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Buffy/Angel: Where Are They Now? Part 1

The cast of the groundbreaking series has moved in very different directions.

By Kurt Anthony Krug     August 01, 2011

Buffy/Angel: Where Are They Now, Part 1
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 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.


Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers)

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.


David Boreanaz (Angel)

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.


Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris)

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.


Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase)

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.


Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg)

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.


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axia777 8/1/2011 3:20:11 PM

 Carpenter posed nude for Playboy? Mmmmm, must fund pics right now.

Bones is by fay my favorite thing any of these people have done and am looking forward to season 7. Some how the show has stayed fresh and interesting.

Now only if Firefly could come back..... :( Damn you Fox.

karas1 8/1/2011 3:29:26 PM

Bones is a good show.

Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the cast have been up to.

vitieddie 8/1/2011 3:40:02 PM


(I even have that saving firefly dvd by the fans - havent watched it yet)

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 8/1/2011 4:22:15 PM

Boreanz was also in a slasher film named Valentine I think.

SarcasticCaveman 8/1/2011 5:53:29 PM

 Yes he was.  Awful movie, but I saw it because I was working at a theater at the time and pretty much saw most everthing from late 1999 to mid 2002.  Valentine probably didn't make the list because Buffy and Angel were both still going when it came out.

axia777 8/1/2011 6:38:32 PM

So did Boreanz suck, or just the movie?


wessmith1966 8/1/2011 6:44:53 PM

I've watched Bones since the first episode. It's a fun show and has had some interesting twists along the way.

I try to catch everything Charisma's in because she's just that darn beautiful.

SarcasticCaveman 8/1/2011 8:28:43 PM

 Couldn't say, axia, that was before I was into Joss Whedon and had no idea who David Boreanaz was...the movie was just terrible overall though.

fenngibbon 8/2/2011 12:36:23 AM

 I believe Charisma is also due to guest star on Burn Notice sometime this season.  And, hard as it is to believe, she just turned 41 a little over a week ago.

rulo2kx 8/2/2011 7:24:57 AM

From all the movies/shows mentioned, my favorite is How I Met Your Mother. Something funny about Charisma Carpenter, every now and then I found articles on the Internet about nobody knowing she is Latina, I knew since the first time I saw her.

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