Buffy The Vampire SlayerOfficial Fan Club Newsletter
Saturday 20 September 2003, by Webmaster
Vol. 2, No. 9
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:
Welcome back Buffy fans! This month we meet the civilian side of Kennedy, Iyari Limon, who discusses the challenge of following Amber Benson as Willow’s love interest, her favorite episode and her penchant for fighting. We’ve also got news and trivia and the latest on Glory. Enjoy!
Mike Stokes, Editor
BUFFY NEWS BITES: BUFFY TO VISIT ANGEL? Joss Whedon tells Entertainment Weekly that he’s trying to get Sarah Michelle Gellar to appear in a couple episodes of Angel this coming season if her hectic film schedule gives her time to do so.
WHEN VAMPIRES COLLIDE In the latest Buffy/Angel crossover novel, Cursed, the Slayer is headed to Los Angeles where her two vampire beaus bridge her past and present. It hits shelves in November.
YE OLDE TYME SLAYERS A collection of four novellas about Slayers from the 1800s China to 1940s Hollywood—as well as Buffy’s immediate predecessors—are chronicled in Tales of the Slayer vol. III. Written by Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder, Mel Odom and Yvonne Navarro. The book will be available in November.
NEW MERCHANDISE We’ve recently added a bunch of NEW scripts to the fan club store so be sure to check them out as they include several of the most famous episodes: ’The Gift’, ’Graduation Day’, ’Doppelgangland’, ’The Wish’, ’When She Was Bad’ and more. We also have new UCSD merchandise and other items on the way. ANGEL FANS We are now offering four issues of the NEW Angel magazine with an Angel fan club membership. To join in time to have the PREMIERE MAGAZINE ISSUE (sure to be a collector’s item) included as your first issue, go to www.angelfanclub.com and click on Join Club.
BUFFY SEASON 4 COLLECTOR’S DVD SET: Now Available. To purchase your copy of the exclusive Buffy Season 4 DVD Collectors Set, go the fan club site or visit the main site and click on the DVD Category. This package also includes an official logo t-shirt. Members will receive 20% off this product for a limited time!
BUFFY TRIVIA: For this month’s trivia quiz, we take a stroll down Buffy’s memory lane of broken hearts.
Q: Who was hunky-yet-broody Owen Thurman’s favorite writer? Q: When did Buffy have a crush Billy Fordham (played by Jason Behr) and why was their friendship doomed? Q: Who led Buffy to wonder if sleeping with a guy turned him evil?
NAME THE EPISODE: Buffy: And you’re sure this isn’t just some fan boy thing? Because I’ve fought more than a couple pimply overweight vamps that called themselves Lestat.
STRONG HEART Playing the tough-and-tender Kennedy, Iyari Limon showed unlimited Potential. by Mike Stokes
Iyari Limon loves being a potential vampire slayer. At work, she thrives on the action and romance that her character, Kennedy, allows her to experience. Away from the set, she can be seen shopping along Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade with some of the other Potentials she’s become friends with since they all arrived in Sunnydale. Even during a break from filming, Limon can’t help but watch "Once More with Feeling" in the post-production room as she settles in for this interview. "I love the song Tara is singing," says Limon. "She has an amazing voice." All in all, it’s been an amazing run for the actress. She wishes it didn’t have to end.
BUFFY FAN CLUB: How much did you know about Kennedy when you auditioned for the role? IYARI LIMON: I didn’t know too much about her. I got the sides the day before I had to audition, and there wasn’t much there. I got the sense from reading the sides that she was tough, she had a wry sense of humor, and that she had come from an army background. Gay, obviously, [since] she was flirting with Willow.
BFC: What was the scene? IL: It was a flirty scene with Willow that was never shot. It was a scene in her bedroom, flirting with Willow, trying to see what Willow is about. They were just trying to get a feel for the people auditioning so they wrote up something.
BFC: Did you know your character would be recurring? IL: To me, it was a one-time guest star. Little did I know...
BFC: How did you feel when they asked you to return? IL: I was surprised, but, at the same time, I wasn’t. I had a trip to France planned for six months. I had bought my ticket and I was going to take an intense class over there in Nice. When I was on set, I was telling Alyson [Hannigan] about it and she said, "You’re not going to France. No one ever leaves Buffy." That was my first clue. Then Joss and his wife were going to have a baby, she was four months pregnant at the time, and I said, "I can’t wait to see your little boy." He said, "Don’t worry, you’ll get to meet him." The baby wasn’t due until January, so that was another clue.
BFC: When did you officially find out you weren’t going to make it to France? IL: They kept telling me right before the next episode was going to air that I was in the next one. [When] characters started dying, I would get the script and see if I was still alive and know I was in one more episode. It just kept going, and it was great.
BFC: So you flipped through the pages to see if Kennedy lived or died? IL: I did. I always thought Kennedy would probably die in the next one. I just had a feeling she was going to die for no reason, but it didn’t happen.
BFC: Did you bond with the other Potentials? IL: I hung out the most with Indigo and Clara [Bryant]. They were the ones I was always on set with. You kind of bond with whomever you’re spending time with, and being that we all came in at the same time, there was a special bond. We were all in the same boat. It was like we were all going to high school our senior year together and we all knew what it was like being there. It was good, because you felt more comfortable and safer, because someone else knew where you were at.
BFC: Were you a regular viewer of Buffy before joining the show? IL: It wasn’t new to me. I had seen the first couple seasons, but then I lived in Australia for a bit, traveled to Europe a few times, [visited] Mexico, so I was never here [in the U.S.] and never had time for TV. When I did get the job, I came into post [production] and asked for all the episodes and tried to catch up as quick as I could. I’ve done pretty good. I’ve seen a lot of it. The one I really wanted to see that I never have is when Tara is introduced. I really want to see that.
BFC: Was it an added challenge to replace Tara as Willow’s love-interest? IL: I wasn’t aware of the shoes I was filling. I didn’t really know about Tara, but Alyson gave me the rundown on how Oz was introduced and how fans didn’t like Tara when she came in. She was basically preparing me. Suddenly, I realized there was a lot more to this. I didn’t know I was going to be a new love interest; I thought I was just going to be in one episode. I didn’t know I was going to be her new girlfriend or that people were going to be bitter. It’s probably better that I didn’t know, because I would have been a lot more nervous and felt like I had really high expectations to meet. I don’t know what that would have done, but things happen for a reason, so I think the way it happened was good.
BFC: Did the Buffy fans’ passion for the show and its characters surprise you? IL: Yes. I remember we were in the makeup chair one time and James Marsters said something about the fans. I said I’m only doing one episode and he went, "Oh no, no, no. You have no idea what you’re in for. People are going to know you. People are going to recognize you." I knew Buffy was huge, but I didn’t have any idea how huge it was. I didn’t think my career was going to start skyrocketing from this. I wasn’t prepared. I learn more and more every day and now I’m just like, "Wow. This is huge." This is like a legacy with very loyal and faithful fans. To realize all that and then to realize that I’m a part of it is neat. I’m very happy. I’m very lucky.
BFC: Have you ever met Amber Benson? IL: It was very brief. We all went to see Adam Busch’s band play, so I went up to her and we chatted for a couple minutes. Then everybody went their own way and we had to leave. She was very sweet.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO GLORY? Since meeting her otherworldly demise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s fifth-season Big Bad has been a busy actress on the big screen. After saying hasta la vista to Sunnydale, Clare Kramer filmed The Rules of Attraction in 2002 and is featured in four movies this year: L.A. D.J., Mummy an’ the Armadillo, The Skulls 3 and D.E.B.S.
BUFFY TRIVIA ANSWERS:
Q: Who was hunky-yet-broody Owen Thurman’s favorite writer? A: Owen (played by Christopher Wiehl) was a fan of Emily Dickinson in "Never Kill A Boy on the First Date" (episode 1.5)
Q: When did Buffy have a crush Billy Fordham (played by Jason Behr) and why was their friendship doomed? A: Buffy had a crush on Billy Fordham back in fifth grade. Unfortunately, the terminally ill "Ford" turned on Buffy in a desperate attempt to become a vampire in "Lie to Me" (episode 2.7)
Q: Who led Buffy to wonder if sleeping with a guy turned him evil? A: A: While Angel/Angelus suddenly turned evil after experiencing true happiness with the Slayer in "Surprise" (episode 2.13), it was smarmy college-boy Parker’s abrupt morning-after attitude-shift in "The Harsh Light of Day" (episode 4.3) that caused Buffy to detect a diabolical trend.
NAME THE EPISODE ANSWER: Buffy: And you’re sure this isn’t just some fan boy thing? Because I’ve fought more than a couple pimply overweight vamps that called themselves Lestat.
Answer: Buffy says the line to Dracula in "Buffy vs. Dracula" (episode 5.1) by Marti Noxon
NEXT ISSUE: James Marsters chats at conventions, new trivia, character updates and late-breaking Buffy news. Hear what James Marsters had to say about the past, present and future of Spike while on the convention circuit this summer. Then, we’ll return to the rest of the Iyari Limon interview as she discusses her favorite episode, the origin of her name and the surprising link between acting and avacados.
Mike Stokes Editor, The Buffy Fan Club Newsletter