Creator / Sarah Michelle Gellar

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"Buffy's very similar to me to me when I was growing up. A child in an adult world, sort of trapped between the two. Does Buffy go to the prom or does she save the world from demons?"

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:

  • Acting for Two: In Ringer. Also a complicated example in Buffy Season 7. The First Evil is able to imitate anyone who has died so, as Buffy has died twice on the show, the First imitates her several times (with Sarah doubling up and playing both).
  • 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.
    • For her scene in Scream 2 she is on the phone with a friend, who is voiced by Selma Blair - her co-star in Cruel Intentions. They're also referencing Sarah Reeves from Party of Five - who is played by her I Know What You Did Last Summer co-star Jennifer Love Hewitt.
  • A-Cup Angst: Averted. A TV Guide interviewer once asked what she thought of a rumour 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?"
  • Annoying Laugh: To the point that she tries not to laugh in public when she can help it. Her hubbie, Freddie 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.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy:
  • The Cameo: She appears in the cafeteria scene of She's All That.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: As the Gwendy Dolls, along with Christina Ricci in Small Soldiers.
  • Corpsing: "Harmony has minions?" - was essentially Joss Whedon saying whatever he could to get her to laugh as much as possible.
  • Creator Backlash: She disliked the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer due to the dark tone of the storylines. She especially disliked the infamous Spike/Buffy sex scene in "Dead Things". She hated the excessive planning and rehearsals for the Musical Episode but was happy with the finished result, and says she's glad she did it.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • She was nineteen playing the sixteen-year-old Buffy Summers.
    • Justified in I Know What You Did Last Summer, where she was twenty. At first Helen is seventeen-nineteen (as she has just graduated) but the film skips ahead a year, matching her age with Sarah's.
  • Deadpan Snarker: See A-Cup Angst above for one example.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: She's naturally brunette but was required to dye her hair blonde for Buffy, as the three lead actresses all had the similar auburn hair colour. Alyson Hannigan had to go redhead and Charisma Carpenter had to go darker. She's gone brunette for a couple of films as well. But averted with Scooby-Doo - as she just wore a red wig to play Daphne.
  • Happily Married: to Freddie Prinze Jr., 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. Loads of her roles evoke Buffy Summers in some way.
  • 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."
  • Old Shame: She was once asked which of her films she wouldn't let her children watch - I Know What You Did Last Summer or Cruel Intentions. She picked Scooby-Doo.
  • One of Us: She's a hardcore Buffy/Angel shipper, collects first edition Harry Potter books and is a fan of Wicked. She also jokes that Showgirls is her favourite comedy.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • 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.
    • In the episode "Gone", Buffy gets an Important Haircut because Sarah had asked to cut her hair shorter in real life.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • The tearful conversation between Buffy and Angel in the Angel episode "I Will Remember You" had Sarah genuinely Lost in Character, because she was that invested in the romance. David Boreanaz can be heard slipping up and calling her Sarah instead of Buffy.
    • Karen's discomfort during the infamous shower scene in The Grudge? Sarah discovered she was allergic to the Japanese water and it made her skin itch. She had to film the scene while covered in garbage bags and a tube top.
  • 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


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