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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