It's hard to believe but Buffy the Vampire Slayer is celebrating its 20th anniversary!
On March 10, 1997, a television show starring an unknown Sarah Michelle Gellar as a "slayer" who fights demons, vampires, and other evil forces along with her circle of friends known as the "Scooby Gang."
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Along with catapulting Sarah to stardom, the show also launched the careers of David Boreanaz, who landed his own spin-off Angel, Alyson Hannigan and Seth Green, to name a few.
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Fast forward two decades and fans are still devoted to the series, which came to an end in 2003.
"The most formidable years of my life — transition from teenager to adult — were spent filming Buffy. I learned every day from the experience and from her," Sarah Michelle said of the now iconic role to the Hollywood Reporter. "She taught me it wasn't about being perfect; it was about trying the hardest to be the best you can be. I also loved how hard Buffy worked, as she had no typical powers most superheroes have. She had to train and work hard at her craft. Buffy reminded us that being different was not only OK but really cool — and at a time when most kids are trying to desperately fit in."
For a look at the cast today, click through the gallery below!
PROFESSIONAL: During her hiatuses on Buffy, Sarah starred in such films as I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2, Cruel Intentions and the live action Scooby Doo. Post-series, she reprised her role of Daphne Blake in Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and The Grudge (both released in 2004), followed by The Grudge 2 (2006), Southland Tales (2007), The Air I Breathe (2008) and Veronika Decides to Die (2009). In 2011 she returned to her television roots as twins in the CW's Ringer and 2013's The Crazy Ones, co-starring alongside the late Robin Williams. Most recently she joined the voice cast of Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels as the Seventh Sister.
PERSONAL: Sarah recently celebrated her 14th wedding anniversary with husband Freddie Prinze, Jr. Together they're parents to Charlotte Grace (born 2009) and Rocky James (born 2012). Beyond acting, Sarah spends a great deal of time working on a variety of charities, including Habitat for Humanity, CARE and Project Angel Food.
SARAH'S PASSIONS: “I will say that I have a love for comic books and cartoons,” she says. “You know, growing up I was a book lover and I collect antique books. You know us book lovers, we can be pretty snobby and be like, ‘Comic books? That’s not the same as holding a fifteenth century Chaucer,’ or whatever. But I’ve learned to have such a great love for comic books and cartoons." Regarding Buffy, on Reddit she noted, "I think for me the greatest message of Buffy was all about female empowerment, and not just female, but empowerment in general. High school is the scariest part of people's lives, and I loved that we used the monsters of Buffy as a metaphor for the monsters of life. And to not judge a book by its cover. That we are all capable of taking care of ourselves."