Strong: I had one line in the unaired presentation!Marsters: I knew that the show had a chance to last for decades.
It was a powerful combination and the right idea at the right time. Carpenter: It was a character that was an adolescent young woman assuming her destiny, and that's a powerful message. She made you think that if she could do all this then so could you. There was today can thank Joss Whedon and his brain for that.
Fury: Joss saw that there was a need for this feminist heroine at the time.
I would always tell my agents and managers, "I'll do whatever!
I'll be an extra, I'll do a walk-on role." Then I got an audition with Joss and [executive producer] Marti [Noxon] and I went in and bought this really cool T-shirt that I thought Willow would like because I was legitimately such a fan.
She lost all of the men in her life at different times. Marsters: It was a show that was subverting the lie that women can't defend themselves, and it made certain people uncomfortable.
I remember talking to one of the original ) I said, "I am so glad I am talking to you, buddy!Trachtenberg: It showed that women can kick some f—ing ass!It showed that women can star in a show and be the title character."The most formidable years of my life grads: stars James Marsters (Spike), Nicholas Brendon (Xander), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn), Anthony Head (Giles), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Danny Strong (Jonathan), Amber Benson (Tara), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce) and Eliza Dushku (Faith) as well as exec producer Gail Berman and writer-directors David Greenwalt and David Fury. Berman: I don't think anybody knew what this would turn into. Sometimes you just had to put two horns on a guy's head and say, "He's the monster!Below, the stars and writers open up about the lessons they learned from the series, why it is still so beloved, how it altered the television landscape and crazy fan interactions and why there shouldn't be a reboot. " Fury: We very much felt like we were kids making our show. For those who have fallen in love with Joss Whedon's cult vampire hit, the memory of meeting Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy (and Mr. Nobody really thought anything of this thing so putting us into warehouses in Santa Monica didn't seem like that big of a stretch.