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PaleyFest: More Goodies from the Buffy Reunion

Earlier today, I told you about some of the greatest moments from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion at the Paley Festival in Los Angeles. There were so many good moments (and a few awkward ones) that they couldn't fit in one post, so here are a few more of the highlights:

  • Please, everyone, do me a favor. If ever you get a chance to ask a question at a panel like this, don't make it "Could you all tell me your favorite movies and what's on your iPod?" That's how the Q&A started, and it definitely sucked some energy out of the room. The panel played along gamely (Sarah Michelle Gellar's favorite: South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut), but at some point, moderator Matt Roush interrupted to ask if we could please have a question that was actually about Buffy.
  • One of the most awkward moments came when a fan asked Amber Benson to explain why she'd decided to leave the show. She initially tried getting out of it with a joke ("I was having sex with Marlon Brando . . . "), then fumbled around and blamed it on scheduling and availability, and finally turned it around to say that the important thing was the Tara and Willow relationship.
  • Speaking of which, the only time Joss Whedon ever threatened to quit was when his bosses asked him if he could maybe not show the Tara/Willow kiss.
  • Also, Whedon apparently liked to take people for walks and tell them they were fired, and then say "ha, just kidding!"

Some more — including the chances of a Buffy movie or Broadway show — plus a video clip from the panel if you


  • Emma Caulfield hd one of the night's funniest moments when she told the story of a fan asking her what she was thinking about during Anya's monologue from "The Body." She said she'd told the fan the truth — that she was really hungry and had to pee — and then realized she'd pulled an Anya, talking without thinking.
  • Whedon said he's spent time daydreaming about taking a Buffy musical — not "Once More, With Feeling" but a different Buffy musical story — to Broadway, but at the moment those are just dreams. When asked for a show of hands for who would join him, almost everyone on stage volunteered — except Gellar, who emphatically shook her head no.
  • Gellar admitted that season six, which made Buffy less kick-ass and more mopey, was hard for her because she'd always looked up to her character and wanted her to be strong. Whedon said he once said to Marti Noxon, "Buffy's been gone for too long," and they started to pull her out of the rabbit hole.
  • In terms of a movie someday, Whedon didn't dismiss the possibility but said the stars would all have to align for the right people to be available for the right project. That said, he said working with the cast again would be "really cool."
  • Random fun fact: Noxon's brother is the music supervisor of Weeds and is married to that show's creator, Jenji Kohan. Fun family!
  • Whedon was actually a little late to the panel because he was filming his Web musical, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Gellar is getting ready to start filming the indie film Veronika Decides to Die, James Marsters is filming Dragonball and is still appearing on Smallville and Torchwood, and Benson is writing a series of young-adult fantasy novels.

Here are some of the goodies in video form:

Willow and Tara GIFs From Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Celebrity Moms With Postpartum Depression
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. Halloween 2017
Sarah Michelle Gellar Foodstirs Interview
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