Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum David Boreanaz shares a sweetly funny story about meeting co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar for the first time. Although it showed flashes of the transcendent show that it would gradually become, the first season of Buffy had a few noticeable growing pains. One thing that helped the series right from the jump, however, was the chemistry between Gellar and Boreanaz. As the titular slayer, Gellar's character was drawn to Boreanaz's brooding vampire Angel, and it kicked off a love story that has continued to spark debate long after Buffy and its spinoff Angel ended.
In an interview on The Summit with Josh Horowitz, Boreanaz looked back on his long career in television and reflected on his reaction to meeting Gellar after he'd signed on to play Angel. As the actor explains, in the quote below, he'd never really done anything close to the level of Buffy before, and he felt extremely nervous and reminded himself to keep it cool. Still, despite his anxiousness.
What Made Buffy & Angel So Popular?
From a distanced perspective, Buffy and Angel had that forbidden romance aspect that fuels a lot of relationships in pop culture. Boiling it down to just that factor is a discredit to the work that Gellar and Boreanaz did in terms of bringing their on-screen romance to life. The fierce debate about which character is right for Buffy still continues, and whether she needs to end up with any particular person at all. Too often, Angel is summed up as being Buffy's first love and a high school experience that wouldn't stand the test of time.