‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’: Cordelia Was Supposed to Be Played by a Black Actress

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The ’90s had a ton of beloved teen dramas. From Dawson Creek to 90210 and naturally, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there was a slew of various packages to select from. Unfortunately, as a lot as we cherished and loved these TV exhibits, they weren’t very various.

TV was nonetheless very a lot a segregated area with Black characters being forged in all-Black packages or being relegated to the token Black or minority character on extra mainstream exhibits.

The WB’S Buffy the Vampire Slayer had a ton of unbelievable qualities. The female-led collection starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, a teen woman, and Slayer in a protracted certainly one of ladies whose mission was to hunt out and destroy vampires and different demons. In addition to centering Summers, the collection additionally highlighted feminine friendships, relationships. and the LGBTQ neighborhood. However, the collection was speculated to be much more various then it was.

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‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ had superb feminine characters

In addition to Buffy, who struggled together with her function as a Slayer whereas coping with her romantic emotions for Angel (David Boreanaz) and finally Spike (James Marsters), Whedon’s collection did a superb job of highlighting ladies.

Buffy’s finest friend, Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) was a badass witch who at one level turned hooked on magic. She additionally obtained right into a relationship together with her girlfriend, Tara Maclay, which helps her advance each her magic and her self-confidence.

In addition to Willow, Buffy’s archnemesis Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter) begins the collection as a impolite queen bee of Sunnydale High. However, she evolves into way more than that. After constantly discovering herself in life-threatening conditions, Cordelia reluctantly turns into part of Buffy’s crew earlier than finally shifting to Los Angeles to hitch the supernatural detective company Angel Investigations and getting old imaginative and prescient powers.

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Kendra Young was the one main Black character on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

Bianca Lawson’s Kendra Yong could be one of many solely distinguished Black characters on Buffy throughout its seven-season run. Kendra was a Slayer from Jamaica who was activated following Buffy’s short-term loss of life.

She appeared in three episodes of season two. Though Kendra and Buffy didn’t precisely see eye-to-eye on sure issues particularly when it got here to Buffy’s love for Angel, they shaped a bond till Kendra’s loss of life by the hands of the diabolical Drusilla.

Cordelia was speculated to be performed by a Black actress on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

In seems that Lawson’s Kendra wasn’t speculated to be the one distinguished Black character on Buffy. Whedon wrote the function of Cordelia for a Black actress.

“Originally, Joss was looking for a Black actress for the role of Cordelia,” Whedon’s former PA George Snyder wrote in his guide, Slayers & Vampires: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Buffy & Angel. “But one of the stumbling blocks there was the way we knew Joss anticipated the relationships shifting and changing. There was some concern at the network at the time that interracial relationships would be problematic.”

Eventually, Whedon gave into the community’s “concerns” casting Carpenter who would additionally star within the Buffy spinoff, Angel. “At that point, the WB was a different kind of network,” Synder mentioned. “I know that came up and Joss said, ‘I can’t have restraints on how I mix and match the dynamics. That’s part of the fun of the show, that Willow is in love with Xander, Xander is in love with Buffy, Cordelia can’t stand any of them yet finds herself drawn to Xander.’ Joss decided it wasn’t worth fighting that fight at that particular time, but he didn’t want to be hindered in the dynamic of the shifting triangles.”

Now Whedon has been speaking about rebooting Buffy with a Black-female lead.

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