Welcome to Sarah Michelle Gellar Vault, your source for all things on the beautiful and talented actress Sarah Michelle Gellar. You may have known Sarah from her breakout roles in "I Know What You Did Last Summer", "Cruel Intentions", "Scooby Doo" and "The Grudge" but you surely recognize her from the hit series "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer". She currently stars in the Paramount+ series "Wolf Pack", her grand return to the supernatural genre. Please take a look around the site and be sure to visit again to stay up to date with all the latest news, photos, and more on Sarah!

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Sarah Michelle Gellar
Birth Name: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Nicknames: Sassy, SMG
Birth Place: Long Island, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: April 14, 1977
Height: 5′ 4″
Mother: Rosellen (Greenfield) Gellar
Father: Arthur Gellar
Husband: Freddie Prinze Jr
Kids: 2, Charlotte Grace & Rocky James
Pets: Franz, Kumi & Sato (dogs)

001. Biography (below)
002. Information Files
003. Career Files
004. IMDB Profile
005. Official Twitter
006. Official Instagram
007. Photos

Sarah was born in Long Island, New York on April 14, 1977. She is the only child of Rosellen (born Greenfield), a nursery school teacher, and Arthur Gellar, a garment worker. Both of her parents are Jewish, though Gellar’s family also had a Christmas tree during her childhood. In 1984, when she was seven, her parents divorced and she was raised by her mother on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. While growing up with her mother, she lost contact with her father, from whom she remained estranged until his death in 2001. She once described him as « non-existent », and stated: « My father, you can just say, is not in the picture. I’m not being deliberately evasive about him, it’s just that there’s so little to say. » Gellar was a competitive figure skater, once finishing in third place at a New York State regional competition, as well as having a black belt in taekwondo.

With her single mother working « just above the poverty line », Gellar received a partial scholarship to study at the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, where she experienced bullying. She remarked: « I was different and that’s the one thing you can’t be at school, because you’re ostracised. I didn’t have the money these kids had ». As a working child actress, she was not present in class for a considerable amount of time, and recalled having « more absences in the first month than you’re supposed to have for an entire year ». She then briefly attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, but dropped out due to acting obligations. Gellar graduated from the Professional Children’s School in 1994 as a « straight A » student with a 4.0 grade average. As she spent significant time working on All My Children while « trying to graduate », the majority of her senior year was completed through guided study.

At the age of four, Gellar was spotted by an agent in a restaurant in Upper Manhattan. Two weeks later, she auditioned for a part in the television film An Invasion of Privacy. At the audition, she read both her own lines and those of Valerie Harper, impressing the directors enough to cast her in the role. The film aired on CBS in January 1983.

While growing up, Gellar appeared in numerous television commercials for such brands as Shake ‘n Bake and Burger King. A 1982 ad for the latter, in which she criticized McDonald’s and claimed to eat only at Burger King, proved particularly controversial, and led to a lawsuit by McDonald’s, naming Gellar and reportedly banning her from eating at the food chain. In a 2004 interview, she recalled: « I wasn’t allowed to eat there. It was tough because, when you’re a little kid, McDonald’s is where all your friends have their birthday parties, so I missed out on a lot of apple pies. » She also worked as a model for Wilhelmina.

During the 1980s, Gellar played minor roles in the films Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984), Funny Farm (1988) and High Stakes (1989), and guest starred in various television series, such as Spenser: For Hire and Crossbow. She appeared in a safety skit during the November 11, 1985 episode of Late Night with David Letterman. At the age of nine, she acted in the off-Broadway production The Widow Claire, as well as in the Kids Klassics Sing Along videos Camp Melody and USS Songboat. In 1989, she served briefly as a co-host of the syndicated teen talk show Girl Talk.

Gellar portrayed 13-year-old Mollie in the initial production of Neil Simon’s play Jake’s Women, which ran at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, from March to April 1990. In 1991, she was cast as a young Jacqueline Bouvier in A Woman Named Jackie. The miniseries won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series. Gellar next took on the leading role in the 1992 syndicated teen serial Swans Crossing, which chronicled the lives of a group of wealthy teenagers. The series ran for a 65-episode season and earned her two Young Artist Award nominations for Best Young Actress.

Gellar made her debut on the ABC soap opera All My Children in 1993, playing Kendall Hart, the long-lost teenage daughter of character Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). As she got the role, Gellar was complimented as having the acting talent and the « forceful personality » needed to go up against Lucci’s experience; Kendall was supposed to be like a younger version of Erica. Her stint on the show was successful as « longtime fans of the soap saw her as the second coming of Erica ». Writers showcased her more after her initial reception and she became a household name to the soap opera medium. In 1995, at the age of eighteen, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for the role. The same year, Gellar left the show to pursue other acting opportunities.

Gellar moved to Los Angeles following her departure from All My Children, and in 1996, she read the script for Joss Whedon’s television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which follows Buffy Summers, a teenager burdened with the responsibility of fighting occult foes and supernatural occurrences. She screen tested several times originally for the role of Cordelia Chase, but after approaching Whedon and producers about playing Buffy Summers, she auditioned again and was eventually cast in the title role. The show premiered in March 1997, to widespread critical and popular acclaim. Gellar’s Buffy, created to subvert the stereotypical female horror movie victim, was described by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 100 greatest female characters in U.S. television. Buffy ran for seven seasons and 144 episodes, and during its broadcast, earned Gellar five Teen Choice Awards, the Saturn Award for Best Genre Television Actress and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. She sang during the series’ musical episode « Once More, with Feeling », which spawned an original cast album, released in 2002.

During the early airing of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gellar made her first major film appearances in two successful slasher films. In I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), she took on the role of ill-fated aspiring actress Helen Shivers. Washington Post found the cast to be « solid », in what San Francisco Chronicle described as a « competent but uninspired » film. Budgeted at US$17 million, the film made US$125 million globally. For her part, Gellar earned a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Horror and a MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Performance. In Scream 2 (1997), Gellar played a likewise ill-fated vain character, this time that of a Sorority sister. She filmed her scenes in between shots of Buffy and had only recently finished work on I Know What You Did Last Summer. Despite the hectic scheduling, she agreed to perform in Scream 2 without having read the script, on the basis of the success of the first film. Scream 2 grossed over US$172 million worldwide.

In 1998, Gellar hosted for the first time Saturday Night Live, and provided the voice of the Gwendy Doll in Small Soldiers. In 1999, she had a cameo appearance in the sleeper hit She’s All That, and took on the lead role of a struggling restaurant owner in the romantic comedy Simply Irresistible. Gellar once called it a « bad choice », but Roger Ebert found her to be « lovely » in what he described as an « old-fashioned » comedy. In Roger Kumble’s Cruel Intentions (1999), a modern-day retelling of Les Liaisons dangereuses, Gellar played Kathryn Merteuil, a brunette cocaine addict with an appetite for manipulating people. In his review for the film, Ebert felt that she is « effective as a bright girl who knows exactly how to use her act as a tramp », and in an interview with Chicago Tribune, Kumble described her as « the most professional actor I ever worked with ». The film was a hit at the box office, grossing US$75 million worldwide. Gellar and co-star Selma Blair obtained the Best Kiss award at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards. In Angel, a spin-off series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gellar reprised her titular role for a three-episode arc, starting in 1999.

In 2000, Gellar appeared as a film studio executive in the HBO series Sex and the City episode « Escape from New York ». Her next film, James Toback’s independent drama Harvard Man (2001), in which she starred as the « sharp and shrewd » daughter of a mobster, helped her shed her good girl image, along with Cruel Intentions, according to Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. In 2002, Gellar portrayed Daphne Blake in the live action–comedy Scooby-Doo. For the production, she trained with a Hong Kong wire team, and commuted between Queensland and California every two weeks due to her simultaneous commitment to Buffy. Despite negative reviews, A. O. Scott of The New York Times felt that her performance added « a snarl of Powerpuff feminism to her character’s ditzy stereotype », and with a global gross of US$275 million, Scooby-Doo emerged as Gellar’s most widely seen film to date. Her role earned her the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy. With Jack Black, she hosted the 2002 MTV Movie Awards, which attracted 7.1 million viewers on its June 6 broadcast, achieving the show’s highest rating ever at the time.

During her growing film career, Gellar continued to work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but she decided to leave the series after the seventh season. When asked why, she explained, « This isn’t about leaving for a career in movies, or in theater –it’s more of a personal decision. I need a rest. » In her feature in Esquire magazine, Gellar expressed her pride for her work on Buffy, « I truly believe that it is one of the greatest shows of all time and it will go down in history as that. And I don’t feel that that is a cocky statement. We changed the way that people looked at television. »

After the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gellar reprised the role of Daphne in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). Like the first film, Scooby-Doo 2 was a commercial success despite a negative critical response. In Takashi Shimizu’s The Grudge (2004), she portrayed Karen Davis, an exchange student in Tokyo who becomes exposed to a supernatural curse. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was a major box office hit, grossing more than US$110 million in North America and US$187 million globally. She received a MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Frightened Performance as well as a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice Movie Actress – Thriller. Gellar provided her voice for the character Gina Vendetti in The Simpsons episode « The Wandering Juvie », which aired in March 2004, and went on to voice several recurring characters of the animated television series Robot Chicken, starting in 2005.

Gellar starred in Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales (2006) as a psychic adult film star who creates a reality television series based on prophetic visions. Drawn to the « batshit ambitious » ideas for the film, she accepted the role before she even read the script. Southland Tales polarised critics upon its debut at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and found a limited audience in theaters. However, J. Hoberman for Village Voice remarked that the director contrived a « memorable » comic performance from Gellar, while the film gathered a cult following in subsequent years. In 2006, Gellar briefly reprised the role of Karen in the sequel The Grudge 2, and starred in Asif Kapadia’s psychological thriller The Return, as a businesswoman haunted by memories of her childhood and the mysterious death of a young woman. The Return was a critical and commercial failure, grossing only US$11 million. Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times called it a « career stagnation ».

In 2007, Gellar voiced Ella and April O’Neil in Happily N’Ever After and TMNT, respectively. She starred in the romantic comedy Suburban Girl and the drama The Air I Breathe, both of which were screened at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and released in January 2008. In Suburban Girl, she took on the role of a New York City editor and the love interest of a much older businessman (Alec Baldwin). In The Air I Breathe, Gellar portrayed an up-and-coming pop singer. The New York Times described the latter as a « gangster movie with delusions of grandeur », while DVD Talk noted that « her character here has the deepest emotional arc, and she hits all the right notes. »

The psychological thriller Possession, in which Gellar starred as a lawyer whose life is thrown into chaos after a car accident sends her husband and brother-in-law into comas, had a range of release dates in the United States between 2008 and 2009, due to financial problems at Yari Film Group. The film ultimately went to DVD in March 2010. In Veronika Decides to Die, Gellar starred as a young depressed woman who rediscovers the joy in life when she finds out that she only has days to live following a suicide attempt. Following theatrical runs abroad, the film was released domestically through VOD in January 2015. Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter found the actress to be « reasonably compelling » in what he called a « ponderous and silly misfire »

Gellar took a two-year hiatus from acting following the birth of her daughter in 2009, and in 2011, she signed to star and work as executive producer for The CW’s Ringer, in which she played the dual role of twin sisters, one of whom is on the run and manages to hide by assuming the wealthy life of the other. Gellar has stated that part of her decision to return to a television series was because it allowed her to both work and raise her child. The series received moderately positive reviews from critics, and went on to have a large fan base, but it was canceled after the first season. For her portrayal, she received several award nominations, including one for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Television Actress – Drama.

In September 2011, Gellar returned as a guest star on All My Children before the show’s ending but not as Kendall Hart; she portrayed a patient at Pine Valley Hospital who tells Maria Santos that she is « Erica Kane’s daughter », and states that she saw vampires before they became trendy—a reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She voiced a character in the American Dad! episode « Virtual In-Stanity », and again for the December 6, 2012, episode (« Adventures in Hayleysitting »). On September 30, 2012, she reprised her role of Gina Vendetti in the premiere episode of The Simpsons’ season 24.

A fan of Robin Williams for years, once Gellar learned that he was making the CBS single-camera sitcom The Crazy Ones (2013–2014), she contacted her friend Sarah de Sa Rego, the wife of Williams’ best friend, Bobcat Goldthwait, in order to lobby for a co-starring role. She obtained the part of an advertising director who runs an agency with her father. Digital Spy felt that Williams « shares a warm, genuine chemistry with his on-screen offspring Gellar, » as part of a mixed critical response. The series was canceled after one season, but earned Gellar the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New Television Series.

Following the conclusion of The Crazy Ones and the death of Williams, Gellar took another sabbatical from screen acting, stating that she had « been working [her] entire life » and « needed that break » to focus on raising her children. During that period, she made an appearance as Cinderella in a March 2015 episode of Whitney Avalon’s YouTube channel series Princess Rap Battle, voiced a recurring character known as the Seventh Sister in the second season of the animated science fiction series Star Wars Rebels (2015–2016), and guest starred as herself in the series finale of The Big Bang Theory, which aired on May 16, 2019. Gellar was also attached to several television projects that ultimately were not picked up for production. These included a 2016 pilot for a series based on Cruel Intentions, in which she reprised her role of Kathryn Merteuil.

In 2021, Gellar voiced Teela in Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation, an animated series for Netflix. In 2022, she made her first film appearances in 13 years with brief roles in Clerks III and Do Revenge, released in theaters and on Netflix respectively, in the same week. Mark Donaldson of Screen Rant described them as « low-key return movies » for Gellar, noting Clerks 3 as « a nod » to having previously worked with Smith, and Do Revenge as a reassessment of Cruel Intentions for « modern audiences ». At the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Gellar would star in and act as an executive producer of the Paramount+ supernatural drama series Wolf Pack, which premiered on January 26, 2023.