Man, times flies. It’s hard to believe but it’s been 8 years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended and 7 years for Angel. Thankfully, fans have been able to follow the further adventures of Buffy, Angel, Spike, and other beloved characters in the pages of Dark Horse Comics and IDW Publishing (which recently published its final Angel comic as both media properties will now be under one roof at Dark Horse). Further, creator Joss Whedon is overseeing the comic book adventures of Buffy and company.
But what of the actors who played these characters, many of which have become fixtures in popular culture? In the first of a 5-part series, the current activities of the main casts of both shows [with the exception of Angel stars Glenn Quinn (Doyle) and Andy Hallett (Lorne the Host), rest their souls] and strong supporting cast members are revealed.
Ever since Buffy ended in 2003, Gellar played Daphne Blake in 2004’s Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (alongside Buffy co-star Seth Green) in what is perhaps her most prominent post-Buffy role. She appeared in 2004’s The Grudge, which grossed $187.3 million worldwide, far exceeding any expectations. Other credits film credits include: The Grudge 2, The Return, Southland Tales, The Air I Breathe, Veronika Decides to Die, and Possession. Many of these movies were in limited release or straight-to-DVD.
She has done voiceover work for Happily N’Ever After, TMNT, as well as guest turns on The Simpsons, Robot Chicken, and American Dad.
This fall, Gellar returns to series television with Ringer, playing twin sisters Bridget and Siobhan. One of the twins is on the lam and poses as her sister. According to an article on Deadline.com, Ringer – in which Gellar also serves as executive producer – was one of eight honorees in the “Most Exciting New Series” category at the Critics’ Choice Televsion Awards this past spring.
Boreanaz has starred in several movies since Angel ended in 2004, including The Crow: Wicked Prayer, These Girls, Mr. Fix It, The Hard Easy, and Suffering Man’s Charity. Many of these movies were in limited release or straight-to-DVD. In 2008, he provided the voice for Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) in Justice League: The New Frontier, a direct-to-DVD animated film.
Boreanaz has enjoyed more success on the small screen. For the past 6 seasons, he has portrayed FBI Agent Seeley Booth alongside Emily Deschanel’s Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan on the FOX crime drama Bones. Both Boreanaz and Deschanel also serve as co-producers. Boreanaz has even directed three episodes. Bones is slated to return this fall for its seventh season.
Brendon has starred in several tele-films: Celeste in the City, Relative Chaos (alongside Buffy co-star Charisma Carpenter), Fire Serpent, My Neighbor’s Secret. He provided his voice as Huntsboy #89 for a season on the animated series American Dragon: Jake Long. He appeared alongside Bradley Cooper on the short-lived FOX comedy Kitchen Confidential in 2006, which was cancelled after only four episodes.
His web-comic Very Bad Koalas (http://verybadkoalas.com), which he produces with animator Steve Loter, debuted last year. He has had recurring roles as FBI analyst Kevin Lynch on Criminal Minds and as a mentally disturbed patient named Lee McHenry on Private Practice.
In June 2004, Carpenter posed nude for Playboy, appearing on the cover and in a 10-page layout. She has made guest appearances on several TV series: Charmed, The Division, LAX, Back to You, Big Shots, Legend of the Seeker, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She has had recurring roles on the short-lived Alicia Silverstone dramedy Miss Match, the neo-noir detective series Veronica Mars (alongside Buffy co-star Alyson Hannigan), and the dramedy Greek.
She appeared in the telefilms See Jane Date and Relative Chaos (alongside Buffy co-star Nicholas Brendon) for ABC Family, Flirting With Danger and Cheaters’ Club for Lifetime, and House of Bones for Syfy. Carpenter also made an appearance as the girlfriend of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) in last year’s testosterone-driven blockbuster action film The Expendables, which also starred Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, and Dolph Lundgren.
Hannigan has enjoyed success on both the big and small screens in her post-Buffy days. She reprised her role as Michelle in 2003’s American Wedding, the third installment in the American Pie franchise of raunchy comedies. For six seasons, she has played Lily Aldrin on the Emmy Award-winning comedy series How I Met Your Mother, which has been renewed for two more seasons, the seventh beginning in the fall.
Other projects include a recurring role on Veronica Mars (alongside Buffy co-star Charisma Carpenter), voiceover work for King of the Hill and The Simpsons, and her debut in London’s West End in 2004 in a stage version of When Harry Met Sally. Hannigan is married to Buffy co-star Alexis Denisof and they have a daughter.