Sarah Michelle Gellar Calls Out ‘Extremely Toxic’ Masculinity While Filming Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Almost twenty years after the end of the series buffy the vampire slayer, lead actress Sarah Michelle Gellar spoke out to denounce “extremely toxic” filming conditions at the time. She is far from the first to denounce this toxic environment.

VSIt’s a series that rocked the adolescence of many of us. Over its seven seasons, which aired between 1997 and 2003, buffy the vampire slayer and its heroine, played by Sarah Michelle Gellarhas managed to become one of the most popular and iconic soap operas among young viewers of millennials. Besides that, it can be considered an avant-garde and feminist production, especially thanks to its powerful female characters. Yet behind the scenes, the show is actually much less progressive than it seems.

After several testimonials from actresses including Charisma Carpenter, Amber Benson and Michelle Trachtenberg who had denounced the “hostile and toxic work environment“imposed by producer Joss Whedon, it’s Sarah Michelle Gellar’s turn to break the silence, nearly twenty years after the series ended. As reported Missthe 45-year-old actress spoke at a feminist roundtable organized in Los Angeles by The Wrap, December 14. In particular, she described a “extremely toxic male platter“.

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“I got used to the idea that all sets were like that”

“For a long time I was on a set that I think was known to be an extremely toxic male set. So I got used to the idea that all sets were like that, that women were turned against each other – that if they became friends, then they became too powerful. And that it was therefore necessary to remain discreet to ensure that this does not happen”, explained Sarah Michelle Gellar.

“Now that I have had the opportunity to work with so many women and men who support women, I realized how easy the experience can actually be“, continued the actress. “But, unfortunately, we are still at this stage where all the departments [de production dans l’industrie du cinéma, ndlr] must be occupied by women so that we have a voice”, she lamented, before declaring simply that she no longer wanted to be associated with the name of Joss Whedon.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Calls Out ‘Extremely Toxic’ Masculinity While Filming Buffy the Vampire Slayer