Sarah Michelle Gellar is the latest actress to lament the lack of strong female roles in Hollywood. Speaking to the Aussie publication Confidential, Gellar talked about how playing everybody's favorite vampire-killing cheerleader early in her career spoiled her.
"The one curse is, as an actor, you get very spoiled because you think all female characters are going to be that exciting, that interesting, that flawed — and that's really not the case in Hollywood," she said of her seven seasons as the lead on WB's cult classic, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. "That's the drawback — you have a standard of what to expect in the characters you play."
Since hanging up her wooden stake, Gellar has been the star of several short-lived series like Ringer and The Crazy Ones, but hasn't been able to find a character as meaty as Buffy Summers. "It was an elevated drama, an elevated comedy, and a metaphor for the different parts of life," the actress added.
Gellar also talked about how the show was one of the first to feature a heroine as the lead. One look at today's television landscape, and Buffy's influence is widely seen. Shows like The Good Wife, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, and Orphan Black all feature strong female characters as their centerpieces.
Gellar ended her interview by thanking the fans who made the show possible. "For seven years, I had the privilege to be a part of one of the most amazing television shows, and I've never gotten the chance to publicly thank them, the cast, the crew, and all the fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer," she said. "So, thank you!"