Recent years have seen no shortage of supernatural series about everything from vampires to werewolves to demons. Some shows have definitely been better than others, but none of them would likely have made it to the airwaves if not for the success of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show played on two networks over seven seasons from 1997 - 2003, launched a generation of young adult actors to fame, and gave Joss Whedon the reputation for knowing how to put out great – if occasionally heartbreaking – entertainment.

Buffy was definitely all about Buffy Summers and her misadventures in battling forces of evil, but the show wouldn’t have been worth watching for the better part of a decade if not for the supporting cast of characters. Keep on reading for a breakdown of what the actors who brought those characters to life have been up to since 2003.

Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar got to show off her acting chops in a big way as Buffy Summers. She brought emotional realism to a fundamentally unrealistic series, and she was a pro at dropping one-liners. Those acting chops have served her well in the years since Buffy came to an end. She mostly stuck with films immediately after Buffy, but she dabbled in voice work ranging from the TMNT feature to the Call of the Dead video game. Gellar then spent 29 episodes on the soap All My Children before heading to The CW to star in the short-lived drama Ringer in 2011. She was a hilarious leading lady opposite Robin Williams in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, but her magnum opus since her Buffy days might just be her appearance as Cinderella in a Disney Princess Rap Battle. Soon, she’ll reprise her 1999 Cruel Intentions role of Kathryn in an NBC revival.

Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan played Buffy’s witchy best friend Willow for the whole seven seasons of the show, and she mostly stayed on TV following the Buffy finale. She appeared on a couple of episodes of That ‘70s Show shortly after the end of Buffy, and Veronica Mars fans will remember her as Logan’s shifty sister Trina in 2005. Then, Hannigan landed the role of Lily Aldrin on How I Met Your Mother, and she was a major face on the sitcom circuit until the show finally concluded in 2014. She’ll tackle the part of Rachael in the gay marriage drama Modern Love, and she’s set to take over hosting duties for the Penn & Teller: Fool Us show.

Nicholas Brendon
Nicholas Brendon
Nicholas Brendon played Xander Harris, who was especially unique among main Buffy players for not having any magical powers. He was always a great source for comic relief, but he could deliver on the drama as well. Brendon stayed on TV after the end of Buffy when he moved to Fox to star with Bradley Cooper in the sitcom Kitchen Confidential. As it happens, Kitchen Confidential was cancelled after only 13 episodes were shot, and Brendon spent most of his TV appearances in subsequent years as one-off characters. He did recur as analyst Kevin Lynch for twenty-one episodes of Criminal Minds from 2011 – 2014. Unfortunately, Brendon may be better known for his arrests and addiction over the years than for any of his non-Buffy roles.

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