Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan's
Sarah has admitted that she had "heated moments" with her co-stars
SEPTEMBER 14, 2022
Buffy the Vampire Slayer might have last aired 19 years ago, but we still
love watching the show from the very beginning, thanks to the entire box set
being available to watch on Disney+.
But did you know that stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan had a
major falling out behind-the-scenes of the show?
The two actresses weren't exactly BFFs off screen while the show was airing
between 1997 and 2003. At the time, multiple reports emerged that the pair
were butting heads behind the scenes of the show.
Chatting to Evan Ross Katz for his book 'Into Every Generation a Slayer Is
Born: How Buffy Staked Our Hearts', Sarah reflected on her time on set,
which included some "heated moments" with her co-stars.
"Look, we worked really hard hours. We were young, we had ups and downs.
Everybody had arguments," she said. "It wasn't rosy. Nobody gets along all
the time. And Alyson and I had moments. There's no question. But you're
"I think that unfortunately, the set we were on and the world we were in was
pitting us against each other. I think it would have been different if it
was today," she continued before revealing that the pair have "a great
The actress also told Entertainment Weekly that starring in the show wasn't
always fun, which inevitably affected her relationship with her co-stars.
Many cast members have spoken out about the toxic work environment on set,
which has been attributed to series creator Joss Whedon.
"There have been times where that's been difficult - you want to pick up and
go, try other things, live in different places," she said, noting that
calling it a day after seven seasons "feels right, and you have to listen to
For her part, Alyson said she felt that her co-star was done with the series
from season three onwards while appearing on 'Watch What Happens Live'. When
asked by host Andy Cohen "Who was the most annoyed to be on 'Buffy the
Vampire Slayer' by the end of the show's run?" she said without hesitating:
She went on to explain that Sarah "had a big career going on" so naturally
wanted to leave the show, and in a separate interview with HuffPost Live,
she gushed about Sarah's work ethic, saying she "was incredibly
professional, worked her butt off for seven years, and gave amazing