(From 'SFX' magazine, #106
As Tara, Amber Benson broke one of US television’s great
taboos. Yes, hippies could be heroes…and lesbians, too. And
get a load of the above picture! Yowser!
Amber Benson had quite a story arc on
. As Tara, she introduced Willow to lesbianism, sang
beautifully in “Once More, With Feeling”, inspired her
girlfriend’s recovery from magic addiction and then died an
incredibly shocking death (via a silly magic bullet, but we
won’t go into that). She was supposed to return as an
incarnation of Tara in “Conversations With Dead People”,
but that didn’t work out, so that fatal gunshot was the last
time we saw her on
Amber came to the series finale party to celebrate with the
rest of the cast, and, all dolled up, she looked like Tara’s
elegant twin sister. Remember, Tara was kind of a hippy, and
though cute, never wore the sort of sexy gown she’s wearing
in the photo above…
Were you disappointed it didn’t work out for you to
come back (there were negotiational difficulties for the
“Yeah, but you know, things work out the way they’re
supposed to. And now Willow has a really hot girl as her new
love interest, so…”
What do you think of Willow’s new girlfriend?
“Oh, Kennedy’s a cutie and she’s really nice, the girl
that portrays her. She’s a sweetheart. I met her a couple of
How do you feel about your ultimate arc on the show
– dying just as Tara and Willow were happy again?
“I thought it was really an excellent arc. It was depressing
and it was sad but it needed to be done. We were talking about
addiction and you kind of have to hit bottom and lose
everything before you can pull yourself back up.”
What do you think of the show ending?
“I think it’s sad. It was seven really good years and I
don’t think it was a bad show.”
Is this party a celebration or a mourning?
“Someone asked me if it was a wake. I think it’s a wake.
There’s gonna be a lot of bloodletting going on in the
Do you think
is ending at the right time, or do you feel it could have
lasted a while longer?
“I don’t know if it’s the right time or not, but it hit
its peak and it could go on, but it didn’t have to. It
would’ve been nice if it did. It ended on a good note. And
– I hope – will go on too.”
What are your next projects?
“I just did a film called
and I co-wrote an animated show for the BBC called
The Ghosts of Albion
, the film you wrote and directed featuring James Marsters and
“We’re looking for a distributor now.”