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Sarah Michelle Gellar - Australian Show ’A Current Affair’ - Interview Transcript

Monday 6 December 2004, by Webmaster

RAY MARTIN: As Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar kicked some serious television butt. Still up until recently, she couldn’t seem to conquer the big screen. All that has changed with a little film called, "The Grudge". Now she’s a big movie star, with a few karate kicks for our Reporter.

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR: Frightened now. Absolutely frightened. Now you’re seeing what frightens me.

(Buffy fighting Dracula)

KARL STEFANOVIK (Voice Over): What’s this? The vampire slaying, karate kicking, queen of the undead feels fear? Ridiculous it sounds. True, it seems. And even more scary her fear comes in the form of suit wearing, pencil pushing types.

KS: You see, now I’m feeling nervous.

SMG: You have a really strange mind. Has anyone ever told you this before?

(scenes from "The Grudge")

KS (VO): Believe it or not, Sarah fears reporters and she’s been talking to a lot of them lately. Ever since she resurrected her career with a relatively low budget fright flick, called "The Grudge". "The Grudge" has done monster business in the United States, and now Sarah is pointing fingers, an laughing at the critics who thought she was damned.

KS: This film is the second highest grossing film of all time, with a female in the lead. Did you know that?

SMG: Yes.

KS: How do you feel about that?

SMG: It’s incredible. I mean, it’s pretty over whelming.?

KS: Now do women know ... (laughs) here I go again. She’s on my back. (laughs)

SMG: I’m not on your back.

KS: Would you get off my back. With the finger.

SMG: Do I look like I’m on your back? I’m facing you.

KS: What was I saying again?

SMG: I have no idea.

KS: It was something important.

SMG: I bet it was.

KS: And you distracted me.

SMG: I’m sorry. (laughs)

KS: You should be sorry.

SMG: I’m sorry!

(SMG laughs, and then we cut to footage of Buffy and Dawn fighting in the grave, at the end of Season 6 finale, "Grave".)

KS(VO): Gellar is in a stellar mood. She’s been quiet for a while, taking it easy since she laid Buffy to rest.

SMG: Taking a break, you know. Taking ... having a vacation. Seeing my friends, catching up on my life that for 8 years had taken a back seat to work.

KS: Would you do it again?

SMG: Absolutely. It was ... and I don’t live my life that way. I don’t live my life in the past. It was an amazing experience. Offering me incredible opportunities. Meeting amazing people. I am very, Very proud of that show, and I wouldn’t do anything differently.

KS(VO): A not so amazing experience, "Scooby Doo" and it’s sequel, "Scooby Doo 2". Not exactly Oscar contending stuff.

Short Clip from "Scooby Doo 2".

KS: Were you personally worried about, you know, what the future held for you after "Scooby Doo 2"?

SMG: Not really. I mean, I didn’t have a lot to do in "Scooby Doo 2", so it wasn’t (chuckles) an incredibly rewarding experience for me. But to me, that was sort of the time where ... that was the end of anything I was obligated to do. Anything I was committed to doing. And after that it was about finding things that I wanted to do. Things that I wanted to be a part of.

KS (VO): But getting back to the big screen wasn’t easy. One of Hollywood’s brightest young stars found herself on unfamiliar terrain. Having to audition for a Director who spoke little English, and who had some strange ideas about film making.

SMG: There’s nothing like taking a cold shower with 17 Japanese men. I mean you might do it ... often. I don’t wanna speak for you. (pause) I’m not judging you. I’m not judging you at all. I’m just saying, (laughs) it may be something you choose to do. It was just a new experience for me.

KS (VO): But it all worked out, and now Sarah’s hotter than ever. Dealing with renewed stardom and confronting her fears. Like Buffy did. Head on.

KS: Well thank you very much for talking to me.

SMG: Okay.

KS: It’s been an absolute pleasure.

SMG: (laughs) Sorry about giving you a hard time.

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