Sarah Michelle Gellar Supports Buffy Reboot But Doesn't Want To Return

In a recent roundtable, the star also shares more about the show's toxic work environment.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar has once again touched on her wish for the popular '90s series to be revived. In a recent producer's roundtable discussion for The Wrap, Gellar talked about her fondness for the show despite its complicated legacy stemming from creator Joss Whedon creating an allegedly toxic workplace environment.

"For so long, I was on a set that I think was known for being an extremely toxic male set, and so that was ingrained in my head that that was what all sets were like, and that women were pitted against each other--that if women became friends, then we became too powerful, so you had to keep that down," Gellar said. "And now that I've had this opportunity to work with so many more women and men that support women as well, I realized how easy an experience it can be, but... unfortunately we're still in that place where all of those departments a lot of times need to be women for us to have a voice."

Gellar also re-emphasized her desire to have the show come back in some form. In a 2022 book commemorating Buffy the Vampire Slayer's 25th anniversary, Into Every Generation a Slayer Is Born: How Buffy Staked Our Hearts, Gellar shares that she hopes Zendaya takes on the role in any future reboot. Gellar also adds that as the show stands, it leaves "the door open in a wonderful way" and she would be excited to "see how someone born with that power does fend in this modern world and what the new demons are… I'd be certainly interested to see how you handle being a Chosen one now and what injustices you are fighting and what the demons represent."

There have been multiple failed attempts to bring back the franchise, the most recent only being in the last couple of years.

All seven seasons of Buffy are available to stream on Hulu.

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