AKA The Cast That Doesn’t Age
A decade has passed since Buffy Summers left our television screens, but one thing is for sure: Her influence and popularity hasn’t gone anywhere. Fittingly, the same can be said for the stars of the show. May 20th marks the anniversary of the air date of Chosen (Buffy’s series finale), but eleven years later, the actors and actresses we all know and love from the show are still going strong! And yes, I know it’s May 21st and I’m a day late but I was at work and just got around to posting it now. Oh well.
A few things before you begin reading:
-Some of the “Now” pictures may be from 2013
-I’m giving you a very basic overview of what the crew has been up to, I don’t have enough time to cover their entire filmography
-I’m giving you details about their professional life, not personal
-I’m including only people that appeared in the main credits throughout the seven seasons, I’m saving the rest (Eliza Dushku, Tom Lenk, etc.) for further articles
Read more to find out what the main cast of Buffy has been up to since 2003.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar (lovingly referred to as SMG by fans) will forever be the Chosen One. And because of this, her devoted fan base she built while playing Buffy Summers continues to support her in everything she does. Right after the end of Buffy up until 2010, SMG appeared on the big screen in a handful of films including Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and Grudge 2, alongside lesser known but highly praised projects such as Veronika Decides to Die, in which she plays the title character.
Two years following, Sarah signed on to play her first lead role in a television series since Buffy on The CW’s Ringer. The show, in which SMG played plotting twins Siobhan Martin and Bridget Kelly, only aired from 2011-2012, as it was cancelled after it’s first season. This caused fan outrage, and even with 18,000 signatures to bring the show back, the network wouldn’t budge. I need to say this quick: DAMN YOU CW.
In 2013, SMG teamed up with Robin Williams as a wacky but witty father/daughter duo at an advertising agency in CBS’ The Crazy Ones. Fans loved the show, and Sarah even won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New Television series for it (during which she gave an amazing acceptance speech), but just last week CBS decided to cancel it. Which again, angered fans immensely. Our hearts really can’t take another cancellation of Sarah’s shows. I wish there was some rule where new television shows were given a two season minimum to find their footing and audience. In a dream world, in a dream world. So, since the abrupt cancellation of The Crazy Ones last week, SMG has yet to announce another project. Perhaps she will take some time off to spend time with her family or try another television series. Maybe some guest appearances here and there. One thing is for sure though. Whatever Sarah chooses to do next the fans will follow!
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealSMG
Seriously, follow her. Not only are there many, many frequent Buffy references, but also cool quotes, funny observations, information on charities she supports, and much more!
Recommended Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/VintageSMG
Peace, Love and Sarah Michelle Gellar. This is the best Facebook fan page I have ever seen, and I have liked close to 500 pages. Peace, Love and Sarah Michelle Gellar features many rare photos, quotes, and little known facts all conveniently organized by album. The admins are interactive, kind, and post to the page every day. This page is THE number one stop for SMG fans.
Nicholas Brendon has been a busy guy since the series’ end. 2003-2007 saw Brendon starring in a pair of ill-fated TV shows, including Kitchen Confidential, which has an 8.3 out of 10 on IMDB, so I’m assuming that was another one of those “networks being assholes” deals again. I might watch it but at this point I’m scared to watch shows that I know were cancelled because I become too attached and my life spirals down hill when I realize there is nothing coming next. ANYWAY, I digress. During this time Brendon voiced Huntsboy #89 on American Dragon: Jake Long for six episodes. 2007 also marked the beginning of Brendon’s still recurring run as Kevin Lynch on Criminal Minds.
After taking on roles in a handful of films and television series, and debuting his own web comic, Brendon appeared in a four episode arc on Private Practice in 2010/11 as the memorable Lee McHenry.
Throughout the years, and presently, Brendon has proved himself to be King of the Cons-the guy is practically appearing at Comic Cons and pop culture expos around the country every other day! He’s also been promoting his new film, Coherence, which is so far critically acclaimed and due to be in limited release on June 22nd. This past month, he provided his voice for comedy project Superunknown. Brendon is currently co-writing issues of BTVS’ tenth season comic book continuation.
Follow Nicholas Brendon:
**If you want to stay updated on his appearances, the following two social media sites are the absolute best way to do so!!**
Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicholasBrendon
Chock-full of pictures of Nicholas on the road, with fans at appearances, and updates on his projects. Plus he calls his followers twatters, which is awesome. Also, let me fan-girl for a second: If you thought he was cute before, let me tell you…this guy is like a fine wine- better with age!! So good looking. And no, I haven’t met him in person, I’m just going off his pictures which are posted ALMOST EVERY DAY ON TWITTER so follow him if you are a fan!
Via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicholasbrendon
His Facebook page is synced with his Twitter account so everything he tweets appears on Facebook. That being said, Nicholas’ Facebook page really isn’t much different from his twitter account.
Fans of Alyson Hannigan (which is probably everyone) are very, very lucky people. Why? Because she’s been on our television screens non-stop since the end of Buffy, most notably as Lily Aldrin on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. Prior to starting her gig on HIMYM, Alyson appeared on popular shows such as That 70’s Show and Veronica Mars before starting her 9 year run on the sitcom in 2005. In 2006, she starred in Date Movie, which is honestly really horrible except for the opening scene. After taking home the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress in 2010, Alyson returned to her iconic role as Michelle Flaherty in American Reunion in 2012.
Though HIMYM ended it’s nine season run last month, Alyson already has a new project on the horizon: a lead role in the Ben Affleck/Matt Damon produced comedy More Time With Family. It’s safe to say Alyson isn’t going anywhere for a while!
Follow Alyson Hannigan:
Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/alydenisof
On Instagram: http://instagram.com/alydenisof
Recommended Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/AlysonHanniganFanPage
Seth Green is a man of many talents. So many, in fact, that rather than listing the insanely large catalog of television and movie projects he has appeared in since 2003, I’m just going to direct you to his IMDB page rather than monotonously stating them all. Needless to say, this guy is hella accomplished. On a sad note, his show Dads was just recently cancelled. But on the bright side, Seth continues to voice Chris Griffin on Family Guy and direct, write, and produce on his creation Robot Chicken in addition to some recent voice work as A-Bomb on Hulk and Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Upcoming projects include a role in The Identical.
Follow Seth Green:
Via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sethgreenonline?fref=ts
Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/SethGreen
Via his Official Website: http://sethgreen.com/
QUEEN C PEOPLE! Charisma has done an excellent job of finding awesome projects to star in over the years. Film-wise, she had a role in The Expendables 1 and 2. and will appear in the upcoming 3rd one as well. Television wise, she had a recurring role on Veronica Mars from 2005-2906. After some years of notable guest appearances on shows such as Greek and Supernatural, Charisma starred as a main character in The Lying Game from 2012-2013. She also hosted I Survived Evil, an Investigation Discovery show about ordinary people overcoming horrific circumstances.
Upcoming projects include the indie film The Griddle House with Amber Benson and Clare Kramer, and an appearance on Lost Girl. ALSO…according to Wikipedia she has a TBD role in American Horror Story: Freakshow… though I couldn’t find any other information on this, if it comes true it will be like an early Christmas.
Follow Charisma Carpenter:
Via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharismaCarpenterOfficial
Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllCharisma
Via Instagram: http://instagram.com/karazma
Via her blog: http://www.survivingcoparentinginhollywood.com/
David has been a television mainstay since Buffy started. He wrapped up the last season of Angel in 2004, and then started his role as leading man Seeley Booth on Fox’s Bones in 2005, which just finished it’s 9th season yesterday. In between that time David filmed a few movies that appear to be embarrassing romantic comedies which means we should all go watch them right now.
Follow David Boreanaz:
Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/David_Boreanaz
Since 2003, Emma has racked up a number of memorable guest appearances on TV including Once Upon a Time, Royal Pains, Leverage, and Jane Epsenson’s Husbands. She also apparently voiced Professor McConagall on an episode of Robot Chicken, so I’ll be adding that to my “WHY HAVEN’T I SEEN THIS” list. In the film world, Emma made this awesome movie called TiMER which has recently been named one of Netflix’s underrated gems, which I wholeheartedly agree with. I loved it. Kali Rocha (Halfrek) is in it too so double the fun. She also made a movie called Bandwagon which she also turned in to a series. Again, adding to my WHY HAVENT I SEEN THIS list. Emma recently ended her long running vlog, but you should probably go watch all of the videos anyway because it’s good for the soul.
Follow Emma Caulfield:
Via Instagram: http://instagram.com/essnemma
Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/emmacaulfield
Via Tumblr: http://flyingfreakflag.tumblr.com/
Oh, that James. He always seems to turn his characters into fan favorites, doesn’t he? After finishing up his role as Spike on Angel in 2004, James payed Superman a visit in Smallville as memorable character Prof. Milton Fine/Braniac, appearing in seasons 5, 7, 8 and 10 of the series. After starring in a few episode of Without a Trace in 2007/8, James delighted fans as Captain John Hart in Torchwood.
Following a few guest appearances on various shows and some televsion movies, James appeared in 4 episodes of Caprica and the re-boot of Hawaii 5-0. Through 2011-2013, James (alongside Charisma Carpenter) appeared in an episode of Supernatural in addition to three episodes of Warehouse 13.
Aside from all those fan favorite roles, James narrated the Dresden Files (audio book series) and played numerous shows with his band Ghost of A Robot. (Fans of his singing in Once More With Feeling need to check his band out-he’s the lead singer!) He also holds the title of King of Cons with Nicholas Brendon. James has appeared in countless Comic Cons and pop culture expos and continues to do so today.
Next up for James is Kickstarter project Dragon Warriors. He also is writing a Buffy graphic novel titled Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Spike: Into the Light, which is set to be released by Dark Horse on July 16, 2014.
Follow James Marsters:
Via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesMarstersLive
Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/JM_Live
Anthony Stewart Head
Anthony Head has been in an unbelievable number of projects, so I’m just going to cover the most popular roles. In 2006. he appeared in an episode of Hotel Babylon and Dr. Who before starting his four year run as Uther Pendragon, King Arthur’s father on Merlin in 2008. During this time he also appeared in 23 episodes of British sketch comedy show Little Britian. Most recently he had a role in a few episodes of Warehouse 13 and the feature film Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Let me stress again, he has been in SO. MUCH. MORE than what I just said. I didn’t do him justice and I apologize, but head to his IMDB page and stalk him there.
Follow Anthony Head:
Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnthonySHead
Michelle has guest starred on a ton of great shows since 2003, including House, Weeds, and most recently, Criminal Minds and NCIS: Los Angeles. She also had a role in 2009’s 17 Again starring Zac Efron. But post Buffy, she’s best known for her recurring role as the manipulative Georgina Sparks on Gossip Girl, appearing from 2008 until 2012. (GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT!!! xoxox gossip girl.) Last year, Michelle played Lee Harvey Oswald’s widow in the TV movie Killing Kennedy. Next up for Michelle is the movie Scribbler which also stars Eliza Dushku, and TV movie Save the Date.
Follow Michelle Trachtenberg:
Recommended Facebook Fan page:
Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealMichelleT
Marc Blucas has had two stand out-roles since Buffy ended. After a few guest roles between 2007-2011 on shows such as House, Castle, and Body of Proof, Marc landed a a starring role on Necessary Roughness, a USA Network series which lasted form 2011-2013. In 2014 he returned to television on ABC’s Killer Women with a main role as DEA Dan. The character’s name was actually Dan Winston but in the first episode they called him DEA Dan so that’s what I call him. Unfortunately, Killer Women was just cancelled, so no more DEA Dan. Next up for Marc is sports drama One Heart. Oh, I also forgot to mention: Marc was in the Jane Austen Book Club. Hehe.
Follow Marc Blucas:
Via his fan site: http://marc-blucas.org/
Recommended Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marc-Blucas-fan-page/139598956153483
What has Amber Benson done since 2003? Pretty much everything. In addition to having guest roles on Supernatural, Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, Husbands and Ringer, Amber also wrote, directed, produced and starred in her second film, Lovers, Liars and Lunatics. Amber had main roles in 2008’s Strictly Sexual and 2009’s The Killing Jar (alongside Michael Madsen) before co-directing the film Drones with Adam Busch in 2010.
But wait, there’s more. Between 2004-2006, Amber teamed with Christopher Golden to write four Ghosts of Albion books for Del Rey. In 2009, she published the first novel in her Calliope Reaper-Jones series and continued to release one addition a year, ending with the fifth and final book in 2013. She’s also done some audio book work, short films, web series appearances, and published some great short stories. Basically, she’s the best. Up next for Amber is a role as Amelie in the TV mini series Morganville in addition to the films Selling Isobel, The Griddle House, and Blood Kiss. In January 2014 she will release the first book in her new series, Witches of Echo Park.
Follow Amber Benson:
Via her Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/amberbensonwrotethis
Recommended fan page:
Via Tumblr: http://amberbensonwrotethis.tumblr.com/
Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/amber_benson
Via Instagram: http://instagram.com/rebma_nosneb