Jan. 8th, 1977
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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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 But Amber is probably best known for playing Tara, the shy, withdrawn witch and love interest of Willow for three seasons on the series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) from early 2000 to 2002.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) (TV).
- According to _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv) producer 'Marti Noxon' (qv), series creator 'Joss Whedon' (qv) 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.
- Loves to read and spends a lot of her "down time" on set reading. Lists some of her favourite authors as 'Ray Bradbury' (qv), Susan Cooper, 'Marion Zimmer Bradley' (qv), 'J.K. Rowling' (qv) (the 'Harry Potter' series) and 'Christopher Golden' (qv) (the 'Body of Evidence' series).
- She sang on two tracks of fellow _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv) co-star, 'Anthony Head' (qv)'s solo CD project, "Music for Elevators".
- Amber Benson arrived late at a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" convention in June, 2003, because a deer ran into her mother's car in upstate New York.
- Has a publishing deal along with author 'Christopher Golden' (qv) to write a series of original novels based upon their animated BBCi film, "The Ghosts of Albion".
- She was born on 'Elvis Presley' (qv)'s birthday (January 8th) in 1977 (the year of Elvis' death.)
- Has had roles in movies with actors whom she would later join on the cast of _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv): 'Lindsay Crouse' (qv) and 'Eliza Dushku' (qv) in _Bye Bye Love (1995)_ (qv) and 'Seth Green' (qv) in _Can't Hardly Wait (1998)_ (qv).
- As a young teenager, co-anchored (along with 'A.J. McLean' (qv), later of the 'Backstreet Boys' (qv)) the pilot for a proposed television news program aimed at kids. However, the pilot was not picked up.