Sarah Michelle Gellar Hints ‘Buffy’ Set Was ‘Extremely Toxic’

Gellar on the Individuals’s Alternative Awards, December 2022.
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Reflecting on the previous. Sarah Michelle Gellar opened up a couple of “poisonous” set she labored on earlier in her profession, main observers to suppose she was referencing her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

“For thus lengthy, I used to be on a set that I feel was recognized for being a particularly poisonous male set,” the Merciless Intentions actress, 45, stated through the Energy of Storytelling: Producers Roundtable on the The Wrap’s Energy of Girls Summit on Wednesday, December 14. “And in order that was ingrained in my head that that was what all units have been like, and that girls have been pitted towards one another — that if ladies turned buddies, then we turned too highly effective, so that you needed to preserve that down.”

The Daytime Emmy winner didn’t reference Buffy or creator Joss Whedon by title, however final 12 months, Gellar’s costar Charisma Carpenter claimed that the Avengers director, 58, “abused his energy” through the sequence, which aired from 1997 to 2003.

“Like his ongoing, passive-aggressive threats to fireside me, which wreaks havoc on a younger actor’s shallowness. And callously calling me ‘fats’ to colleagues after I was 4 months pregnant, weighing 126 lbs,” the Veronica Mars alum, 52, tweeted in February 2021. “He was imply and biting, disparaging about others overtly, and infrequently performed favorites, placing individuals towards each other to compete and vie for his consideration and approval.”

After Carpenter’s allegations made headlines, Gellar took to social media to face together with her former costar. “Whereas I’m proud to have my title related to Buffy Summers, I don’t wish to be endlessly related to the title Joss Whedon,” the Grudge actress wrote through Instagram on the time. “I’m extra targeted on elevating my household and surviving a pandemic presently so I can’t be making any additional statements presently. However I stand with all survivors of abuse and I’m happy with them for talking out.”

Amber Benson, who performed Tara Maclay on the beloved sequence, additionally shared her assist for Carpenter, tweeting: “Buffy was a poisonous setting and it begins on the prime. @AllCharisma is talking fact and I assist her 100%. There was quite a lot of injury accomplished throughout that point and many people are nonetheless processing it twenty plus years later.”

Earlier this 12 months, Whedon denied the quite a few misconduct claims towards him in an interview with New York journal. In regard to Carpenter particularly, he stated he was “not mannerly” however admitted that he did generally “yell” on the actors. “I used to be younger. I yelled, and generally you needed to yell,” he stated in January. “This was a really younger solid, and it was straightforward for every part to show right into a cocktail social gathering.”

Sarah Michelle Gellar Hints Joss Whedon's 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Set Was 'Extremely Toxic' Season four pilot

Sarah Michelle Gellar through the filming of season 4.
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On Wednesday, Gellar stated that she thinks progress has been made since Buffy ended almost 20 years in the past, however there’s nonetheless work to do behind the digicam. “Now that I’ve had this chance to work with so many extra ladies and men that assist ladies as effectively, I noticed how straightforward an expertise it may be,” she defined. “However … sadly we’re nonetheless in that place the place all of these departments quite a lot of occasions should be ladies for us to have a voice.”

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