get real. Sarah Michelle Gellar open up about the tensions between her and her costars on Buffy the Vampire Slayeron which she played from 1997 to 2003.
“Look, we’ve worked really hard,” said the… cruel intentions actress, 44, said of her camaraderie with her castmates. “We were young, we had ups and downs. Everyone was arguing.”
Gellar was interviewed for: Evan Ross Katzhis book, In every generation a Slayer is born: how Buffy stabbed our heartspublished by Hachette Books on Tuesday, March 15. In the pop culture book, which was released on the 25th anniversary of the cult series, she spoke candidly about her time on the buffy set — an environment supported by showrunner Joss Whedonwho was later accused of misconduct by several cast and crew members.
The Buffy Summers actress specifically mentioned costars David Boreanazu and Alyson Hannigan – with whom she reportedly had quarrels – as people with whom she had tensions, but also admitted her own mistakes.
“There were times when David could be a handful. He was never really for me, but I’m sure [he was],” the I know what you did last summer star claimed the actor, who played Angel, was Buffy’s first love. “And I’m sure I was like that for people too, right? It wasn’t rosy. Nobody always hangs out. And Alyson and I had moments. There is no question. But you are young.”
Rumors of a feud between Gellar and Hannigan, who played Buffy’s bestie Willow Rosenberg, flared up again when the How I met your mother alum, 47, told Andy Cohen in 2013 that the Scooby Doo actress was “annoyed” when filming the cult series.
Hannigan clarified to Katz, “It wasn’t a diss! That’s what she said herself! She did an interview and said that’s why the show ended! No diss, just fact.”
Gellar, for her part, addressed her own behavior in the book, noting, “There are times when I wish I could have done things differently.”
“I was very young and I didn’t have a life outside,” she explained, adding that she “didn’t know how to handle” all the pressure she was under. “I was the one who was always working and sometimes it annoyed me that they didn’t have to work all the time. It ebbs and flows, and anyone telling you they get along with everyone all the time is just not true.”
She also acknowledged that the environment they worked in was toxic.
“I think unfortunately the set we were on and the world we were in pitted us against each other,” said the Long Island resident. “I think it would have been different if it had happened today. It would have been a very different relationship. But we have a great relationship now.”
Gellar and Hannigan have shown their friendship on social media. The Ring actress was even present a birthday party in december 2020 for the daughter of her former costarboiling.
The shout 2 star isn’t the first to discuss Buffy’s toxic environment. Charisma Timmermanwho played on both Cordelia Chase buffy and spin-off Angelcame forward with abuse allegations against Whedon, 46, in February 2021, claiming that she “went through certain events that still traumatize me to this day”.
“Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel‘ she wrote on Twitter at the time. “While he found his misbehavior amusing, it only served to amplify my fear of failure, render me powerless and alienate me from my peers. The disturbing incidents created a chronic physical condition that I still suffer from. beating, heavy heart that I say I did it in seclusion and at times destructively.”
The Veronica Mars alum, 51, cited several examples of alleged abuse by the creator of Buffy, and she was backed by her co-star Amber Bensonwho tweeted in response: “Buffy was a toxic environment and it starts at the top. @AllCharisma is telling the truth and I support her 100%. A lot of damage has been done in that time and many of us are still doing it twenty years later.” processing.”
Gellar also stood up for her fellow players in the wake of the charges against Whedon.
“While I am proud that my name is associated with Buffy Summers, I associated myself with the name Joss Whedon,” Gellar wrote via Instagram at the time. “I am currently more focused on raising my family and surviving a pandemic, so I won’t make any further statements. Right now, but I stand behind all abuse survivors and I’m proud of them for speaking out.”
In every generation a Slayer is born: how Buffy stabbed our hearts by Evan Ross Katz is now available everywhere books are sold.