Sarah Michelle Gellar on ‘Buffy’ 20 Years After

7 January 2017, 5:20 pm EST By S. Turla Mobile & Apps
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Kristoffer Polaha at the "Ringer" panel during the San Diego Comic-Con on July 21, 2011.  ( vagueonthehow/Flickr )

Fans of the hit show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" took a trip down memory lane after Sarah Michelle Gellar revealed what she thinks the feisty Buffy Summers is doing years after her duties as a Slayer have ended. The show, created by Joss Whedon, focused on Buffy who is a "vampire slayer," those who are fated to save mankind from vampires and other forces of evil.

Buffy's show graced television screens during the series' run from 1997 to 2003. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gellar revealed that playing Buffy was an important part of her acting and personal life. She shared, "The most formidable years of my life - transition from teenager to adult - were spent filming Buffy. I learned every day from the experience and from her."

After "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," the actress starred in films such as "The Grudge," "The Grudge 2," "Possession" and "Veronika Decides to Die." Gellar also had other TV roles in shows such as "Ringer," "The Crazy Ones," and "Star Wars Rebels."

The Buffy actress shared that playing the titular role in the show taught her so much. While portraying the vampire slayer, she said that she learned that one shouldn't obsess on perfection because it was more important to do your best to improve as a person.  

She "loved how hard Buffy worked" since unlike other superheroes, she was an ordinary human burdened with a great fate. To be a vampire slayer, Buffy had to train hard, but she also reminded viewers that being different was okay, especially "at a time when most kids are desperately trying to fit in."

Avid fans of the show have been discussing the pros and cons of a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" revival, and while some want to see Buffy return to the small screen, others are more skeptical that doing so would just ruin the franchise. Gellar put in her two cents and revealed, "With high school and college as a backdrop, we were able to address racism, identity, bullying, guilt, death, first love and heartbreak using the demons as metaphors for the demons we all experience."

She continued, "I am not sure how that translates into adulthood, although I am sure it could. The burden of saving the world a lot always weighed heavily on her, so for her sake, I hope she is somewhere on a beautiful beach located far away from any Hellmouth."

 

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