‘Buffy’ reunion: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s singing voice was almost dubbed in ‘Once More With Feeling’

MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG: The way I was told was Joss had been pitching it for ages and then all of a sudden Ally McBeal had a musical episode and Joss was like, “Hell naw!” On some weekends, Joss would have some cast members and crew and there would be a designated place and we would all read Shakespeare. Nowadays it seems like everyone does a musical episode. Read on for what they told EW at the 20th-anniversary reunion. But Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of the first series to attempt the genre flip. Then I talked to Joss and I said, “I don’t have the time and I don’t feel confident enough to do it.” We didn’t get the script until like two or three weeks before. I didn’t realize that would be the episode where you found out where she was. To read more on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer   reunion, pick up the new issue of   Entertainment Weekly on stands now or buy it right here. ANTHONY STEWART HEAD: “Once More with Feeling” was my dream because I got to do a musical on TV and it was genius. Show Full Article I think the entire cast was a bit terrified. It didn’t matter if I sucked because I wasn’t hired to be a singer or dancer. While it’s widely hailed as one of Slayer’s greatest episodes, some of the cast members were, shall we say, a little hesitant about breaking out into song. But it was exhausting. I really went back and forth to whether or not I was going to sing. I think one person, I forget who it was, actually asked to juggle chainsaws instead. I think it was our best moment because at some point we knew that Joss would not be talked out of it and we definitely tried. I think in the face of what we thought was certain doom, we decided to go out swinging. JAMES MARSTERS: I remember, in general for different reasons. RELATED:   Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion Exclusive   Photos
SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR: I’m not a singer. One of my fondest memories is once I had done my song, I hung around the studio because I didn’t want to leave. And we stopped whining and we started working really hard. Don’t forget to   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. Then afterward everyone would eat and drink. Like real chainsaws. And I have said that for a bunch of Hollywood actors that’s as close to heroism as we’re gonna get. I never have been and I didn’t have a lot of time with the material. What I didn’t realize at the time is it would be such an emotional arc for the character. So my original intention was to have someone else do the singing. Watch the clip above and catch our exclusive   People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) special,   EW Reunites: Buffy the Vampire Slayer,   here   or download the free app on your favorite device. People kept coming in for their vocals and going, “Why are you here?”
NICHOLAS BRENDON: The musical for me was kind of my ultimate because it was so different. And we didn’t realize how big of a genius Joss was. It was extraordinary. For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit   ew.com/untoldstories. “Once More With Feeling” found Sunnydale under the spell of a demon that forced them all to croon their emotions. And suddenly there were voice coaches and dance coaches showing up on set. And Joss said, “I’ll do whatever I can to make it as easy on you as possible,” like bringing in my friend Adam Shankman. One of the recurring themes of working on that show over the years was just the slow dawning of the amount of talent contained in that skull of Joss Whedon. Creator (and musical lover) Joss Whedon decided to have the supernatural series attempt their own musical hour in the otherwise bleak season 6. Then I think that James [Marsters] would get on the piano or Joss would get on the piano and I think that helped perpetuate the “Let’s do a musical!” episode.