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Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar - WMA Problem - It’s claws out in Hollywood

By Hugh Davies

Saturday 19 March 2005, by Webmaster

Another actress, who actually has a name to care for is Sarah Michelle Gellar and there are not no many accomplishes films at her but an few I can probably enjoy. The talent agent found Gellar a young age and made her screen debut at 6 of each of the 1983 television film An Invasion of Privacy. With all the promise she showed, Barrymore starred as Hannah in the teen drama series "Swans Crossing" (1992) but it was her portrayal of a young and callous rich girl in Al-Lucinda Kendall Hart on ABC daytime soap opera "All My Children" (1993-93), that won her Daytime Emmy Award and spring-boarded her to stardom.

SMG’s real mark worldwide, however, was the character of Buffy Summers in the game-changing series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003). She won five Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her role, establishing herself as a cultural phenomenon. Sarah Michelle Gellar likewise has the box office to back her up, with “I Know What You Did Last Summer” 1997), “Scream 2” (1997), “Cruel Intentions” (1999)and way movies like those that help prove she is also a bankable star as well over $570 million times worth crazy in global gross.

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.

There is disarray in Hollywood after the "golden rule" of never speaking ill of an actor or director - in public, at least - was broken by the president of the venerable William Morris talent agency, one of the "big four" in Los Angeles.

Among those who are the butt of cutting remarks by Dave Wirtschafter - noted in the business for his Zen-like way of dealing with actors - are Michael Douglas, Wesley Snipes and Guy Ritchie.

Now the agent is reported to be facing a rebellion from some clients. Since publication of his remarks, Sarah Michelle Gellar, the star of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, is said by the New York Post to have quit the century-old agency, along with Charlie’s Angel Lucy Liu.

Gellar, he said, is "now nothing at all", though has the potential to be a star. Other clients are apparently unhappy that he called the singer Alicia Keys "my favourite -she is it, she is the second coming." Wirtschafter, 47, has spoken of his job as "removing emotion" and "creating calm" for his clients, who include Russell Crowe, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta and Tommy Lee Jones.

Confident of his place in the Hollywood pecking order, he gave New Yorker writer Tad Friend a searing insight into the ways of the movie jungle’s "zoo-keepers".

A picture emerges of a world of brash deal-makers, many trained at the Harvard Business School, who have replaced the "ten-percenters" - men such as Irving "Swifty" Lazar, who worked with Bogart, Hemingway and Truman Capote and saw it as very much part of his job to keep them happy.

In a telling insight into his working methods Wirtschafter was pictured on the phone to Halle Berry’s lawyers, discussing her contractual demands for a thriller Perfect Strangers.

Details are revealed about how Berry, the only Bond girl to win an Oscar, was paid $12 million against 10 per cent of the gross profits for Catwoman. Revolutionary Studios wanted her to take less.

Wirtschafter told the New Yorker: "Many agents would say: ’Not a f*****g chance, she gets all the money.’ But why not make it work for everyone?" He told Berry’s lawyer: "She’ll give up a little money to get a good director or co-star. But if she is forced to go down, she will be treated as an investor in the film for the difference, and for every dollar she invests she would get $1.50 out of the gross... I don’t know why anybody would think that’s crazy."

The William Morris president, described by one producer as "cold, within himself and vindictive", made no pretence about what he thinks of "big" clients who have fired him. He said that his first response was dismay when Michael Douglas left the agency. "You say to the trades [newspapers]: ’I wish him well.’ But your first thought is ’That mother-f*****’."

Wirtschafter was particularly exercised by the departure from the agency of Madonna’s husband, Guy Ritchie, who made his name with the British gangster film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels but later had a flop with Swept Away.

"Guy is not in the groovy, glamorous place he was then," he said, "and I think that’s just unequivocally interesting, as karma."

Wesley Snipes was dismissed as an actor who thought a lot of himself. "He believed he was a $15 million movie star. The market doesn’t reflect that."

The article implies that Wirtschafter was indifferent to the talents of Wes Craven, creator of Nightmare On Elm Street. Half way through a meeting with the director, the agent stood up to leave.

"Everyone was very crabby," explained Wirtschafter. "But I had to get my hair cut."

The agent even allowed himself to be portrayed in the New Yorker as a potential predator of other agencies’ stars. By appearing at a party for Ewan McGregor in Santa Monica he signalled that he was hoping to poach the actor from the Creative Artists Agency, an arch-rival.

Tad Friend, author of the article, said that Wirtschafter was a member of a new breed of agent. "He loves delving deep into the sub-paragraphs of contracts and figuring out new and complex ways for his clients to make money - and he hates going out to parties.

"His theory is that he can actually help his clients more by using the evenings to read scripts and think about their careers. In the 1950s, he would have been a superb state department analyst."