Sarah Michelle Gellar
|Sarah Michelle Gellar|
Gellar at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con International
April 14, 1977 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Other names||Sarah Michelle Prinze
|Occupation||Actress, producer, entrepreneur|
|Spouse(s)||Freddie Prinze, Jr. (m. 2002)|
Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977) is an American actress, producer and entrepreneur. 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 made guest appearances in episodes of television series, and had small roles in films, such as Funny Farm (1988). Her first leading part was in the 1992 miniseries 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 widespread recognition for her portrayal of Buffy Summers on the WB series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), which earned her six Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination. The character was widely popular during the airing of the show and became recognized as one of the 100 greatest female characters in U.S. television. Gellar also gained recognition, in 1997, for horror films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2. She then played Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions (1999) and appeared as Daphne Blake in Scooby-Doo (2002), her biggest live-action commercial success.
In 2004, Gellar starred in two box office hits, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and The Grudge, and subsequently appeared in the 2006 sequel. 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 short-lived TV series Ringer and The Crazy Ones, which co-starred Robin Williams. In 2015, she joined the cast of the animated series Star Wars Rebels for season two.
In October 2015, Gellar co-founded Foodstirs, a food-crafting brand and e-commerce startup selling baking kits for kids.
- 1 Family and education
- 2 Career
- 3 Public image
- 4 Other endeavors
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Filmography
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Family and education
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. Both of her parents were Jewish, though Gellar's family had a Christmas tree during her childhood holidays. In 1984, when she was seven, her parents divorced and she was raised by her mother on the city's Upper East Side. While Gellar grew up with her mother, she lost contact with her father, from whom she remained estranged until his death in 2001; she once described him as "non-existent", 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." 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. She also placed fourth at a Tae Kwon Do competition at Madison Square Garden (she was a black belt).
Gellar was given a partial scholarship to study at the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, as her mother was not able to pay full tuition, for which she was constantly bullied. She said in an interview with 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". 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". 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. Gellar graduated from the Professional Children's School, in 1994 as a straight-A student with a 4.0 grade average. As Gellar spent significant time working on All My Children while "trying to graduate", the majority of her senior year was completed through guided study.
1981–96: Early acting credits and television breakthrough
At four, she was spotted by an agent in a restaurant in Upper Manhattan. Two weeks later, she auditioned for a part in the television film An Invasion of Privacy, with 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. 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. The ad led to a lawsuit by McDonald's, naming Gellar and banning her from eating at the food chain; 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." At the age of nine, she appeared alongside Mathew Broderick and Eric Stoltz in the Broadway production The Widow Claire. While growing up, Gellar also worked as a model for Wilhemina and acted in over 100 television commercials.
Gellar played guest-roles in TV series, such as Spenser: For Hire and Crossbow, and played supporting characters in the films Funny Farm (1988) and High Stakes (1989). She appeared in the young-teen girl talk show Girl Talk. 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 1992 syndicated teen 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. She subsequently made her debut in the soap opera All My Children in 1993, 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. In 1995, at the age of eighteen, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for the role. The same year, Gellar left All My Children to pursue other acting opportunities.
1997–2003: Recognition with Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Gellar landed the lead role in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, playing a teenager burdened with the responsibility of fighting a number of occult foes, mostly vampires. She was screen tested eleven times, originally auditioning for the role of Cordelia Chase which went to Charisma Carpenter. After its premiere, the show along with Gellar's portrayal received critical and popular acclaim. It had seven seasons and 144 episodes, 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. Gellar sang during the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More, with Feeling", which spawned an original cast album, released in 2002.
During the airing of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she got her first major film role in the slasher–thriller 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. The movie received generally mixed reviews, with praise going mostly towards the leads; while Washington Post pointed out Gellar as "likable", 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". The film was successful at the box office, grossing US$125,586,134 around the globe, and earned Gellar a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Horror and a MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Performance. That same year, Gellar got a role in the teen horror Scream 2, in which she portrayed Cici Cooper, 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. The sequel gained critical acclaim and earned US$172,363,301 worldwide. 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. In 1998, she appeared in one episode of Saturday Night Live and went on to host the show two more times until 2002. She also provided the voice of the Gwendy Doll in Small Soldiers (1998), a commercial success with mixed feedback.
She also had a cameo appearance in the romantic comedy She's All That (1999), which was followed by her starring role in Simply Irresistible, a box office bomb widely panned by critics. 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. The film initially started as an indie project, but when it was released, it became a commercial and mainstream success, grossing US$75 million worldwide on a US$10 million budget. It also earned several awards and nominations, including the "Best Kiss" award at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards for Gellar and co-star Selma Blair. Her part as a brunette cocaine addict with an appetite for manipulating and using people received mostly positive reviews; 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". 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.)". In an interview with Chicago Tribune, director Roger Kumble, describing Gellar's work in the movie, said: "She unquestionably is the most professional actor I ever worked with". 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".
Gellar subsequently was cast in a leading role as a mobster's daughter in James Toback's independent drama Harvard Man, which premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival before receiving a limited theatrical release the following year. It rated average with reviewers, but feedback towards the actress was more positive as some critics felt her character in the movie shared the same nature of her role of Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions; Variety remarked that Gellar was "fun to watch in the adorable, devious bitch mode she test-drove" in her portrayal of Kathryn, and similarly, DVD Talk wrote that Gellar's "self-serving Mafia Maiden echoes her bitchy turn" in the 1999 film. Her sexual performance in Harvard Man, along with Cruel Intentions, helped her shed her good girl image. Gellar appeared as Daphne Blake in Scooby-Doo, which was released on June 14, 2002, in the U.S. Reviews for the film were mostly negative but it was a major commercial success with a total gross of US$275,650,703, becoming the 15th most successful film worldwide of 2002 (and the highest grossing movie of Gellar's career to date). Gellar won the Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice Movie Actress – Comedy for her part in the picture. 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.
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." 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. 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. Gellar has said that she was willing to appear in the episode, but scheduling conflicts and family problems prevented it. 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."
2004–10: The Grudge and other projects
After the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gellar provided her voice for the character Gina Vendetti in The Simpsons episode "The Wandering Juvie" that aired in March 2004. Her next film was the sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, where she reprised the role of Daphne. As the original, the movie also received negative reviews. Critical reception towards Gellar's portrayal was more positive; while Scott Brown for Entertainment Weekly wrote that he rejected Gellar's "Buffyfied Daphne", the review in Slant remarked that she and co-star Prinze "are engaging in their willingness to send up their own teen-idol status". On a similar note, IGN stated that both Gellar and Prinze "exhibit marked improvements over their work in the original". Scooby Doo 2 was a commercial success, grossing US$181,466,833 around the globe.
In October 2004, 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 US$39 million. It eventually grossed more than US$110 million in the United States and US$187 million worldwide. Critics gave the film mainly mixed reviews, 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". 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". 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 role of Karen. 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.
Her project, Richard Kelly's comedy-thriller Southland Tales opened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2006 and was eventually released in November 2007 in selected theaters. Gellar had met with Kelly and was drawn to the original ideas for the movie, accepting the role before she even read the script. The film received divided reviews, but Gellar was acclaimed by a number of critics; J. Hoberman wrote for Village Voice that the director "contrives two memorable comic performances" by Gellar and Dwayne Johnson and Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News also admiring both actors' work in the picture, asserted that they "have charisma to spare". eFilmcritic.com singled out Gellar for her interpretation, stating that 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".
Gellar appeared in The Grudge 2, which was released in October 2006. She had a small part reprising her role from the first film. Although not being as successful as the first installment, the sequel premiered at number one at the box office charts, garnering US$20.8 million in its opening weekend. It became a moderate profit with a total gross of US$70 million from a budget of US$20 million. 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 and was a commercial failure, grossing US$11 million from a production budget of US$15 million. Keith Phipps of The A.V. Club expressed that Gellar "neither adds to nor detracts from the quality of the project around her", while the New York Times' Jeannette Catsoulis called her participation in the movie a "career stagnation".
Gellar voiced Ella in the animated film Happily N'Ever After, which was universally panned by critics and unsuccessful at the box office. However, her next animated movie, TMNT (where she played April O'Neil), was a commercial success, grossing over US$95 million while it had a mixed reception. Suburban Girl and The Air I Breathe – in which Gellar starred – were screened at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Suburban Girl was released direct-to-DVD in January 2008. 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. The movie attracted mixed reviews, 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". DVD Verdict found both actors' attraction in the movie "refreshing" and felt that Gellar "succeeds in delivering a fairly natural performance". Film website Moviepicturefilm.com, similarly, stated that "Gellar and Baldwin both give wonderful performances and make their chemistry incredibly real and ultimately, quite heartbreaking". The Air I Breathe premiered theatrically the same month in a limited release (making US$2 million at the worldwide box office on a budget of US$10 million) to generally poor reviews. The New York Times called it a "gangster movie with delusions of grandeur". However, Gellar's performance received positive comments from critics and audiences; DVD Talk noted that "her character here has the deepest emotional arc, and she hits all the right notes."
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 United States between 2008 and 2009, and it was ultimately released straight-to-video in March 2010. However, Possession had theatrical openings in various countries such as Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico, where it grossed US$682,173. Gellar also starred in Veronika Decides to Die, 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 and finished in late June. It was reported that Kate Bosworth was previously attached to the project. Although the picture received mostly average reviews, Gellar's part was critically acclaimed, with Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter asserting that the actress was "reasonably compelling". The film first premiered in a number of countries throughout 2009 and 2010, grossing a total of US$1,369,647 (on a budget of US$9 million). It was given an U.S. release in selected theaters and simultaneously on video on demand on January 20, 2015.
2011–present: Television roles
Gellar took a two-year hiatus from acting following the birth of her daughter in 2009, and in 2011, she signed 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 later picked up by its sister channel The CW. Gellar has stated that part of her decision to return to a television series was because it allowed her to both work and raise her child. The show debuted on September 13, 2011, to a mixed critical reception, with Gellar earning mostly acclaim from writers; E! Online found her "awesome" and "fantastic", while TV Line felt she "does a fine job" as both characters. The first episode was watched by 2.84 million viewers, described as "solid" by Entertainment Weekly, but after the three-month hiatus over the holiday break, viewership decreased significantly. Ringer had a large fan base, but despite fans' efforts, The CW canceled the series after the first season. For her portrayal of two characters, she received several award nominations, including one for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Television Actress – Drama.
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. Her airdate was September 21, 2011. 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. She played Phyllis in the American Dad! episode "Virtual In-Stanity", which aired on November 20, 2011, and brought in 4.82 million viewers. Her former Buffy co-star Alyson Hannigan also made a voice-over role in the episode, receiving positive reviews. The AV Club called Gellar and Hannigan "effective guest stars" and that "both have voices with enough personality to fit their characters". Gellar provided her voice again for the December 6, 2012 episode of the show ("Adventures in Hayleysitting"). On September 30, 2012, she reprised her role of Gina Vendetti in the premiere episode of The Simpsons' season 24.
On February 15, 2013, it was reported that Gellar would appear again in television with a pilot for CBS entitled The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams. A fan of Williams for years, once Gellar learned that he was making a television project, she contacted her friend Sarah de Sa Rego, the wife of Williams' best friend, Bobcat Goldthwait, in order to lobby for a co-starring role. The show was a single-camera comedy, about an advertising agency run by a father (Williams) and his daughter. It debuted on September 26, 2013, garnering 15.52 million viewers, which was the highest rated premiere that fall. But as with Ringer, the ratings slipped over the season and its finale was watched by only 5.23 million viewers. On May 10, 2014, CBS announced the show's cancellation. The Crazy Ones earned Gellar the People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New Television Series.
In March 2015, she guest-starred as Cinderella in Whitney Avalon's official YouTube channel video short Princess Rap Battle, and joined the cast of Star Wars Rebels for season two, playing a character known as the Seventh Sister.
In early February 2016, it was announced that NBC had ordered a pilot presentation for a potential television series based on the cult-classic film, Cruel Intentions, and that Gellar had also been approached about reprising her role as the beautiful and conniving Kathryn Merteuil. On February 24, 2016, Gellar announced via Instagram that she had signed on for the project along with the film's director, Roger Kumble, who has co-written and will direct the pilot. The television series will take place 15 years after the events of the film, with Gellar's character vying for control of her wealthy family's company and dealing with the emergence of her late step-brother's son.
Gellar has appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Glamour, FHM, Rolling Stone, and other magazines. 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. In 1999, she was voted number 1 in the magazine's edition, and signed on to be the face of Maybelline – becoming the company's first celebrity spokeswoman since Lynda Carter in the late 1970s.
She was also featured in Google's Top 10 Women Searches of 2002 and 2003, coming in at No. 8, and was included in UK Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sex Symbols in 2007, ranking at No. 16. Roles like Buffy and Cruel Intentions made her a sex symbol across the globe, status Gellar cemented with being a feature in FHM's German, Dutch, South African, Danish and Romanian editions 100 Sexiest Women lists every year from 1998 onwards. Topsocialite.com listed her as the 8th Sexiest woman of the 90s along with Alicia Silverstone, Gillian Anderson and Shannen Doherty. In October 2002, Gellar was honored with a Woman of The Year Award by Glamour magazine during their Annual Women of The Year Awards. She has appeared in "Got Milk?" ads as well as in the Stone Temple Pilots music video "Sour Girl" and Marcy Playground's "Comin' Up From Behind". In 2007, she was also ranked No.54 on FHM Hot 100 List. Wearing a black lace bra, she was on the cover of the December 2007 issue of Maxim and was named the 2009 Woman of the Year by the magazine . That year, she ranked in the top 5 of the Maxim "Hot 100" list. Other appearances and listings include: Entertainment Weekly ranked her in its Top 100 TV Icons in 2007, and placed her No. 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 Nos. 17 and 24, respectively. BuddyTV ranked her No. 27 on TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list, as well.
Gellar graced the cover of Gotham and was 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."
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."
In 1999, she went to the Dominican Republic to help Habitat for Humanity's project of building homes for the residents; Gellar recalled in an interview she had worked with the cause a lot, explaining: "You actually get to physically do something, where you get to go and build these houses. I like working with things where you can directly affect someone in particular". With Project Angel Food, she worked delivering healthy meals to people infected with AIDS, and through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, she granted sick children's wishes of meeting her while working on Buffy. In 2007, Gellar was featured in Vaseline's "Skin Is Amazing" campaign, with other actors such as Hilary Duff, Amanda Bynes and John Leguizamo. She agreed to auction nude-posed photos of herself on eBay, to raise money for the Coalition of Skin Diseases, an organization which supports clinical research, fosters physician and patient education.
In May 2011, Gellar joined "The Nestlé Share the Joy of Reading Program", which promotes reading to young children to encourage them to read during the summer break. The following year, she was presented with the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award during the Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo. The honor recognizes members of the entertainment community who have excelled in establishing meaningful and lasting programs that contribute to the welfare of the world's natural and civic environment. In 2014 and 2015, Gellar hosted two fundraisers for Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
Gellar met her future husband Freddie Prinze, Jr., while they were filming the 1997 teen horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer, 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 director and choreographer with whom Gellar had worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Prinze and Gellar have worked together several times; they 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, and both provided their voices for the animated feature Happily N'Ever After (2007) and the animated series Star Wars Rebels. In 2007, in honor of their fifth year of marriage, Gellar legally changed her name to Sarah Michelle Prinze.
|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 cafeteria||Special thanks|
|1999||Simply Irresistible||Amanda Shelton|
|1999||Cruel Intentions||Kathryn Merteuil|
|2001||Harvard Man||Cindy Bandolini|
|2004||Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed||Daphne Blake|
|2004||The Grudge||Karen Davis|
|2006||The Grudge 2||Karen Davis|
|2006||The 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||The Air I Breathe||Sorrow||Limited release|
|2009||Veronika Decides to Die||Veronika||Limited release|
|2013||Freedom Force||Nicole (voice)|
|1983||An Invasion of Privacy||Jennifer Bianchi||Television film|
|1988||Spenser: For Hire||Emily||Episode: "Company Man"|
|1988||Crossbow||Sara Guidotti||Episode: "Actors"|
|1991||A Woman Named Jackie||Teenage Jacqueline Bouvier||Miniseries|
|1992||Swans Crossing||Sydney Orion Rutledge||Main role (65 episodes)|
|All My Children||Kendall Hart / Unnamed Patient||29 episodes|
|1997||Beverly Hills Family Robinson||Jane Robinson||Television film|
|1997–2003||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Buffy Summers / Various||Lead role (144 episodes)|
|Saturday Night Live||Herself/Host||5 episodes|
|1998||King of the Hill||Marie (voice)||Episode: "And They Call It Bobby Love"|
|1999, 2000||Angel||Buffy Summers||Episodes: "I Will Remember You" and "Sanctuary"|
|2000||Sex and the City||Debbie||Episode: "Escape from New York"|
|2001||God, the Devil and Bob||That Actress on That Show (voice)||Episode: "There's Too Much Sex on TV"|
|2001||Grosse Pointe||Herself||Episode: "Passion Fish"|
|2004, 2012||The Simpsons||Gina Vendetti (voice)||Episodes: "The Wandering Juvie" and "Moonshine River"|
|2005–2014||Robot Chicken||Various voices||13 episodes|
|2011, 2012||American Dad!||Phyllis / Jenny (voices)||Episodes: "Virtual In-Stanity" and "Adventures in Hayleysitting"|
|2011–2012||Ringer||Bridget Kelly / Siobhan Martin||Lead character (22 episodes); also executive producer|
|2013–2014||The Crazy Ones||Sydney Roberts||Main role (22 episodes)|
|2015–2016||Star Wars Rebels||Seventh Sister (voice)||5 episodes|
|2016||Those Who Can't||Gwen Stephanie||Episode: "The Fairbell Tape"|
|2016||Cruel Intentions||Kathryn Merteuil||Pilot; also executive producer|
|2000||Sour Girl||Female Love Interest||Music video for Stone Temple Pilots|
|2011||Call of Duty: Black Ops||Herself||Video game|
|2015||Princess Rap Battle||Cinderella||YouTube video series (1 episode)|
Awards and nominations
|1993||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actress in a New Television Series||Swans Crossing||Nominated|
|Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Series||Nominated|
|1994||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Youth Actress in a Soap Opera||Nominated|
|1995||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series||Won|
|Young Artist Awards||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 Awards||Best Actress on Television||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Nominated|
|1999||Best Actress on Television||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Television Actress||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Television Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress on Television||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Television Actress – Drama||Won|
|Choice Movie Villain||Cruel Intentions||Won|
|2000||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Television Friends (shared with David Boreanaz)||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss (shared with Selma Blair)||Cruel Intentions||Won|
|Best Performance - Female||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress on Television||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Nominated|
|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||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress on Television||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Television Actress – Drama||Nominated|
|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||Won|
|Young Hollywood Awards||Hottest, Coolest Young Veteran – Female||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress on Television||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Television Actress – Drama||Won|
|Choice Movie Actress – Comedy||Scooby-Doo||Won|
|Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Freddie Prinze Jr.)||Nominated|
|2003||Satellite Awards||Best Actress - Television Series Drama||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Female Butt Kicker||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress on Television||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Television Actress – Drama||Won|
|2004||SFX Awards||Best Television Actress||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress on Television||Nominated|
|2005||MTV Movie Awards||Best Frightened Performance||The Grudge||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress – Thriller||Nominated|
|2011||Entertainment Weekly Entertainers of the Year Award||Favorite Television Actress||Ringer||Nominated|
|Virgin Media TV Award (UK)||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Television Actress – Drama||Nominated|
|Zap2it Awards||Best actor playing two characters on one show||Nominated|
|E! Golden Remotes Awards||Star You'll Miss The Most||Won|
|2014||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Actress in a New Television Series||The Crazy Ones||Won|
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