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Melanie Lynskey Says She Declined ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Audition – The Hollywood Reporter



Melanie Lynskey is opening up about why she initially turned down auditioning for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Throughout a current interview with Shut Up Evan: The Publication, carried out earlier than the SAG-AFTRA strike, the actress defined why she didn’t really feel like she was able to make the leap from movie to tv on the time.

“It was kind of a visa issue, but not really,” she stated. “I also was not sure about doing television at that time. It was very early in my career. I had a very old-school agent who was like, ‘TV? That’s for has-beens!’ and I was like, ‘I don’t think it is anymore.’ Certainly, now things have really changed, but I just wasn’t super into it (TV) at the time.”

Earlier than the Sarah Michelle Gellar-led collection made its debut in 1997, Lynskey made her performing debut in Peter Jackson’s 1994 movie Heavenly Creatures, alongside Kate Winslet. After, when auditions started for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lynskey recalled assembly up with present creator Joss Whedon relating to the position of Willow Rosenberg.

“I don’t remember if it was an offer or if it was like, ‘Would you come read for it?’ or what it was, but we stayed in touch after that,” she stated of their preliminary assembly. “And then I guess they were replacing the person from the pilot at a certain point and I had stayed in touch with [Joss], and he said, ‘Now do you think you would want to do it?’ And I had seen the pilot and I was like, ‘Oh, this is good,’ and I kind of took my agent into it. And then, it became this whole thing of, ‘Well, now you have to audition.’ So I auditioned.”

Though Lynskey finally determined to take the leap into TV and audition for Buffy, she stated it ended up being a “whole process” and didn’t get the position. However she couldn’t be extra excited for the actress who landed the position of Willow within the collection that ran for seven seasons.

“Alyson Hannigan got it, who was absolutely wonderful,” she stated. “All was [cast] as it should have been.”

Following the Buffy audition, Lynskey went on to star in a number of different motion pictures, together with Coyote Ugly, Shooters and Snakeskin. Nevertheless it wasn’t till 2002 that she made her tv debut. Ever since, she has proved to be a pressure in each mediums, together with scoring Emmy nominations for her roles in The Final of Us and Yellowjackets.

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