Sarah Michelle Gellar says being a young woman in the entertainment industry “wasn’t easy,” but “victim blaming and shaming” keeps her from opening up publicly about these stories.
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer The alum, 45, has returned to acting after a multi-year hiatus The crazy people Her co-star Robin Williams will be there for her family with Freddie Prinze Jr. He has a role as the principal in the dark high school comedy take revenge is now on Netflix and is in production, acting and executive producing Teen Wolf spin-off Wolf Pack for Paramount+. It says to New York Times she feels like she’s now in her “adult career” — and it’s a long way from where she started.
As for where he started – and what he experienced along the way – it’s been a journey. Asked by the reporter if she had generally had good experiences as a teenager and young woman in the industry, Gellar — who won a Daytime Emmy at age 18 for All my children — replied, “No. It was very difficult. There were no great female roles when I came up. It was the girlfriend role, the wife role. That’s why Buffy was so spectacular, because she had something to do and then we had I know what you did, where women were discovering things. All this was a new turn of events.”
This was just one part. The other was inappropriate behavior behind the scenes, which he talked about but made clear he wasn’t going to go into detail about.
“There’s another side to being a young lady in the business,” she continued. “Growing up in New York, I had a little bit of street sense, which is helpful. But no, it wasn’t easy. And I’ve had my share of experiences, I just choose not to. I don’t gain by telling my stories, emotionally, about me. I look at people telling their stories and I’m so impressed. But in this world where people are torn apart and victim blaming and shaming, I’m just keeping my stories in here.”
Of course, while Buffy – which ran from 1997 to 2003 – was spectacular in her role, we now know that some of the women on set felt threatened by series creator and EP Joss Whedon. Whedon was accused of inappropriate behavior on set by alums Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Trachtenberg and Amber Benson in 2021. Gellar stood with the victims at the time, saying she was “proud of those who spoke up.”
Wendon broke his silence on the Buffy filed claims — and other allegations of wrongdoing — earlier this year. Two days later, Gellar shared a post on social media that read: “I can’t take back the past, but I can fight for the future.” Inside her NYT interview, she was asked if she wanted to elaborate and talked about her efforts to create “a safe space” for young performers on the sets she’s on after what she’s learned and experienced.
“Especially now, I’m coming into my projects as an executive producer,” he says. “Wolf Pack, for example. I have these two young girls and two young boys [acting] get him. I’ve made it clear from Day 1 that if there are things that production wants to talk to them about, I want them to go through me. Because I’ve been there. And I want [the performers] to always have a safe space.”
Gellar also opened up about marriage to Prinze with the couple recently celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.
“I think we live in a very disposable world right now,” he said. “When I was a kid, if your TV broke, you took it to the repair shop and they fixed your TV. Now, if your TV breaks, you go get a new one. I think sometimes we see relationships like that. We have to be willing to do the work. That’s something we’ve always been willing to do. You have ups and downs, but you don’t go away.”
Gellar also talked about her role Take Revenge and how her comedy character is shaped by her fame Hard Intentions character, Kathryn Merteuil. While she has been the young star in so many projects, she is the director who gives advice to the teenagers who play stars like Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke.
“I wouldn’t want to be 17 again for anything,” Gellar said. “Thirty-two maybe, but not 17.”
This week, Gellar brought her 12-year-old daughter Charlotte Prinze with her to a screening of the film in Hollywood. The couple’s children – including son Rocky, 10 – are rarely seen, with Gellar usually hiding their faces when posting pictures of them on social media.