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Despite the fact that it was barely nominated for awards when it originally aired Buffy the Vampire Slayer has gone on to be one of the most celebrated fantasy and action televisions series of all time.
2/32 Eliza Dushku, who plays Faith, refused to do nude scenes on the show because she grew up Mormon. She was also a minor and had to receive emancipation to work the show's long hours. She says that the judge was a fan of the show and signed the order if she could get a signed photo of Dushku.
3/32 Joss Whedon wanted to increase paranoia by making the vampires look like normal humans until it's time to feed and they transform into monsters. He wanted them to very clearly look like monsters though to ensure a certain level of fantasy on the show. It took 1 hour and 20 minutes to apply the facial prosthetic and just as long to remove it after filming.
4/32 When the pilot was picked up showrunners knew they needed to start looking for a new Willow. Riff Regan who appeared in the pilot just wasn't working for them. In casting they specifically looked for someone who had a more natural look and were impressed by Alyson Hannigan who brought an unbelievable tenderness and vulnerability to the role.
It was decided that vampires would turn into dust rather than simply
lying staked or dead on the ground because otherwise bodies would be
left in scenes. This would prove difficult in battle scenes with bodies
strewn everywhere. From a logistical standpoint Buffy would also have to
clean up the bodies which would be boring and laborious for both Buffy
6/32 Sarah Michelle Gellar originally auditioned for Cordelia and the casting directors loved her stuck-up interpretation of the character. They never considered her for Buffy because she was too smart and grounded, and not enough of a misfit. The network convinced them that she was a star and was better leading the show than any of the other actors.