PAGE SIX – Getting into the baking world after acting meant Sarah Michelle Gellar had to work hard to be taken seriously.
“I was a novelty act,” the 40-year-old told Page Six of her company Foodstirs at a UN Women forum on Thursday. “People think it was easier to get in the door, sure, but they just wanted to see how Buffy bakes, you know?”
Gellar, whose company creates DIY baking kits and organic baking mixes, starred in the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in the late ’90s and early 2000s.
“It’s a novelty to have me in the office, but you have to prove that much more to take yourself seriously,” she said.
As for instilling the ideals of feminism in her young daughter, Gellar said that starting her own company in 2014 “showed my daughter that I didn’t give up and that we could have this idea and we could create a product.”
Having her children around has been helpful as she works on her kid-friendly products.
“They have ideas. We’ll use them as a think tank,” Gellar said of her daughter, Charlotte Grace, 7, and her son, Rocky James, 5, with husband Freddie Prinze Jr. “It’s great to know what I think I would like as a treat, but what do kids want?”
Sarah Michelle Gellar hates to be the bearer of bad news, but she totally just drove a stake through your dreams of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” reboot. The actor and founder of Foodstirs swung by BUILD Series yesterday to chat about her brand new cookbook Stirring Up Fun With Food.
Gellar, who is best known for her portrayal of Buffy Summers in the Joss Whedon series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” addressed fan demand for a reboot after EW’s recent cover story featuring a cast reunion for the show’s 20th anniversary.
“[Fans] want [a reunion] until they see it and they don’t like it,” joked Gellar. “By the way, this body couldn’t put up. I would break every bone in my body.”
Gellar went on to explain why “Buffy,” unlike “Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life,” wouldn’t make for a great revival.
“‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ was about the horrors of adolescence…I don’t know necessarily what that translates into today [except a very tired girl who doesn’t want to work all night long in a graveyard],” quipped Gellar.
Exciting news for Buffy fans! The cast reunited for the 20th anniversary of the show. Sarah is featured on the Entertainment Weekly April issue cover, along with David Boreanaz.
Into every generation, a Slayer is born and with her a TV series that pierces pop culture like a stake through the heart. Over the course of its seven-season run (all of which are now available on Hulu), Buffy the Vampire Slayer garnered one of the most loyal fandoms in television history, thanks to its unlikely but oddly seamless blend of genres (horror! comedy! teen soap! tragedy! musical?!?) and one of the most unique heroines ever seen on screen.
The series followed bloodsucker-hunter Buffy Summers as she navigated the horrors of Sunnydale High, both real (being the new kid, finding a date to the prom) and supernatural (snake monsters, hyena people). “It’s the ultimate metaphor: horrors of adolescence manifesting through these actual monsters,” says star Sarah Michelle Gellar. “It’s the hardest time of life.”
Adds David Boreanaz, who played Buffy’s vampire paramour Angel, “When you’re going through a really horrible part of your life, like your teenage years, you feel alone. And Buffy was a way to tell the audience you’re not alone.” Emma Caulfield, who played bunny-phobic former demon Anya, echoes Boreanaz: “It just touched on really basic human emotions, like a life blueprint. ‘I don’t have any friends. I feel isolated.’ Those sort of core human emotions.”
In honor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer turning 20 years old (and still looking damn good), EW reunited the cast and creator Joss Whedon for their first joint interview and photo shoot in over a decade. “This is surreal,” says Whedon. “For the most part, this is like a high school reunion but much worse because they all still look really great. I was hoping some of them would puff out a bit. But that did not take place.”
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars Rebels) signs her new cookbook at Vroman’s Bookstore on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM.
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Why stop with making basic brownies? Why not put them on a stick and decorate them? Why not take boring broccoli and turn it into a yummy cheese muffin instead? Sarah Michelle Gellar learned quickly that to get her kids to be adventurous with food, she had to involve them in preparing it. She wanted that process to be fun and help them develop self-confidence, creative thinking, and even math skills! So Sarah and co-author Gia Russo came up with more than 100 fun food-crafting ideas that take basic food preparation to a surprising new level. Organized by month, the book offers projects for every occasion and theme, including Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, Shark Week, Halloween, and even a Star Wars Day with licensed Star Wars creations! The possibilities are endless! (Grand Central Life & Style)
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Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars Rebels) signs her new cookbook at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 12:30 PM.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar didn’t always know how to bake. In fact, it was because she didn’t know how to bake that lead her to start a culinary lifestyle company, Foodstirs.
On a recent episode of Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis, Gellar shared her story of how one trip to the grocery store to buy a baking mix became the beginning of her entrepreneurial journey.
“I was so shocked because there was this real hole in the category,” Gellar says. “There was either the traditional baking mix, the legacy brands that are full of dyes and chemicals. Or the other end were these gluten free, very expensive, and honestly didn’t taste that great. And I thought, what about for the person that wants good ingredients and taste — where does that exist?”
So Gellar teamed up with two friends to cofound Foodstirs, created with the shared belief that the kitchen is the one place in a home where families can put down devices and make genuine connections. The company makes cooking kits and baking mixes, with non-GMO and organic ingredients and recipes that can be executed easily in six steps or less.
Taking on the $5 billion baking category isn’t easy even for a celebrity, and Gellar didn’t want to use that to help build the brand.
“I value the work that I put into my life and my career and I could never just slap my name on it,” she told ABC News’ chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis.
Outside of acting, producing and her busy business career, there are more than a few things about this “Buffy” actress that even her most avid fans might not be aware of.
Here are three lesser-known facts about Gellar:
1. Her nickname growing up was Spenser.
Like many childhood monikers, Gellar was donned ‘Spenser’ from one seemingly insignificant instance that just caught on and seemed to stick.
“I missed school one day to do an episode of ‘Spenser: For Hire’, and then people started calling me that.” Gellar said.
Even now, she still responds to nicknames (although perhaps thankfully, ‘Spenser’ appears to be a name of the past).
“Everyone calls me SMG or SMP,” she said. “That’s how most people refer to me.”
2. She’s a thrifty shopper.
For some, there’s a real thrill in finding a great bargain, and Gellar definitely loves to hunt for a good deal –- although it wasn’t always that way.
“Before I had kids, I’d walk in and be like, ‘I’ll buy those Lanvin boots, I’ll take that Chanel purse.’ Now, the thought of it, I’m just like, ‘I can’t do it, I’m going to Century 21,’” Gellar shared. “And some Nordstrom’s Rack too.”
3. Her favorite Buffy episode?
Actually, she has two:
“The prom episode to me sort of encompassed everything that was beautiful about her story and the sadness mixed with the triumph.” Buffy, AKA Gellar said.
Her second favorite is just in time for Halloween:
“I loved the silent episode – those were spooky. Plus my favorite thing about the silent episode was I was like, ‘This are going to be so easy, like no lines.’ Oh my god, it was so much more work to tell the story without using the words!” She said, laughing. “Like yeah, it was way more stressful than I thought.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar is officially team Hillary Clinton — that’s right, Buffy is with Her
Sarah Michelle Gellar explains why Hillary Clinton’s presidential run is so important for her daughter
Sarah Michelle Gellar has never been too open about her political beliefs, but it’s no secret the Buffy actress has, for the most part, leaned Republican.
In the current election, however, that’s changed. At this year’s BlogHer conference, Gellar — a keynote speaker at the event — revealed during a speech that she’ll be voting blue this year, and for a very important reason.
When asked whether she watched the Democratic and Republican national conventions and what her thoughts were, Gellar had this to say: “I watched it all, I think it’s a very important time for our nation. It is a very tricky position to be in, in terms of, I have respect for both parties. People are allowed to have different viewpoints.”
But when it comes to which candidate she’ll be supporting, Gellar said she was influenced by her 7-year-old daughter.
“I am incredibly honored that my daughter lives in a time where she sees that a woman can possibly be President. I think that’s really important for daughters to understand that,” she explained. “Look it’s hard, both parties buy my prodcuts, you know what I mean? That being said, I’m with her. I have known that family for a very long time. I believe that, you know, that there’s a lot of change that can be made and like I said, I’m incredibly proud to be able to look at my 7-year-old daughter and when she says, ‘Mommy, one day can I be president?’ I can honestly say to her, ‘Yeah, there’s a chance that you could,’ which is not something that my mother could say to me when I was that age. I think it’s all about shattering that glass ceiling and understanding that, ya know, we can change the world. Women can, men can, but we all have to work together as a team to do that.”
Still, Gellar recognized the difficult choice that many Americans will face when they head to the polls in November.
“It’s a difficult time, it’s definitely a strenuous time for our country — for the world — but I think that — through being open-minded and respectful — having those difficult conversations are important, but I think the most important thing that everyone needs to remember is to respect everybody’s opinions whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, whether you’re for Bernie or whatever it is,” she said. “We have to work together as a country, as a team. That was how America was built, was for the people. It was to get away from being an oppressive… There was no King, there was no I. It was a we, and I worry that so much of what’s happening now is so negative and I wish it could be in a more open and positive space.”
Cruel Intentions Update: NBC Considering ‘Alternative Platform’ for Sarah Michelle Gellar Revival
Cruel Intentions may be headed online.
At the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday, NBC president Jennifer Salke confirmed to reporters that the revival — which failed to score a series pickup last May — remains alive at the network. And all options are being explored, including a streaming-only rollout.
“It was really a space issue,” Salke said of the decision to hold off on formally ordering the project for fall. “We had a spot for a big, great soap, and This Is Us seemed to fit better. So we started looking for opportunities in midseason, possibly summer for the show. We [also] started talking about the OTT [streaming] platform that you heard was looming. So we right now we wanted to make sure we have the show, because I’m determined to find a place to put it.”
NBC’s decision to extend its contractual options on Sarah Michelle Gellar and the rest of the cast is evidence the network still believes in the project, Salke maintained. “We wouldn’t have held that talent if we didn’t have every intention of finding an opportunity for the show,” she said.
Regarding the show’s boundary-pushing content, Salke noted, “I think there would be two versions of the show, and, of course, if it ends up on some alternative platform, we would have more leeway. But it is designed to be dishy and fun and sort of push the envelope as far as sexuality. It’s not something we’re inviting kids in to watch.”
‘Cruel Intentions’ Sequel Remains In Contention At NBC As Cast Options Are Extended
There is encouraging news for Cruel Intentions fans — the options on the entire cast of NBC’s drama pilot have been extended. While the pilot — a sequel to the cult movie toplined by original star Sarah Michelle Gellar — was not picked up to series by NBC in May, it remained in consideration, possibly for a summer run.
I hear NBC remains very interested in picking up the project to series, asking for the cast option extensions, triggered by the leading studio on the show, Sony TV.
I hear that there had been incoming pickup interest from several outlets but the project remains at NBC, which has been behind. Additionally, the network and Sony TV, which co-produces Cruel Intentions with Universal TV, have a great relationship, with NBC picking up two new Sony TV drama series: Timeless and The Blacklist: Redemption to join the studio’s returning series The Blacklist.
During NBC’s upfront press call in May, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt explained why Cruel Intentions did not make the cut.
“It goes under the heading of embarrassment of riches,” he said. “There’s just so many shows that we have scheduled or ordered.”
Greenblatt called the soapy Cruel Intentions “a bit of an outlier for us, because there’s no other show like it in our list of genres.” Still, “we like it, and we’re still discussing it and trying to figure it out,” he said.
Written by Roger Kumble, Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross based on the cult 1999 movie, Cruel Intentions is set in present day and picks up more than 15 years after the movie left off. Kathryn Merteuil (Gellar) vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont, and Annette Hargrove. Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.
Gellar stars alongside Taylor John Smith, Kate Levering, Samantha Logan, Sophina Brown, Coby Bell and Bryce Cass. Kumble exec produces with Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Becky Hartman Edwards who serves as showrunner.