How “Buffy” Will Mark its 20th Anniversary

The Joss Whedon cult hit starring Sarah Michelle Gellar will celebrate 20 years since its March 10 premiere

Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans have something to celebrate on March 10: two decades of slaying, of course.

Although the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie premiered in 1992, it was another five years, in 1997, before the more enduringly popular version of the franchise hit the small screen. It has been that long since Sarah Michelle Gellar took on the role as the kick-ass vampire-slaying teenager for Joss Whedon’s television creation.

With the upcoming 20th anniversary of the series (which is currently streaming on Netflix) Pop TV is having a special airing of the two-part series premiere.

In addition, the character is being celebrated with new merchandise from Fox Consumer Products, a contest for fans to win a tip to Comic-Con 2017 — where a Buffy sing-along has become an annual tradition — as well as new books and comics from Dark Horse and Simon & Schuster, among other plans.

Gellar, who fought on the small screen as the heroine from 1997 to 2003, recently took a trip down memory lane with The Hollywood Reporter about playing iconic character, “The most formidable years of my life — transition from teenager to adult — were spent filming Buffy. I learned every day from the experience and from her.”

As for what she learned specifically, the actress added, “She taught me it wasn’t about being perfect; it was about trying the hardest to be the best you can be. I also loved how hard Buffy worked, as she had no typical powers most superheroes have. She had to train and work hard at her craft. Buffy reminded us that being different was not only OK but really cool — and at a time when most kids are trying to desperately fit in.”

No shock here, Buffy also landed in the top three of THR‘s “Hollywood’s 50 Favorite Characters” list.

Below is a full breakdown of what’s to come for the slayer’s anniversary of, well, slaying: 

Hot Topic is celebrating Buffy’s anniversary with a partnership with AC/DC Apparel. The retailer will reveal a full fashion collection dedicated to the character that will be available online in summer 2017.

Ripple Junction has also developed apparel to celebrate the slayer. The full line of tees for both men and women is available now on Amazon.com and ripplejunction.com.

In addition to apparel, fans are about to get some new accessories and jewelry from SG@NYC.

Available now is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game,” in which players must guard and protect Sunnydale from the forces of evil.

Fans are encouraged to interact on social media with Whedon, Gellar and cast members David Boreanaz, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter and more by submitting their coloring book designs using the hashtag #BuffySlays20. Additionally there’s a “Sunnydale High Yearbook Contest” across the country where the grand prize is a trip to San Diego for Comic Con. All fans have to do is upload their high school class photos to Twitter and Facebook with their best Buffy caption in the form of a “senior quote.” Contest details and rules can be found here.

How will you be celebrating Buffy? Will you be tuning into Pop to re-watch the very first episode? Are you going to rock the “I Slay” T-shirt on March 10? Sound off in the comments section below about how you keep on slaying.

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6th Annual Santa’s Secret Workshop Benefiting L.A. Family Housing

Sarah attended the 6th Annual Santa’s Secret Workshop benefiting L.A. Family Housing, held at Andaz in West Hollywood, California (December 03).

Sarah Talks Entering Baking Industry

Buffy Bakes: Sarah Michelle Gellar on Entering 5 Billion Dollar Baking Industry

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.”

#BlogHer16 Experts Among Us Conference

Sarah attended the #BlogHer16 Experts Among Us Conference at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California (August 5).

Sarah Discusses Politics at BlogHer Conference

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.”

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