Desktop Girl of the Week: Amber Benson

I realized upon meeting her this past weekend that somehow, in my six years of making "Desktop Girl of the Week" selections on and off, I'd never picked Amber Benson. That changes now.

Amber has been acting since 1993, but it wasn't until she was cast as Tara on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" that she became something of a household name. Fan reaction to Tara wasn't exactly positive at first, since Willow's lesbian relationship was seen as something of a ratings stunt and Tara was blamed for breaking up Willow and Oz, who everyone loved as a couple.

Still, Amber played the role admirably and became a fan favorite, eventually being promoted to regular cast member in Season Six's "Seeing Red." Unfortunately, that was also the same episode in which her character died (damn you, Joss!).

Since the end of "Buffy", Amber's had a series of smaller roles in movies and television, including a memorable appearance as the vampire Lenore in a 2006 episode of "Supernatural". She's also found her own creative voice, writing a trio of books with former Buffy comic writer Christopher Golden. In 2007, she released the first of her Calliope Reaper-Jones novels, "Death's Daughter", about... well, Death's daughter. The second book in the series, "Cat's Claw" came out about six weeks ago.

As I mentioned to Amber last Saturday, for us "Buffy" fans, it's incredibly strange that she's in a relationship with Adam Busch. As you may know, he played Warren on "Buffy", and Warren killed Tara, so to see them dating, well, you have to have a good separation between fiction and reality. Not only are the two of them dating, but they co-directed "Drones", which has been making the film festival rounds this season.

Amber is the 7th DGOW selection I've ever met in person, joining Stacy Keibler, Britney Spears, Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel and Jen Friel. I should also mention that Amber is somehow even prettier in person than she appears in pictures (or on "Buffy"). Maybe it's the cute new short hairdo she's rocking these days.

As always with DGOW, I’ll provide a widescreen (1680x1050) image for downloading. If you want to see past DGOW, then just check the archive album.