Remember the 1990’s, when Sarah Michelle Gellar was everywhere? She was starring as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and fighting ghosts and monsters on the big screen in movies like The Grudge.
But since then, what exactly happened to our favorite slayer? She’s beautiful, talented and has the acting chops to do drama and comedy. But she’s just not getting cast anymore.
The Old-School Trap of Typecasting and Pigeonholing
Gellar has been the victim of a phenomenon as old as television: pigeonholing. Creating an iconic character in a beloved series is a hard act to follow. Just ask Mark Hamill.
The actress found her first success as a killer of vampires and then went on to make a series of horror and suspense movies. This beginning, along with her career choices to star in The Grudge, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2 and even the Scooby Doo movies, solidified her in producers’ eyes as an actress who just did horror (even if some of it was comedic).
She’s Too Old to Play Katniss or Tris
Gellar could maybe have broken out of the horror genre if she had been young enough to be cast in one of the new wave of post-apocalyptic novel adaptations. From The Hunger Games to Divergent, screens have been full of strong and feisty heroines who ironically owe a lot to Buffy, but are too young for Gellar to play.
It’s easy to imagine the same actress who played Buffy starring as Clary in The Mortal Instruments, or even as Lara Croft. It’s a shame she couldn’t cash in on that opportunity. If she had, she could be having Jennifer Lawrence’s career right now.
Her Few Other Movie Roles Have Been Flops
When Gellar has been given the chance to break out of the killer teen pigeonhole, she has had the bad fortune to choose movies that didn’t do well. Did you see Southland Tales? If so, you’d be one of the few. The same goes for Harvard Man. She had a brief run in 2013 starring across from Robin Williams on the small screen, as an advertising executive in The Crazy Ones, but again, that show failed.
Gellar has a track record of being in movies or shows that involve her being chased by monsters or fighting hard, and so that’s where executives see her value. Again though, the new wave of films being made that feature women like that call for younger actresses.
She Leads a Private Life
We aren’t seeing Sarah Michelle Gellar on screens, and we also aren’t seeing her in tabloids. She’s happily married to Freddie Prinze Jr., with whom she has two beautiful children. There doesn’t seem to be any drama in their relationship, and her social media accounts read more like Good Housekeeping than TMZ.
You Can’t See Her, But You Can Hear Her
Gellar may not be getting many on-screen roles, but her voice work has really taken off. She’s become a very successful voice actor, working on Robot Chicken, American Dad, The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and many more productions. Many actors like doing voice work because it’s easier to schedule, doesn’t require the lengthy commitment to hair, wardrobe, and makeup, and allows them to try different and new things as an actor. This kind of work keeps her busy, but still leaves enough time for family, and for starting a food and lifestyle brand!
She’s an Entrepreneur
In addition to her voice work, Gellar has started her own business- one that fits with her happy position as a working Mom, wife, and mother.
At one point, Gellar was cooking with her kids when she noticed that the baking mixes that she could get ahold of had ingredient lists that looked pretty scary. She was hoping to feed her kids more whole foods and was dismayed by the list of unpronounceable things in the brownie mix they were preparing.
So she decided to develop her own more natural baking mixes under the brand name Foodstirs! The brand is doing well, as it just celebrated its second anniversary.
So don’t worry about Sarah Michelle Gellar. She’s got a happy marriage to a handsome man, a fulfilling career, beautiful children, and her own business. We should all be so lucky!