Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Sarah Michelle Gellar speaks out on the toxic environment

We already knew that Joss Whedon had had abusive behavior on several film sets, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. Series star Sarah Michelle Gellar has finally opened up about her own experience with the creator.

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Whether we want it or not, Sarah Michelle Gellar will always remain associated with its role in buffy the vampire slayer. For seven seasons, between 1997 and 2003, the actress played the Slayer Buffy Summers, a teenager whose destiny is to fight the forces of evil. Created by Joss Whedon, the show was much more than a series for teenagers. And much more than a series of vampires.

The themes covered are numerous (initiatory journeys, emancipation, questions about sexuality, responsibilities, feminism, etc.) with endearing but complex characters. Over the seasons, we realize that not everyone is perfect and the pressure that weighs more and more on the heroine is a real problem.

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Thus, beyond the sympathy released by the interpreters around Sarah Michelle Gellar, there was a real work of writing. Creative and original proposals from a serial point of view, and deeply mature. It is for all these reasons (and more) that buffy the vampire slayer has become an iconic series and that the universe is also popular. In addition to the series, the universe has expanded in comics and with in particular the spin-off Angel.

Joss Whedon’s ‘unacceptable’ behavior

We would like to retain only the positive of buffy the vampire slayer. Unfortunately, for a few years now, revelations have been made about creator Joss Whedon. The latter would not have been so progressive and open as one might imagine. As early as 2017, his ex-wife Kai Cole described him as a hypocrite after revealing his infidelities.

Then, it was on the professional side that the first bomb fell. Ray Fisheractor of Justice League, accusing in 2020 the director to have behaved brutal, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable. It was enough for the tongues to begin to loosen. The actresses Charisma Carpenter, Amber Benson or Michelle Trachtenberg in turn shared their experience on the set of buffy the vampire slayer. Cordelia’s interpreter declared on Twitter in particular:

He has created hostile and toxic work environments since the beginning of his career. (…) He kept threatening to fire me, which can be devastating for a young actress’ self-esteem. Or call me ‘fat’ in front of colleagues when I was four months pregnant and weighed 57 kg.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Sarah Michelle Gellar speaks out on the toxic environment