A Brave Ghoul Girl
This article was obtained from TV Guide, 1997.
Edited by Seth Kaufman.

      "I was on a soap opera -- I'm past being a sex symbol," laughs Sarah Michelle Gellar, the star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the promising WB series that kicks off Monday with an entertaining two-hour premiere (8 p.m./ET). But ask the former All My Children Emmy winner if she's ready for some Beverly Hills, 90210-type hysteria if the show hits the big time, and she doesn't sound so blasť. "That would scare me." Which is interesting, considering Buffy barely flinches as she pounds bloodthirsty ghouls on the series, created by Toy Story writer Joss Whedon and based loosely on the 1992 movie of the same name. In fact, Gellar gets a lot of comic mileage with an attitude that suggests battling the dark side is more annoying than frightening. But those vampire bouts do hurt, says Gellar, who claims the action scenes are full of real contact. "That's why the fight scenes look so good and so realistic," says the longtime martial-arts devotee. "Every once in a while you have to be careful of knocking out teeth or ripping off nails, but on the whole it's not too bad." Well, there is one little problem: Buffy's skimpy outfits don't allow for much protective padding -- unlike the thick, blow-cushioning material that the vampires get to wear. "It's more difficult on my end," coos Gellar. "Too many teeny little outfits to put padding in. So a lot of the hits, I just have to take 'em."

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