Sarah Michelle Gellar has a big editorial in The Hollywood Reporter. I love how they styled her but OMG I’m positively lusting after those boots! For the most part, Sarah is promoting Wolf Pack and Do Revenge. But since they also talk about Sarah’s return to acting after almost a decade, they spend much of the article looking back on the career she stepped away from to raise her family. Of course, the biggest bump in that chart is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And now, Buffy comes with an asterisks after its name because it turns out, series creator Joss Whedon is a scumwad. So the reporter asked about her time on Buffy and Sarah talked. But she’s not telling everything, because there’s nothing to be gained to fully disclose what she went through.
She won’t tolerated the same old BS: There was an issue at work the other day where they kept forgetting to send things for my approval but remembered to send them to a male actor who’s not a producer,. ‘Oh, just old processes,’ they said, ‘Sorry.’ OK, then let’s make a new process. The old me would have backed down. But if you look how long I’ve been working, I’ve earned the right to stand where I am. I won’t make any more excuses for that.
Buffy co-star Seth Green on SMG: That show was just hard. We were working crazy hours, and a lot of things that got pushed weren’t necessarily safe or under the best conditions. Sarah was always the first one to say, ‘We agreed this was a 13-hour day and it’s hour 15 — we’ve got to wrap,’ or, ‘Hey, this shot doesn’t seem safe,’ when nobody else would stick up for the cast and crew. I saw her get called a bitch, a diva, all these things that she’s not — just because she was taking the mantle of saying and doing the right thing.
Producer Sarah protects her Wolf Pack stars: Distributing her phone number to the young co-stars with a promise to discreetly handle any concerns, Gellar tries to make good on her word. She describes one scenario where a crewmember made someone in the cast uncomfortable, offering back rubs. He was gone as soon it was brought to her attention. “I hope that I’ve set up an infrastructure, a safety net for these actors that I didn’t have,” she says. “My generation just didn’t have that.”
She’s done talking about Buffy: I’ve come to a good place with it, where it’s easier to talk about. I’ll never tell my full story because I don’t get anything out of it. I’ve said all I’m going to say because nobody wins. Everybody loses.
Buffy co-star Emma Caufield on SMG: It was obvious that Sarah lacked the support to be the leader she needed and wanted to be. There was a tremendous amount of resentment and animosity [toward her] from a certain someone — and I suppose now we can all guess who.
Her daughter Charlotte wants to act: Does it scare the shit out of me? Well, we have rules in place. She can’t be in front of a camera until she graduates high school. She says to me, ‘That’s unfair. You were a child actor.’ Yes, I was. But I was not the child of two famous parents.
I’ll never stop her from being on a set. But she’s just not going on camera while she’s living under our roof. There’ll be different expectations for her, so she needs to learn everything there is first.
Sarah’s husband, Freddie Prinze, Jr., is quoted as well and he reiterated what Seth and Emma said about Sarah on Buffy. Freddie put it succinctly by saying, “She had to deal with a lot of bullshit on that show for all seven years it was on.” It sounds like a horror show. I mean, it *was* a horror show, but the bad guy off camera sounds way worse than anything they fought on film. I get how Sarah is handing the Buffy discussion. A reminder, she has fully supported those that have gone on record against Whedon. But it’s her story too, and it sounds like she got the brunt of his resentment. She’s allowed to put her side out however she wants. I think we have plenty of evidence without Sarah naming dates and times.
I’m also intrigued by her daughter Charlotte’s desire to join the family business. Considering how protective Sarah has been about her kids on social media and now refusing to let them be on camera until they’re 18, I wonder if Sarah’s return to acting didn’t serve two purposes. The article talked about how Sarah really wanting to act again, which I believe. But I’m curious if part of her motivation was to get back in the industry so she could protect Charlotte from the inside. She stood up for her Buffy cast, she’s protecting her Wolf Pack cast, I’ll bet she wants to her ear to the floor when her daughter enters the industry.
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