Actress Kristy Swanson Recalls Working With The Late Luke Perry


Kristy Swanson was able to work with the late Luke Perry in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now, almost 30 years later, she is recalling what it was like to work with Luke. He sadly passed away in 2019 at the age of 52.

Kristy revealed that it was actually Luke that got her the role of Buffy in the film. At the time, Luke had a three-picture deal with 20th Century Fox. He got the script for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and told the studio that he knew exactly who should play Buffy.


Kristy Swanson remembers the late Luke Perry

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ / Everett Collection

She recalled, “He went to the studio, got the director and producers together, and was like, ‘Kristy Swanson is Buffy. You have to meet her.’ Then he calls me and is like, ‘You’re gonna love this project. And I’m totally pushing you for it because you will kill this role. You have to do it. You will do so good in this.'” At first, she said she wasn’t that interested but after reading the script, she thought it was pretty funny.


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BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, Luke Perry, Kristy Swanson, 1992, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

She added, “But of course, they had to audition everyone. I auditioned like seven times for the role. And then I had to be there for the readings so they could see if the group of friends [in the film] went together and had the right look in terms of age and everything. So I kept going to the studio and meeting those guys. Eventually, I got it and it turned out to be a really fun experience. And it’s funny, it didn’t do so great at the box office, but it has become a cult classic. It’s lasted a long time for some reason. But it was a really fun time for me.”

RACE TO WIN, (aka RACE TO REDEMPTION), Luke Perry, 2016. © Anchor Bay Entertainment /Courtesy Everett Collection

Now, Kristy says she still thinks about Luke often, and especially every time she hears the song “Fly Me to the Moon.” It is the song they danced to at the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She shared, “But every time I hear that song, I see Luke’s face. I think of him.”

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