The 16 Best Answers Sarah Michelle Gellar Gave During Her Reddit AMA

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The 16 Best Answers Sarah Michelle Gellar Gave During Her Reddit AMA

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | February 28, 2014 | Comments ()


I can cover Sarah Michelle Gellar’s AMA, but I can’t make her give amazing answers. She’s on her own, there.

1. Star Wars or Star Trek?

M EXCUSE ME MY HUSBAND IS A JEDI. (Freddie Prinze, Jr. is voicing a character in Star Wars Rebels).

2. Coke or Pepsi?

Coke Zero. But my children do not drink it. It’s all for me. My children only drink scotch from their sippy cup. ;)

3. How did you end up in disguise in the audience during the freeze ray scene in Dr Horribles?

OH! That’s one of those rumors, like the man behind the curtain in Pretty Woman. I’m not in that. That’s one of those great all-time rumors.

4. Spike or Angel?


5. Who was a better kisser, Angel or Spike? P.S. any answer other than Spike will be incorrect, but I need you to confirm.

I’m sorry to disappoint. And again my apologies to Jamie. (Jamie is David Boreanaz’s wife).

6. Sarah, if you awoke tomorrow to discover you were Bruce Willis, what’s the first thing you would do?

Oh my god, that’s so easy! I would just walk around all day yelling “Yippee-Ki-Yay Motherfucker!” easy.

7. If you had to fight 100 Buffies the size of that fear demon from “Fear, Itself” or one Buffy sized fear demon, which would you choose?

A Buffy-sized fear demon, because he didn’t have much to offer. Even a tiny Buffy kicks ass.

8. What was it like being in the Scooby-Doo movies?

It takes a lot to talk to a dog that’s not there. I really used my acting chops on that one.

I have a funny anecdote about that. When I was doing Scooby Doo 1, I got to train with a famous Hong Kong wire team. It was great, but they always referred to me as “blond girl” which was very confusing because I had a red wig. And they would call my other stunt girl “Other blond girl.”

9. Buffy on Broadway. Yea or Nay?

As long as Kristin Chenoweth plays me…

10. Sarah, if you could create an alcoholic drink based on anything in the Buffyverse, what would you call it and what would be the ingredients?

A fruit punch mouth! And what’s in it? A red punch with rum.

11. Will you let your kids watch Buffy when they’re older or is it weird for you/them to see you on screen?

That’s an interesting question. I don’t think I’m ready to tackle the thought of them watching. I mean, right now my daughter doesn’t even want to watch me on Sesame Street, so I’m going to have to think about that one. Come back to me in a few years.

12. Dear god, I love you so much. I’m rewatching Buffy for the 10th or so time right now. What was your favorite “big bad” throughout the series?

Ohhhh! I loved a couple. When Angel turned bad. Physically I think the scariest were the guys from Hush. And also Camden Toy, I can’t think of his character’s name right now. And I also liked it when I was the bad guy. And while we’re on this topic, I remember my other favorite episode, even though no one asked: I also liked the body switching episode where I got to play Faith and Faith got to play Buffy.

14. Tell us what you did last summer.

Killed a drifter on the road.

15. What was your favorite Buffy episode to work on?

I have a few, so bear with me.

I am in a room full of Buffy fans and everyone is yelling out their favorite episodes!

My first one is “The Prom” because I just love that whole story, and I thought it just encapsulated the show so well. It was beautiful and heartbreaking.

I also love “Hush” because I think it’s not just the scariest episode we’ve ever done but the challenge to do a silent episode - I thought it would be easy but it was way harder.

And the other favorite I love is “The Body,” because it was beyond difficult and heart wrenching to shoot, and I don’t know if many people know this, but my entire first scene was all done in one take. It was 4-5 minutes of one long take.

16. Sarah, I know you’re on the forefront of the movement to pass the bill to make it illegal for paparazzi to photograph celebrity children without the parents permission. how do you feel that so many major tabloids such as Just Jared, E! and People are on board?

There are no words to put how grateful I am to JustJared, to People, and to everyone who is joining this movement. Kristen Bell is so incredible because we needed a leader, and she is making the world a safer place for my daughter. My poor daughter is petrified of cameras and doesn’t even like taking photos at home because she is scared of large men putting cameras in her face, so the fact that we are getting the support that we are is incredible. I would also like to take this chance to thank the fans who are supporting me by not buying the magazines and not watching the shows that refused to be a part of this. And also to the rockstar Kristen Bell who not only is a heroine, but also kind of my heroine right now.

Source: Reddit

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  • $78742978

    "My poor daughter is petrified of cameras and doesn’t even like taking photos at home because she is scared of large men putting cameras in her face." Jesus.

  • I'd definitely order fruit punch mouth, gender norms be damned.

  • narfna

    My only takeaway from this is that I want SMG and Kristen Bell to be best friends forever now.

  • TtheOneAndOnlyCliche

    Crying over Buffy Summers calling Veronica Mars a rockstar, ignore me.

  • bastich

    Did anyone ask Gellar how long it took before she wanted to throttle Robin Williams?

  • BWeaves

    I was trying to find the right channel for Elementary last night, and watched the last 5 minutes of The Crazy Ones with the sound off. There's no way I could have lasted 5 minutes with the sound on.

  • Tom

    probably the 5th take, but then she remembered the paycheck and the fact that she can probably do this for at least 5 years.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    What I took from that last answer is that, when Buffy needs help, she calls Veronica Mars.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Girl can kick ass, but I think we all know her research and surveillance skills left much to be desired.

  • Afferbeck

    Buffy and Veronica Mars crossover confirmed.

    That reminds me, the college seasons of VMars and Buffy always seemed incredibly similar to me, at least visually, so it was easy to think of them as being in the world and same college.

  • Samantha Klein

    Now, if only she weren't a Republican. Still a major girlcrush, though. I'm just choosing to ignore numbers 4 and 5.

  • She's a rich, blonde, white girl. Of course she's one of us.

  • The answer to question 4 is going to raise a bit of a ruckus around here, I imagine.

  • mzbitca

    Not surprising. It was pretty well known in the Buffyverse that SMG did NOT like the relationship with Spike and felt it was not true to the character at all

  • mzblackwidow

    also that she was not fond of Marsters (shakes head in utter disbelief) but was extremely fond of DB.

  • kimk

    Ehh, more of a Spike fan myself, but I can see both sides of the argument.

    As long as she didn't answer Riley. That would be "sign of the apocalypse" - level ruckus.

  • Classic

    I agree though. Angel loved her. I never liked Spike after his attempted rape of Buffy and then he went out and got his own soul. Spike pretty much sucked on Buffy after that (I like to pretend the last season didn't happen) but he redeemed that character on Angel.

  • stella

    Dude or what about the time he chained her up and threatened to let Drusilla eat her if she didn't profess her love for him?

  • amberdragonfly

    I agree completely about Spike, he never did redeem himself until he was on Angel, but I still think Buffy would have ended up with him eventually.

  • Classic

    Hmmm I honestly think if the show had followed the comics (which I loved) than hands down it would make sense and be able to see why Angel and Buffy belonged together. What I really wish had happened was that they actually tried to make a relationship work between the two of them but you know had to have two shows things.

    One thing that I always thought was great was that with Angel he was always so super serious on Buffy and when he was on Angel I found out I loved his character. The one episode where he has his epiphany and finally gets Cordelia to forgive him by buying her new clothes was awesome (also the little dancing they did). heh.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Ugh. The Spike rape objection is annoying. It's the standard objection for why Spike sucks worse than Angel despite the fact that he did it while he had no soul, having done it then caused a soulless, evil demon to be so horrified with himself he actually wanted to be better (which has some obvious logic issues, but it did happen), and Angelus routinely described how he would do much worse to Buffy should he ever have the chance. The show never gave him the chance, though, so viewers don't fault Angel/us as much as they ought to while Spike gets the bulk of the wrath because the writers were actually honest with what that kind of a character might actually attempt to do to a person.

    And I really hope that doesn't come off as some kind of, "You guys, don't get so worked up about rape," statement, because that isn't the intent. My objection is that everyone focuses on what he did in that one scene and not that his horror and revulsion afterwards led him, of his own volition, to try and become permanently better. The scene many people love to point to as the reason Spike is worse is followed by an entire episode depicting why that scene and what follows are what make him better.

    Though there were, admittedly, writing missteps with the character throughout the remainder of the run. Buffy really wasn't a show set up for the eternity of penance character, so he never really fit in afterwards. Just like Angel never really fit in the first place.

  • mzblackwidow

    again, you save me so many typings :D

  • Classic

    I didn't like Spike period because he was a psychopath in that entire relationship until he did get his soul back which was Angel part II. I was bored by it. And then they had to go and have Buffy turn on Giles for Spike? Ugh.

    And for me I wanted Buffy with that guy who loved her and would be there for her. Spike was never that guy. Heck Riley sucked but he was still better for Buffy then Spike.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Fair enough. He was a psychopath in the relationship, but it had that kind of Dexter-ish (before Dexter got shitty) quality where it was all, "Yes, I'm evil, but sort of... the good kind of evil?" I feel it's a story that would've been told better now that television's become more open to that sort of grayness, but I do believe they were telling it there-- the psychopathic demon out to do evil vs. that shred of humanity that's left and then the demon realizing that life is actually kinda cool if you play the human game and then kind of weirdly becoming some small facsimile of actually human. Again, not something that was as well told as it could've been, but I think was a good story for its time.

    I will totally concede the Angel Part II vibe on Buffy after the fact, though. Massive missteps with Spike on that end. I probably would've trimmed Marsters' time on the show down in the final season to avoid having to retread Angel territory. No (or minimal) pining or mooning, just show up near the end to be badass and die.

    But ew, Riley was always had that fucked up jealous streak to the way he felt about Buffy. Angel and Spike were terrible for her but at least they didn't walk around with inferiority complexes towards her.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Actually, I don't think any of them were good for Buffy. I don't think Buffy ever dated someone that was good for her/good enough for her.
    As far as Spike being a psychopath, well - he had no soul...
    But then again, I FAR prefer my Spike evil than following Buffy around like a befanged Xander.

  • Classic

    Yep. I liked Spike better when he wasn't mooning after Buffy. I really did like him again on Angel. I think it's because there were not so many other characters so that you could be focused on developing more of the characters there.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    One word reply for the Spike rape thing*: Drucilla.
    Does everyone remember what Angel did to her/her family? No? Ok then...
    *Not that I'm excusing it! Both are bad! Both have done horrible soulless things because both had no soul. But I also agree that it's a narrative mistake, because that's one of those things it's REALLY hard to bounce back from as a character and clearly they wanted Spike to bounce back.

  • Classic

    Yeah Angelus was awful and straight up evil.

    I dont know. Even when Spike had his soul he just sucked to me. There was never anything to him. I am glad we got more insight into him during his Angel run.

  • pthalio

    Angel always liked his poetry...

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    The problem, in my mind with Angelus vs. Spike is that, all the violation stuff Angel did to Drucilla and countless others, we never saw. Sure, he killed people, but he wasn't a rapists (that we saw). It's hard to forgive Spike for the attempted rape because we saw him do it and that's damn hard to get out of your mind.
    That said, if Spike wasn't your cup of tea, I get it. Angel wasn't mine (until he got with Cordie). I mean, I hear rumors some people didn't like Riley, if you can believe that!

  • Classic

    Excellent points Zbornak! We as viewers got to watch that scene and I think that is why so many people were so against Spike after that. I remember freaking out watching that. A bunch of friends and I in our college dorms were clutching each other, screeching, and saying oh no, oh no. I was just done and gutted by the whole thing since up until then I felt bad for Spike since it was apparent Buffy was using him since she didn't feel human again after being brought back from Heaven (I have to stop rolling my eyes).

    With Angelus we never got to see what he did to Drucilla's family. We heard about it. And we did get to see him kill Jenny Calendar but for most viewers I think we all forgave him for that since we got to see Angel suffering for it after the fact. Since Buffy's last season got so bloated we never got to just get into character's heads as much.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    The issue is genuinely that they showed rather than told us with Spike. What's so astounding to me is the way it backfired. To me, I always felt the writers were intentionally showing us the vampire version of "rock bottom". Spike had become a massively better person with the chip and then on his own. He had come way further than any person would ever have expected possible and clearly (and somewhat inexplicably, given the general idea of what vampires are in the Buffyverse) wanted to be good, but at the end of the day he was a creature who would absolutely rape someone he loved (or thought he loved).

    And as you say, the takeaway for so many viewers was, "Ugh, Spike is the worst!" That scene is often the one burned into people's minds about Spike, not the subsequent ones where he was horrified by what he did and went to extreme lengths to try and ensure it never happened again. It was the greatest thing to me that with Spike they openly showed that whole spectrum of behavior to us and it's that which makes me like Spike more. The fact the writers seemed to continually believe that viewers could not possibly see similar acts from Angelus and maintain their sympathy for Angel always seemed very telling to me about who was the "better" man (I've decided this discussion totally merits skeptical quotes around better).

  • Laura Truxillo

    "Better" is just an odd definition, because it's so subjective. People can like Angel better, and I understand why they do, even if I don't. My friend likes Luke better than Han. Y'know, things like that.

    "Better for Buffy" is another odd one, because in the end, neither of them was right for her, really.

    Personally, I think that Spike is the more dynamic character, and that his relationship with Buffy, being so far removed from the "brooding guardian angel" cliche that he had more room to do some seriously surprising things. Like, well, the rape attempt, but then as pointed out, the subsequent self-horror and suffering for redemption. It says something about Spike that, even as a soulless vampire, he was still the sort of person who felt love and needed other people (not just with Buffy), and THAT's an interesting and strange sort of character.

    Not hating on Angel. He's a fine character too, but a little more staid. But Spike was just such a fascinating creature, and while Angel and Angelus were such different people, Spike was always Spike, with or without a soul. (And, let's face it, reluctant redemption arcs are kinda fun to watch, and Spike got dragged kicking and screaming 3/4s of the way through his.)

  • mzblackwidow

    totally agree with the "subjective". I really don't care what anyone says about characters - I love them or hate them or something in between for my own reasons. Having said that, when the characters are Whedon's, well - the chance to discuss them is like a ball of wool to a kitten :)

  • mzblackwidow

    I adore every scene Spike ever did EXCEPT "that" scene. The one that sticks in my mind, always always, is from S7 ep Beneath You, when he and Buffy do that incredible scene in the church. What James Marsters did with that speech, the final image of him wrapped around the cross with smoke rising after just breaking any human :P heart with his "man will be loved and forgiven" bit, that has never and will never leave my mind as the best single scene in Buffy's history.

  • Classic

    Very true. I think the writers did fail. That scene was so tough to watch and it did turn fans off of Spike. I think if we hadn't had the Angel soul thing it could have been a better arc for Spike but I think many fans were like ugh Angel lite

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Well, Drusilla remembers. Mostly. Most of the time. And Spike, I guess. But viewers? Yeah... Anyway.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Angel was obsessed with her. I feel like he's who I have to thank for Edward Cullen. Again, I don't like either vampire with her, I don't think either was good for her.
    Basically I think both Angel and Spike were better when they weren't chasing after Buffy.
    I call it The Sookie Stackhouse Principle, whoever is sleeping with/in love with the main character becomes incredibly lame.

  • Classic

    LOL. I am going to start using that. Poor True Blood. Glad this is your last season.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I won't be quite so harsh. I think Angel believed he loved her, but of course he was more in love with the idea of what he would be if she were to love him. For most of his run on both shows, Angel is absolutely obsessed with doing things that will make him genuinely a better person, because he knows exactly how bad he can be (even with a soul, as Angel the show eventually showed us). He looks for that solution outwardly for a long time before he starts to figure out it's an internal thing. Spike made the same mistake for awhile, with the same pretty young blonde, but he figured out the point a little sooner. More or less.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Eh, I get harsh with Angel, I suppose because I really think he was better/more balanced with Cordelia.
    I just really loved Buffy, but her taste in men was...questionable.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I think that's kind of part of Buffy's charm.

    Though I have to admit, while he's among my least favorite of her romances, Riley, initially, was a pretty good guy. Their relationship just wasn't interesting enough to make for good tv.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Before the weird vampire feeding storylines, I actually liked the Riley romance because sometimes in life, the guy doesn't do anything wrong, you just don't feel it/aren't that invested in the relationship.
    To me, that was one of the most realistic relationships.

  • Classic

    He was better with Cordelia until Joss Whedon got rid of Charisma Carpenter. That episode where we find out she died I bawled like a baby (Cordelia).

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    That whole storyline was so mismanaged. But man, Joss made me really care and invest in Cordelia, her death was hard to take.

  • mzblackwidow

    I couldn't stand Cordy, either of her manifestations, so I cheered when she left.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I really liked what they did with Cordy in Angel because I've seen that to be true. Sometimes popular bitchy women get to the real world and are forced to re-evaluate their lives and change their behavior. So I always enjoyed that.
    But hey, I never really liked Fred and EVERYONE loves Fred, so to each their own!

  • mzblackwidow

    this is true :) I love Fred, in fact she, Lorne, Lindsey & Doyle were the only characters I ever liked in Angel. Plus of course Spike & puppet Angel in S5 :D I simply did not care about his "scoobies" as opposed to Buffy's - Willow, Xander, GILES <3 , Oz, Tara, even Anya were wonderful characters and every bit as fascinating (not to mention well acted) as the "star".
    Wesley, Gunn, Cordelia - I found them as bland as their boss.
    The beauty of the Whedonverse, there's so much goodness to choose from & we all have our love for Joss himself in common.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    There was something a little too perfect about Fred. She was always the nicest, smartest person in the room and that wears on me. And having everyone pretend Fred wasn't pretty/as pretty as Cordelia when she's about as conventionally attractive as you can get just made me dislike her/her story more. When we learned about her simple farm girl roots, I wanted to gag.
    Again, I totally admit that I am a bad sarcastic person that doesn't know love...
    But man Wesley was the WORST. On Buffy, on Angel, god why would anyone talk to him?

  • mzblackwidow

    LOL I hated Wesley. I thought I was alone in that.

  • Classic

    You were not alone...

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    We have each other now!
    But seriously, Wesley was the worst!

  • mzblackwidow

    thank goodness ! He was, as the complete pain in the arse watcher/coward in Buffy. Then the lone ranger or whatever he started as in Angel :P and no matter how he changed - just blech. When Fred got with Gunn I was relieved because I would rather her be bored to death than Wesleyed ;)

  • Jezebeelzebub

    I never really liked BUFFY. I swear I watched that show for the rest of the cast/characters.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I don't think Buffy was anyone's favorite, at least, not in my group. We were all about the Scooby Team or the Vamps.

  • Classic

    Yeah. I don't know what happened on Angel the last two seasons. Same with Buffy's last two seasons. Stuff just fell apart.

    I really wish we had gotten a better ending to Angel. I remember not feeling anything at the end of Buffy's run (which makes me sad).

  • stella

    But season 5 had puppet Angel and that made the world so much better.

  • stella

    But season 5 had puppet Angel and that was wonderful.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Puppet Angel was one of Joss' best ideas EVER.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I love season five. It found a much more coherent voice/direction than I think they'd had any time since maybe the first season, and they really got a handle on the kind of comedy/drama balance they wanted to strike as well.

  • Classic

    Lol puppet angel kicked ass

  • stella

    He had little puppet fangs and bro oded adorably in the shadows!

  • bastich


  • ZbornakSyndrome
  • mzblackwidow

    CAVESLAYER :D a favourite episode.

  • Farmboy McBlanderson? He was a placeholder at best.

  • stella

    Aww I kind of liked Riley. ..poor guy.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Angel was lame, until they gave him his own show and subsequently a personality that wasn't 80% hair gel.

    Still, I didn't really love Spike and Buffy either.

    But, come on, who's the better character? I think we all know:

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I've always found it quite straightforward. Clearly, Buffy should be with neither of them. That's, like, a given. Old ass vampires and humans? Not cool, pretty creepy and obviously doomed in the long run.

    Now that said, fine, I get how Angel's guilt-ridden emo brooding thing is attractive, and as long as he actually has his soul he's a perfectly good guy who is probably actually better for Buffy. But the fact of the matter is that Spike is unequivocally the better person regardless of who Buffy might like more. Also, as far as I can tell he is not saddled with the "lose your soul if you're ever happy" handicap that Angel is, so he's more likely to stay not even a little bit evil. But even if he should lose his soul, his vampire version was a reasonably okay guy as far as inherently evil sociopaths go and he actually went and got a soul because the vampire part? Actually became good enough to want to change. Angel? He loses his soul and he goes ahead and eats babies and tries to seriously end all existence. Can you say issues? Spike's just got a mommy thing.

    So while I will totally defer to SMG's position on who Buffy would actually be with, I will argue till the end of the world (which Angelus would totally cause after exactly one excellent orgasm) that Spike is in every way the better character and person; like, his biggest shortcoming is that he has a serious inferiority complex regarding Angel, but it's not that hard to be better than him, so who cares?

  • mzblackwidow

    thankyou for typing all that so I didn't need to try :) And as a PS, it was no surprise to me or any truly addicted Whedonite that she chooses DB as her favourite ... everything. They were very .. close.

  • amberdragonfly

    I will admit, it has been too long since I rewatched Buffy, but wasn't Spike looking for something besides his soul when he went to that cave? Doesn't really matter, since I still think she should have been with Spike. Just curious...

  • pthalio

    they played it up like Spike was pissed at Buffy's rejection and was searching for a way to 'give her what she deserved', the appearance being that he was looking for a way to kill her. The twist was that he actually went to the cave to become a better man, one with a soul.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I believe within the show it's a bit vague, but that subsequently Joss and/or other writers have said he knew exactly what he was looking for?

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I totally agree with you. I think that Buffy never found a match that I felt was worthy of her. Plus I hate broody teen romances (well, one of them was a teen), especially ones where the first time the girl has sex - she turns her partner evil. I mean he followed her around, was that supposed to be sweet? Cause if I noticed a dude hanging around wherever I was, I'd be nervous. Angel was so much better when they gave him his own show.
    I just feel like both those romances make Buffy look weak, which she wasn't. So yeah, I would prefer if Buffy was single and not worried about a boy.
    And yes, Spike is the better person, because he actually wanted a soul, Angel was cursed with one. Also he was Billy Idol with fangs, and that's always fucking hot.

  • To be perfectly honest, I always liked Angel (both the character and the series) better than I did Buffy.

  • PerpetualIntern

    Youuuuuuu betcha.

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