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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 January 1977Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Birth NameAmber Nicole Benson
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Amber Benson was born on January 8, 1977 in Birmingham, Alabama. As a young girl, she studied singing, dancing as well as acting. While still in her teens, she was involved in productions at the local community theatre. Her family moved to Los Angeles soon afterwards in 1992 so she could pursue a career in acting.

Her first movie role was a minor part in King of the Hill (1993), where she played a good-natured, epileptic teenager and hotel resident which was set in 1930s Depression-era Indiana, which was immediately followed by another supporting part of Cheyenne, the best friend of Alicia Silverstone in The Crush (1993). A string of roles followed with her acting in three made-for-TV "Jack Reed" detective movies playing the daughter of the title detective as well as other minor and bit parts in Imaginary Crimes (1994), S.F.W. (1994) and Bye Bye Love (1995).

She's also acted in a number of independent film productions and film shorts including Take It Easy (1999), Deadtime (1999), Don's Plum (2001), Hollywood, Pennsylvania (2001). But Amber is probably best known for playing Tara, the shy, withdrawn witch and love interest of Willow for three seasons on the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) from early 2000 to 2002.

Amber has also tried her talent at writing and directing, starting in 2001 with the little-seen independent comedy-drama Chance (2002), where she played the title character. She has also wrote various stage plays as well as the scripts for other independent movie productions like The Theory of the Leisure Class (2001) and Ghosts of Albion: Legacy (2003).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Patay

Trivia (29)

Has had roles in movies with actors whom she would later join on the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997): Lindsay Crouse and Eliza Dushku in Bye Bye Love (1995) and Seth Green in Can't Hardly Wait (1998).
She is most proud of her work in the film King of the Hill (1993), her appearances as 'Tara' on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and her own movie project Chance (2002).
Loves to read and spends a lot of her "down time" on set reading. Lists some of her favourite authors as Ray Bradbury, Susan Cooper, Marion Zimmer Bradley, J.K. Rowling (the 'Harry Potter' series) and Christopher Golden (the 'Body of Evidence' series).
Lives in Los Angeles with her mother, her dog Pennsylvania (aka Penny) and her cat Benneton (aka Benny).
In 2001, at the age of just 24, Amber directed, wrote, produced and starred in her own movie called Chance (2002). It was presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002.
She was born on Elvis Presley's birthday (January 8th) in 1977 (the year of Elvis' death.)
Wrote a comic book based on the characters of Willow and Tara as part of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic books series.
Amber Benson arrived late at a Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) convention in June, 2003, because a deer ran into her mother's car in upstate New York.
According to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) producer Marti Noxon, series creator Joss Whedon originally rejected her for the role of "Tara", feeling she wasn't the proper physical type. But Noxon insisted that she be allowed to read for the part again, and it was at the second audition that Whedon realized she would be perfect for the part.
Has a publishing deal along with author Christopher Golden to write a series of original novels based upon their animated BBCi film, "The Ghosts of Albion".
Wrote a vignette for Dark Horse Comics' "Tales of the Slayer" graphic novel, with Joss Whedon and other Buffy TV and comic writers. Benson wrote about a vampire slayer from The French Revolution period, who accidentally killed a man.
At age 6, she danced in the Alabama Ballet Company's production of "The Nutcracker." She was also a member of the Birmingham Children's Theater.
Parents are Ed and Diane Benson. Her younger sister, Danielle, is an artist.
She suffered a badly broken foot in early 2004 when landscapers left a barrel full of discarded sod in her yard, and she tried to move it to the curb and it fell on her foot. She had to film her part in Intermedio (2005) on crutches as a result.
Shares a birthday with director Francesco Roder and actress Sarah Polley.
She sang on two tracks of fellow Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) co-star, Anthony Head's solo CD project, "Music for Elevators".
As a young teenager, co-anchored (along with A.J. McLean, later of the Backstreet Boys) the pilot for a proposed television news program aimed at kids. However, the pilot was not picked up.
As of Summer 2011 is the author of the Calliope Reaper-Jones novels ("Death's Daughter", "Cat's Claw" and "Serpent's Storm", with a fourth scheduled for release in February 2012); co-author (with Christopher Golden) of the "Ghosts" children's book series; author or co-author of several "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" tie-in works including a novelette in "Buffy The Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 6"; and author or co-author of numerous other works.
Played in a band called Rhodestar with Hayley Taylor.
Lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, actor/singer Adam Busch, who appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) as Warren.
Attended the same grade in the same high school as Joey Fatone - Dr. Philips in Orlando, Florida.
On a "Nerdist" podcast in 2013, Amber Benson said that her mother sometimes sells her childhood memorabilia on e-bay. She said that she discovered this when a man approached her at a convention and told her that her mother had sold him her childhood "My Little Pony" dolls. She said that in addition to finding it distasteful that her mother had sold and this man had bought her childhood toys, the other problem with that was that the "Ponys" had belonged to her sister, not her.
Preparing the release of her new film, Lovers, Liars and Lunatics (2006), which she wrote, produced and directed. [June 2005]
Preparing to travel to Holland in June to shoot a thriller in which she'll play an American military police officer. After returning to the United States, she will be in pre-production for a new horror film with actor Michael Madsen, tentatively titled Cross (2011). [May 2007]
She has just completed filming in North Carolina for Simple Things (2007) (aka Mountain Time), and is headed to Romania to film Gryphon (2007) for the Sci-Fi Channel. [October 2005]
Currently directing an as-yet-unnamed film she has written, which co-stars Christine Estabrook and James Leary. [December 2004]
She is now in Pennsylvania to film Another Harvest Moon (2010) and, afterward, will go to Louisiana, where she will co-direct the independent production, Drones (2010). [June 2008]
Is currently filming Strictly Sexual (2008), as well as putting the finishing touches on her second "Ghosts of Albion" novel with co-author Christopher Golden, "Witchery". [January 2006]
Currently in Vancouver, B.C. filming a role for an as-yet-unannounced Lifetime channel original movie, and also preparing for the release of her latest book, with co-author Christopher Golden, "Witchery", as well as a personal appearance in England at a convention at the end of the month. [September 2006]

Personal Quotes (17)

If I wasn't an actress I'd want to be a writer or else find a job where I got to read books and watch movies all day, everyday, for the rest of my life.
"I would love to develop my career on both sides of the camera in the way Woody Allen has done down the years." [Glasgow Evening Times, 22 January 2003].
[About her role as the lesbian "Tara" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997):] I got letters from girls saying that I changed their lives and I met people who would cry about it, and that had such an impact on me. You don't realise what an impact television has on people. But when you get letters from young girls saying, 'I came out and I have a girlfriend now because of you', it's great.
[on her movie Chance (2002):] The film was a while in coming. I spent a lot of time in my trailer on "Buffy" because they do so many stunts and CGI effects, so I'd just sit and write. I was tired of playing the love interest roles, but that's all that's written for women usually. "Buffy"'s the exception to that, but those kind of characters are few and far between, so I thought I'd better write one for myself. [Irish News, 27 January 2003]
[waxing philosophical about "Tara" not returning to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) in Season 7, so that Azura Skye took the part:] They did approach me about coming back, but because my schedule has been so hectic they were having a hard time working everything out. Then, it turned out that the character was going to be bad and I just didn't want to do that to the fans. Too many people like her and they've already been traumatised by "Tara" getting killed [January 27, 2003].
I'm really klutzy. I'm always tripping over stuff. I'm always trying to not walk into the camera. I was shooting a scene in a TV show and I kept sneezing. Glenn Frey, of Eagles, was opposite me, and when we were filming, he said, "Can we please stop? Amber needs a Kleenex". That was really embarrassing, and I don't mind sharing.
I've never purposely gone out to take somebody out. Well, maybe in elementary school I once did try to trip somebody.
I think when I cease to go to the bathroom, then I can call myself famous.
I would say if you think you could survive without being an actor - don't do it. It's a horrible, painful, wonderful but miserable business.
I started as a dancer when I was a little kid. I realized I didn't like dancing as much as being onstage and having people clap for me. That's how I segued into acting, the shortened version.
I admit it: I'm a freak who sits obsessively in front of my computer typing my name into Yahoo Search over and over again. I'm a closet Amberholic. Please help me!
I'm not going to throw up or over-exercise myself into oblivion to look like a model. People tell me, 'You'd work all the time if you just lost twenty pounds.' What am I going to do, cut off my head?!
I just feel lucky to have grown up where I did because I think it gave me a nice base. Hollywood can really mess with your sense of self and I feel like coming from the South keeps me pretty grounded.
Books are what I escaped to when I was a kid, and books...unless they're just really piss poor, I get swept up in them and I'm gone.
[on being perceived as "heavy"] I have breasts and hips and I am very happy that they are part of me. I weigh one-hundred eighteen and I am five foot four. If you saw me in real life, you would think I was on the thin side.
I'm not a very serious person at all.
I actually saw a ghost when I was sitting out on the porch of this beautiful house we were staying at in North Carolina. I was doing some writing, and I look up, and I see this woman in white go by, and I thought, 'That's weird.'

Salary (1)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) $8,000per episode

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