Alyson Hannigan: Lesbian Relationship on Buffy Was “Such a Gift”

Buffy fans will remember a groundbreaking lesbian relationship on the show: Alyson Hannigan’s character Willow’s relationship with Tara.

In an interview with HuffPost Live, Alyson remembers being part of television history very excitedly.

When asked whether it caught her off guard to get that script, Alyson responds, “Not at all!”

She reveals that writer-director Joss Whedon let her know in advance: “You’re going to have a friend and it’ll be a special friend that’s just your friend.”

She added that she thinks he may not have been sure what direction the relationship was going to go at the time, but that she’s super happy it went that way: “I was so grateful to be part of such a wonderful relationship!”

“The people that [the relationship] touched that I’ve met, it’s such a gift to have been able to do that,” says Alyson.

So does Alyson have a lesbian following now? “I hope so!” she says, “I mean, I would feel like a failure if I didn’t!”

Did Willow and Tara’s relationship have an effect on you?

05.13.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Sarah Anne Lloyd
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