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31 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was 20 years ago?! We feel so old…


    Although we kinda like chilling with people from the mortal world, we also have a *slight* thing for vampires. Sure, we know they love to send people to the fishes in the most gruesome ways with their sparkly skin and their weird teeth – but there’s something about them, you know? Over the years, vampire chic has really taken off, and more and more people are tuning in to watch awesome movies and shows that feature these mythical beings. Whether you were #TeamJacob or #TeamEdward, there was a high chance that you were (and still are) obsessed with The Twilight Saga. You may have drooled over the main characters in The Vampire Diaries (we could have built our own swimming pool), and you may have even cried for a week when True Blood was canceled in 2014. Of course, those eagle-eyed vampire lovers amongst you will know that we have missed the piece-de-resistance of the immortal world from that little list – because you really can’t talk about vampires without talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s basically the law. This epic supernatural drama came into our lives in 1997 and was the epitome of all things ‘90s. You know we love a good retro show. There was big hair, there were dramatic storylines, there were the most retro outfits known to man, vampire or beast, and there were actors who made the ‘90s even better. Created by the legend that is Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer followed the life of Buffy Summers – played by the iconic Sarah Michelle Gellar – as she tried to juggle her two lives. On the one hand, she was your typical teenage high school student trying to pass her exams and keep her friends in check, but on the other hand she was a ruthless vampire slayer who spent her evenings dancing with the devil and trying to rid the world of evil. There were dark forces, demons, vampires and werewolves, and it was pretty darn cool. Sadly, the show came to an end in 2003, but we will never forget the hours of entertainment and pure stress that this show gave us. Are you still a true Buffy fan? Then you’ll probably want to check out these 31 things you probably didn’t know about Buffy the Vampire Slayer…

    Breaking Boundaries

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Buffy’s writer, Joss Whedon, said that he decided to write Buffy The Vampire Slayer in response to the hopeless damsels in distress that were portrayed in every.single.thing.ever. In movies and TV, women always played the helpless female. Joss wanted to change that and felt that women needed screen idols and heroines to look up to…and Buffy was born. Women rule!

    Buffy and Xander – Katie and Ryan?

    It turns out that Buffy could have been very different. Initially, Katie Holmes was offered the role of Buffy, and Deadpool (a.k.a Ryan Reynolds) was offered the role of Xander. They both turned the offer down, and so they were given to Sarah Michelle Gellar and Nicholas Brendon. We like it that way, anyways.

    Swapsies

    Sarah Michelle Gellar originally auditioned for the role of Queen Bee, Cordelia Chase…and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) originally auditioned for the role of Buffy. Because the network knew how big Sarah Michelle Gellar was and could be, they decided to swap around the women’s roles and give the leading role to Sarah Michelle Gellar. Ouch.

    Keeping Up Appearances

    Throughout all of the 144 episodes and 7 seasons, Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy) and Alyson
    Hannigan (Willow) were the only actors to appear in all of them. This was closely followed by Nicholas Brendon (Xander) who didn’t appear in the last season’s episode – ‘Conversations With Dead People.’

    Who even liked Dawn?

    Getting too emotionally attached to the Buffy program was inevitable. But how horrible was Dawn? We’ve yet to know anyone who liked her. Michelle Trachtenberg played Dawn, and this role started off a vicious cycle for her. Quite literally. Because she played the evil character so well, Michelle was given so many roles like Dawn. Most notably, she played Georgina Sparks on Gossip Girl. *hiss*

    Faith almost had her own show

    After the success of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and her character, Faith, Eliza Dushku was offered the chance to star in her own spin-off show centering around Faith. Unfortunately, Dushku turned the role down to star in the TV program, Tru Calling. As much as we love Tru Calling, this would have been so cool… Some might say, it was her true calling… No? Okay.

    It’s all love

    Tara and Willow Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    One of the things that set Buffy apart from every other TV show out there was the inclusion
    of a same-gender relationship – and we just loved Tara and Willow together. But when Joss Whedon was writing the show, he didn’t intend for this relationship to blossom. Initially, he decided that Xander should have a soft spot for men…but then decided against it. We also loved Xander and Anya together, too, so it worked out for the best. Yay for love.

    Funny accents

    Who did you ship? Buffy and Angel? Or Buffy and Spike? Well, if Spike tipped the post for you because of his British accent…you might be disappointed. Spike’s accent is completely fake, as he’s actually American and from California. He originally auditioned with a Texan accent, but producers decided he’s sound even better with a British accent. Even though it’s fake, we still love him…

    Double Trouble

    Xander was your typical love-hate character. Some fans loved him…but others saw him as a geeky dork (we like the geeky dork look, personally). There were often times where Xander’s character was duplicated throughout the series, but that wasn’t a problem because Nicholas Brendon has an identical twin! His brother is also an actor but hasn’t had much luck in the business – probably because Nicholas has taken all the roles. But whenever the show needed more than one Xander, his brother stepped in.

    Google It!

    We all know the phrase. Rather than saying ‘look it up’…it’s so much easier to say ‘Google it’ – well, it’s not really that much easier but it definitely feels much more 21st Century. Buffy The Vampire Slayer was the first show to use the phrase in real life situations and was probably one of the reasons the phrase is so popular today. If you don’t believe us…Google it!

    Big spenders

    As the show became more and more popular over the years, the budget became bigger…and some of their expenses were outright outrageous. Spike’s jacket was all the rage in the ’90s, but was it really worth $2,000? The show was prepared to pay that so guess it was worth it for them. They also shelled out $5,000 in special effects for each vampire death – all that dust is pricey you know!

    Real-life people

    Since filming ended, Joss Whedon has said how there were many of his characters were based on people he knew…and he even based Xander on himself. Whedon claimed that Cordelia was based on a girl that his wife went to school with – but to be honest, we all knew someone like Cordelia at school.

    Return of the Angel

    When Angel passed away at the end of season two, we cried for a week. How could they do that?! But our hearts repaired themselves in season three when he came back from the grave. According to Joss Whedon, Angel was meant to stay out of the immortal world, but producers begged him to allow Angel to return…because they knew everyone loved him. Well, they weren’t wrong.

    Warehouse wonders

    If you always thought that Buffy was shot inside a real school – move on to the next secret. Because of small budgets at the beginning of filming, cast and crew had to film the school scenes in a huge warehouse in Santa Monica, California. They used outside shots of Torrance High School in L.A to make it look unique (you might recognize the school from other programs and films like 90210, She’s All That, and Not Another Teen Movie).

    Graveyard problems

    When the budget increased, producers decided to build their own graveyard in the car park to make graveyard scenes even easier. Most of the gravestones were made out of polystyrene, and there was a lot of dry ice…. We bet it looked far less spooky in daylight.

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