“This is surreal,” said Joss Whedon upon reuniting with the cast of his WB/UPN series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” “This is like a high school reunion, but much worse because they all still look really great and you were hoping someone would puff out a bit so you could be the cool one. But that did not take place.” For the show’s 20th anniversary Entertainment Weekly reunited Whedon with the actors who brought the series to life over the course of its seven seasons. Watch a snippet of the reunion conversation above, and check out the whole thing here.
“I think it was the ultimate metaphor,” said Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played the title superheroine. “It was utilizing the horrors of adolescence, manifested through these actual monsters … For all of us here, we have been a part of something that’s bigger than us, that still holds up. It’s all you can ever really hope for.”
“It was the role of a lifetime,” said Alyson Hannigan, who played wallflower-turned-witch Willow Rosenberg. James Marsters, who rose to fame as vampire Spike, felt the series was a refuge for outcasts: “‘Buffy’ was a way through the television set for a group of artists to tell the audience, ‘You’re not alone.'”
Hear more from fellow cast members Nicholas Brendon (Xander), David Boreanaz (Angel), Seth Green (Oz) and Kristine Sutherland (Joyce) above. And you can also see how Gold Derby celebrated “Buffy” on March 10, which was 20 years to the day after the show’s series premiere in 1997: our countdown of its 20 best episodes of all time, our “Where are they now?” cast gallery, and our look back at the show’s notorious Emmy snubs.