As a child, Benson studied music and dance, and performed in the Birmingham Children's Ballet, as well as in local theater.She attended high school (one of her classmates being Joey Fatone) in Orlando, Florida after her family moved there, in part to help Amber pursue acting opportunities, the most prominent of which was an unsold television series called Kids' News, in which Amber was to have been one of two main anchors.
Amber Benson was asked about how she feels about changing the face of LGBT representation on TV, and she responded with praise for series creator Joss Whedon and his ability to create "real characters." I feel very blessed to have played Tara on Buffy. It was about 2 people who just happened to be of the same gender falling in love. Fans of the series will likely agree with her on that.
The same-sex nature of Tara and Willow's relationship was addressed on occasion, when it was relevant.
I felt like there were still people whose lives are being affected by those murders and I just didn’t want to be a part of all that.
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Other tidbits: She would "LOVE" to come back for more work on Buffy ("I think that's really up to other people, though. Alyson Hannigan apparently smells like "honeysuckle and happiness." Amber Benson thinks it would be awesome for Tara to be a Vampire Slayer for a day.
And, unrelated to Buffy, Amber Benson's favorite TV show of 2014 is Outlander.
Amber Nicole Benson (born January 8, 1977) is an American actress, writer, director, and producer.
She is best known for her role as Tara Maclay on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but has also directed, produced and starred in her own films Chance (2002) and Lovers, Liars & Lunatics (2006).
I think it’s a Catch-22 because it sets the example that it’s not OK to be who you are, but on the other hand, being honest can limit your ability to get a job. Well, I’m an actor I can be whatever you want me to be. You can’t just say, “I’m going to be and actor” and then make a living at it. And everyone I know is in the same boat that I’m in. I guess I could get a normal job with benefits, but I choose to sit in front of my computer and write instead. People always ask me why I did this bad movie or that bad movie, but to me it’s just a job that pays the bills. AB: Boy, I’d never want for company if I liked the ladies.
AE: True I mean we are just now at the point where it is okay to play gay. I mean, you’re making like a 0 dollars a day on these indie films, and that’s if you’re lucky and get paid at all. AE: Do you think that you will always be acting, are there characters that you imagine yourself playing or are you moving more towards directing and other things? I’m still down to do whatever but it seems to be something that’s happening to me. The only thing that I turned down — well, actually, I didn’t turn it down, I just didn’t go to the audition, was a Charles Manson biopic. I always have pretty girls bemoaning the fact I’m not gay.
We get those old neural pathways ingrained in our grey matter and the synapses just keep firing over and over again, sending us down the same roads, inflicting us with the same feelings and habits until they're all we know. It resets those neural pathways, creates more of them, restructures how we think and feel. My expectations were such that I went right to that bad place in my mind––a place created by years of one, particular kind of experience.