What acting is getting as far apart from yourself as possible and still being believable, and it’s a compliment.But at the time I was a baby, I was still learning and I wanted to stick up for my character.Yes, you can.” Had I not spoken up that wouldn’t have happened. There wasn’t a lot I would feel I would need to [suggest]. It was the beginning of my career and I don’t know how much storytelling I had in me at the time, or if I was thinking like that.What was it like working with Joss, who is such a visionary writer and producer? I was learning from him and [co-executive producer] David Greenwalt in those formative years.
I call my agent back and she says, “They’re going to leave. ” I said, “I’m five minutes away”—I was probably 15 more minutes away—and I said, “Tell them to go order a pizza, they’re not leaving until they see me.” I did not go through everything I just went through... I just feel like, before I even walked in the door, I got the part.I think those lessons in storytelling have stayed with me today. Of course, he was open and collaborative, but there wasn’t a lot of squawking on my end.Whenever there was something that concerned me, like, “Hey, is Cordelia a slut?Twenty years after the pilot aired, “It’s hard to believe so much time has passed and we’re still talking about it,” Carpenter says. (Editor’s note: Sarah Michelle Gellar initially auditioned for Cordelia.)I think maybe me and 10,000 other girls did that! I went in and read for Buffy and [executive producer Gail Berman and Joss] said, “Can you prepare Cordelia’s dialogue, go in the hallway and prepare those lines, and come back and read for Cordelia?We think you might be better suited for that.” So I did.