Look who turned down the chance to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Dec 16, 2013, 12:08 PM EST

Despite its movie origin, it's hard to imagine anyone but Sarah Michelle Gellar playing Buffy Summers. And yet ... 

Next time you're debating which show you want to binge-watch on Netflix, you might want to skip Buffy the Vampire Slayer (for once) and hunker down with the original series Orange Is the New Black. It turns out that Natasha Lyonne, who plays one of the inmates, was very nearly the titular vampire slayer.


Keep in mind, Lyonne was a bit of a commodity at the time, since she was an indie success and had just had a bona fide hit with the Woody Allen picture Everyone Says I Love You. It's at this point, Lyonne says, that she started getting a bevy of pitches from the then-WB network.

They were giving me scripts for 'Buffy,' 'Dawson's Creek,'. I remember going to see my mother after 'Slums of Beverly Hills.' She was like, 'I told you two things: I told you to get your boobs done, and I told you to do 'Buffy.'' Incidentally, I think Sarah Michelle Gellar is all-natural in that department.

We've heard in the past that Lyonne was potentially up for something Buffy-related, but no one, Lyonne included, ever said what part she was being considered for until now. And while Lyonne may be a short, blond, white woman, the comparisons between her and Gellar basically stop there. As performers, they've got an entirely different energy. So it's very hard to imagine what kind of show Buffy the Vampire Slayer might have been.

What do you think? Would the supernatural teen drama still have enjoyed seven seasons of success with Lyonne instead of Gellar? Or is there only one true Buffy?

(via The Huffington Post)