Beloved by an entire generation, Buffy The Vampire Slayer was one of those rare TV programs that didn't rely on one single star to carry the show. Sure, Sarah Michelle Gellar played the lead, but would Buffy The Vampire Slayer have been as successful without the likes of Alyson Hannigans Willow, Nicholas Brendons Xander or Anthony Stewart Head as Giles?
While the show's main ensemble has gone down in history as one of the best on #TV, Buffy The Vampire Slayer attracted a shedload of talent beyond the principal cast, including a number of cameo stars who went on to become famous in their own right.
Join us as we head back to Sunnydale to see how Oberyn, Captain Cold and Princess Giselle looked before Instagram and Justin Bieber existed, during a simpler — and perhaps better — time.
1. Amy Adams — 'Family' (Season Five, Episode Six)
The five-time Oscar-nominated actress appeared on Buffy as Tara's cousin, intent on dragging Willow's girlfriend home before she would supposedly transform into a demon. While her performance may not have been quite up there with the likes of her roles in Doubt or American Hustle, #AmyAdams still gave it her all, particularly impressing with the line:
"I hope you'll all be happy hanging out with a disgusting demon!"
2. Eion Bailey — 'The Pack' (Season One, Episode Six)
Actors don't typically break out in roles that require them to eat school principals, but then again, not many shows feature students possessed by the spirits of demonic hyenas.
Welcome to the Hellmouth indeed.
After appearing as a possessed teenager, Eion Bailey went on to star as a soldier on HBO’s Band of Brothers and as Pinocchio on Once Upon a Time, seemingly in a bid to find roles even stranger than his hyena cameo on Buffy.
3. Rachel Bilson — 'Dirty Girls' (Season Seven, Episode Eighteen)
Before Rachel Bilson partied in The O.C. with the likes of Adam Brody and Mischa Barton, she was busy starring in Xander's adult-friendly dreams as one of the potential Slayers.
Whatever else you say about Xander, that boy certainly had good taste.
4. Clea Duvall — 'Out of Mind, Out of Sight' (Season One, Episode Eleven)
Back in the early days of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, when the show played around with the 'monster of the week' format, one of the most memorable episodes starred Clea Duvall as an invisible girl who was bullied to the point of insanity.
Ironically, the talented character actress often slips under the radar, but mainstream audiences hopefully caught some of her best work in the Oscar winning Argo and TV shows such as Veep, Better Call Saul and American Horror Story.
5. John Hawkes — 'Only Have Eyes For You' (Season Two, Episode Nineteen)
It's beyond me why someone would want to work at Sunnydale High, the most dangerous school in existence. Nonetheless, eagle-eyed viewers may have spotted the Oscar nominated actor John Hawkes playing a janitor who has to deal with trash and ghosts in one godawful day at work.
As well as winning acclaim for his Academy Award-nominated performance in Winter's Bone, Hawkes also played a prominent part in HBOs Deadwood and films such as Lincoln and The Sessions, although he never bettered his brief role as a custodian on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, obviously.
6. Wentworth Miller — 'Go Fish' (Season Two, Episode Twenty)
Wentworth Miller hasn't exactly enjoyed the most traditional of paths to stardom. After appearing on Buffy The Vampire Slayer as a gill monster thing who attacks Sunnydale High's swim team, the young actor went on to star in two Mariah Carey videos, the Resident Evil franchise, and won a recurring role in The CW's #Arrowverse as the villainous Captain Cold.
Oh, and he also did something or other in a little show called Prison Break.
7. Pedro Pascal — 'The Freshman' (Season Four, Episode One)
Like his Game Of Thrones colleague, Sean Bean, poor Pedro Pascal has made a living out of regularly suffering horrific deaths onscreen. While his most notable demise may have occurred on #GameOfThrones in the role of Oberyn Martell, Pascal actually died twice before in a single episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
After a local vampire turned Pascal's character into one of the undead, #Buffy was forced to introduce him to her close friend Mr Pointy, thereby obliterating any chances the two had of dating one another.
8. Shane West — 'Go Fish' (Season Two, Episode Twenty)
Do you remember a time when Shane West was actually a thing?
If you do, then you may also remember West's brief appearance in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, where he revealed to Xander that the swim teams steroids had been laced with fish DNA, because, how else does one win a swimming competition?
The role was brief and strange, but West still went on to win over the hearts of teenage girls everywhere with a starring role in the weepie A Walk To Remember and shows such as ER and Salem.
In case you don't remember that Shane West was actually a thing, here's the trailer to his classic work of art, A Walk To Remember. Enjoy.
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Buffy may have changed the lives of every star who won a cameo role on the show, but in the twenty years since the Chosen One first slayed us, our lives were changed for the better too.
What was your favorite Buffy The Vampire Slayer cameo? Let us know in the comments section below!