Sarah as Buffy Summers is a pure icon (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock/WB Television Network)
For any Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans who were holding onto hope that Sarah Michelle Gellar could reprise her lead role one day, unfortunately, it’s not going to happen.
That is, if the actress sticks to her word that her days as Buffy Summers are firmly behind her.
From 1997 until 2003, Sarah established herself as one of the greatest heroines on TV in the original show, while also reprising the beloved character in the spin-off Angel between 1999 and 2000.
Despite Buffy ending 20 years ago, there is still high demand from fans for a revival, especially one that would see her make a comeback.
However, according to the 45-year-old, she has no desire to be a part of a reboot.
‘I am very proud of the show that we created and it doesn’t need to be done. We wrapped that up,’ she said emphatically while speaking to SFX Magazine via IndieWire.
Sarah won the Extraordinary Achievement Award at the Teen Choice Awards in 2001 for her performance (Picture: 20th Century Fox Television/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock)
‘I am all for them continuing the story, because there’s the story of female empowerment. I love the way the show was left: “Every girl who has the power can have the power.” It’s set up perfectly for someone else to have the power.’
Sarah added that the tale of Buffy was heavily linked to her first being introduced in her teenage years, which is why it wouldn’t make sense for her to be involved in a revival.
‘But like I said, the metaphors of Buddy were the horrors of adolescence. I think I look young, but I am not an adolescent,’ she added.
While Sarah’s vampire-hunting days are over, she previously backed another acclaimed actress to fill Buffy’s shoes if a revival were to happen.
‘I vote Zendaya,’ she told author Evan Ross Katz last year, throwing her support behind the Spider-Man star.
Last summer, Buffy actor Tom Lenk opened up to Metro.co.uk about a heartwarming moment he shared with Sarah on set, when she demonstrated her support for him during a tricky situation.
Tom’s character Andrew Wells had a ‘big crime scene’ to do, which was swapped on the schedule at the last minute, so they ‘hadn’t worked on the lines’.
‘She stuck up for me. She said, “Hey, we’ll attempt this, but if he doesn’t feel comfortable, if I don’t feel comfortable, because you haven’t given us time to memorise our lines, then we’ll come back to it because it’s an important scene.” And I thought it was very cool,’ he recalled.
He highlighted that Sarah ‘really set the tone of how I want to treat other people when I’m working with them, describing it as a ‘cool moment’.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is available to watch on Disney Plus.
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