Buffy’s Sarah Michelle Gellar Doesn’t Think of Herself as a Genre Icon

Buffy Summers, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar admits that she doesn’t consider herself an icon in the genre of supernatural television.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar doesn’t consider herself an icon in the supernatural genre.

In an interview with CBR, Gellar was asked about her icon status in supernatural television and what it felt like to return to the genre in her upcoming series, Wolf Pack. “Well, I make sure on my trailer door it says icon, legend,” Gellar said. “It’s not something you ever think of yourself as that. I was fortunate to be part of a show that lives on and is still meaningful and that people are still finding, and it’s still resonating. That’s really special, but it’s a genre where storytelling is so right.”

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She continued, “What do we say? Superhuman allows you to tell the most human stories because you are able to suspend all of the other parts of it to really get to the core. I am just excited to be a part of it.” During 2022’s San Diego Comic-Con in July 2022, it was announced that Gellar would appear in Paramount+’s upcoming series Wolf Pack as investigator Kristin Ramsey. In another recent interview, Gellar described Wolf Pack as a “new chapter” in her career. She added that she believes the series will “speak to the fan base” that probably knows her best for Buffy. “To come back, to get projects made, you have to pay homage to what you’re known for,” she said.

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Gellar starred as the titular Buffy Summers in all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from 1997 to 2003. In previous interviews, Gellar has discussed how her experience on Buffy impacted her work on Wolf Pack, particularly as an executive producer. She has also revealed how Wolf Pack was able to draw her back to supernatural television after Buffy and admitted that she initially had “no intention” of agreeing to the role.

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​​​​​​​”It’s really hard when you’ve done something like Buffy,” she said. “Because it’s not that I’ve avoided genre, it’s just that I can’t top that. So it has to be either something that’s so different or equally good, or all of those things have to sort of come together. I love genre, but it has to fit.”

​​​​Paramount+ released the first trailer for Wolf Pack in October during New York Comic Con. Created by Jeff Davis, the series will follow “a group of teenagers whose lives are forever changed when a California wildfire awakens a terrifying supernatural creature.” Along with Gellar, Wolf Pack will star Rodrigo Santoro as Garrett Briggs, Armani Jackson, Bella Shepard, Chloe Rose Robertson, and Tyler Lawrence Gray. Davis, who also created MTV’s Teen Wolf​​​​​​, is attached to write and executive produce Wolf Pack, which is based on the book series of the same name by Edo Van Belkom.

Wolf Pack will release on Paramount+ on Jan. 26, the same day as Teen Wolf: The Movie.


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