Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Sarah Michelle Gellar Anymore
Sarah Michelle Gellar was on a roll in the late ’90s, but lately her career seems to have sputtered out. She was once in command of both the big and small screens, but nowadays her most consistent work seems to be within the world of TV animation voice-overs. Why has he had so much trouble maintaining the spotlight?
She kind of got pigeonholed early on
Gellar might have gotten her start on the soap operas Swans Crossing and All My Children, but what really got her name out there was her rising scream queen stock. Just as she stepped into the title role in TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she also appeared in the 1997 cheesetastic teen thrillers I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2. Whether or not she was hoping for household name status through the horror genre, that’s what initially put her on the mainstream radar, and it stuck.
Almost all of her silver screen successes since can neatly fit into that box: add 2004’s The Grudge and 2006’s The Grudge 2 and The Return to her thriller filmography. Even arguably her most memorable role, as Kathryn Merteuil in the 1999 hit Cruel Intentions, came in a suspense film, and her family film work in the live-action Scooby-Doo flicks only bolstered her scary movie foothold.
Outside of the chills and thrills scene, her films haven’t done so well
Gellar gained some instant popularity thanks to Buffy and her fun slasher fare, but her efforts outside the fear sphere have failed to lift off. Her supernatural rom-com Simply Irresistible was a flat-out flop, and nobody saw (or probably even heard about) her weird crime drama Harvard Man or her part as a viral porn star in the ensemble dramedy Southland Tales or her psychological drama Veronika Decides to Die. She’s proven she can put bottoms in seats whenever someone’s chasing her with a knife or haunting her hair in the shower, but viewers just haven’t shown up to check out her other offerings.