I actually auditioned the year before for Angel, I think for the part that Amy Acker got. I don’t think I got very far. But it was nice that they brought me in again for Buffy — my character was supposed to be an Asian girl.
Fucking…. Ugh. And this isn’t the only time Joss has pulled these shenanigans. Kaylee Frye from Firefly was originally written as an Asian woman.
as were both of the Tams, Detective Tanaka from Dollhouse (played by Mark Sheppard), and Dr. Lin from Cabin in the Woods (played by Amy Acker). and these are just the ones that we know of, with obvious Asian last names.
Sadder still that the only other Asian Potential in Buffy couldn’t speak English and her foreignness and inability to communicate was played off as sooo hilarious oop~