Actress played stake-wielding heroine Buffy Summers from 1997 to 2003
Sarah Michelle Gellar has dashed hopes of a Buffy The Vampire Slayer reunion series or film, insisting she is now “too old”.
Gellar, 37, starred as stake-wielding heroine Buffy Summers in Joss Whedon’s cult TV show, which ran for 144 episodes from 1997 and 2003, but the character had actually been originated by Kristy Swanson in a 1992 film, also called Buffy The Vampire Slayer, that wasn’t a huge success at the box office.
Asked about reprising her iconic role for a new spin-off film, Gellar told the Press Association: “People forget, Buffy was a failed movie. Buffy didn’t work as a movie; it worked as a long-arc television show where you could follow this journey. We spent all of our first year going, ‘Yes, we know we’re based on a failed movie, but we’re different.’ And so it just seems counter-productive to go back. It didn’t work the first time.”
The actress went on to dismiss suggestions that she might revive Buffy for any other kind of reunion. “I joke that I’d have to have a walker and my walker would be made of wood, and that would be how I would stake people, at this point, I’m a little old,” she said.
“We have them [reunions] all the time, they’re just not televised,” she added.