Before she was the major movie star she is today, Amy Adams actually popped up in a bunch of hit shows from the early 2000s, including Charmed, That '70s Show, Smallville, and The West Wing. She also has a guest role in one season 5 episode of Buffy as Tara's cousin Beth. Beth comes to Sunnydale with Tara's father and brother to tr to convince Tara that she's turning into a demon and needs to move home with them.
Before he was killing and screwing around King's Landing as Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones, Pedro Pascal was the nervous college freshman Eddie on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy befriends Eddie during their orientation week at UC Sunnydale, but then he's quickly killed and changed into a vampire b a group of vamps terrorizing the campus.
Wentworth Miller is known for starring in Prison Break and The Flash now, but he got his start as a student at Sunnydale High. Miller's first ever acting role was as the swimmer Gage in Buffy. In the episode, an out-of-control swim coach has begun turning his swimmers into amphibian monsters, and Buffy and her friends try to protect Gage from transforming like his teammates.
Clea DuVall has had a long career in the movie business, ranging from Girl, Interrupted to Argo, and she also appeared in a first season episode of Buffy at the start of her career. Well, maybe "appeared" isn't exactly the right word. DuVall played a high schooler who became invisible as the result of constantly being ignored, and begins taking revenge on the students and teachers who didn't pay attention to her.
John Ritter took a step away from playing the lovable sitcom roles he was known for in shows like Three's Company and 8 Simple Rules for his episode of Buffy. Ritter played Ted, a man who begins to date Buff's mother and is all smiles around Joyce and Buffy's friends but turns aggressive towards Buffy in private. Turns out, Ted is more metal than man, and is revealed to actually be a robot bent on kidnapping Joyce.
Before breaking big in A Walk To Remember, Shane West had a small role in the same episode of Buffy as Wentworth Miller. West played another member of the swim team, who fills Xander in on how the coach is infecting the swimmers with his mutating steroids.
Best known as a singer, Ashanti has also taken her share of acting roles throughout her career. One of her earliest was as the demon Lissa on the final season of Buffy. Xander meets and begins to date Lissa, only to later discover that she is a demon who's interested in sacrificing him in order to raise a superpowered vampire.
Buffy featured a number of bands at the Sunnydale nightclub The Bronze throughout its seven season. One of the most well-known was Michelle Branch, who appeared in a season 6 episode to perform her song "Goodbye To You" during a particularly heart wrenching scene between Willow and Tara.
Before moving to The O.C., Rachel Bilson made a stop at another California town: Sunnydale. Bilson played Colleen, one of the several young women that could potentially be the next vampire slayer, and appears in one season 7 episode.
Harold & Kumar star Kal Penn pops up in a season 4 episode of Buffy as your typical beer-loving college kid. He and Buffy bond over some pitchers of beer, but then discover it's been cursed to turn them into cavemen. Penn also show up in Buffy's spinoff show Angel as a psychic demon with an exposed brain.
Eric Balfour has been acting in popular shows and movies since he was a young teenager --- you might recognize him from Six Feet Under, 24, or the Syfy series Haven. It actually looked like Balfour's character of Jesse was going to be a regular on Buffy in the pilot, given that he was besties with Willow and Xander, but he met a shockingly quick end in episode two after being turned into a vampire.
Before her stint on Supernatural and her own popular web series The Guild, Felicia Day was dusting vamps with the other potential slayers of season 7 as the initially shy and nervous Violet. Day had actually initially auditioned for the lead role of Fred in the spinoff series Angel before she was given the part of Violet; Amy Acker got the part of Fred. Day ent on to work with Joss Whedon in other projects, such as starring in his musical web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
Eion Bailey has done his fair share of popular TV and film roles, appearing in projects like Once Upon a Time, Band of Brothers, ER, Fight Club, Ray Donovan, and more. But his very first acting role came in season 1 of Buffy, in which he portrayed a school bully who begins to take on aggressive and cannibalistic tendencies after being possessed by the spirit of a hyena.
One of Joss Whedon's go-to actors, Nathan Fillion, also pops up in Buffy right at the end of the series. Fillion played the defrocked priest/sadistic serial killer Caleb, who served Buffy's primary season 7 villain The First. Fillion was already the star of another of Whedon's sci-fi shows before appearing on Buffy; the short-lived Firefly. He would work with Whedon again on the Firefly sequel film Serenity and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
Throughout season 6, Buffy's younger sister Dawn mentions her best friend Janice. Janice actually only appears in one episode, and is portrayed by Amber Tamblyn in one of her earliest roles. Tambln would go on to costar with Sarah Michelle Gellar again in The Grudge 2.
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