Amber Benson was asked about how she feels about changing the face of LGBT representation on TV, and she responded with praise for series creator Joss Whedon and his ability to create "real characters." I feel very blessed to have played Tara on Buffy. It was about 2 people who just happened to be of the same gender falling in love. Fans of the series will likely agree with her on that.
The same-sex nature of Tara and Willow's relationship was addressed on occasion, when it was relevant.
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Of course, their mutual interest in and skill with magic was a big part of the connection that sparked, right from the beginning, and it proved to be a big turning point for Willow in many ways.
Looking at the series as a whole, Amber Benson's character was crucial to Willow's character development, and the series benefited from that.
Other tidbits: She would "LOVE" to come back for more work on Buffy ("I think that's really up to other people, though. Alyson Hannigan apparently smells like "honeysuckle and happiness." Amber Benson thinks it would be awesome for Tara to be a Vampire Slayer for a day.
And, unrelated to Buffy, Amber Benson's favorite TV show of 2014 is Outlander.