Sarah Michelle Gellar: From Teen Star to Hollywood Power Player
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Sarah Michelle Gellar, the actress who rose to fame as a beloved teen star in the 1990s, recently made her return to the world of cinema. After a period of retreat from the public eye, during which she focused on her family, Gellar is now back in the spotlight as an actress and executive producer of the upcoming series "Wolf Pack."
Rising to Fame
Gellar first came to prominence in the late 1990s, with her breakout role in the teen drama series "Swans Crossing" (1992) and her award-winning performance in the soap opera "My Children" (1993-1995).
However, it was her portrayal of Buffy Summers in the hit television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003) that cemented her place in the entertainment industry and earned her international recognition. For her role as Buffy, Gellar received five Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award, and a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Gellar's filmography spans both independent films and major blockbusters, including "Scream 2" (1997), "Cruel Intentions" (1999), "Scooby-Doo" (2002), "The Grudge" (2004), and "Southland Tales" (2006). Speaking to The Guardian, Gellar reflected on the pressure of working on a series with a demanding schedule and little time to be young.
"22 episodes burn everybody out, not just the writers… Now we live in a world where TV can be eight to 10 episodes, and not murder you," she admitted.
Return to TV
In 2023, Gellar returned to TV as both an actress and executive producer of the upcoming series "Wolf Pack." When asked about her role as executive producer, Gellar shared her desire to create a safe work environment for young actors in Hollywood.
"It's still not perfect but I can help create a safe work environment," she stated.
Metaphor for Teenage Anxiety
Gellar also spoke about the theme of the series, mental health, and how the werewolves serve as a metaphor for teenage anxiety.
"I had no intention of reading it, but then we got deeper in the conversation around mental health, which is very timely. The werewolves are a metaphor for teenage anxiety," she explained.
Now 45 years old, Gellar is married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr.
and they have two children together. The couple has maintained a harmonious relationship, proving that Gellar's success in both her personal and professional life has been a well-rounded one.