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When The Hollywood Reporter revealed “Hollywood’s 50 Favorite Female Characters” it was no surprise who made the cut.
It would have been a shocker if the titular heroine behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) didn’t secure a high placement — which she did. In fact, Buffy Summers made the top three.
The kick-ass vampire-slaying teenager fought on the small screen from 1997 to 2003. And while fans grew up watching the high school superhero, Gellar grew up playing her. Gellar reminisces, telling THR: “The most formidable years of my life — transition from teenager to adult — were spent filming Buffy. I learned every day from the experience and from her.”
What did Buffy teach Gellar? “She taught me it wasn’t about being perfect; it was about trying the hardest to be the best you you can be. I also loved how hard Buffy worked, as she had no typical powers most superheroes have. She had to train and work hard at her craft. Buffy reminded us that being different was not only OK but really cool — and at a time when most kids are trying to desperately fit in.”
The idea of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer revival has been debated among superfans on social media. Some are all in and others prefer to leave the series alone. But what does Gellar think?
“I have always believed that what was so unique about the show was the use of horrors of those formative years,” says Gellar. “With high school and college as a backdrop, we were able to address racism, identity, bullying, guilt, death, first love and heartbreak using the demons as metaphors for the demons we all experience. I am not sure how that translates into adulthood, although I am sure it could. The burden of saving the world a lot always weighed heavily on her, so for her sake, I hope she is somewhere on a beautiful beach located far away from any Hellmouth.”
Who says there can’t be vampires on that beach? Do you want to see Sarah Michelle Gellar return as Buffy? Where do you think Buffy would be today? Sound off in the comments section below.
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