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Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars reunite and talk about the legacy of Willow and Tara

Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars reunite and talk about the legacy of Willow and Tara

Alyson Hannigan and Amber Benson reunite for Buffy reunion

It’s been 20 years since Buffy has been on the air, but its presence is still being felt.

Willow and Tara was one of the first ever same-sex couples to be seen on television.

So when Entertainment Weekly gathered the stars for a reunion, it was no wonder the subject of everyone’s favorite lesbian witches was a big talking point.

Joss Whedon, who created the show, said he ‘wasn’t thinking’ about how a same-sex couple on screen could change people’s lives.

‘As much as I wanted to make a feminist show…I really missed what was going to be important about [it]. We just did it because we thought that’s what you do.’

Amber Benson, who played Tara, described it as a ‘beautiful relationship’.

‘It wasn’t gratuitous, it wasn’t about two girls making out,’ she added. ‘It was about two people who both happen to identify as female who fall in love. They were good to each other, they treated each other well. It was a normal relationship. You normalise it. You make it ok because it is ok.’

Alyson Hannigan, who played Willow, described the relationship as ‘groundbreaking’.

‘The fact it was a non-issue is so great, and that’s how it should be,’ she said.


Benson continued: ‘We got a lot of letters. There were¬† lot of young people who felt very isolated and to see two characters on a TV show be accepted by a group of peers changed the game.

‘We’re saying if you find two people to love, you’re just lucky. It doesn’t matter the gender, the sex or whatever. If you find someone who gets you and you get them, you’re so lucky.’

Read a more in-depth analysis of the story of Willow and Tara here.

Entertainment Weekly’s Buffy reunion special issue is out now.