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Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy Magic Set To End ?


Friday 31 January 2003, by Webmaster

Alyson Hannigan, who plays witch Willow on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a happy woman. She has a newly minted fiance - Angel star Alexis Denisof - and three jobs.

Along with her regular gig on Buffy, she’s playing Willow in an upcoming US season episode of Angel, the Buffy spin-off starring David Boreanaz in the title role of a crusading vampire with a soul. At the same time, she’s reprising her film role as Michelle Flaherty in American Pie 3.

"The last time I was on Angel," Hannigan says, "I didn’t speak, but I was doing American Pie 2, and I was just so excited to have three jobs. I was like, ’God, I’m the luckiest person ever.’ Now I’m doing the third American Pie, and I have another time where I have three jobs. I’m so excited I’m like, ’Oh, great, three jobs again."’

Not to mention the bonus of time spent with her beloved. "That’s another reason I wanted to be here," she says. "I can spend a day with him. Awesome."

Asked if Denisof would return the favour and come over to Buffy - where his character, demon fighter Wesley Wyndham-Pryce, was originally introduced - Hannigan says, "That would be awesome. Like the season finale - they’re just going to go crazy. I think it would be great if they brought everybody back."

As Hannigan films her scenes, there is still no official announcement as to whether Buffy will return for an eighth season. A lot rests on the wishes of star Sarah Michelle Gellar, a newlywed with a burgeoning movie career.

According to published reports, all possibilities are being explored, included limited participation from Gellar in another season of Buffy, or perhaps a spin-off featuring another character.

At this point, though, Hannigan isn’t optimistic.

"I guess technically we don’t know," Hannigan says, "but it really feels like this is it. It feels like we know, even though nothing’s been said. But then again, who knows? I’m just saying that there could be ... something does happen, and she comes back, the show is the show, and we’re all there for another year."

"But I don’t think so. I think that everybody’s pretty much, ’That was a good run. It’s time to go."’

As to whether she’d want to play Willow in a spin-off, Hannigan says, "I don’t know. It really depends on Joss (Buffy and Angel creator Joss Whedon). If he’s involved, then, yeah, it would be really cool. But it depends on what it is. It’s so weird. It’s so nice to have such a great job, but it’s also time to go and see what else I can do."

At this point in Buffy in the current US season, the Slayer is facing yet another apocalypse, but this time she has the help of a group of young, female potential Slayers (when one Slayer dies, a potential is called to the job) - and they’re all bunking in Buffy’s house.

"Right now," Hannigan says, "it’s really, really chaotic, because there are all the Slayers coming in. The other day, we had a six-page scene with 12 principals. It’s insane. And there’s only one bathroom, we’ve only had one bathroom for the run of the show.

"From the working aspect, it’s very chaotic. But it’s good, and I’m sure that it’s going to go off at the end of the year. Everybody’s sort of expecting it to be the end. Knowing Joss, he’ll just make it huge, amazing ... with the possibility that it could continue after that, I’m sure."