20 Buffy The Vampire Slayer Facts You Never Knew

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When you roll back the years, and gaze through the delightful and vast tapestry of TV shows, so many cool facts suddenly pop up. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for instance, has a rich history and a tremendous influence on entertainment. One of the coolest things is that the series introduced us to director Joss Whedon (now recognized for hits such as Agents of SHIELD, Angel, The Avengers, etc.). Unsurprisingly, after 20 years, there’s still plenty to talk about …

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Almost Wasn’t Buffy

The main character in the show is Buffy, of course, and she was portrayed by actress Sarah Michelle Gellar. If you can believe it, Sarah almost wasn’t Buffy, because initially she auditioned for the role of Cordelia. Interestingly enough, Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia later on, initially auditioned for Buffy. The producers of the show were the ones who made the decision to swap the roles and the rest is history.

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Buffy Was Almost Sabrina

Well, in a manner of speaking. Before Sarah Michelle Gellar accepted the role of Buffy, she was actually up for the lead in role Sabrina Spellman in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. She won the part of Buffy Summers, snatching it from Selma Blair and Katie Holmes, who ended up on other different WB shows (Dawson’s Creek and Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane).

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The Story of Cordelia

So, now we know that Buffy was supposed to Cordelia, and Cordelia was supposed to be Buffy. However, another interesting little fact is that Charisma Carpenter wasn’t at all keen on playing Cordelia, seeing as she played a bitchy character in Aaron Spelling’s Malibu Shores, so she wasn’t interested in going down another similar road. She was told by her agent that she couldn’t be typecast, because she was still unknown, and eventually she gave up and accepted the role. Smart decision.