How Old is Riff Regan? All About Her Role as Willow Rosenberg in Buffy

Profile summary of Riff Regan
  • Name: Riff Regan
  • Date of birth: May 11, 1975
  • Age: 49
  • Nationality: American
  • Education: N/A
  • Parents: N/A
  • Height: N/A
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Years active: 1991 to date
  • Net worth: N/A

Riff Regan is a 49-year-old American actress who has made appearances in a handful of movies and TV shows. She was the girl who first portrayed the character of Willow Rosenberg in the unaired pilot series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but Alyson Hannigan later took over the role for the main series. Regan also showed up in other projects in the movies and TV before she finally called it quits in her acting career in 2003. Since then, she has been working mundane jobs to survive.

Riff Regan was born in Monterey, California, USA

Riff Regan Was born on the 11th of May 1975 which means the American actress is 49 years old. Her place of birth is Monterey, California, USA and this is all that can be said for her early life and family background. There is absolutely nothing to go by on her formative years – the names of Regan’s parents have never been mentioned in the public space and we can’t tell if she was an only child or shared her childhood with siblings.

In the same vein, there is nothing to go by on her academic history. The schools she attended and course of study have remained unknown to date.

The actress appeared on both the big and small screens

Riff Regan kick-started her acting career in 1991, portraying the character of Cecelia Pierce on the set of Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story. The year 1992 marked her appearance on the small screen with a cameo n the TV drama, Roseanne as a cashier. The next year being 1993, Riff Regan showed up in another TV show titled Blossom as Susan and in 1994, the Monterey, California-born actress was featured as Melinda / Chic Fashion Reporter in Fantastic Four: The Animated Series.

The American actress was kept busy between 1991 to 1996 playing Young Georgie on the set of Sisters. Her second role on the big screen was achieved in 1996 as Emily in Just Friends. She returned to the small screen in 1997, playing Mary in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and in 1998, she appeared as a bride in L.A. Doctors.

Riff Regan’s most recent roles occurred more than two decades ago – she was part of the cast members of The Theory of Everything as Sara, following which she recorded her unaired pilot as Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Her Willow Rosenberg role

Riff Regan
Regan and Alyson Hannigan image source

For the entire seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alyson Hannigan depicted the role of Willow Rosenberg, but actress, Riff Regan originally played the role. In the Joss Whedon created series, Riff merely completed the unaired Buffy pilot following which the role was recast. This led Hannigan to get a chance at a breakout role.

Willow Rosenberg, a 10th grader at Sunnydale High was the best friend of Buffy Summers and Xander. Though she had a shy personality, Rosenberg can also be a nerd sometimes, making her a target for bullies. The ridicule notwithstanding, she managed to retain her upbeat demeanor. After she learned about Buffy’s identity as a Slayer. Willow assisted in founding the Scooby Gang, often functioning as a sidekick to her friend.

As the plot unfolds, Riff Regan’s character emerged as one powerful witch who became more self-confident and eventually ended up as a lesbian. Pitching the TV series to networks with the unaired pilot, its low-quality production exposed Regan as unfit for the TV series. She lacked that chemistry with other cast members and what’s more, her character was perceived as timid.

Thus, it came as no surprise that her character was replaced by Hannigan who managed to grab the audience’s attention in a way that Regan never did. Hannigan just put a totally different spin on the role of Willow Rosenberg.

Riff Regan’s movies and TV shows


  • 1992 – Roseanne as Cashier
  • 1993 – Blossom as Susan
  • 1994 – Fantastic Four: The Animated Series as Melinda / Chic Fashion Reporter
  • 1991-1996 – Sisters as Young Georgie
  • 1997 – Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman – as Mary
  • 1998 – L.A. Doctors as Bridesmaid
  • 2002 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Willow (unaired pilot)


  • 1991- Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story as Cecelia Pierce
  • 1996 – Just Friends as Emily
  • 2000 – The Theory of Everything as Sara

Post-acting days – where is Riff Regan today?

Since she bowed out from the movie industry in 2003, Riff Regan has been residing in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. There was a time she engaged at a Washington DC-based non-profit HIV/AIDS organization, working in her capacity as a Director of Operations, Accounting, including Human Resources. Reports say this happened around August 2005.

The last that was heard of Regan was in 2013 when the former actress worked at a start-up out of Harvard University.

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