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Sarah Michelle Gellar tells Stuff Buffy ‘changed the course of television’

6 December 2011 Leave a comment

Buffy ‘changed the course of television’

Sarah Michelle Gellar believes Buffy the Vampire Slayer “changed the course of television”.

The actress played the title character in the TV show, which was about a teenager who discovered it was her destiny to kill vampires and demons. It aired from 1997 to 2003 and Gellar believes it is one of the reasons there are now so many solid roles for women available on TV.

“Buffy came at the right time … Now you see these great roles on television all the time. Glenn Close in Damages? One of the greatest actresses of all time. Sally Field in Brothers & Sisters? TV is where the roles are,” she explained.

“Without wishing to sound obnoxious, I do think it changed the course of television. It certainly changed genre television. It just came at the right time for that.”

Although she appeared in Buffy so long ago, Gellar is still happy to talk about the role. She knows it was her big break and loves reliving her time on set.

“Fed up with it? No! No, no, no! I’m so proud of it, and I actually like talking about it more now than I did then. Because I was 19, 20. Sometimes I think, to get true perspective, you have to step away, to realise the impact that something had,” she told British newspaper The Sunday Times.

The 34-year-old is now back on television in her show Ringer, in which she plays twins.

She’s appeared in movies in the past, and finds it difficult when people suggest moving back to the small screen is a step down.

“I don’t feel like I didn’t succeed – The Grudge is still the second-highest female opening ever. And Ringer doesn’t feel like a retrograde step, not to me. That is the weird perception, but I think it’s slowly changing,” she said.

Gellar has two-year-old daughter Charlotte with her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. Being a mum has changed her perspective on work as she wants to be there for her child as much as possible.

“I would never fault anyone’s decisions and choices, but being a parent was so important to me. I just couldn’t be the parent who goes from country to country and leaves their child, or schleps their child with them,” she said.

Original Interview at Stuff

Sarah Michelle Gellar Says Goodbye To Body Stress (from Self)

21 November 2011 Leave a comment

Sarah Michelle Gellar Says Good-Bye to Body Stress

Why the Ringer star decided to ditch the scale and give herself permission to enjoy cake. Plus, her strategies for finding balance in her life.

I give myself permission to…

During Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s seven-year run, Sarah Michelle Gellar fought evil 16 hours a day and worked almost every weekend. Now Gellar, 34, who has a 2-year-old daughter, Charlotte, with her husband, actor Freddie Prinze Jr., is back on TV with a new CW thriller (she’s the star and coexecutive producer)—and a new attitude. “I’ve learned that you’ve got to take life a little less seriously. All my priorities have changed.” How? we wondered. Gellar let us in on her list, one we can all learn from. Every item on it starts with these five glorious little words: “I give myself permission to…”

Kenneth Willardt

…enjoy my job, but not let it take over.

I was 18 years old when I started Buffy, and work was my everything. Back then, no actor had worse hours that I did. Now I don’t work on weekends anymore. Everybody knows you can’t sway me on that point, so nobody even tries. Plus, my perspective on work has changed: Work doesn’t define who I am. I love what I do, but I don’t feel a burning pressure anymore. And because I’m working for fun, I get to enjoy it. I’d watch Ringer if I wasn’t on it! Of course, it’s not as much fun when you know what’s going to happen. It takes some of the excitement away.

Kenneth Willardt

…let myself eat (birthday) cake

I’ve been doing the birthday-party circuit with my 2-year-old. Every weekend we’re at two or three parties. Now, I’m not going to eat the cake at every one, but when it is homemade or looks particularly good, I’ll indulge. I like Carvel ice cream cakes a lot. And really, how is eating a piece of cake bad? Being bad is murdering someone. That’s bad. Don’t do that.

Kenneth Willardt

…work out how I want, when I want, where I want.

I still work out, but not five days a week. I do pilates, I run on the treadmill, I walk to the soundstage rather than taking the cart. I wish I could say I was in the best shape of my life right now, but I don’t put the same pressure on myself that I used to. So I don’t rock a bikini on Wilshire Boulevard – but I don’t know many people who do! I don’t think people turn away in horror when I walk by. I figure I’m doing something right. I do whatever I can whenever I can, but if I’m tired, it’s OK to just be tired. You know what’s really annoying though? How much better I feel when I do wake up early enough to work out!

Kenneth Willardt

…never step on a scale.

You can’t live your life by the scale. We don’t even have one in our house. I’ve never believed in them, because your weight fluctuates. It’s more about how my clothing fits than a number. Besides, if you deny yourself everything because you’re so focused on the mirror or the scale, then when do you get to enjoy life?

Kenneth Willardt

 

 
…make time for myself and for my marriage.

Charlotte is my best friend, and any free time I have, I want to spend with her. But while it’s easy to forget yourself, I can’t define myself as only Charlotte’s mother – one day, she’s going to be an adult, and then where am I? Like in any other relationship, you have to remember who you are through all this. After she goes to bed at 7:30, I might take a bath or read. And Freddie and I get our time together, too. Relationships are like flowers: They need attention to grow and develop. You have to make time to be there for the other person. Luckily, Charlotte’s a sound sleeper, so once she’s down, we can have friends over and have dinner and conversation and not worry.

Kenneth Willardt

…refuse to obsess over my body.

As an actor, I’m incredibly scrutinized. If you wear a bulky sweater, you’re pregnant or you’re fat. When you’re 5 foot 4 like me, any weight gan can look like a lot. People dissect you for 2 pounds. That can be incredibly difficult, but I don’t take it as personally anymore. We all have good days and bad days, and since you can’t please everybody, try to please yourself first. I care only that I’m healthy. Besides I’m not an a actor that is known for her body necessarily. I hope I have a few other things going for me!

“I had to work out like crazy for Buffy, to physically handle the role. For Ringer, I only have to handle walking in high heels!”

Kenneth Willardt
..spend a little time unplugged.

Everybody is on text and Twitter. People don’t have conversations. I turn off my iPhone every evening, and my games aren’t on it. I keep my games on my iPad, so I don’t have to hear the buzzing of Words With Friends all the time.

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…buy the best food (for cheap!).

Freddie and I go to the supermarket probably every day, because we like to eat fresh, organic and local. People think it’s so expensive to eat like that, but there are ways to do it so it’s not as pricey. We shop at Whole Foods, but we ask which fish is on sale. On sale doesn’t mean it’s bad! It probably just means it’s overcaught. And I clip coupons all the time. Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?

Kevin Mazur/Wire Image
…fit in time for friends.

Even if it’s between scenes, I make the time for my friends. They understand that sometimes the best way to see me is to come to work and meet me for lunch. I also have a little book club there. We just finished The Hunger Games trilogy. I loved it! Now, we’re reading Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me. Talking books together is so much fun.

Jon Koaloff/FilmMagic

 

 

…not waste time on gossip.

I never Google myself. There has to be something better I can be doing than reading about myself!

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Original Interview at Self

Sarah Michelle Gellar on Conan (video)

27 October 2011 Leave a comment

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar recently appeared on Conan to talk about her new show, Ringer, which recently got picked up for a full season. You can watch the video at TeamCoco

 

Sarah Michelle Gellar Shares Her Secrets To A Healthy Life With Health.com

9 October 2011 Leave a comment

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Secrets To A Healthy Life

On a soundstage in Los Angeles, Sarah Michelle Gellar, 34, has just finished filming a scene for her new CW show, Ringer. We sit on a couch on set, a well-thumbed script beside her. Still in an olive gown and full makeup, she’s ready for her next scene—oh, except for the pair of white Nikes on her feet. It’s a perfect illustration of how this working mom (of 2-year-old Charlotte) and wife (of nine years, to Freddie Prinze Jr.) manages both sides of her life.

Much like the twins she plays on TV, she has twin personas: “I’m Sarah Michelle Gellar when I’m at work,” she says, “and I’m Sarah Prinze when I’m not.” As the crew sets up the next shot, Sarah talks about her healthy food obsession, why she naps during lunch, and the “weekends off” rule she credits for keeping her happy.

Q: How do you think growing up in New York City affected who you are today?
A: I think, automatically, you look at the world differently if you’re from a big city. You’re never bored, you don’t stay home, you’re always on your feet. I think it generates type A personalities.

Q: What are your favorite workouts?
A: I like anything outdoors. But I’m just as happy on a treadmill. I love Pilates. I grew up with, and I still have, major scoliosis. Growing up in Manhattan, you had your schoolbag, but we were so trend-conscious, nobody wanted to put a backpack on both shoulders, so almost all the girls I grew up with have it to some degree, because we all were so lopsided. So Pilates not only is a great exercise, but does relieve a lot of discomfort.

Q: How did you keep fit when you were pregnant?
A: Well, I went into labor at the Pilates gym.

Q: You didn’t!
A: And it was funny, too, because I was getting cranky, and I said to my trainer, “I’m just cranky today.” She was like, “Maybe it’s because you’re going to give birth!” And I was like, “Nah, not yet.” It turned out I was in labor, I didn’t realize.

Q: Have you changed your workout since you started Ringer?
A: Ha, ha, um, if you count walking from Stage 3 to Stage 16! No. If anything, it’s downgraded. And I made sure that my body was strong before we started, because these hours are really difficult.

Q: Do you have a go-to way to lose five pounds?
A: I don’t believe in trying to trick your body into things. I eat healthy, I exercise, I love food—but I don’t like junk food. I mean, we’re women. We go up by five pounds, we lose it, depending on the water, the moon, your cycle, whatever. So I just try to maintain.

Q: You seem so confident. Do you ever have moments of insecurity?
A: Oh God … I’m a female! I totally have body dysmorphic disorder. I think most women do. A makeup artist friend once said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you look in a mirror.” I’m surrounded by them all the time—you sit in hair and makeup—so I guess I just have this mechanism where I tune it out. So every once in a while, I’ll look and I’ll be like, “Wait, that’s what I look like?” I just have to remember that I’m human, and I’m a mom. Being a parent changes the vanity at least a little bit. It has to. Your priorities are different.

Q: If you were ever to put a famous woman’s body on your fridge for inspiration, whose would it be?
A: I would never do that to myself, especially because I’m aware of the airbrushing and trainers and food programs. You have to use yourself as inspiration. I think if I were ever going to put something up, I would put a picture of myself where I was proud of my body. But I would rather not look at a picture of myself on my fridge. In fact, we have a nonmagnetic fridge.

Q: What picture would it be?
A: Probably before I got pregnant—I was in really, really good shape. I think when I was doing Buffy I was a little bit thin, actually, because even though I was working out constantly, it was just the time and the age. But I was happy being pregnant, too. I’m not as critical as I used to be about my body. And it’s also funny, too, how women perceive women, and how men perceive women. Because a woman will look at the skinniest person and think that’s the most attractive, and a man will not think that’s attractive at all!

Q: Everything I’m seeing now is about Kate Middleton, like, “Oh my God, she’s rail thin.”
A: But it seems like people are worried that she’s stressed. I feel like 10 years ago, it would have been like, “Oh, she looks incredible.” Whereas you look at her sister, who has such a fabulously athletic body­—I mean, a real athlete’s body—and I think there’s this movement now, where more women, finally, want to look like that.

Q: How will you raise your daughter so she has a healthy outlook?
A: Well, we’ve already taught her to love healthy food. We took her to sushi on Saturday night, and everybody couldn’t believe what she inhaled. I think it’s important at a young age to enjoy different tastes. And we make this green juice for her. It’s basically everything but the kitchen sink. We go to the farmers’ market and buy everything and just put it in the juicer: kale, Swiss chard, carrots, celery. You name it. And now we’ve all started drinking it, and we’ve all been healthier.

Q: You drink it in the morning?
A: In the afternoons. And we all get that boost. Messy to clean up, though. I’m going to invent a juicer that self-cleans and I’m going to retire!

Q: Who gets the job of having to clean it?
A: (Puts head down and jokingly whispers) My husband.

Q: What has been your favorite age?
A: Oh, right now, for sure. A lot of people say how much more relaxed I am, and it’s because I don’t take things as seriously. You know, it’s not just about work, I have a different priority. And I can let things roll off differently. The only thing that makes me mad is if I lose time with my child.

Q: Is there a way you speed up the quality time with your family?
A: Napping. That’s why I never do anything at lunch, because most of the time I eat before we break for lunch, and I nap during lunch. I don’t want to miss the mornings with her, so no matter how late we work, I get up with her. My weekends I refuse to work. Because that’s her time. I love this job—it’s not my first priority anymore.

Q: What’s your go-to healthy meal?
A: Sushi, probably. I eat a lot of fish, and it’s so high in omegas. I do love some halibut sashimi with truffle, I like me some blue crab hand roll. Ooh, I’m making myself hungry.

Q: What’s the one thing you put on that makes you feel really good about yourself?
A: I’m a New Yorker: T-shirt and blue jeans. My stylist years ago said, “If you have a crisp white shirt and a nice pair of blue jeans, you can’t go wrong.”

Q: Do you worry about what you’re putting on, and if paparazzi will be taking pictures?
A: If you’ve seen some of my paparazzi pictures recently, you would knoooooow I don’t!

Q: You and your husband have been married for nine years, which is a lifetime in Hollywood, of course. What’s your secret?
A: We communicate. That’s my secret. It’s not a secret, but it’s how I handle all my good relationships, whether they’re male-female or not. If you bottle things up, it explodes on you.

Q: How do you keep from getting too stressed out?
A: I’m not saving the world. I have to remember that I like my job, but it’s work, and it’s not my life. My life is my family. And I think that’s the best thing. You know, take a minute. It’s not the end of the world.

Q: If you could paint a picture of you in your happiest place, where are you?
A: Snuggling with my daughter. Doesn’t matter where. I could be on a subway. I don’t care.

Original Interview at Health

Clip from Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Guest Appearance on All My Children

15 September 2011 Leave a comment

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar will return to All My Children for a guest spot on the 21st September episode. As her original role of Kendall Hart (daughter of Erica Kane) is now played by another actor Sarah will play a delusional patient who believes she is Erica Kane’s daughter. AOL have a clip of the episode which you can watch here

Sarah Michelle Gellar on Buffy and Ringer from NYMag

15 September 2011 Leave a comment

Sarah Michelle Gellar on Buffy and Returning to TV With Ringer

9/13/11

How does one top Buffy? Sarah Michelle Gellar, the now 34-year-old actress best known for her eight-year stint as the aforementioned vampire slayer, has an idea: You don’t fight fair. Forget playing just one girl; to top Buffy, you have to play two. And so Gellar is returning to TV in the CW’s Ringer, which premieres tonight, as identical twin sisters: Bridget, an ex-stripper/addict under FBI protection, who decides to assume the identity of her well-off, seemingly dead twin sister, Siobhan. (Think a soapy Vertigo, not The Parent Trap.) We spoke with Gellar, who is also executive producing the show, about playing twins, cliff-hangers, and what she thinks about the news that producers are trying to get a Buffy movie off the ground without creator Joss Whedon.

You’ve had offers to do shows before. Why Ringer?
I’ve had a few. It’s really hard when you come off a show like Buffy because you know you’re not going to top it. I wanted to do something that was different, and no one’s done film noir. Last Seduction is one of my favorite movies. This is the kind of show that I would watch. Doing it now, it feels like old hat and it feels like I’ve never done it before.

So how noirish will it be?
We’re going to have cliff-hangers, but not just at the end of each episode, at the end of each commercial break. But the one thing that we’ll do differently than I think some of the shows that have mysteries is we’ll have answers for all of them. So it won’t be as frustrating as I think some shows wind up being.

Have you had that experience as a TV watcher?
Yes! But I won’t say which, I don’t want to insult anyone.

Are you referring to Lost?
I wasn’t even talking about Lost!

You’ve played doubles before — you were robot Buffy for a while.
The one thing you’ll hear some actors say about television [is that] they always worry they’ll get bored, it’ll get easy. No one’s going to lie that playing two characters isn’t fun, because you get to sort of run the gamut of everything. I think that any performance from an actor should have duality. We all have that. I’m sort of fascinated by that aspect of people — you know, we’re someone at work, someone different in our home life, we’re someone different in a party atmosphere — and that’s what we’re exploring with the show; not just the duality of the twins, but the duality of each individual character.

This show was made for CBS, but the CW picked it up when CBS decided to pass. Is it at all jarring to be back on the CW — the company the WB and UPN became?
I don’t think you make a show for a particular network. We just wanted to make the show. and we wanted to make the show in the best place possible for us to make the show we wanted to make, and we were always a little concerned because it never truly felt like a CBS show.

Because Ringer is too young?
You know, CBS is — let’s be honest — it’s known for being extremely procedural, it appeals to an older audience, and this show always would’ve been a risk for them. And their numbers are so extremely high that if you don’t deliver right away you worry about, Will the show last, will they give it a chance to find its audience? And, you know, at CW you can be a little more creative within the constraints of what they expect for the network.

It’s less pressure.
It is less pressure and they’re so supportive and they get the show.

You’re an executive producer on this. Does that mean you have more power?
I don’t know about power so much as it’s more about protecting the show you want to make. And also making sure you have really good craft service. And wardrobe. Being an executive producer means you have great food and clothing.

Also, you have at least three nice-looking men playing across from you.
And that’s the other thing, too, when you executive produce, you can make sure you hire [them]. And that’s the good thing about playing both the girl roles.

Are you having fun beating people up again?
You know, I’m hoping for the least amount of that as possible because even though you’re beating people up, you get pretty beat up. And let’s be honest, I’m a little older now, I’m not as able as I used to be, so it’s more running away. But Bridget knows how to protect herself, there’s no question. And she gets to shoot a gun, which is really cool, because Buffy never got a gun.

Did you have to learn how to do that?
No, I always knew how to shoot. I kept waiting for the day Buffy was going to get a gun, but she never got one. I guess it wouldn’t do much.

What do you think of the Buffy remake?
Ugh, I mean honestly … I think it’s the stupidest idea. Buffy is Joss Whedon, so if you’re going to do a movie with other people, like, just make a movie about a girl who kills vampires, but that’s not Buffy. I don’t mean to be so blunt, but it’s such a dumb idea, to be honest. I don’t think it’ll ever happen because without Joss, you don’t have Buffy.

Original Interview at NYMag

Sarah Michelle Gellar: Mother of one, actress of two, from LA Times

14 September 2011 Leave a comment

Sarah Michelle Gellar: mother or one, actress of two

The former ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ star, back at worked after taking time off to have her first child, juggles dual roles in her new CW series, ‘Ringer.’

Sarah Michelle Gellar on the set of her new CW series, “Ringer” (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

By Joy Press, Los Angeles TimesSeptember 11, 2011

What happens after you save the world?

That’s not a quandary most actresses face. But if you are Sarah Michelle Gellar, it’s a real question. Having stepped into the lead role of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as a teenager, she found herself a cult icon by the time the series ended in 2003. The show’s influence lingered, with academics writing papers about its slang, its mythology, even its military strategies.

Gellar seemed unable to shake Buffy’s wise and wisecracking shadow for many years, flitting through a series of indie films and horror movies. When she took time off to have a baby with husband Freddie Prinze Jr. in 2009, fans began to wonder if she’d ever return.

And yet here she is, a petite 34-year-old woman dressed in a silky brown jumpsuit with a plunging neckline. She’s sitting in her trailer on the set of her new series, “Ringer,” which premieres Tuesday on the CW. It’s a long way from the Hellmouth.

Not only is Gellar co-executive producing this upscale thriller, she’s also playing the two central roles: Bridget, an ex-stripper on the run after witnessing a murder, and Siobahn, Bridget’s socialite twin sister, who is in so much trouble she’s prepared to fake her own death and let Siobahn step into her own shoes. “The joke is that I’m playing five characters,” Gellar explains. “I play Siobahn and Bridget present day, both women in flashback, and then ‘Shivette,’ which is when Bridget is pretending to be Siobahn.”

None of which quite squares with Gellar’s professed desire to make her life more manageable.

“Playing twins — you don’t think I took the easy route?” she asks sarcastically. Gellar says that producing her own show was crucial, allowing her to have control over as many elements of her life as possible. She takes naps during her lunch break so she can get up early with 1-year old Charlotte, and she gleefully proclaims that Pottery Barn is designing an on-set nursery for cast and crew, because a child-friendly workplace matters to her.

“My family comes first, and you have to be in charge to be able to protect that. You have to be the one who says no or you don’t have a life, which is what I found out the first time,” she says, pulling off Siobahn’s high heels and curling her feet under her.

“She’s very savvy about a lot of things, let’s be clear,” says “Ringer” showrunner Pam Veasey, who also produces “CSI: NY.” “We’re of the same rhythm; we understand how to solve problems. She’s very smart about what we accomplish in a day.”

Gellar has surrounded herself with familiar faces from her “Buffy” years (caterers, costume, hair and makeup people) as well as Veasey and series creators Nicole Snyder and Eric Charmelo, who understand the demands of parenthood. “Our kids are all the same age. It’s a big support system I never had before.”

She says she joined a mommy group after her daughter was born and was the last woman to return to work. “I was trying to be supportive of everyone else, and I thought I was doing a good job — and then I went back to work and realized how hard it was! I literally wrote them all apologies saying, ‘Oh, my God, I didn’t realize!'” she squeals.

“I don’t want to feel like a failure to my daughter. She’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Buffy — pretty great and all, but Charlotte’s way better.”

Joss Whedon, the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” says Gellar was always extremely ambitious and focused. “She was such a precision instrument. The control she applied to every syllable was incredible,” he says. “The downside to control is trying to get energy out of her. She used to say, ‘I can cry any time, but don’t ask me to laugh.'” Whedon says one of her nicknames on the set was “Jimmy Stewart” because “she suffered so well — you could turn the screws and the audience went with her.”

She was, even at 19, “the oldest pro I knew,” Whedon says.

Acting since age 4, Gellar had already been a regular on “All My Children” when she landed the role of a stake-wielding teen savior. She doesn’t regret having spent her youth memorizing lines, though; when asked to imagine an alter ego who didn’t go into showbiz, she says seriously, “I feel badly for the self that didn’t do it. I wouldn’t have had my private school education, I wouldn’t have traveled, I wouldn’t have spent as much time with my mother because she would have had to work.”

Now she is a working mom, playing two very adult characters in a series rather more grown-up than the usual teen-friendly CW fare like “Vampire Diaries.” (“Ringer” was originally created for sister network CBS.) CW President Mark Pedowitz would be delighted to pull in a slightly older demographic, saying at a recent TV Critics press tour, “It will be terrific if others get to sample what the CW has to offer thanks to ‘Ringer.'”

Gellar compares her new series to “Damages,” with complex flashbacks woven into a noirish narrative packed with murder plots, disappearances and love triangles. There’s also a strong ensemble cast that includes Nestor Carbonell (“Lost”), Kristoffer Polaha (“Life Unexpected”) and Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”). She knows there are inherent dangers for a nonprocedural drama that dangles clues — especially after the intense reaction to the ending of “Lost” and recent season finale of “The Killing” — and promises that “Ringer” will satisfy.

“I loved ‘Lost,’ but I felt it just got deeper and deeper and we never get anything out of it,” she says. “Nicole and Eric pitched me the first three seasons all the way through. Some things have already changed, but the big questions we have answers to, and we give them out a little bit every episode.”

So what lessons has she brought to “Ringer” from her three decades in the business and seven seasons of prime-time slaying? Gellar doesn’t have to think hard before answering.

“We’re not shooting at night. No graveyards. I’m telling you, you learn these things.”

joy.press@latimes.com

Original interview at The Los Angeles Times
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