Sorry, Buffy followers. Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s vampire slaying days are lengthy behind her.
During a current look on the “On With Mario Lopez” podcast, the 43-year-old actress admitted that she has no real interest in taking part in a reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, particularly amid allegations of creator Joss Whedon‘s misconduct.
“What worked for Buffy was that the monsters represented, they were a metaphor for the horrors of adolescence,” Gellar defined of the supernatural teen drama. “I don’t think it’s me, I don’t think I should be the one doing it. … [I’m] way too tired and cranky to put in that work again.”
The New York native portrayed title character Buffy Summers within the ’90s collection, starring alongside Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz and extra for seven seasons. While she doesn’t assume she’ll decide up her slaying weapons once more any time quickly, Gellar stated she loves that the story “holds up” and “that people are calling for” extra empowered girls on display screen.
Gellar’s feedback on the present’s legacy come shortly after former costar Charisma Carpenter accused Whedon, 56, of making “hostile and toxic work environments” on the units of each Buffy and its spinoff, Angel. Carpenter, 50, outlined a lot of allegedly “traumatizing” interactions with the director, even claiming that he “unceremoniously” fired her after she welcomed her son in 2003.
“While he found his misconduct amusing, it only severed to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers,” the Baywatch actress claimed in a prolonged social media assertion on February 10. “The disturbing incidents triggered a chronic physical condition from which I still suffer. It is with a beating, heavy heart that I say I coped in isolation and, at times, destructively.”
Whedon has but to answer Carpenter’s claims, however a number of of her former colleagues have publicly proven their help. Gellar issued a short assertion of her personal on Instagram and appeared to distance herself from Whedon and his work.
“While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon,” she wrote on February 10. “I am more focused on raising my family and surviving a pandemic currently, so I will not be making any further statements at this time. But I stand with all survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out.”
Nicholas Brendon, for his half, admitted in a current Facebook video that he wasn’t “ready” to deal with the accusations.
“It’s very personal for me, so I’ll speak on that when I’m ready to speak on that because he and I had a relationship,” he defined. “It’s a big part of my life, a very emotional part of my life and I want to give it the proper respect and time that it deserves. … I love and support [Charisma] very much and I know that story, and it’s not a kind story.”