When Sarah Michelle Gellar hung up her stake seven years ago, there were a whirlwind of rumors about how the franchise might live on with out its blondie beauty.
The most intriguing of the rumors was that Eliza Dushku would reprise her role as the twisted sister slayer Faith in her own spin-off series. That never came to be and a lot of fans were pretty disappointed.
Now, Eliza explains why the show never happened in a new interview, blaming timing and her gut for the demise of the show. She reveals:
“After I finished the show, I’d withdrawn from school and followed up with a couple of films like "Bring It On", but I’d had such an awesome experience working with Joss I was ready to go down that road again. So I met with Joss and Tim Minear and spoke about the potential for a Faith spin-off. But Buffy had just gone on seven years and Joss was really straightforward: he couldn’t play the kind of day-to-day role he had on Buffy – he had his family. I love Tim Minear, I trust him wholeheartedly and it wasn’t that I felt without Joss it wasn’t right, but it was a contributing factor. On top of it, I had just played this character for almost five years, it felt like time to explore a different role. So I ended up making a decision that, though looking back I don’t regret, in hindsight maybe the talks could have continued a bit longer. It’s a question I’ve been asked a gazillion times: ‘Why’d you do Tru Calling and not the Faith spin-off?’ Thing is, even Joss was part of helping me make that decision. He said: ‘I think you have to follow your gut, which is trying something different, and we’ll stay friends so this isn’t goodbye, this is until next time.’”
Yeah, next time didn't work as well as you thought it might have. Should have stuck with doing a Faith spin-off. People would have really liked that.
Course, if someone could kick some sense into the Buffster and get a movie underway, we'd consider that an apology!
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