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Sarah Michelle Gellar On The "Buffy" Reboot: "Does It Really Need To Be Done Again?"

Gellar told BuzzFeed News she thinks there are ways to modernize Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but she's proud that the original stands up.

Posted on October 16, 2019, at 12:42 p.m. ET

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Sarah Michelle Gellar has opened up about whether she'd be interested in participating in the reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — and revealed how her own children respond to her old movies.

It was announced last year that a diverse Buffy reboot is in the works with showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen helming the project. It has been met with some pushback from fans.

As it turns out, Gellar is all for the show being reimagined, but it would have to be without her because, as she told BuzzFeed News' AM to DM on Wednesday morning, "I'm not an adolescent anymore."

She said, "I'm all for them rebooting it. I think it's an important story. I think there's a way to modernize it and tell a different story now. I think the way we ended lends itself to it, but at the same time, I'm so proud of the show that we made."

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Gellar — who starred as Buffy Summers on Joss Whedon's hit show about vampires, demons, and other creatures from 1997 to 2003 — said the show worked so well at the time because it was "the story for the horrors of adolescence manifested as actual horrors, as actual demons."

She told BuzzFeed News: "What I think is even more impressive is that it's still relevant today — that people find it and watch it for the first time, and it still means exactly the same if not more now that there's more lessons to take, there's more empowerment to take from it."

She added, "So does it really need to be done again?"

Though Gellar can count on her loyal Buffy fans to have her back, her children couldn't be less interested in their mom's early career work.

Gellar said her kids haven't seen the films in which she shared the screen with her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., including the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer.

"The other day were were flipping channels and I Know What You Did Last Summer came on. My daughter looked for a couple of seconds and she was like, 'Mom, is that you? Is that Dad? Is that Deacon's dad?'" (Deacon Reese Phillippe is the son of actor Ryan Phillippe.)

"And then I was like, 'Oh, you should watch! The first five minutes is all you can see.' And she was like, 'No, Harry Potter's on.'"

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After taking a break to raise her kids, Gellar is back on TV with her latest Fox show, Other People's Houses, which is based on the Abbi Waxman book of the same name.

"In this day and age, we think we know people based on social media and their feeds and what comes up," she said, teasing the project, "but really all we're seeing is this slice of this curated life that they want you to see — and what really happens behind closed doors before that one perfect picture?"

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