Sarah Michelle Gellar says she’s ‘had my fair share of experiences’ as a young woman in Hollywood

Sarah Michelle Gellar arrives at the premiere

Sarah Michelle Gellar — at take revenge screening in LA this week – admits being a young actress in the entertainment industry “hasn’t been easy”, but “victim guilt and shame” keeps her from telling her stories. (Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Sarah Michelle Gellar says being a young woman in the entertainment industry “wasn’t easy,” but “victim blaming and shaming” kept her from opening up publicly about those stories.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer The 45-year-old alum has resumed acting after a break of several years crazy people Death co-star Robin Williams will be present for his family along with Freddie Prinze Jr. He played the headmaster in the high school dark comedy. revenge, is out now on Netflix, and is serving in production and executive producing Teenage wolf spin off Wolf Pack For Paramount+. She explains The New York Times She feels she is now in her “adult career” – and it’s a far cry from where she started.

As for where he started – and what he experienced along the way – it’s been a journey. Asked by the outlet if she had generally good experiences as a young man and young woman in the industry, Geller — who won a Daytime Emmy at age 18 — said: All my children – replied, “No. It was really hard. When I came in, there weren’t any great female roles. It was the girlfriend role, the wife role. That’s why Buffy was so great, because she actually had something to do.” C, and then eighty C I know what you did, where these women were figuring things out. It was all a new turn of events.”

It was only a part. The other was behind-the-scenes inappropriate behavior, which she talked about but clarified that she wasn’t going into detail.

“There’s another side to being a young girl in the business,” she added. “Growing up in New York, I had a little bit of street sense, which is helpful. But no, it wasn’t easy. And I had my fair share of experiences, I just didn’t choose — I don’t, for me, emotionally. I don’t win by telling my stories. I see people who tell their stories, and I’m so moved. But in a world where people are broken, and victims of guilt and shame, I just I keep my stories here.”

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar attends the 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on May 19, 1995 in New York City.

Sarah Michelle Gellar was just 18 when she won a Daytime Emmy in 1995 for her role in All My Children. (Photo: Getty Images)

Of course, while Buffy — which ran from 1997 to 2003 — was iconic until her role, we now know that some women on set felt threatened by the show’s creator and EP Joss Whedon. Whedon was accused of misconduct on set by alums Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Trachtenberg and Amber Benson in 2021. Geller stood by the victims at the time saying she was “proud of them for speaking out.”

Whedon broke his silence about it Buffy Set claims — and other misconduct allegations — earlier this year. Two days later, Geller shared a social media post saying, “I can’t undo the past, but I can fight for the future.” In that NYT In the interview, she was asked if she wanted to elaborate and spoke about her efforts to create “a safe space” for young actors on sets in light of what she has learned and experienced.

“Especially now, I go into my projects as an executive producer,” she says. “Wolf Pack, for example. I have these two young girls and two young boys [acting] On this. I have made it very clear from day one that if there are things that production wants to talk to them about, I want them to go through me. Because I’ve been there. And I want to [the performers] Always be a safe place.”

Gellar also opened up about her marriage to Prinze with the couple recently celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.

“I think we live in a very disposable world right now,” he said. “When I was a kid, if your TV broke, you took it to a repair shop and got your TV fixed. Now, if your TV breaks, you get a new one. I think That sometimes we look at relationships like that. Be willing to work. That’s something we’ve always been willing to do. You have ups and downs, but you don’t go away.”

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14: (LR) Sarah Michelle Gellar and Charlotte Grace Prinze attend the Do Revenge LA Special Screening Post Reception at Hollywood Roosevelt on September 14, 2022 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Philip Fraone/Getty Images for Netflix)

Sarah Michelle Gellar brought her rarely seen daughter, Charlotte Grace Prinze, 12, to an LA screening of Netflix. take revenge On September 14, 2022. (Photo: Philippe Fraone/Getty Images for Netflix)

Geller talked about her role in the V take revenge And how his character in the comedy film is made according to his fame Cruel intentions Character, Catherine Merteuil. While she was the young star in many projects, she is the headmaster mentoring teenagers played by stars including Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke.

“I wouldn’t want to be 17 again for anything,” Geller said. “Twenty maybe, but not 17.”

This week, Geller brought her 12-year-old daughter Charlotte Prinze with her to a Hollywood screening of the film. The couple’s children – including son Rocky, 10 – are rarely seen, with Geller usually hiding their faces when she posts photos of them on social media.

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