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.
Strong: I had one line in the unaired presentation!
Marsters: I knew that the show had a chance to last for decades.
Often the men were defined by their relationship with the leading woman.
Even at the end of the series, Buffy stands there with her friends, but she's also standing there alone.
Sutherland: Just like the portrayals of mothers' lives, in all their complexities, hadn’t traditionally been fleshed out, neither had those of teenagers. was ahead of its time in celebrating the right to be different and to be loved and valued for who you are, even if it's outside of the mainstream.
How did the show change the portrayal of women on television?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.It was this dark burgundy red T-shirt that had witchy looking Aztec symbols on it with sparkles.It was by this company called Fang and I was like, "It's Fang for, like, vampires!By the way, I do a lot of my own stunts, and I'm doing the stunts with the stunt doubles for Buffy.