Emma Caulfield ‘never noticed’ Buffy Easter egg in WandaVision

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans went nuts after realising Emma Caulfield, who starred as Anya Jenkins in the series, was going to be a regular in WandaVision this year.

Fans were so excited, they managed to spot a Buffy 'Easter egg' in the show, something Emma didn't even notice herself.

Emma Caulfield and Elizabeth Olsen in WandaVision

Emma Caulfield shared with Yahoo Lifestyle she didn't even notice the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Easter egg in WandaVision. Photo: Marvel

In Buffy, Anya was a human turned vengeance demon who lost her powers and was forced to once again live as a human. She was also famously scared of rabbits, which made one WandaVision scene very entertaining for Buffy fans.

The scene sees Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) put on a disastrous magic show involving, you guessed it, a rabbit! Dottie then awards the couple Comedy Performance of the Year and while she doesn't interact with the rabbit fans assumed the scene was partially in reference to Anya.

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"I fully expected Dottie to run in fear when the rabbit hopped across the stage," one fan wrote on Twitter.

"I am 99.99% sure it isn't the case, but in my reality, the rabbit jokes in #Wandavision were a reference to Emma Caulfield playing Anya in Buffy who was scared of rabbits," another said.

"The most disappointing thing about #Wandavision was that Emma Caulfield didn't freak out about the bunny," someone else wrote.

Emma as Anya in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a Halloween episode where she dressed as a terrifying... bunny. Photo: 20th Television
Emma as Anya in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a Halloween episode where she dressed as a terrifying... bunny. Photo: 20th Television

"Finally starting WandaVision and WTF none of you told me Anya/Emma Caulfield was in this!" another added. "And in an episode that features a bunny too??"

However, Emma "never noticed" the supposed Buffy Easter egg when shooting the series.

"I never saw it, I shot it and I never noticed it, it was not even on my radar at all," Emma said during an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle.

"So, when the fans started talking about that I was really confused, I was like, 'Are they saying Anya's back? They're saying Anya's a part of Marvel?'"

"I still don't quite understand it, I guess the whole thing is that it's their shout out to the past, I don't know. And maybe it is, I texted [creator Jac Schaeffer] [because] about one in three questions has to do with the fan throwback to the bunnies, so I'm like, 'I'm just going to straight-up ask her.'

"She never mentioned that it was an intentional throwback, but it makes sense that it would be, because why not just pepper that little Easter egg in. But it was very surprising to me, I really am very embarrassed that I didn't catch it."

Emma said the fan reaction to her role in WandaVision was humbling. Photo: Marvel
Emma said the fan reaction to her role in WandaVision was humbling. Photo: Marvel

Speaking of the insane fan reaction, Emma told us: "I don't even know how that's possible, I keep thinking that that's just wrong information. Like, what?"

"But cool, I'll take it, I'm very, very humbled and very, very appreciative of that."

The star also shared how excited she was to be cast as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "It's completely surreal, I never thought I'd be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, never in a million years. I thought that that opportunity ended, it should have happened when I was 20. If it didn't happen then, it's not going to happen now."

And while she is so appreciative of the fan response and the opportunity to be part of the MCU, she can't really say too much about the show at all.

"I can't say anything," she said. "I'm just like, '[Dotti's] super fun and I've had so much fun playing her,' and that is all I can say. You're just going to have to watch, it's so annoying right?"

"I have not said anything since October of 2019, I'm just used to not saying anything now!"

She joked, "I can't talk, Marvel will probably take a hit out on my life, so I can't... I just do what they say."

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