Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a supernatural drama that was created by Joss Whedon in the late ’90s. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar at the beginning of her career, the show ended up becoming incredibly successful with several spin-off products like novels, comics, video games and even another spin-off television series called Angel. It ran for seven seasons and developed a strong cult following that is still around today. Similar to many other television shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a launching pad for several actors, but while some experienced success from the show, there are a few stars who either turned down a role or were overlooked in auditions. Here’s an interesting look at 7 actors who were almost cast in Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
7. Katie Holmes
It’s hard to imagine anyone else but Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy, but it was actually supposed to be Dawson’s Creek actress, Katie Holmes. Holmes was the first actress to be offered the role, but she turned it down so she could finish high school. There was some steep competition for the part! Other actresses like Julie Benz, Mercedes McNab, Charisma Carpenter, Elizabeth Anne Allen and Julia Lee auditioned for the lead role, but all ended up playing other characters. The coveted position eventually went to Sarah Michelle Gellar.