What Sarah Michelle Gellar Thinks About The Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reboot

Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are permanently linked thanks to her years bringing the iconic lead character to television. Gellar became a household name and sought-after actor on the strength of the series. Like many classic series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been the subject of a possible reboot. Gellar gave her thoughts on a reboot of the classic teen drama.

For kids and teens of the 1990s, Sarah Michelle Gellar has been (and will continue to be) Buffy Summers. The actor was able to inhabit the slayer as both a kick-ass fighter and an average young woman. In the last few years, there have been talks of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, with one actually going into development back in 2018, prompting reactions from stars of the original series. But the actor now believes she may be past her time to play Buffy. She gave her honest thoughts on doing the possible reboot to Mario Lopez on his podcast On with Mario.

I’m a wee bit – how do they say – long in the tooth for that. I think what worked for Buffy was that the monsters represented, they were a metaphor for the horrors of adolescence. I do think that story lends itself – it’d be interesting to see how a Chosen One would deal with that. I don’t think it’s me, I don’t think I should be the one doing it. And I’m also way too tired and cranky to put in that kind of work again. But I love that the story holds up, and that people are calling for that.

Hearing Sarah Michelle Gellar’s words about passing on the iconic role spoke of someone who believes a reboot should keep the youthful feel of the original series. Gellar was right to mention how the show was truly a metaphor for the adolescent experience. Her words also spoke to how much she loved and admired the character as well as the series for it all represented. Her comments aren’t the first she shot down returning to the role. She recently paid tribute to Buffy Summers on what would have been the character’s 40th birthday.

Sarah Michelle Gellar has never backed away from her iconic role. She and the rest of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast have honored the series its anniversary. But recently the iconic series has been the subject of controversy surrounding creator Joss Whedon. Gellar and other Buffy castmates spoke their piece about allegations made by co-star Charisma Carpenter.

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s words came from someone who knows, cherishes, and admires Buffy Summers as a character and person. Having played the iconic tole for years, she still has a connection years after the show ended in 2003. It’s nice to hear Gellar championing a reboot for today’s youth while knowing when it’s time to move on. If you want to relive Buffy Summers in all her glory, you can check out Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Hulu and Prime Video.

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