New Zealand actress Melanie Lynskey has opened up about being the first choice to play Willow on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’ She responded to the film’s star Sarah Michelle Gellar’s claims that the show’s creator, Joss Whedon wanted her to be cast as Buffy’s best friend, Willow Rosenberg. However, due to the problems with her visa, Lynskey lost the role and it went to Alyson Hannigan. Let’s dig into the details.
Melanie Lynskey was not sure about doing television at that time
The actress partly agreed with Gellar’s saying, “It is basically true. It was kind of a visa issue, but not really.”
Moreover, talking about the missed chance she wasn’t totally sure about doing the role at that time. “I also was not sure about doing television at that time. It was very early in my career. I had a very old-school agent who was like, ‘TV? That’s for has-beens!’ and I was like,” she said.’I don’t think it is anymore.'”
Meanwhile, Lynskey admitted that she “just wasn’t super into” the role.
Talking about the casting procedure The Yellowjackets star said after shooting the pilot of the show the markers were considering a new actress for the role of Willow so she decided to audition.
She said, “So I auditioned. Then: ‘Oh, they didn’t like what you were wearing. It was a whole process. And then I didn’t get it! Alyson Hannigan got it, who was absolutely wonderful and all was [cast] as it should have been. That was the actual story.”
Although she didn’t regret not getting the part. It will indeed be very interesting to see her pulling off the role of Willow.
All episodes of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ are available on Hulu.