The role was originally offered to Ryan Reynolds, but he said no. “High school was hell for me, and I’d be damned if I was going to go back.”
Nicholas Brendon has an identical twin brother, Kelly Donovan, who regularly acted as his stand-in – and doubled for him in “The Replacement”.
Making the final season, the writing team considered having evil preacher Caleb kill Xander in “Dirty Girls” (7.18), not just blind him in one eye.
Season seven’s “Conversations With Dead People” is the only one of 144 Buffy episodes in which Xander does not appear.