NY TIMES – After a break from the spotlight, the actress is poised for a comeback, starting with a role in the Netflix film “Do Revenge.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar was jet-lagged from her commute. She had just flown back to Los Angeles from a few days filming the forthcoming “Teen Wolf” spinoff series in Atlanta. Her decision to join “Wolf Pack,” as both a star and executive producer, partly depended on the freedom to stay based in L.A. with her family and commute to the set, packing only a carry-on for each East Coast stint.
After an extended hiatus from acting, the actress, now 45, is in the budding phase of what she considers her “adult career.” And this time around, Gellar is working on her own terms.
“I think I’ve earned it in a very honest way,” she said in a recent video call. “I come with 40 years of experience. Some good, some bad, some in between.”
First up: a small role in the high school dark comedy “Do Revenge” (out Friday on Netflix), directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. More than 20 years after Gellar played the crucifix-carrying, cocaine-snorting Kathryn Merteuil in “Cruel Intentions,” she is once again surrounded by scheming teens onscreen. Only now, she’s their advice-giving headmaster.
“I wouldn’t want to be 17 again for anything,” she said. “Thirty two maybe, but not 17.”
Gellar began acting as a child in the 1980s before eventually becoming one of the biggest names in Y2K-era young Hollywood, thanks to roles in “Cruel Intentions” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” and the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Calling from the L.A. home she shares with her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., and their two children, Gellar sat in front of a monochrome bookshelf displaying a People’s Choice Award and a “Hamilton” book signed by the original Broadway cast (a gift from Lin-Manuel Miranda). These are edited excerpts from our conversation.
How did your role in “Do Revenge” come about?
I’ve taken quite a few years off, and I was just getting into the mind-set of, OK, I think I’m ready to go back to work, but I wasn’t 100 percent there yet. They sent me the script, and I said, it’s not really for me. I mean, if I was in my 20s, I would be clawing to star in that. But let me meet with Jenn. Within the first 10 minutes I realized, Oh, she’s my new best friend. I said, “I want to come in and chew some scenery and go home. I just want to dip my toes in the water.”
When they sent you the script, was it to play the headmaster?
There was no role. Jenn is a big “Cruel Intentions” fan and just said, “Do you think we can write something?” And we sort of came up with the character together. We designed the office together. We even tried to give the headmaster a name, de Merteuil’s real name from “Dangerous Liaisons.” But it felt a little too hammer on the nail.
NETFLIX, TUDUM – “She was, to me, the dream get,” says director-writer Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.
A summons to the principal’s office is usually considered a punishment. But when your headmaster is none other than Sarah Michelle Gellar, clad in crisply tailored cream suits, it’s more like a privilege. After all, her protégé Drea Torres (Camila Mendes) calls her “my hero” for a reason in Do Revenge.
The moment you first spot Gellar holding court in her office — which looks like a model display for Anthropologie — you immediately realize that no one else could’ve filled those Louboutins better. In fact, Gellar tells Tudum, “We even tried to get the Headmaster’s ‘Miami’ Louboutins a close-up.”
Not only does the star, best known from her days hunting vampires as Buffy, devour every sliver of tough-love wisdom she dispenses in the new film, her presence also plants you right back in the ’90s — an indelible movie decade that director-writer Jennifer Kaytin Robinson says she deliberately paid homage to with Do Revenge. Specifically, Gellar’s stunning portrayal of the exquisitely manipulative Kathryn Merteuil in 1997’s Cruel Intentions.
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Exciting news! Sarah will star and executive produce Paramount+’s new series, Wolf Pack.
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Two top supernatural film-to-series franchises are coming together as Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumna Sarah Michelle Gellar has been tapped to star in and executive produce Paramount+’s upcoming Teen Wolf offshoot series, Wolf Pack, from MTV Entertainment Studios. Gellar’s casting will be revealed today during Paramount+’s Teen Wolf: The Movie panel at Comic-Con, where Gellar will make an appearance as the surprise guest touted in the promo for the panel, I hear. Gellar is Comic-Con royalty as Buffy the Vampire Slayer is hugely popular among convention-goers who organized a big fan event to celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary at the 2017 Comic-Con.
Written and executive produced by Teen Wolf developer/executive producer Davis, Wolf Pack is based on the book series by Edo Van Belkom. It follows a teenage boy (Armani Jackson) and girl (Bella Shepard) whose lives are forever changed when a California wildfire awakens a terrifying supernatural creature.
Gellar stars as arson Investigator Kristin Ramsey, a highly regarded expert in her field and no stranger to personal loss, brought in by authorities to catch the teenage arsonist who started a massive wildfire which may have also led to the reawakening of a supernatural predator terrorizing Los Angeles.
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‘Sometimes I Lie’ Limited Series Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar & Produced By Ellen DeGeneres Lands At Fox
DEADLINE – Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Sometimes I Lie, a limited series starring and executive produced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumna Sarah Michelle Gellar. The project, based on former BBC journalist Alice Feeney’s debut novel, hails from Oscar-nominated writer Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production, Warner Bros TV where the company is based, and Fox Entertainment.
Penned by Swicord, Sometimes I Lie stars Gellar as Amber Reynolds, who is in a coma. She can’t remember how she got there, but she knows it wasn’t an accident. Terrified and trapped in her own body, she tries to piece together her memories of the last week. With a husband who no longer loves her, a sister hiding a dangerous secret, and an ex-boyfriend who can’t let go of her, Amber knows someone is lying – and that her life is still very much in danger. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago, this psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?
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Sarah Michelle Gellar To Star In ‘Sometimes I Lie’ Limited Series From Ellen DeGeneres & Warner Bros TV
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumna Sarah Michelle Gellar is set to star in and executive produce Sometimes I Lie, a limited series based on former BBC journalist Alice Feeney’s debut novel. The series is being developed by Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros TV whether the company is based. WBTV optioned the book on behalf of A Very Good Production, whose DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will executive produce alongside Gellar. Oscar-nominated writer Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is set to pen the adaptation.
In Sometimes I Lie, Gellar stars as Amber Reynolds, a woman who wakes up in a hospital, unable to move, speak or open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they don’t know she can. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. The timeline alternates between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago.
Sometimes I Lie is an international bestseller released in March 2017 by HQ/HarperCollins in the UK and Flatiron/Macmillan in the U.S. The book has been published in over 20 countries.
This marks a rare series-starring vehicle for Gellar, who has been sought after the success of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but has been very selective and has only done two series since — the CW’s Ringer and CBS’ The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams.
Sometimes I Lie also marks a new step in the expansion of A Very Good Production. It would be the first limited/drama series for the company, which has produced a couple of comedy series, most recently ABC’s Splitting Up Together, now in Season 2; a number of reality series, including NBC hits Little Big Shots and Ellen’s Game of Games, which just returned for a second season. Additionally, A Very Good Production has animated series Green Eggs and Ham coming up on Netflix.
Sometimes I Lie was packaged by ICM Partners. Feeney is repped by ICM Partners, Curtis Brown Group and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin in the UK. Gellar is repped by ICM Partners, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Morris Yorn. DeGeneres is repped by ICM Partners and Morris Yorn. Swicord is with UTA.