Creator / Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Prinze (neé Gellar, born April 14, 1977) is a Daytime Emmy Award winning actress who is most famous for her role as the eponymous character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You may also know her as Daphne in Scooby-Doo and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, as well as staring in classic horror movies such as The Grudge & The Grudge 2, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Scream 2. Gellar has six Teen Choice Awards and a People's Choice Award under her belt.

Tropes associated with Sarah Michelle Gellar:

  • A-Cup Angst: Averted. A TV Guide interviewer once asked what she thought of a rumor that she'd had breast enhancement surgery. Gellar's response was to cacklenote , point to her breasts, and say "If I'd paid for these, don't you think I'd want them to look better?"
  • Acting for Two: In Ringer.
  • Actor Allusion: Many of the characters she plays don't like guns. Knowing that her husband's (Freddie Prinze Jr) father committed suicide with one has this make all the sense in the world.
  • Annoying Laugh: To the point that she tries not to laugh in public when she can help it. Freddy Prinze Jr. has described her laugh as "a hyena suffering through an epileptic fit."
  • invoked Award Snub: critics were outraged when Gellar wasn't even nominated for a Emmy for her work in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • invoked Also subverted; while she never got recognition for the role from the Emmys, she did win six Teen Choice Awards over the course of Buffy's run.
  • Deadpan Snarker: See A-Cup Angst above for one example.
  • Happily Married: to Freddie Prinz Junior, who also plays her love interest in Scooby Doo.
  • I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: Although she's done other work, including situational comedy, she only really has a single character; a greater or less intense version of the Action Girl she played in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Also, people who know Gellar personally have said that when she acts, she's often just playing Sarah Michelle Gellar in a costume.
  • I Am Not Spock: In the past she has openly expressed distaste at how some people would call her "Buffy", but now says that she embraces it.
  • Ironic Fear: Starting with Buffy's second season, almost all of the graveyard scenes were filmed in fake cemeteries. This was a concession to Sarah, who is phobically afraid of the real thing. And this was after she actually needed to film a scene where she's buried alive in the episode "Nightmares."
  • Playing Against Type: She usually plays badass action girls, clearly intended to fufill a Feminist Fantasy. In the Princess Rap Battle series, she plays Cinderella, who's depicted as a gold-digging housewife only capable of cooking and cleaning.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In one episode of Buffy her character is transformed into a rat by a witch's curse. This was due to Sarah being exhausted by the long hours on set, leading to the writers turning Buffy into a rat so she could get some well-earned rest.
  • Romance on the Set: Partial example: she met Freddie Prinze Jr., her future husband, during the filming of I Know What You Did Last Summer, but they didn't start dating until a few years later, around the time they did the Scooby Doo movies.
  • Star-Derailing Role: her role in the critically panned Southland Tales is often decried as the bridge between Sarah Michelle Gellar being a teen idol who starred in Summer blockbusters to working on much smaller, independent projects that usually only get a limited release. Starring alongside the late and great Robin Williams in The Crazy Ones offered a small resurgence in her career and won her a people's choice award, but the show itself only got lukewarm ratings and was cancelled after one season.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: Although Veronika Decides To Die (Gellar's final live-action movie to date) was filmed in 2008 and got released in several countries over 2009-2010, its (limited/VOD) US release is set for 2015.
  • What Could Have Been
    • Was offered the lead in Clueless
    • She also turned down the chance to star alongside Leonardo Dicaprio in Romeo + Juliet- Claire Danes took her place. Years later, the exact same thing happened when Gellar turned down Stardust, citing wanting to spend more time with her husband. Once again, Danes filled in for her.
    • Rumor has it that she also declined the part of Abigail Williams in The Crucible, a role that would later go to Winona Ryder.

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