Sarah Michelle Gellar

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Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar 2011 Comic Con 2 (cropped).jpg
Born (1977-04-14) April 14, 1977 (age 37)[1]
New York City, New York, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation
  • Actress
  • Producer
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Freddie Prinze, Jr. (m. 2002)
Children 2

Sarah Michelle Prinze (née Gellar; born April 14, 1977)[2] is an American actress and producer. After being spotted by an agent at the age of four in New York City, she made her acting debut in the made-for-TV movie An Invasion of Privacy (1983). Gellar went on to appear in episodes of Spenser: For Hire and Crossbow and have small roles in films such as Funny Farm (1988) and High Stakes (1989). She had her first leading part in 1992's mini-series Swans Crossing, for which she was nominated for two Young Artist Awards. Gellar's television breakthrough came in 1993, when she originated the role of Kendall Hart on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children, winning the 1995 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

Gellar received worldwide recognition for her portrayal of Buffy Summers on the WB/UPN TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), which earned her six Teen Choice Awards, the Saturn Award for Best Genre Television Actress and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. The character was widely popular during the airing of the show and became recognized as one of the 100 greatest female characters in United States television.[3][4] With the initial success of the series, Gellar also gained notoriety for horror films, such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2, and in 1999 she garnered praise for her performance as Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions. She played Daphne Blake in Scooby-Doo (2002), that emerged her biggest live-action commercial success.[5]

In 2004, Gellar starred in two box office hits, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and The Grudge, and subsequently appeared in the sequel, The Grudge 2 (2006). She then focused on smaller-scale films, such as Southland Tales (2007), The Air I Breathe (2008) and Veronika Decides to Die (2009). She starred in the television drama series Ringer, which ran for one season from 2011 to 2012 and in the CBS television sitcom The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams from 2013 to 2014.[6]

Early life[edit]

Gellar was born in New York City. She is the only child of Rosellen (Greenfield), a nursery school teacher, and Arthur Gellar, a garment worker.[7] Both of her parents were Jewish, though Gellar's family had a Christmas tree during her childhood holidays.[8][9] In 1984, when she was seven, her parents divorced and she was raised by her mother on the city's Upper East Side.[10] While Gellar grew up with her mother, she lost contact with her father, from whom she remained estranged until his death in 2001;[11][12][13] she once described him as "non-existent",[14] and has remarked: "My father, you can just say, is not in the picture. I'm not being deliberately evasive about him, it's just that there's so little to say. He is not a person who exists in my life. Just because you donate sperm does not make you a father. I don't have a father. I would never give him the credit to acknowledge him as my father."[13][15][16] Besides being a working child at the time, Gellar was a competitive figure skater, finishing in third place at the New York State regional competition.[17] She was also placed fourth at a Madison Square Garden competition for Tae Kwon Do (in which she earned a brown belt).[17]

Gellar was given a partial scholarship to study at the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School,[17][18] as her mother was not able to pay her full school fees. For that, she was constantly bullied by her classmates.[19] She said in an interview with newspaper The Independent: "I was different and that's the one thing you can't be at school, because you're ostracised. I didn't have the money these kids had".[20] Gellar was not present in class for most of the time at the school as she had to work in several acting projects simultaneously, recalling that she "had more absences in the first month than you're supposed to have for an entire year. I was telling them that I had back problems and had to go to the doctor the whole time".[17] Gellar then briefly attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, but dropped out due to acting obligations; the teachers threatened to fail her because of her constant absence from classes as she was busy going to auditions, despite earning good grades.[17] In October 1992, Gellar started attending the Professional Children's School,[17][21][22] where she graduated in 1994 as a straight-A student with a 4.0 grade average.[23][24][25][26][27] As Gellar spent significant time working on All My Children while "trying to graduate",[28] the majority of her senior year was completed through guided study.[23]

Career[edit]

1981–1996: Early acting roles and television breakthrough[edit]

At four, she was spotted by an agent in a restaurant in Upper Manhattan.[29] Two weeks later, she auditioned for a part in An Invasion of Privacy, a television film starring Valerie Harper, Carol Kane, and Jeff Daniels. At the audition, Gellar read both her own lines and those of Harper, impressing the directors enough to cast her in the role.[17] She subsequently appeared in a controversial television commercial for Burger King, in which her character criticized McDonald's and claimed to eat only at Burger King.[30] The ad led to a lawsuit by McDonald's, naming Gellar and banning her from eating at the food chain;[31][32] she recalled in a 2004 interview: "I wasn’t allowed to eat there. It was tough because, when you’re a little kid, McDonald’s is where all your friends have their birthday parties, so I missed out on a lot of apple pies."[33][34] At the age of nine, she appeared alongside Mathew Broderick and Eric Stoltz in the Broadway production The Widow Claire.[17][35][36] While growing up, Gellar also worked as a model for Wilhemina and acted in over 100 television commercials.[17][37]

Gellar played guest-roles in TV series such as Spenser: For Hire and Crossbow,[38][39] and played supporting characters in the films Funny Farm (1988) and High Stakes (1989).[40][41] She appeared in the young-teen girl talk show Girl Talk.[42] In 1991, she was cast as a young Jacqueline Bouvier in the TV movie A Woman Named Jackie. Gellar's first major acting work came in the following year, when she landed the starring role in the serial Swans Crossing, for which she received two Young Artist Award nominations, one for Best Young Actress in a New Television Series and the other for Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Series.[43][44] She subsequently made her debut in the soap opera All My Children, playing Kendall Hart, the long-lost daughter of character Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). As she got the role, Gellar was complimented as having the acting talent and the "forceful personality" needed to go up against Lucci's experience; Kendall was supposed to be like a younger version of Erica.[45] In 1995, at the age of eighteen, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for the role.[46] The same year, Gellar left All My Children to pursue other acting opportunities.[47][48]

1997–2003: Worldwide recognition[edit]

Gellar landed the lead in the 1997 TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, playing a teenager burdened with the responsibility of fighting a number of mystical foes, mostly vampires. She was screen tested eleven times, originally auditioning for the role of Cordelia Chase.[49][50] After its premiere, the show along with Gellar's portrayal received critical and popular acclaim.[51] It had seven seasons and 144 episodes,[52][53] and during its broadcast, the series brought Gellar six Teen Choice Awards, the Saturn Award for Best Genre Television Actress and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Drama.[54][55] Gellar sang during the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More, with Feeling", which spawned an original cast album, released in 2002.[56][57]

During the initial success of Buffy, she made her first major film role in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), co-starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. She was cast as Helen Shiver, an aspiring beauty actress.[58] The movie received generally mixed reviews,[59][60] with praise going mostly towards the leads; while Washington Post pointed out Gellar as "likable",[61] UK's The Guardian commented that the main characters were "brilliantly and authentically played by the four actors who were key members of the late 90s brat-pack".[62] The film was successful at the box office, grossing $125,586,134 around the globe,[63] and earned Gellar a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Horror and a MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Performance.[64][65] That same year, Gellar got a role in the teen horror Scream 2, in which she portrayed Cici Cooper,[66] a Sorority sister and film fan. She signed on to Scream 2 without having read the script, on the basis of the success of the first film.[67] The sequel gained critical acclaim and earned an impressive $172,363,301 worldwide.[68][69] With her recent work at the time, she cemented her "It girl" status with her first appearance on the 'Most Beautiful' list by People magazine.[28] In 1998, she appeared in one episode of Saturday Night Live and went on to host the show two more times until 2002.[70][71] She also provided the voice of the Gwendy Doll in Small Soldiers (1998), a commercial success[72] with mixed feedback.[73]

She also had a cameo appearance in the romantic comedy She's All That (1999),[74] which was followed by her starring role in Simply Irresistible, a box office bomb[75] widely panned by critics.[76] However, Gellar next saw her profile raised significantly for her role of Kathryn Merteuil, in Cruel Intentions (1999), a modern-day retelling of Les Liaisons dangereuses.[77] The film initially started as an indie project, but when it was released, it became a commercial and mainstream success, grossing $75 million worldwide on a $10 million budget.[78][79] It also earned several awards and nominations,[80] including the "Best Kiss" award at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards for Gellar and co-star Selma Blair.[81][82][83] Her part as a brunette cocaine addict with an appetite for manipulating and using people received mostly positive reviews;[84][85][86][87] critic Roger Ebert felt that Gellar and co-star Ryan Phillippe "develop a convincing emotional charge" and that Gellar is "effective as a bright girl who knows exactly how to use her act as a tramp".[88] Rob Blackwelder for SPLICEDwire called her performance "dazzling" and wrote that the actress "plunges headlong into the lascivious malevolence that makes Kathryn so delightfully wicked. (Plus she looks great in a corset.)".[89] Around that time, she guest-starred in three episodes of Angel and appeared as Debbie in the HBO series Sex and the City episode "Escape from New York".[90][91][92][93]

Gellar subsequently was cast in a leading role as a mobster's daughter in James Toback's independent drama Harvard Man (2001),[94] that came out in a limited theatrical release, receiving average reviews.[95][96] Some critics agreed that her character in the movie shared the same nature of her role of Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions, with Variety remarking that Gellar was "fun to watch in the adorable, devious bitch mode she test-drove" in her portrayal of Kathryn, and DVD Talk writing that her "self-serving Mafia Maiden echoes her bitchy turn" in the 1999 film.[97] Two sex scenes with Gellar also helped her shed her good girl image along with Cruel Intentions.[98] In 2002, Gellar played Daphne Blake in Scooby-Doo, which had a negative critical reception[99] but was a commercial success with a total gross of $275,650,703,[100] becoming the 15th most successful film worldwide of 2002 (and the highest grossing movie of Gellar's career to date).[5][101] Gellar won the Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice Movie Actress – Comedy for her part in the picture.[102] Alongside Jack Black, she hosted the 2002 MTV Movie Awards, which attracted 7.1 million viewers on its June 6 broadcast, achieving the show's highest rating ever at the time.[103][104]

During her growing film career, Gellar continued work on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but she left the show after the seventh season. When asked why, she explained, "This isn't about leaving for a career in movies, or in theater – it's more of a personal decision. I need a rest."[105] Shortly after the show's end, Gellar stated that she had no interest in appearing in a Buffy feature film, but that she will consider it if the script is good enough.[106] She did not appear in the final season of Angel, causing the intended episode ("You're Welcome") to be rewritten for the character of Cordelia Chase.[107] Gellar has said that she was willing to appear in the episode, but scheduling conflicts and family problems prevented it.[108] Another actress, Giselle Loren, voiced Buffy for an animated series based on the show, which never aired, and the various Buffy video games. In her feature in Esquire magazine Gellar expressed her pride for her work on Buffy, "I truly believe that it is one of the greatest shows of all time and it will go down in history as that. And I don't feel that that is a cocky statement. We changed the way that people looked at television."[109]

2004–2010: Commercial success and subsequent smaller-scale projects[edit]

Gellar at the 2004 Dubai International Film Festival premiere of The Grudge.

After the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gellar provided her voice for the character Gina Vendetti in The Simpson episode "The Wandering Juvie" that aired in March 2004. Her next film was Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, which received negative reviews[110] and her performance attracted mixed comments from critics; while Scott Brown for Entertainment Weekly wrote that he rejected Gellar's "Buffyfied Daphne", the review for Slant magazine remarked that she and co-star Prinze "are engaging in their willingness to send up their own teen-idol status".[111][112] On a similar note, IGN stated that both Gellar and Prinze "exhibit marked improvements over their work in the original".[113] Scooby Doo 2 was a commercial success, grossing $181,466,833 around the globe.[114] In October that year, she appeared in the horror film The Grudge, which was also a major box office hit, ranking number one in its opening weekend with earnings of over $39 million.[115][116] It eventually grossed more than $110 million in the U.S and $187 million worldwide.[117] Critics gave the film mainly mixed reviews,[118][119] with Gellar's role garnering an equally average reception; View London wrote that she is "fine in the lead" and Hollywood.com concluded that her role "demonstrates she has the soul to carry a flick of this magnitude solo".[120][121] However, James Berardinelli felt that Gellar played an "unfortunately wooden performance" and commented that the actress, who "has shown a lot more energy in other outings, exhibits only two expressions here: petulance and bewilderment".[122] She then received a MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Frightened Performance as well as a nomination for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Thriller for the part of Karen.[123][124] In 2005, she had a voice-over role in an episode of the animated television series Robot Chicken. Since then, Gellar has voiced several other characters, in a total of 14 episodes of the show, as of 2014.[125]

Her project, Richard Kelly's comedy-thriller Southland Tales opened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2006[126] and was eventually released in November 2007 in selected theaters.[127] Gellar had met with Kelly and was drawn to the original ideas for the movie, accepting the role before she even read the script.[128][129] The film received divided reviews,[130] but Gellar was acclaimed by a number of critics; J. Hoberman wrote for Village Voice that the director "ontrives two memorable comic performances" by Gellar and Dwayne Johnson, while Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News also admired both actors' work in the picture asserting that they "have charisma to spare".[131] However, eFilmcritic.com singled out Gellar for her interpretation as she "nails the character's New Age-inspired brand of self-absorption so successfully that I wish that Kelly would devise a spin-off story centered entirely on her character".[132] Gellar appeared in The Grudge 2, which came out in October 2006. She had a small part reprising her role from the first film.[133][134] Although not being as successful as the first installment, the sequel premiered at number one at the box office charts, garnering $20.8 million in its opening weekend.[135] It became a moderate profit with a total gross of $70 million from a budget of $20 million.[136] Gellar next starred in the thriller The Return, that was released the following month and in which she played a businesswoman haunted by memories of her childhood and the mysterious death of a young woman. The film earned mostly negative reviews[137] and was a commercial failure, grossing $11 million from a production budget of $15 million.[138][139] Keith Phipps of The A.V. Club expressed that Gellar "neither adds to nor detracts from the quality of the project around her",[140] while Jeannette Catsoulis for The New York Times called the actress' participation in the movie a "career stagnation".[141]

Gellar voiced Ella in the animated film Happily N'Ever After, which was universally panned by critics[142] and unsuccessful at the box office.[143] However, her next animated movie, TMNT (where she played April O'Neil), was a commercial success, grossing over $95 million[144] while it had a mixed reception.[145] Suburban Girl and The Air I Breathe – in which Gellar starred – were screened at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.[146] Suburban Girl was released direct-to-DVD in January 2008.[147] It was described as "a blend of Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada" and a "pseudo-sophisticated romantic comedy" according to Variety.[148] The movie attracted mixed reviews,[149] but her on-screen chemistry with Alec Baldwin was praised, with Eye For Film commenting that the film "works best when Baldwin and Gellar are together".[150] DVD Verdict found both actors' attraction in the movie "refreshing" and felt that Gellar "succeeds in delivering a fairly natural performance".[151] Film website Moviepicturefilm.com, similarly, stated that "Gellar and Baldwin both give wonderful performances and make their chemistry incredibly real and ultimately, quite heartbreaking".[152] The Air I Breathe premiered theatrically the same month in a limited release (making $2 million at the worldwide box office on a budget of $10 million)[153][154] to generally poor reviews.[155] The New York Times called it a "gangster movie with delusions of grandeur."[156] However, Gellar's performance received positive comments from critics and audiences;[157][158] DVD Talk noted that "her character here has the deepest emotional arc, and she hits all the right notes."[159]

Gellar had the starring role in the psychological thriller Possession. Due to financial problems at YARI Film Group, the movie had a range of release dates in the U.S. between 2008 and 2009,[160][161][162] and it was ultimately released straight-to-video in March 2010.[163] However, Possession had theatrical openings in various countries such as Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico, where it grossed $682,173.[164] Gellar also starred in Veronika Decides to Die,[165] which tells the story of a young woman suffering from severe depression who rediscovers the joy in life when she finds out that she only has days to live following a suicide attempt. Filming began on May 12, 2008, in New York City[166] and finished in late June.[167] It was reported that Kate Bosworth was previously attached to the project.[168] Although the picture received mostly average reviews, Gellar's part was critically acclaimed,[169][170][171][172][173] with Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter asserting that the actress was "reasonably compelling".[174] The movie first premiered in a number of countries throughout 2009 and 2010, grossing a total of $1,369,647 (on a budget of $9 million).[175][176] It was given an U.S. release in selected theaters and simultaneously on video-on-demand on January 20, 2015.[177][178][179]

2011–present: Television work[edit]

Gellar signed on to star and work as executive producer for a new drama titled Ringer, in which she plays a woman on the run who manages to hide by living the life of her wealthy twin sister. The show was originally made for CBS but was picked up by its sister channel The CW in May 2011.[180][181] Gellar has stated that part of her decision to return to a television series was because it allows her to both work and raise her daughter.[182] The series premiered with mixed reviews,[183] with Gellar earning praise from critics; E! Online wrote that she was "awesome" and "fantastic",[184] TV Line remarked that she "does a fine job" as both characters[185] and USA Today found her performance "well-defined".[186] The first episode brought high rating for the network (with 2.84 million viewers), however after a decline in viewership from the three month hiatus over the holiday break, The CW announced the cancellation of Ringer.[187]

On August 4, 2011, Gellar confirmed she would be returning as a guest star on the ABC soap opera All My Children before the show's ending in September but not as Kendall Hart.[188] Her airdate was September 21, 2011.[189] She portrayed a patient at Pine Valley Hospital. She tells Maria Santos that Pine Valley is familiar to her, and, that she is "Erica Kane's daughter". She also states that she saw vampires before they became trendy—a reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Gellar then guest-starred in the American Dad! episode "Virtual In-Stanity", which aired on November 20, 2011 and brought in 4.82 million viewers.[190] Her former Buffy co-star Alyson Hannigan also made a voice-over role in the episode, receiving positive reviews.[191] The AV Club called Gellar and Hannigan "effective guest stars" and that "both have voices with enough personality to fit their characters".[191] Gellar provided her voice again for the December 6, 2012 episode of the show ("Adventures in Hayleysitting").[192]

On February 15, 2013, it was reported that Gellar would return to television with a pilot for CBS entitled The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams.[193] The show is a single-camera comedy, about an advertising agency run by a father (Williams) and his daughter (Gellar).[194] The series, for which she won a People's Choice Award for Favourite Actress in a New Television Series,[195] aired at 9/8c on Thursday nights, from September 26, 2013 to April 17, 2014.[196] On May 10, 2014, it was announced that CBS had canceled the series after one season.[197]

Media personality[edit]

Gellar has appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Glamour, FHM, Rolling Stone, and other magazines.[198] She was featured in the annual Maxim "Hot 100" list in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2008 and in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women" of 2005.[199][200][201][202][203] She was voted number 1 in the magazine's 1999 edition.[203] Gellar has appeared in "Got Milk?" ads as well as in the Stone Temple Pilots music video "Sour Girl" and Marcy Playground music video "Comin' Up From Behind".[204][205][206] In 2007, she was ranked No.54 on FHM Hot 100 List and was a celebrity spokesperson for Maybelline. Wearing a black lace brassiere, she was on the cover of the December 2007 issue of Maxim magazine and was named Maxim magazine's 2009 Woman of the Year.[207] In 2009 she ranked in the top 5 of the Maxim "Hot 100" list.[208]

She was also featured in Google's Top 10 Women Searches of 2002 and 2003, coming in at #8,[209] and featured in UK Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sex Symbols in 2007, ranked at #16.[210] Roles like Buffy and Cruel Intentions made her a sex symbol across the globe. Gellar featured in FHM's German, Dutch, South African, Danish and Romanian editions 100 Sexiest Women lists every year from 1998 onwards.[211] Topsocialite.com listed her as the 8th Sexiest woman of the 90s along with Alicia Silverstone, Gillian Anderson and Shannen Doherty.[212] Other appearances and listings include: Entertainment Weekly ranked her in its Top 100 TV Icons in 2007, Entertainment Weekly ranked her #3 in its Top 12 Entertainers of the Year in 1998 and Glamour ranked her in its 50 Best Dressed Women in the World 2004 and 2005 at #17 and #24.[211] BuddyTV ranked her #27 on TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list.[213]

In 2007, Gellar was featured in Vaseline's "Skin Is Amazing" campaign, with other actors such as Hilary Duff, Amanda Bynes and John Leguizamo.[214] Gellar graced the cover of Gotham and featured as their main story in the March 2008 issue, in which she spoke about how passing 30 has evolved her style. Gellar said: "It sounds clichéd, but when women turn 30, they find themselves. You become more comfortable in your own skin. Last night on Letterman, I wore this skintight Herve Leger dress. Two years ago, three years ago? I would never have worn it."[215]

Personal life[edit]

Family[edit]

Gellar with her husband Freddie Prinze, Jr. at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Gellar met her future husband Freddie Prinze, Jr. during filming of the 1997 teen horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer,[216] but the two did not begin dating until 2000. They were engaged in April 2001 and married in Mexico on September 1, 2002 in a ceremony officiated by Adam Shankman, a film director and choreographer with whom Gellar had worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Prinze and Gellar also played each other's respective love interests as Fred and Daphne in the 2002 film Scooby-Doo and its sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.[citation needed]

Together, Gellar and Prinze have two children: a daughter born in 2009 and a son born in 2012.[217][218] The family lives in Los Angeles, California.[219]

Charitable activities[edit]

Gellar is an active advocate for various charities, including breast cancer research, Project Angel Food, Habitat for Humanity and CARE. Of her charitable pursuits, she says, "I started because my mother taught me a long time ago that even when you have nothing, there's ways to give back. And what you get in return for that is tenfold. But it was always hard because I couldn't do a lot. I couldn't do much more than just donate money when I was on the show because there wasn't time. And now that I have the time, it's amazing."[citation needed]

In May 2011, Gellar joined "The Nestlé Share the Joy of Reading Program" which aims to promote the importance of reading to the development of young children and to encourage them to continue reading over the summer break.[220][221]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Over the Brooklyn Bridge Phil's daughter Uncredited
1988 Funny Farm Elizabeth's student Uncredited
1989 High Stakes Karen Rose Credited as "Sarah Gellar"
1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer Helen Shivers
1997 Scream 2 Casey "Cici" Cooper
1998 Small Soldiers Gwendy Doll Voice
1999 She's All That Girl in cafetería Special thanks
1999 Simply Irresistible Amanda Shelton
1999 Cruel Intentions Kathryn Merteuil
2001 Harvard Man Cindy Bandolini
2002 Scooby-Doo Daphne Blake
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Daphne Blake
2004 Grudge 1, TheThe Grudge Karen Davis
2006 Grudge 2, TheThe Grudge 2 Karen Davis
2006 Return, TheThe Return Joanna Mills
2007 Happily N'Ever After Ella Voice
2007 TMNT April O'Neil Voice
2007 Southland Tales Krysta Now Limited release
2008 Suburban Girl Brett Eisenberg straight-to-video
2008 Air I Breathe, TheThe Air I Breathe Sorrow Limited release
2009 Possession Jessica straight-to-video
2009 Veronika Decides to Die Veronika Limited release
2013 Freedom Force Nicole Voice
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1983 An Invasion of Privacy Jennifer Bianchi Movie
1988 Spenser: For Hire Emily "Company Man" (Season 3, Episode 17)
1988 Crossbow Sara Guidotti "Actors" (Season 2, Episode 13)
1991 A Woman Named Jackie Teenage Jacqueline Bouvier TV mini-series
1992 Swans Crossing Sydney Orion Rutledge Main character; all 65 episodes.
1993–1995, 2011 All My Children Kendall Hart
Unnamed Patient
1997 Beverly Hills Family Robinson Jane Robinson Movie filmed in 1995
1997–2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buffy Summers / Various Main character; all 144 episodes.
1998, 1999, 2002 Saturday Night Live Host Host
"Sarah Michelle Gellar/Portishead" (Season 23, Episode 11)
"Sarah Michelle Gellar/Backstreet Boys" (Season 24, Episode 19)
"Sarah Michelle Gellar/Faith Hill" (Season 28, Episode 2)
1998 King of the Hill Marie Voice
"And They Call It Bobby Love" (Season 3, Episode 2)
1999–2000 Angel Buffy Summers "Bachelor Party" (uncredited; Season 1, Episode 7)
"I Will Remember You" (Season 1, Episode 8)
"Sanctuary" (Season 1, Episode 19)
2000 Sex and the City Debbie "Escape from New York" (Season 3, Episode 13)
2001 God, the Devil and Bob That Actress on That Show Voice
"There's Too Much Sex on TV" (Season 1, Episode 10)
2001 Grosse Pointe Herself "Passion Fish" (Season 1, Episode 16)
2004, 2012 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Gina Vendetti Voice
"The Wandering Juvie" (Season 15, Episode 16)
"Moonshine River" (Season 24, Episode 1)
2005–2014 Robot Chicken Various voices 13 episodes
2011–2012 American Dad! Phyllis, Jenny Voice
"Virtual In-Stanity" (Season 7, Episode 5)[222]
"Adventures in Hayleysitting" (Season 8, Episode 6)
2011–2012 Ringer Bridget Kelly/Siobhan Martin Main character and executive producer; all 22 episodes
2013–2014 The Crazy Ones Sydney Roberts Main character; all 22 episodes
Video games
Year Game Role Notes
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops Herself Playable character in Call of the Dead

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1993 Young Artist Award[223] Best Young Actress in a New Television Series Swans Crossing Nominated
Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Series
1994 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series All My Children
Young Artist Award[224] Best Youth Actress in a Soap Opera
1995 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series Won
Young Artist Award[225] Best Performance by a Youth Actress in a Daytime Series Nominated
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actress – Horror I Know What You Did Last Summer Won
MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Saturn Award Best Actress on Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1999 Best Actress on Television Won
Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Television Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress
Saturn Award Best Actress on Television
Teen Choice Awards Choice Television Actress – Drama Won
Choice Movie Sleazebag Cruel Intentions
2000 Csapnivalo Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Friends (shared with David Boreanaz) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Selma Blair) Cruel Intentions Won
Best Performance - Female
Best Villain Nominated
Saturn Award Best Actress on Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Teen Choice Awards Choice Television Actress – Drama Won
2001 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress
Saturn Award Best Actress on Television
Teen Choice Awards Choice Television Actress – Drama
Extraordinary Achievement Award Won
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2002 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Butt Kicker Won
SFX Awards Best Television Actress
Young Hollywood Awards Hottest, Coolest Young Veteran – Female
Saturn Award Best Actress on Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Television Actress – Drama Won
Choice Movie Actress – Comedy Scooby-Doo
Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Freddie Prinze Jr.) Nominated
2003 Satellite Award Best Actress - Television Series Drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Butt Kicker
Saturn Award Best Actress on Television
Teen Choice Awards Choice Television Actress – Drama Won
2004 SFX Awards Best Television Actress
Saturn Award Best Actress on Television Nominated
2005 MTV Movie Awards Best Frightened Performance The Grudge
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Thriller
2011 Entertainment Weekly Entertainers of the Year Award[226] Favorite Television Actress Ringer
Virgin Media TV Award (UK)[227] Best Actress
2012 Teen Choice Awards[228] Choice Television Actress – Drama
Zap2it Award[229] Best actor playing two characters on one show
E! Golden Remotes Award[230] Star You'll Miss The Most Won
2014 People's Choice Awards[231] Favorite Actress in a New Television Series The Crazy Ones

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