Alyson Hannigan on Playing the Gay Card

Alyson Hannigan on Playing the Gay Card

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Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer_(TV_Series),_1997,_Alyson_Hannigan_as_WillowAlyson Hannigan has played some very memorable characters during her acting career. Remember the infamous “band camp” girl in American Pie that made band students from all over miserable? (Band camp is a very real thing!)

Then, of course, she was part of the fantastic Lily and Marshall duo (the Lily part, of course) in How I Met Your Mother.

However, Hannigan’s first iconic role was as Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After gaining a huge loyal fan base, the loveable Willow finds herself falling in love with another woman, or witch, rather, named Tara. This lesbian relationship was one of the first ever portrayed on television at the time.

Hannigan spoke with HuffPostLive about how happy she was to have gotten the role.

“I was so grateful to be part of such a wonderful relationship,” Hannigan said. “The people that [the relationship] touched that I’ve met, it’s such a gift to have been able to do that.”

Willow and Tara were true pioneers for gay television relationships even though the show came out in the late 90s. In 1999, at the end of the third season of Buffy, the Boston Herald called the show, “The most gay show on TV this year,” even though no gay characters had even been established yet.

Yikes, I can only imagine what they would have said about Glee!

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