Believe it or not, it’s been nearly 14 years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired its last episode. While it might be ancient history for some, it’s not for its former star, Sarah Michelle Gellar.
In fact, she thinks about Buffy Summers from time to time, and believes she would still be quite active today ridding the world of demons and vampires. But as she told The Hollywood Reporter, it wouldn’t be in the small fictional town of Sunnydale, California.
“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.”
The Hellmouth, in case you were wondering, was a sort of portal between worlds that seemed to allow the supernatural through – most of whom had bad intentions.
Joss Whedon, who would go on to direct the Avengers films for Marvel, created Buffy in 1997 based on the 1992 film that no one really wants to talk about. Gellar, a young character actress at the time, literally grew up on the show.
(And for disclosure purposes, we do have to add that the co-founder of GeekNation, Clare Kramer, popped up on Buffy a few times as some character named Glory. You’ve heard of her right?)
“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.”
“She taught me it wasn’t about being perfect, it was about trying the hardest to be the best you can be. I also loved how hard Buffy worked, as she had no typical powers most superheroes have. She had to train and work hard at her craft.
“Buffy reminded us that being different was not only OK, but really cool – and at a time when most kids are trying to desperately fit in.”
The real question, however, is whether Gellar would be interested in reviving Buffy in some new continuation series. The actress isn’t opposed to revisiting old characters – she was set to return as Kathryn Merteuil from the 1999 film Cruel Intentions. However, the series never made it past the pilot stage.
Taking on Buffy again might pose some challenges for Gellar, however. Primarily because at the core of her character was growing up.
“I have always believed that what was so unique about the show was the use of horrors of those formative years. 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.
“I am not sure how that translates into adulthood, although I’m sure it could.”
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