Sarah Michelle Gellar - Rotten Tomatoes

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Highest Rated:   87% Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2004)
Lowest Rated:   4% Happily N'ever After (2006)
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Birthplace:   New York City, New York
The 5' 3," sandy blonde-haired Gen-Y icon Sarah Michelle Gellar's life story reads like a preteen wish fulfillment fantasy. Born in Manhattan in 1977 and discovered by an agent in a Manhattan restaurant at the age of four, Gellar signed for her first role (in the 1983 telemovie An Invasion of Privacy) not one week later. A plethora of bit parts in television series (Spenser: For Hire) and theatrical films (Over the Brooklyn Bridge, 1984; Funny Farm, 1988; High Stakes, 1989) followed, before Gellar landed a recurring role, in the early '90s, on the decades-long daytime soap opera All My Children. Throughout the early years of her career, Gellar was managed and supervised by her mother, a former nursery school teacher who insisted on straight A's as a prerequisite of an acting career. Sarah Michelle delivered, time and again.Despite the apparent fairy tale-like quality of her rise, Gellar reportedly battled several decidedly unhappy experiences as a child, including a parental divorce, decades of estrangement from her father, and social struggles in a New York City high school, experiences parlayed into her first (and most infamous) lead: that of Buffy, a California valley girl high school student-turned-"exterminator of the undead" in the early-'90s syndicated cult fantasy series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Gellar inherited the role from Kristy Swanson, who fleshed it out in the (decidedly more comic) 1992 theatrical release of the same name. Under Gellar's aegis, the show lasted seven years, from 1996 through 2003, and it became a massive international hit, garnering legions of fans. The subject matter of the series required the young actress to engage in rigorous exercise and physical training off-camera throughout Buffy's run.Gellar (a compulsive shopper and brand aficionado off-camera) then signed as a Maybelline spokeswoman and prepared to move into the third phase of her acting career. As Buffy wrapped, it coincided with the resurgence of American teen horror films led by Wes Craven's Scream series, and although Gellar did not join the cast of the first installment, her popularity on Buffy the Vampire Slayer thematically paved the way for involvement in one Scream sequel and one emulator: Scream 2 and I Know What You Did Last Summer (both 1997). In 1999, Gellar teamed up with two other notables of the same generation, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, for the Dangerous Liaisons teen update Cruel Intentions. As Kathryn Merteuil -- the depraved schemer who coaxes her stepbrother (Phillippe) into deflowering the school headmaster's daughter (Witherspoon), and thus inadvertently sets in motion a chain of disasters that will destroy them all -- Gellar played off of her wholesome, "all-American girl" image and helped turn the picture into a minor hit. Meanwhile, Gellar met and fell in love with Hollywood heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr. (the son of the ill-fated, late-'70s Hispanic comedian Freddie Prinze), and the two married in Mexico in 2002, the same year they co-starred as Fred and Daphne for director Raja Gosnell in the live-action summer blockbuster Scooby-Doo. Two years later, Gellar and Prinze took the wheel of the Mystery Machine to fight a mischievous specter in 2004's Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. Gellar (long a student and admirer of Japanese culture) then traveled to Japan to do battle with some truly frightening entities in the 2004 J-horror remake The Grudge. In that effort, she plays an American student employed at a Japanese health center who uncovers a centuries-old curse that feeds off of anger and guides one victim after another into an unquenchable, violent rage.Subsequent vocal work on the animated cult hit Robot Chicken found the former vampire slayer having a bit of behind-the-scenes fun without the stress of appearing before the camera, and a role as an ambitious porn star teetering on the edge of the apocalypse in director Richard Kelly's eagerly

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Veronika Decides to Die
  • Veronika
2015
No Score Yet Freedom Force
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Possession
  • Jessica
2008
12% The Air I Breathe
  • Sorrow/Trista
2008
36% Southland Tales
  • Krysta Kapowski/Krysta Now
$0.3M 2007
50% Suburban Girl
  • Brett Eisenberg
2007
34% TMNT
  • Arpil O'Neil
$54.2M 2007
4% Happily N'ever After
  • Ella
$151.9M 2006
16% The Return
  • Joanna Mills
$7.8M 2006
10% The Grudge 2
  • Karen Davis
$39.2M 2006
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - The Best of Tom Hanks
  • Actor
2005
38% The Grudge
  • Karen Davis
$110.2M 2004
21% Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
  • Daphne
$84.1M 2004
87% Mayor of the Sunset Strip
  • Actor
2004
33% Harvard Man
  • Cindy Bandolini
2002
30% Scooby-Doo
  • Daphne
$153.3M 2002
No Score Yet The Buffy Musical: Once More with Singing
  • Actor
2001
49% Cruel Intentions
  • Kathryn Merteuil
1999
13% Simply Irresistible
  • Amanda Shelton
1999
48% Small Soldiers
  • Gwendy Doll
1998
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Family Robinson
  • Jane Robinson
1998
81% Scream 2
  • Cici Cooper
1997
35% I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Helen Shivers
1997
No Score Yet High Stakes
  • Karen
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
No Score Yet Chopped Junior
2015
  • Judge
  • 2016
100% Star Wars Rebels
2014
  • Voice
  • 2015
55% The Crazy Ones
2013-2014
  • Sydney Roberts
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
48% Ringer
2011
  • Bridget Kelly/Siobhan Martin
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
  • Buffy Summers
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Actor
  • Guest
  • 2002
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet All My Children
1970-2013
  • Kendall Hart

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