There are a lot of great perks that come with starring in a movie or TV show, but one of the best has to be the fact that some actors are able to take keep props after they wrap. This is especially true when it comes to the stars of long-running TV series. Alyson Hannigan, who played Willow Rosenberg on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for six seasons, recently revealed that she got to keep quite a few props, and she’s found a creative way to use them.
Alyson Hannigan recently explained that she received props from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s graveyard set, which she actually uses for her Halloween festivities:
I got a lot of stuff from Buffy. I have a lot of the graveyard stuff. So that is a lot of my Halloween decorations. I have a lot of Buffy props that help decorate our house for Halloween, which is very cool because our graveyard is real spooky. It’s pretty awesome. We’ve got all the tombstones that were on our little fake Buffy graveyard. It’s fun. It’s really nice.
I’m sure actors can find a variety of ways to best use items from their former projects, but Alyson Hannigan’s use of Buffy’s graveyard props may be one of the best. Though with so much use, there’s bound to be wear and tear, and the actress further explained to EW that this is the case for her annual props/decorations:
I have to say, some of it is getting real old. They gave me the skeletons that they would actually have in the Master’s lair and stuff, and they look really authentic. But boy, are they crumbly now. We have to be super, super careful about bringing them out. They’re over 20 years old now!
Not many of us probably own authentic props from TV shows or movies, but we can all relate to having old holiday decorations we’ve been using for years. It can honestly be hard to replace them due to sentimental value, which is more than likely how Hannigan feels about her Buffy memorabilia.
Actors are actually more sentimental about props than you might think. Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston keeps several props from the acclaimed show on display in his home and doesn’t mind showing them off when given the chance. Jensen Ackles recently wrapped his last bit of work on Supernatural but was excited to say that he was able to drive off with the show’s famous Impala.
These instances just go to show that many actors are big fans just like us and can appreciate being able to hold on to such incredible props. So if I were Alyson Hannigan, I would do what I can to keep those props safe.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is available to stream on Hulu.