“The timing was right for me”

Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to television — but this time she’s working with werewolves.

The ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ star is headlining the Paramount+ series ‘Wolf Pack,’ directed by Jeff Davis (‘Teen Wolf’), which premieres January 26.

Gellar, 45, told The Post that she was initially reluctant to do another supernatural show.

“I just think [that] When you’ve lived in a world that still stands the test of time and that people are still watching, it’s hard to do something that’s seen as similar and involves inevitable comparisons,” she said, referring her starring role in Buffy, which ran for seven seasons and 144 episodes (1997-2003).

“It just doesn’t make sense because you’re not trying to repeat yourself,” she said. “But at the same time, when people love you in romantic comedies, you don’t avoid them all. You only find the one who speaks to you and says something. It was also the right time for me.”


Sarah Michelle Gellar next "Buffy the vampire slayer" holding a knife.
Sarah Michelle Gellar on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kristin Ramsey in Wolf Pack.
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    Rodrigo Santoro as Garrett Briggs and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kristin Ramsey in "wolf pack" walk in a garage.
Rodrigo Santoro as Garrett Briggs and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kristin Ramsey in Wolf Pack.
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Based on a book series by Edo Van Belkom, Wolf Pack follows teenagers Everett (Armani Jackson), Blake (Bella Shepard), Luna (Chloe Rose Robertson) and Harlan (Tyler Lawrence Gray) – who have been brought together by mysterious circumstances those a wildfire in California and the bite of a werewolf. Rodrigo Santoro (“Westworld”, “Lost”) plays park ranger Garrett Briggs, Luna and Harlan’s adoptive father. Gellar, who also serves as an executive producer, plays arson investigator Kristin Ramsey.

“In the first few episodes, she’s there to find out who started the fire… Later her motivations become clearer and more complex. I think it’s also important to note that one of our main characters is gay, and that’s just the way it is,” Gellar said, referring to Harlan.

“So often on these shows it’s a supporting character. Or if it’s a main character, there’s a lot of debate about how his sexuality affects the family. I remember there was a fight on “Buffy” when Willow fell in love with Tara. People said, ‘I don’t know if we want to do this. We have to explain it!’ But now there is this normalization of [Harlan’s] Sexuality on this show that I have never experienced before. I just love to see how this has developed.”


Sarah Michelle Gellar continues as Kristin Ramsey "wolf pack" standing under one "Emergency" Sign.
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kristin Ramsey in Wolf Pack.
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Tyler Gray as Harlan Briggs, Chloe Robertson as Luna Briggs, Armani Jackson as Everett Lang and Bella Shepard as Blake Navarro in "wolf pack" stand outside and look serious.
Tyler Gray as Harlan Briggs, Chloe Robertson as Luna Briggs, Armani Jackson as Everett Lang and Bella Shepard as Blake Navarro in Wolf Pack.
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    Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kristin Ramsey in "wolf pack."
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kristin Ramsey in Wolf Pack.
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Gellar’s long résumé includes her Daytime Emmy-winning roles in All My Children and films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions. After her 2013 CBS comedy The Crazy Ones (starring the late Robin Williams), she took a step back from Hollywood to focus on raising her two children with husband Freddie Prinze Jr., 46. But now that her kids are 10 and 13, Gellar is ready for her comeback.

“It was always in the back of my mind [return],” she said. “I knew I would know when the time was right, and it started to feel like that even before COVID. And then the pandemic came along and it was like, ‘Oh, there goes this idea!’ But during [that time], I realized that whether it’s watching new shows or discovering older shows, storytelling has helped us get through this time. I wanted to be part of that culture again. And my kids are older now. I joke that they leave me more often than I leave them.”

Gellar, who is currently focused on Wolf Pack, said: “I’m taking it slow; My three-project days are over.” A fan of the HBO anthology series The White Lotus, she enjoys appearing on the show: “Me and everyone else in the universe, I’m sure of it!”

https://nypost.com/2023/01/24/sarah-michelle-gellar-back-in-wolf-pack-timing-was-right-for-me/ “The timing was right for me”

Emma Bowman

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