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Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar - "Southland Tales" Movie - Thewavemag.com Interview

Fred Topel

Wednesday 3 May 2006, by Webmaster

L.A. Apocalypse

Sarah Michelle Gellar welcomes the end of the world. Again.

Movie: Southland Tales

Director: Richard Kelly

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, The Rock, Mandy Moore, Sean William Scott, Jason Lee

Studio: United International Pictures

Oh, Sarah Michelle Gellar, why do you deprive us? We used to see you every week on TV for free. Now we have to pay for a once-a-year glimpse in stupid movies like The Grudge and Scooby-Doo. On the plus side, hubby Freddie Prinze Jr. is now on ABC Wednesday nights at 8:30.

Word is, Gellar’s next movie may be worth the $9. Southland Tales is such a secret that they wouldn’t even let the press watch a day of filming. Gellar walked over from the catering tent wearing black sweats so we couldn’t see her costume. All they’ll say is that it’s a comedy about the end of the world in 2008 Los Angeles. Ha.

The Wave: Tell us about your character.

Sarah Michelle Gellar: I am a porn star with a heart of gold. I’m also a porn star with an entrepreneurial spirit. I have my own clothing line, my own warming gel, my own lubricant line, and energy drink. I’m also the spokesperson of Golden Palace. I’m sure I have a perfume. I figure I’ve gotta have a perfume. Everyone’s got a perfume. Dropping an album. I learned that’s what the cool people say. You say you’re dropping an album. I also have my own reality show. You see my reality show, you see my music video, some ads for my products, you hear the song, you see some of my DVD covers of my earlier films, my oeuvre. I will not say the titles in mixed company.

TW: Is the character based on anyone?

SMG: I think the character is a cross between these reality stars that come in and all of a sudden are populating advertising. In this day and age, everything is so cross-marketed that the lines have blurred, in my opinion, between what is an actor and what is a celebrity. I mean, everyone’s got an album these days. Everybody. I’m so glad it wasn’t like that when I was a teenager, boy.

TW: So we shouldn’t expect a real-life album from you?

SMG: Originally, I was a different character and so I did not sing. I used to be in a musical on roller skates. That got cut from the film, which I’m so bitter about. It was a Karl Marxist musical on roller skates, which I thought was genius. I was getting my roller skates, legwarmers and shorts all ready. And then my character was a rapper and I was going to rap, but now my character has a song. I’m trying not to expose any more people to my singing than need to be.

TW: Besides singing, how is this film challenging you?

SMG: No matter how many films you’ve done, television series, whatever, nothing prepares you for [director] Richard Kelly. You can get a phone call in the middle of the night. He calls me over the weekend, he’s like, “Okay, I think in this scene that Krista should have a complete emotional breakdown. We need to write.” We, as if I’m going to write this. “I think we need to write this whole thing when she sees this...” It goes on and on with me, on the weekend. I’m like “Okay, sure, whatever you write, I’ll do it.” I come in on Wednesday, he cuts the scene. The scene was totally dropped. So, in that sense, it’s just nothing like you’ve ever experienced.

TW: Do you wish more filmmakers would be that flexible?

SMG: I wish so much for the film industry right now. I wish so much for originality, and I think that we’re caught in this difficult cycle because our studios are corporations now. I keep talking about the old 1940s system, where one guy with a cigar and a Scotch made decisions for a studio. Now there’s so much else that goes into a decision that it’s very difficult to get films that are different, that are off the beaten path, made.

TW: Is it weird that you and Freddie switched places, now you’re doing movies and he’s on TV?

SMG: It’s funny, in the sense of he’ll say to me, “You don’t understand. You’re doing a movie. I’ve been on my feet all day.” I’m like, “For real? For real I don’t understand?” So that’s kind of odd. And the times are funny, because I’m [working] nights and last week he was getting out of the house at like 3:30 in the morning.

TW: Did you have any advice for him on doing TV?

SMG: Yeah, “Do a sitcom. Don’t do a one-hour.” That was actually my advice. He was going to do a one-hour. I was like, “Are you crazy? You know what people make for sitcoms and how little they work, right?”