time.
Yet addressing misconduct allegations against creator Joss Whedon last year, Gellar said she doesn’Buffy ran for seven seasons until 2003, starting on The WB and ending its run on UPNt ‘want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon’
Buffy Summers played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, the on-screen heroine who went from fame as a pint-sized child actor to big-screen fame
The butt-kicking, wise-cracking, vamp-vanquishing star of the show was 15 years old when the series premiered — though Sarah Michelle Gellar was 19 at the time.
While the first season was a short 12 episodes, it earned good ratings in an as-yet-untapped market, and Gellar became a fast star, also coming out with a major role in I Know What You Did Last Summer that year.
During the show’s run, Gellar covered magazines, hosted Saturday Night Live, and appeared in several big movies like Cruel Intentions and — quite appropriately — Scooby-Doo (since Buffy and her friends refer to themselves several times as the Scooby Gang or Scoobies on the show).
She also started dating Freddie Prinze, Jr. in 2000, and the two went on to tie the knot in 2002. Together, they have two kids: Charlotte, 12, and Rocky, nine.
Now 44, Gellar has continued acting since the series wrapped, starring in the films The Grudge, Suburban Girl, and Veronika Decides to Die, as well as the short-lived TV shows Ringer and The Crazy Ones — the latter of which earned her a People’s Choice Award but was cancelled following the untimely death of her co-star Robin Williams.
She’s also launched her own healthy baking company, Foodstirs, and published a cookbook, Stirring up Fun with Food, in 2017.
Buffy ran for seven seasons until 2003, starting on The WB and ending its run on UPN
Gellar married Freddie Prinze Jr. shortly before Buffy wrapped. The couple will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this year
They have two kids, 12-year-old Charlotte and nine-year-old Rocky
She’s also launched her own healthy baking company, Foodstirs, and published a cookbook, Stirring up Fun with Food, in 2017
In early 2021, she was among several stars to speak out in support of costar Charisma Carpenter, who made shocking allegations of abuse against series creator Joss Whedon.
Gellar made it clear that she condemned Whedon, writing on social media: ‘While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon.
‘I am more focused on raising my family and surviving a pandemic right now, so I will not be making any further statements at this time. But I stand with all survivors of abuse and of proud of them for speaking out.’
Still, the star clearly has fond memories about the show that launched her career, and on Thursday, in honor of the anniversary, she looked back on Instagram.
She wrote: ’25 years ago today I had the honor to introduce the world to my version of Buffy Anne Summers.
‘It was an uphill battle. A mid season replacement, on a new network based on a movie, that was by no means a giant success. But then there was you. The fans. You believed in us. You made this happen. You are the reason 25 years later we are still celebrating. So today we celebrate you as well.’
Creator Joss Whedon (pictured left in 2011 and right in 2019) launched a huge career off the show, but in recent years he has been hit with multiple allegations of misconduct
Joss Whedon: How show’s creator, writer, and director shot to fame before being accused of ‘toxic’ behavior and ‘abuse of power’ by multiple actors
About those allegations. Whedon, 57, based Buffy the Vampire Slayer — his first television show — on a 1992 movie by the same name, starring Kristy Swanson in the title role.
Buffy’s massive success led to him creating several other hits, including spinoff Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
But things slowly started to topple for Whedon in 2017, when his ex-wife, Kai Cole, wrote an essay for The Wrap accusing him of being a ‘hypocrite preaching feminist ideals.’
She said that during their 16-year marriage, he ‘hid multiple affairs and a number of inappropriate emotional ones that he had with his actresses, co-workers, fans, and friends.’
Then, in July 2020, Justice League star Ray Fisher accused Whedon of ‘gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable’ behavior, sparking an investigation by WarnerMedia.
Costar Jason Momoa and Gal Gadot also made comments about bad experience with Whedon.
In 2017, his ex-wife, Kai Cole, wrote an essay for The Wrap accusing him of being a ‘hypocrite preaching feminist ideals’
In 2020, Justice League star Ray Fisher accused Whedon of ‘gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable’ behavior, sparking an investigation by WarnerMedia.
It all came to a head in February 2021, when Carpenter — who played Cordelia Chase on the first three seasons of Buffy before staring in Angel — spoke out in solidarity with Ray Fisher, sharing her own experiences.
‘For nearly two decades, I have held my tongue and even made excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day. Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel,’ she wrote.
‘While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers.’
Citing a series of ‘disturbing incidents,’ Carpenter claimed her interactions with Whedon triggered an unspecified ‘chronic physical condition’ that she said she still suffers from today, decades later.
‘Joss has a history of being casually cruel. He has created hostile and toxic work environments since his early career. I know because I experienced it first-hand. Repeatedly,’ she said.
Immediately, several of Carpenter’s Buffy costars spoke out in support of her.
In February 2021, Charisma Carpenter spoke out in solidarity with Ray Fisher, sharing her own experiences and accusing Whedon of abuse behavior
‘Joss has a history of being casually cruel. He has created hostile and toxic work environments since his early career. I know because I experienced it first-hand. Repeatedly,’ she said
Sarah Michelle released a statement in support, saying she does ‘not want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon’
Michelle Trachtenberg hinted at her own negative experiences, writing: ‘What he did was very bad’
Amber Benson chimed in on Twitter, saying: ‘Buffy was a toxic environment and it starts at the top’
Gellar released a statement, as did Amber Benson, who described Buffy as a ‘toxic environment and it starts at the top.’
‘[Charisma] is speaking truth and I support her 100%. There was a lot of damage done during that time and many of us are still processing it twenty plus years later,’ she said.
Michelle Trachtenberg hinted at her own negative experiences, writing: ‘What he did was very bad.’
‘I am brave enough now as a 35 year old woman….To repost this. Because. This must. Be known. As a teenager. With his not appropriate behavior….very. Not. Appropriate,’ she wrote.
There have been other allegations as well, including from James Marsters, a couple who met while working on Buffy’s stunt team, and other ex-staffers.
A year later, in January of this year, Whedon spoke out at length for the first time in a profile in New York Magazine, conceding that he wasn’t ‘civilized’ back then.
‘I yelled, and sometimes you had to yell. This was a very young cast, and it was easy for everything to turn into a cocktail party,’ he said.
He denied several of the allegations made by Carpenter, but admitted he ‘was not mannerly.’
He also insisted he was not the bad guy he’s been painted as, saying that people have used ‘every weaponizable word of the modern era to make it seem like I was an abusive monster,’ but ‘I think I’m one of the nicer showrunners that’s ever been.’
As for the affairs he had on set, he said he feels ‘terrible’ about them because of the ‘power dynamic,’ but insisted he felt like he ‘had’ to sleep with those women because he felt ‘powerless’ to resist, fearing he’s ‘always regret it’ if he didn’t.
Alyson Hannigan, 47, played nerd-turned-witch Willow Rosenberg (pictured left in 1997, right in 2020)
She married Alexis Denisof, who appeared in several episode of Buffy before starring in Angel. They have two children, Satyana and Keeva (pictured in 2019)
Hannigan played Lily Aldrin on How I Met Your Mother, a role she got because one of the creator’s wives was a huge Buffy fan
Cast members occasionally reunite – and share the evidence for thrilled fans on social media
Willow Rosenberg played by Alyson Hannigan: How Buffy shot the actress to on-screen stardom and sparked a decades-long Hollywood career (as well as a marriage!)
Alyson Hannigan’s Willow evolved quite a bit over the course of the show’s 145 episodes. Starting out as a shy, unpopular geek who is thrilled that Buffy befriends her and moons silently over her best friend Xander, she eventually becomes a brave, powerful witch — who was also half of one of TV’s first scripted lesbian relationships.
During the show’s run, Hannigan — who was 22 when the series started — also starred in American Pie and American Pie 2, uttering one of the film’s most famous lines (‘This one time, at band camp…’).
After Buffy ended in 2003, she had small parts in a few TV shows and movies before, in 2005, landing another big TV gig: playing Lily Aldrin on How I Met Your Mother.
Hannigan actually got the role of Lily because the wife of HIMYM co-creator Craig Thomas was a big Buffy fan.
‘Yeah, arguably that’s why we cast Alyson,’ he said in a 2005 interview. ‘None of us knew about Buffy, and my wife said, “Watch Buffy.” And we became almost embarrassingly huge Buffy dorks to the point where I think Alyson is uncomfortable around us sometimes.’
Meanwhile, Hannigan had more luck in her love life than Willow, who watched her girlfriend Tara get shot by a stray bullet meant for Buffy. A few months after the series ended, the now-47-year-old married Alexis Denisof — who played Wesley Wyndam-Pryce on the series and its spin-off Angel.
The couple has two daughters, 12-year-old Satyana and nine-year-old Keeva.
Nicholas Brendon played Xander, the third member of the original Scooby Trio (pictured left in 1997 and right in 2021)
He had a co-starring role with Bradley Cooper in the short-lived series Kitchen Confidential from 2005 to 2006
Xander Harris actor Nicholas Brendon: TV hit’s on-screen good guy became embroiled in real-life scandal over rehab stints and multiple arrests
Nicholas Brendon, who played Scooby sidekick Xander, has mostly kept up acting since Buffy ended, moving on to a co-starring role with Bradley Cooper in the short-lived series Kitchen Confidential from 2005 to 2006.
The 50-year-old actor also appeared in the films The Portal, Unholy, Big Gay Love, and Indigo and had arcs on the shows Private Practice and Criminal Minds.
His personal drama, though, has grabbed more headlines than the on-screen kind. He went to rehab twice, in 2004 and 2010, and has been arrested several times over the past decade.
In 2010, he was charged with four misdemeanors and given a suspended one-year jail sentence for resisting arrest, battery against a police officer, and vandalism.
His personal drama, though, has grabbed more headlines than the on-screen kind. He went to rehab twice, in 2004 and 2010
He’s been arrested several times for allegedly choking his girlfriend, trashing a Florida hotel room, and being found drunk on a beach
His most recent arrest was in 2021 for failure to identify and obtaining a prescription by fraud. He reached another plea deal last month, which he is set to present to a judge on on April 4
He was arrested five subsequent times for allegedly choking his girlfriend, trashing a Florida hotel room, and being found drunk on a beach.
‘When you wake up in jail and you’re not sure why you’re there, that’s a very, very lonely feeling,’ he told Dr. Phil in a TV interview in 2015. Later that year, a video surfaced of the actor’s ‘suicide attempt’ in Saratoga Springs, New York .
In 2016, he told Us Weekly that he was still committed to overcoming his addiction issues but had recently relapsed.
He was arrested again in 2017 for allegedly assaulting a girlfriend. He eventually entered a plea deal and was sentenced to three years’ probation and 20 hours of community service. He was also required to complete a year-long domestic violence course.
In August of 2021, he was arrested yet again, this time for failure to identify and obtaining a prescription by fraud. He reached another plea deal last month, which he is set to present to a judge on on April 4.
The vampire with a soul, Angel was played by David Boreanaz on the show, before his character left for a spin-off (pictured left in 1997, right in 2020)
Angel’s doomed love affair with Buffy kept viewers enthralled – and a huge fanbase got him a spinoff
The star has been married to his second wife, former Playboy model Jaime Bergman, since 2001. Together they have two kids, Jaden, 19, and Bella, 12
From playing Buffy’s undead lover to starring as a buff SEAL: David Boreanaz continues to enjoy success on-screen decades after winning hearts as Angel
Vampires like David Boreanaz’s character Angel may never age, but David himself has. Luckily for him, he still has those hunky good looks.
Now 52, David officially left Buffy after season three to star in his own spin-off show, Angel, which followed the vampire-with-a-soul’s demon-fighting detective agency in LA. He did come back for a few episodes here and there, and continued on Angel for a year after Buffy wrapped.
With his vamp days behind him, David didn’t stay away from TV for long. A year after Angel ended, he began starring opposite Emily Deschanel on Bones, which aired for 12 seasons until 2017.
A year after Angel ended, he began starring opposite Emily Deschanel on Bones, which aired for 12 seasons until 2017
He moved on directly from that to starring in SEAL Team, which has just been renewed for a sixth season
In 2010, when his wife (pictured) was pregnant with their daughter, Boreanaz admitted to having an affair with Rachel Uchitel, who is best known as being one of Tiger Woods’ mistresses
He moved on directly from that to starring in SEAL Team, which has just been renewed for a sixth season.
Meanwhile, the star has been married to his second wife, former Playboy model Jaime Bergman, since 2001. Together they have two kids, Jaden, 19, and Bella, 12.
In 2010, when Jaime was pregnant with Bella, Boreanaz admitted to having an affair with Rachel Uchitel, who is best known as being one of Tiger Woods’ mistresses.
He and his wife are still together and started a nail polish line with two of their friends called Chrome Girl.
Anthony Stewart Head played Rupert Giles, Buffy’s watcher – who became a sort of father-figure for the teen (pictured left in 1997 and right more recently)
He spent several years on the UK sketch show Little Britain and popped up in over a dozen other shows, including Still Star-Crossed (pictured
Head is pictured in The Canterville Ghost. He has also been in The Stranger and Ted Lasso
He has two grown daughters, Emily (left) and Daisy (right), who are also actors
How Anthony Stewart Head went from playing stuffy librarian Rupert Giles to starring alongside Meryl Streep
Anthony Head, 68, has worked steadily since moving on from his role as Buffy’s watcher, Mr. Giles. He spent several years on the UK sketch show Little Britain and popped up in over a dozen other shows.
He also played the king on the five-season UK series Merlin, and had a supporting role in the Meryl Streep film The Iron Lady, about Margaret Thatcher.
Other roles have included the TV shows You, Me & Them; Dominion; Still Star-Crossed; The Split; The Stranger; Ted Lasso; and The Canterville Ghost.
These days, Anthony’s daughters — Emily, 33, and Daisy, 30 — are acting, too. Emily appeared in 280 episodes of the UK show Emmerdale, while Daisy starred in the short-lived Freeform show Guilt.
James Marsters played Spike (a.k.a. William the Bloody) and reprised the role on Angel (pictured left in 1999 and right in 2019)
Though his character was a super villain for much of the show, he eventually reclaimed his soul
He moved on to Marvel in 2017, playing Victor Stein on two seasons of Runaways
Spike star James Marsters, who has conquered screens big and small, while also forging a career as a musician
The second vampire that Buffy slept with — the girl’s clearly got a problem — was still just a supervillain and Angel antagonist in the beginning of the show.
And James Marsters, now 59, is clearly a pro at playing bad guys. After continuing his role as Spike on Angel for the show’s final season, he went on to play Brainiac on Smallville from 2005 to 2010. The actor also had short arcs on Without a Trace, Caprica, and Hawaii Five-0.
He moved on to Marvel in 2017, playing Victor Stein on two seasons of Runaways.
Marsters is also a musician, releasing four albums with the band Ghost of the Robot as well as two solo albums.
As for his personal life, Marsters is twice-divorced from Liane Davidson and Patricia Rahman. He and Davidson share a son, Sullivan, who is also a musician.
Charisma Carpenter played Cordelia Chase during the show’s high school years (pictured left in 1997 and right in 2019)
Cordelia was the mean popular girl – and sometimes friend of the Scoobies – who moved on to Angel after several seasons
Cordelia Chase played by Charisma Carpenter, who spoke out against Whedon’s ‘callous’ on-set behavior
Charisma Carpenter had actually auditioned for the role of Buffy, but was instead cast as the series’ vapid popular girl Cordelia.
After season three, Cordelia graduated from high school and moved to LA to pursue her dream of being an actress — but ended up working with Angel in his detective agency, and appeared on the spin-off for all five seasons.
Post-Cordy, Carpenter went on to appear in arcs on Charmed (appropriately, as a demon with psychic powers), Veronica Mars, and The Lying Game, and starred in the TV movies See Jane Date and Relative Chaos.
A year after giving birth to her son, Donovan — whose father, Damian Hardy, Carpenter divorced in 2008 after six years of marriage — the star stripped down to pose for Playboy, which she said helped her ‘get back to my old self’.
Now 51, her recent roles have been on episodes of Lucifer, No Good Nick, and Pandora.
She went on to appear in Veronica Mars in 2005 (pictured), Charmed, and The Lying Game, as well as a starring role on Angel
Now 51, her recent roles have been on episodes of Lucifer, No Good Nick, and Pandora
In 2021, after coming out in support of Ray Fisher, she opened up with her own allegations against Whedon
But her biggest headlines lately came when she spoke out against her old boss, Whedon, on Instagram last year. Carpenter claims Whedon would regularly make ‘passive-aggressive’ threats to fire her throughout the filming of the two shows, which she said ‘wreaks havoc on a young actor’s self-esteem.’
The actress further alleged that Whedon would ‘callously’ mock her and call her fat to other members of the cast and crew when she was four months pregnant, despite weighing just 126 lbs., she said.
He was mean and biting, disparaging about others openly, and often played favorites, pitting people against one another to compete and vie for his attention and approval,’ Carpenter continued.
Carpenter, who previously accused Whedon of writing her character off Angel during its fourth season back in 2003 because he was ‘upset’ she had gotten pregnant, accused him of ‘intentionally refusing multiple calls from my agents making it impossible to connect with him to tell him the news that I was pregnant.’
Once eventually informed, Carpenter said Whedon requested a one-on-one meeting with her, in which he allegedly asked her, ‘[Are you] going to keep it?’
‘He proceeded to attack my character, mock my religious beliefs, accuse me of sabotaging the show, and then unceremoniously fired me the following season once I gave birth,’ she claimed.
Kristine Sutherland played Joyce Summers, Buffy’s oblivious but loving mom (pictured left in 1997 and right in 2017)
The death of Buffy’s mom is considered one of the most memorable and heartbreaking moments of the series
The role of a lifetime: Kristine Sutherland became a household name playing Buffy’s mother Joyce Summers
Trivia time: Kristine Sutherland, who played Buffy’s mom, is not related to Donald or Keifer, though they did inspire her stage name. The 66-year-old actress changed her surname, picking one inspired by her cat, Donald — who was named after the actor.
Joyce, who died tragically — and not supernaturally — in season five, was the biggest role for Kristine, who went on to do a short stint on One Life to Live in 2010.
Reflecting on the show in a Reddit AMA in 2014, Sutherland said: ‘Sarah and I had a very special connection…it was just there from day one. I adored her and I adored working with her.’
She also revealed how hard it was not to react to Gellar crying during the scene in which Joyce died, but added that the most fun scenes to film were those during the episode Band Candy, in which she played a teenage version of herself.
Seth Green played Daniel ‘Oz’ Osbourne, a werewolf who dated Willow for several seasons (pictured left in 1998 and right in 2019)
Seth left the series in 2000 but has remained very active in Hollywood
He was in several movies and has voiced characters in animated shows Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – plus How I Met Your Mother (pictured)
A man of many talents: Seth Green, who played Daniel ‘Oz’ Osbourne, boasts a lengthy resume of roles, including actor, director, and tech investor
Seth Green, 48, had already racked up quite a few acting credits — including in Austin Powers — by the time he was cast in Buffy as werewolf and Willow beau Oz.
While the show aired, he also starred in an Austin Powers sequel and Can’t Hardly Wait, and went on to appear in Josie and the Pussycats, a third Austin Powers movie, and Party Monster.
Since the mid-2000s, he’s also been in That ’70s Show, Without a Paddle, Greg the Bunny, Four Kings, and Entourage, and does quite a bit of voice work as well — including for the popular animated shows Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and as Howard the Duck in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
In 2012, he reunited with Alyson Hannigan on How I Met Your Mother, and while the two didn’t rekindle any on-screen romance, Seth wrote online at the time: ‘Spending the day with my favorite costar’.
In real life, Green is married to actress Clare Grant. He’s also become a major investor in several companies in the tech and entertainment industries.
In 2019, he released Changeland, marking his first film as writer and director. It starred himself, Breckin Meyer, Brenda Song, and Macaulay Culkin.
He also recently reprised his role as Dr. Evil’s son, Scott, in a Super Bowl commercial for General Motors.
Danny Strong played Jonathan, a nerd in high school who later joined an ‘evil’ trio looking to make trouble for Buffy (pictured left in 2002, right in 2021)
He’s caught up with old cast members since and has continued acting
His character was a member of The Trio with Andrew (played by Tom Lenk, left) and Warren (played by Adam Busch, right)
Another teen series: He also played Paris Geller’s boyfriend Doyle on Gilmore Girls
Recently, he co-created the Fox show Empire and appeared in the Netflix reboot of Gilmore Girls
Making moves behind the camera: How Jonathan Levinson actor Danny Strong won major success as a writer and producer
He’s won several awards as a writer and creator for Game Change, Empire, and Dopesick
Danny Strong played Jonathan, the nerdy outcast who went on to join an ‘evil’ trio that caused quite a bit of trouble for the Scoobies, and eventually led to his death.
His most memorable roles after Buffy were as Paris Gellar’s boyfriend (and later husband, in the Netflix reboot) on Gilmore Girls and wannabe adman Danny Siegel on Mad Men. He also crossed paths with Alyson again on How I Met Your Mother, and played a supporting character in Sydney White with Amanda Bynes.
But it’s as a writer and producer that the 47-year-old has become a major standout. Strong was co-writer on the screenplays for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2 and an executive producer on Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
He wrote the film Game Change, which won a Golden Globe, Emmys, and other awards, and went on to create the Fox show Empire, for which he also won a Golden Globe award and an NAACP Image Award.
Most recently, he created the critically-acclaimed Hulu series Dopesick, which nabbed a Golden Globe and a SAG Award.
On a personal note, he has been engaged to actress Caitlin Mehner since 2016.
Juliet Landau played the vampire Druisilla on Buffy an Angel (pictured left in 1997 and right more recently)
Though she is British on the show, Juliet is actually American – a fact that surprises many fans that meet her
She’s since appeared in episodes of Bosch, Claws, and – appropriately – the web series Vampire: The Masquerade: L.A. By Night
Stepping back from the spotlight: Drusilla actress Juliet Landau turned her talented to voicing animated characters
As crazy, temperamental, vision-seeing vamp Drusilla, Juliet popped up in every season of Buffy and guest-starred in a few episodes of Angel, too.
But once the shows ended and she was able to step out into the daylight again, Landau, now 56, chose to stay mostly off-camera, lending her voice to animated shows including Justice League Unlimited, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
On screen, she’s appeared in episodes of Bosch, Claws, and — appropriately — the web series Vampire: The Masquerade: L.A. By Night
Fans might be surprised to learn the star is actually American, not British, and has also racked up writing and production credits since her turn as Drusilla.
Though she said in a recent interview that she’d be up for reprising her role, she did point out one potential problem: ‘The thing with playing a vampire is vampires never age, so if I was going to play Dru, I’d better do it quick and with great lighting.’
Mercedes McNab played Harmony, Cordelia’s mean girl popular friend (pictured left in 1997 and right in 2018)
Former child star Mercedes McNab found fame as high schooler-turned-vampire Harmony, but ultimately ended her Hollywood career
The youngest member of the original cast, McNab, now 41, was just 17 when the series began. She played Harmony, Cordelia’s mean-girl best friend, who was turned into a vampire at graduation. She continued to play Harmony on Angel.
A former child actress, she’d previously appeared in The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, and The Fantastic Four.
She’s had small roles since the Buffy and Angel ended, including in the horror films Hatchet and Hatchet 2, as well as episodes of Supernatural, Psych, and Criminal Minds.
Her last role was in the 2011 TV movie Glass Heels.
In 2012 she married Mark Henderson, with friend and fellow actress Taryn Manning in attendance. They have two children.
Eliza Dushku joined the series as Faith in season 3, the slayer-turned-bad (pictured left in 1998 and right in 2019)
Her character eventually redeems herself and helps fight off evil again in the final season
Faith Lehane played by Eliza Dushku: Actress continued to go from strength-to-strength on-screen while speaking out about behind-the-scenes struggle with drugs and allegations of abuse at hands of stunt coordinator
Though Faith didn’t first appear until Season 3 in 1998, the beloved character was an integral part of the show and also made appearances on Angel.
During that time, Eliza Dushku popped up in Bring it On, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and The New Guy.
After both Buffyverse shows ended, she starred in Tru Calling from 2003 to 2005, and another series from Buffy creator Joss Whedon, Dollhouse, from 2009 to 2010. Most recently, she was on Cinemax’s Banshee.
In her private life, the 41-year-old dated NBA star Rick Fox from 2009 to 2014, and in 2018 married Peter Palandjian, a former professional tennis player and current CEO of Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation. They have a two sons, two-year-old Philip and seven-month old Bodan.
Dushku also struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction, but has been sober for over a decade.
‘[Using] was fun and I loved it, until it wasn’t. Drugs didn’t love me, they didn’t love my family. They definitely didn’t love my friends that died. I have a lot of friends that are dead,’ she said.
After Buffy – and a few episodes of Angel – she starred in Tru Calling
She also starred in Dollhouse, which was created by Buffy’s Joss Whedon
In 2018 she married Peter Palandjian. They have a two sons, two-year-old Philip and seven-month old Bodan
In January 2018, Dushku went public with accusations of sexual molestation against stunt coordinator Joel Kramer. Later, she spoke out in support of Charisma Carpenter
‘I’m a good person, but when I did drugs and I drank, I didn’t make good decisions. I got sober for my family, but today I’m sober for me, and I’m sober for you. Drugs and alcohol are powerful, but we’re more powerful.’
In January 2018, Dushku went public with accusations of sexual molestation against stunt coordinator Joel Kramer, whom she claims abused her when she was 12 and working on True Lies.
Dushku claimed that after she told an adult friend and that friend confronted Kramer, she was injured on set during a stunt, sustaining several broken ribs.
A year later, she also reached a $9.5 million settlement with CBS after she was fired from the TV show Bull. She claimed the show’s star, Michael Weatherly, made sexually inappropriate comments about her on set.
When Carpenter came forward about allegations against Whedon, Dushku was one of her most vocal supporters.
‘CC, my heart aches for you & I’m so sorry you have held this for so long,’ she wrote. ‘Your post was powerful, painful, and painted a picture we’ll collectively never un-see or un-know. Thank you. I hadn’t known it and I won’t forget it.
Emma Caulfield played Anya, a revenge demon who becomes human (pictured left in 2001 and right in 2022)
Caulfield starred in the movie TiMER and appeared in the series Gigantic, Bandwagon, Life Unexpected, Once Upon a Time, and Fantasy Hospital
In 2021, she popped up in the Marvel series WandaVision and Wanda’s neighbor Sarah Proctor
Reunion! Caulfield is pictured with Gellar in a recent photo
Emma Caulfield: Anya
Buffy wasn’t actually Emma’s first teen TV series — a hard thing to say, since there weren’t very many before the vampy hit. Before starring as Anya, the revenge demon who went on to date and almost wed Xander, Emma played Brandon’s girlfriend Susan Keats on a season of Beverly Hills, 90210.
After Buffy ended — with Anya’s tragic death — Caulfield starred in the movie TiMER and appeared in the series Gigantic, Bandwagon, Life Unexpected, Once Upon a Time, and Fantasy Hospital.
Though she was married to Cornelius Grobbelaar from 2010 to 2016, she didn’t start a family until marrying Mark Leslie Ford, with whom she has a daughter.
In 2021, she popped up in the Marvel series WandaVision and Wanda’s neighbor Sarah Proctor.
As UC Sunnydale witch Tara, Amber Benson was half of one of primetime’s first lesbian couples (pictured left in 2001 and right in 2020)
Tara and Willow’s relationship was a show favorite and fans were heartbroken when Tara died
Surprisingly, Tara dated Adam Busch for several years in real life; Adam played Warren, who killed Tara
Amber Benson: Tara Maclay
Joining the show in season four, Amber Benson played Tara, a witch at UC Sunnydale who later became Willow’s girlfriend.
‘The most rewarding thing about playing Tara was that the relationship on Buffy between her and Willow helped kick open the door for more amazing LGBTQ characters on TV,’ she said in 2015. ‘We were so blessed to walk in their shoes and play those ladies. It’s one of the things I am most proud of in my life.’
Since Buffy, the 45-year-old actress has appeared in a bunch of movies and TV shows including Supernatural, Ringer, and Morganville.
Shockingly, she also spent about seven years after the show dating Adam Busch, who played bad guy Warren Mears — the very same bad guy, in fact, who killed Benson’s character Tara with a stray bullet.
Benson continues to do fan conventions and is happy to revisit the show.
‘I’m always down to chat about Buffy,’ she told AV Club in 2015. ‘I know there are a lot of people, a lot of actors who are doing something, and they’re like, “I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about what I’m working on now.” I’m not that girl. I’ll talk about anything. I’ll just talk about anything anyways. ‘
In season five, Michelle Trachtenberg joined as Buffy’s little sister (pictured left in 2000 and right in 2020)
Gellar and her on-screen younger sister have reunited several times in recent years
As an adult, she appeared in EuroTrip, 17 Again, and Gossip Girl (pictured)
Michelle Trachtenberg: Dawn Summers
Michelle Trachtenberg was just 14 when she unexpectedly joined the Buffy cast as the title character’s little sister in 2000, but she had already packed her resume with roles in The Adventures of Pete & Pete and Harriet the Spy.
Her career has only grown since. Besides starring in the Disney movie Ice Princess, EuroTrip, and the hit film 17 Again with Zac Efron, she also played appeared in Gossip Girl and Mercy, in addition to a handful of other roles.
Trachtenberg did take the familiar former-child-star route of stripping down for a sexy magazine cover — in her case, Maxim in 2011 — but otherwise she’s managed to stay out of trouble and away from tabloid headlines.
Now 36, she recently made a cameo in the Gossip Girl reboot as a character’s mother — via photos on the wall — and voiced a character on the 2018 animated series Human Kind Of.
Marking the 25th anniversary of Buffy, she posted a throwback snap with Gellar on Instagram, writing: ‘Happy 25th anniversary, big sister, of the premiere of your show #buffythevampireslayer. We have known each other for almost 30 years. You gave me this shirt to wear to present an award to you. For being a bada**. You still are. but I’m also still taller.’
When Buffy started college, she met – and eventually dated – Riley Finn, played by Marc Blucas (pictured left in 2000 and right in 2019)
He and his wife, Ryan Haddon, have two kids together, and Blucas is stepdad to Ryan’s two children with her ex, actor Christian Slater
Recently, he’s appeared in episodes of The Fix (pictured) and Swagger
He was also in the Hallmark Channel movies Good Morning Christmas! with Alison Sweeney
Marc Blucas: Riley Finn
A genuinely good guy and dreamy to boot, Riley was balm on the wound that Angel left when he departed the series in 1999.
After leaving the show himself, the now-50-year-old acted in View from the Top, First Daughter, The Killing Floor, The Jane Austen Book Club, Stay Cool, and Deadline, and also took on several more TV series with roles in Necessary Roughness, Killer Women, and Underground.
Recently, he’s appeared in episodes of The Fix and Swagger, as well as the Hallmark Channel movies Good Morning Christmas!
He and his wife, Ryan Haddon, tied the knot in 2009 and later moved to a 15-acre farm in rural Pennsylvania. They have two children, and he is also stepfather to Ryan’s two children with her ex, actor Christian Slater.
Tom Lenk played Andrew, who plotted evil deeds until helping Buffy in the final season (pictured left in 2002 and right in 2019)
He and Gellar are real-life friends and have shared snaps on Instagram
The 45-year-old has a huge following on Instagram, where he’s created funny videos impersonating celebrities
In honor of 20th anniversary, he recreated an early Buffy promotional image, using a glue bottle in place of a stake
Tom Lenk: Andrew Wells
Andrew didn’t join Buffy until the show’s sixth season, but Tom Lenk’s character ended up playing a major part in the last two years of the show — first, with the havoc-wrecking group The Trio, and then documenting Buffy and Co.’s fight to end the final Big Bad.
He’s since appeared in episodes of How I Met Your Mother (with Alyson Hannigan), House, Samantha Who?, Nip/Tuck, Psych, and Bones (with David Boreanz), as well as the movie Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
The 45-year-old has a huge following on Instagram, where he’s created funny videos impersonating celebrities.
He previously recreated red carpet looks worn by Hollywood starlets in incredible and hilarious detail, taking on Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, and Carrie Underwood.
In honor of 20th anniversary, he recreated an early Buffy promotional image, using a glue bottle in place of a stake. Reposting it later, Gellar wrote gleefully: ‘It feels like I had to wait 20 years for this….but damn it was worth the wait.’