Her first starring role was later in 1986, in Wes Craven's Deadly Friend as Samantha – "the girl next door". Swanson revealed in a 2015 television interview how she was cast in Pretty In Pink: "[Director] John Hughes said, 'We're re-shooting the end of Pretty in Pink. She played the title role in the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer.The next year she played Cathy in the adaptation of V. I was wondering if you would come be in this scene with our main character, Ducky, because the way we tested it in the movie theater, it didn't work. Although not a hit at the box office originally, it had a profitable rental life.
Kristy Swanson may also cling rather tightly to money and possessions, keeping them "in the family" rather than sharing freely with those outside of her immediate circle.However, Swanson tends to cling to others and prevent them from changing.A great deal of physical affection, closeness and touching is crucial to Kristy's well-being, and she has a tendency to overindulge in sensual comforts and pleasures.In 2007, she became a spokesperson of the Medifast diet.In the following year, she guest-starred in three episodes of the lesbian web series 3Way.