She regularly spends her weeks karate-chopping her way around evil creatures as Buffy, the Vampire Slayer on the hit WB television show. She's spending her summer amidst murder and mayhem, costarring in two separate horror flicks: I Know What You Did Last Summer--a new thriller from Kevin Williamson, the writer of Scream--and Scream II, Wes Craven's much anticipated sequel to this year's sleeper. And let's not forget that Gellar won a daytime Emmy for her portrayal of Kendall Hart, the daughter of TV's most devilish diva of all--Erica Kane (Susan Lucci)--on All My Children.
Scary, huh? Not for this 20-year-old, who has been acting since she was five. A native New Yorker, Gellar is not one to be afraid--or to slow down. When we finally pinned her down, Gellar bravely answered your questions about a possible love affair with Angel, arm-wrestling Xena and being a role model for lesbians...
From thirdrocker: Were you nervous about starting a television program designed after a movie which had, by many voices,
been a "flop"?
I look at the series as based loosely on the movie. In my mind, all we did was take the idea of Buffy, not the story or the character. Not to mention the fact that, since the movie came out so long ago, I think we managed to avoid the comparison that way.
From wiz20: What kinds of things can we expect to see on the new season of Buffy?
You can expect some new villains, more action, the continuing saga of the Buffy-Xander-Willow triangle (and maybe even Angel)--not to mention more of a presence from Cordellia. That's all I can tell you.
From hollywoodbound: I hear that the guy who plays Angel on Buffy is coming back next season as a regular. Are he and Buffy
going to get together again romantically?
Yes, he will be back, but I won't say in what capacity or for how long.
From arnaldo: What is your reaction to being the hottest download on the Internet since Teri Hatcher wore nothing but a cape?
Is that true?
From danhammond: So, how does it feel to be named on TV Guide's "20 Great Faces" list?
I did get teased a lot on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer, the movie I was filming when the article came out.
From poopsydo: What is your favorite movie of all time?
From bailylver: What actor/actress has inspired you the most and why?
Stockard Channing, because watching her work was inspiring to me, and also Eric Stoltz, because I think he's the cutest.
From didke: You've gotten to kiss some pretty hot guys onscreen. Who was your favorite?
Rudolph Martin, Windsor Harmon, David Boreanaz, Ryan Phillippe. How can I decide? I love my job.
From comikaze: I love your outfits. Who decides what you wear on the show? Do you ever get to keep the clothes?
My costumes are picked by a costume designer, Joss Whedon (the show's creator) and me. I wish I got to keep the clothes.
From cavall: Are there any people who do research on old vampire legends to come up with the ideas for some of the
episodes, or do the ideas come right off the top of the writers' heads?
The ideas come from a combination of places. The producers and writers do research on old legends, sometimes even on the Net, as well as add some of their own ideas.
From celebgazer: What do you think you would be doing if you were not acting?
I would like to write children's stories. It is something I still plan to do. Dr. Seuss is my idol.
From angelg: Where do you keep your Daytime Emmy Award?
I keep it in my office--nothing too original.
From pgoddin: How much kickboxing training have you had to undergo for your role as Buffy? I notice you do quite a lot of
your own stunts and fight scenes.
I do a combination of kickboxing, tai kwan do, basic street fighting and gymnastics for the role. But, luckily, I took four years of tai kwan do prior to this role.
From bubbac: What is a habit you have that fans might be surprised to learn about?
I'm basically pretty normal. I like to hang out with my friends, Rollerblade, hike, go to the movies--and, sometimes, I even like to relax.
From baddog: Who would win at arm wrestling--Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Xena: Warrior Princess?
Well, of course, Buffy, but don't you think a Buffy-Xena crossover would be cool?
From leep: What do you think of the rumors that Buffy, Xena and Scully are the three most popular characters among the
lesbian subculture, because they are all independent, intelligent and strong women?
I think Buffy is a wonderful role model for a lot of different types of people, and I just hope that people can pick up on what we are trying to say.
From pearson: What do you do in your free time?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
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