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Sarah Michelle Gellar - "Scooby-Doo 2" Movie - Darkhorizons.com Interview

Tuesday 2 September 2003, by Webmaster

Sarah Michelle Gellar, a name synonymous with versatility and enduring appeal, began her illustrious career in the entertainment industry as a child. Discovered by a talent agent at a young age, Gellar’s screen debut came at the tender age of six with the television film "An Invasion of Privacy" in 1983. Her early promise led to a leading role in the teen drama series "Swans Crossing" in 1992, but it was her portrayal of Kendall Hart on the ABC soap opera "All My Children" (1993-1995) that earned her a Daytime Emmy Award and catapulted her into the limelight.

SMG’s true claim to international fame, however, was her iconic role as Buffy Summers in the groundbreaking series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003). Her performance not only garnered her five Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award, and a Golden Globe nomination, but it also cemented her status as a cultural icon. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s filmography is equally impressive, with box office hits like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997), "Scream 2" (1997), "Cruel Intentions" (1999), "Scooby-Doo" (2002), and "The Grudge" (2004) collectively grossing over $570 million globally.

Beyond her cinematic successes, Gellar has made her mark on television, headlining shows such as "Ringer" (2011-2012), "The Crazy Ones" (2013-2014), and "Wolf Pack" (2023). She has also lent her voice to popular series including "Robot Chicken" (2005-2018), "Star Wars Rebels" (2015-2016), and "Masters of the Universe: Revelation" (2021).

In 2015, Gellar ventured into the entrepreneurial world by co-founding Foodstirs, an e-commerce baking company, and published her own cookbook, "Stirring Up Fun with Food," in 2017. Gellar is also known for her close-knit family life, married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr. since 2002, with whom she shares two children.

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s commitment to her craft is matched by her dedication to personal growth and unique experiences. An accomplished martial artist, she studied Tae Kwon Do for five years, alongside kickboxing, boxing, street fighting, and gymnastics. Her dedication to authenticity in her roles is evident, such as her commitment to doing her own stunts in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," though she admitted her limits during filming "Scream 2."

Her career is also marked by interesting anecdotes, such as her role in a 1982 Burger King commercial, which led to a lawsuit from McDonald’s and a temporary ban from their establishments. Notably, she dyed her naturally brunette hair blonde for her role in "Buffy," and legally changed her last name to Prinze as a surprise for her husband on their fifth anniversary.

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s legacy extends beyond her on-screen roles, encompassing her work in philanthropy and her reputation for safety and professionalism on set. She remains a beloved figure in Hollywood, admired for her talent, dedication, and the breadth of her contributions to film and television.

Question: Can you tell us what was different this turn around? For example, last time Daphne got a lot stronger than she was in the cartoon.

Answer: I think the first story sort of revolved around Daphne finding her place, that thing in between I think a lot teenagers and young adults all go through; where do I fit in, what’s my place, what’s my purpose, what am I good at? Everything to her was that she was the pretty one, she never really fit in and in this one is more about public image. In the beginning you find Daphne and she’s confident because she’s deriving her strength from what other people think, the press and the fans and its all about public image. What she soon realizes is that the public image can change, its fickle and that you’ve got to find your strength from within before you worry about how everyone else perceives you.

Question: Did you find it easier to play Daphne in this second film?

Answer: First of all I was happy not having to commune between Australia and Los Angeles; from the get go everything with this sequel was easier; I remember when doing Scream 2, the whole topic was how sequels suck and how sequels are never better the first one but I think what we’re doing is kind of moving away from that and what’s happening specially with movies based on already established material, you spend the first 45 minutes to an hour of the movie setting everything up, whether its Scooby or X Men or any of these movies. Spiderman, there’s so much to get to the place where you think most people already know the story but you just don’t know. That’s what happening with sequels again specifically in the genre of material based on previous material. Now you can just jump right in, you know where your story is, it’s less complicated. Also we didn’t know exactly what we wanted the first time; did we want a movie for kids, were we going to be a little esoteric and go for a little bit older satirical audience? We had everything both ways and it was really put together in the edit as a family film. Now we’re coming in to make a family film, we know our characters, the story is set and that makes it much easier to jump into the story. For me specifically coming in to having just done 8 years of an experience and having to one day to just have to come here it was like "oh home, easy, family, familiar".

Question: Was it a little weird for you to be working with Seth Green again because you worked everyday with him on "Buffy" for years?

Answer: It was great; if I had my way I’d work with Seth on every project. I think the world of him. I think I’ve known him since I was like 7 years old, so 6 years ago (urmf). Its how grounded he is, he’s an amazingly gifted comedian and he’s also a very giving comedian. A lot of time you get people that are so incredibly, amazingly funny, it’s all about them, they’re funny and what Seth does is try to make everything funny. So I’d like one day to do a movie where we can work off each other; obviously on this movie he’s a little bit more inclined towards Velma than myself but I’d like to really work with him someday.

Question: You’re working with your husband on this (Freddie Prinze Jr.); do you often take this home with you, do you talk about it...

Answer: We often play cartoon at home; yes. (we all laugh) No I wouldn’t recommend it. I think working with your partner is incredibly difficult no matter what industry you’re in. It’s difficult to come to work and live with that same someone; I wouldn’t recommend it except for a situation like this one; I mean we’re doing a big action fun cartoon movie, we’re not at home at night; at least I’m not at home at night saying "How will I say my one line tomorrow?" It’s a little bit easier and it’s been a very positive experience, I don’t think you’ll be hearing about a big drama story between the two of us.

Question: Do you get to kick more butt in this sequel than you did in the first one?

Answer: I wish; when asking about the fights in this one I was saying "I wanna do another big wire routine"; I had never done wire work before the first movie. The original cut of the fight scene in the first one was like 10 minutes and we all know children, we can’t keep their attention for 10 minutes so that got cut down. I was so ready for this fight; I don’t have a big wire fight in this one. This one is equestrian; but its much more Daphne than it was in the first one; I don’t win the fight; it’s a defense fight; it was fun and different for me; instead of being the aggressor I was the defender and I never worked with two swords at once and you’re also fighting this Black Knight ghost who is probably like 10 feet tall and he can barely walk and he’s wielding an 8 foot sword.

Question: How was it working with the monsters, Alicia Silverstone and Peter Boyle?

Answer: The monsters never show up, they never come out of their trailers, they’re difficult; the monsters are great; they add a real feel of the cartoon and you’re like "I remember in this episode whether the Cotton Candy Gobbler and whatever" . Alicia was great we hit off right away; she’s terrified about going into a series in television and she’s asking me about it; she’s a really easy going person. And Peter was great cause come on he’s Peter Boyle but he unfortunately hasn’t been there that much I only shot a couple of days with him.

Question: What advice did you give Alicia on working in television?

Answer: Get some sleep while you can.

Question: Are you looking forward to doing more film work? More romantic comedies?

Answer: What I’m looking forward to doing more than anything else is just to figure out what it is I want to do. I really worked for 12 years; doing movies during my hiatus; and never had a vacation except for Christmas vacations I think the most exciting thing for me now is getting the chance to play different characters I’ve been very fortunate to be able to make movies on my hiatus, but my hiatus had a status of 2 and half months and if the project doesn’t fit in with that exact time there’s nothing you can do. So for me the exciting thing now is that I can sit back and say now I want to make it happen and be able to those opportunities I haven’t been able to grasp.

Question: Has it been an adjustment for you regarding the pace of film versus the pace of TV?

Answer: It’s so slow, specially coming from a TV show with the pace that we had to a big action movie with CGI and plates. Its great, I’ve caught up with all my soap operas, I’ve read probably two books a week, I’ve caught up on all my Vanity Fairs that I had to read, all my movies, I’m doing pretty well, its nice. For me it feels like a mini vacation where people are like "Oh my god this was a 15 hour day" and I’m like "I can’t believe it was just 15 hours!"

Question: What is the gamut of the Daphne’s costume in this sequel?

Answer: It started off with more costume changes than in the first one; now it’s a little bit less, I have more pants in this one. Shooting in Vancouver is also a different experience than the shoot for the first one. When we went in Australia it was summer going into the winter and the winters there are like the winters in Los Angeles, I just had to wear a sweater. When we came to Vancouver it was bone chilling cold; we were shooting in the mountains so on a costume level it was tricky where you want to keep the actors warm without having them look bundled. We haven’t really won on this shoot; we’re either freezing on one location or boiling on the other. She does get to wear a gown at a nice event.

Question: I heard somewhere that you were considering playing "Jennifer Lynch" (rescued US Soldier) in a biopic? Is that true?

Answer: I think that was rumor that actually started on my show; it was a joke that one of our executives said to me one day and then I read about it in like Newsweek and its absolutely not true. A desert movie; that would be like my worst nightmare; shooting a movie in like Lancaster Los Angeles, in the dirt and the sand...I’m not cut out for that.