Sarah Michelle Gellar: Darling Daphne
By Bob Thompson
LOS ANGELES - The usually affable Sarah
Michelle Gellar smiles with effort when she's
asked about her private life.
A specific inquiry about her wedding plans
with fiancé Freddie Prinze Jr. causes her to roll
her eyes with a restrained sort of 'here we go
Gellar is a great deal more forthcoming when
answering questions about her career.
For instance, will there be a seventh TV season of Buffy The Vampire
Slayer? "Yes," she says assuredly at the Warner Bros. Burbank studio
And is she happy with the results of the mostly live action film version
of the cartoon Scooby-Doo, which opens in theatres June 14?
"I think relieved is a better description," says Gellar who plays darling
Daphne opposite Prinze as handsome Fred. "Sometimes, you just
don't know what you're going to end up with."
Most reports suggest that the Raja Gosnell-directed Scooby-Doo is a
delightfully goofy big-screen adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera
cartoon series which has been in reruns for three decades and is still
In the film, the gang from Mystery Inc. is tricked into looking for clues
on Spooky Island during Spring Break. Their job, naturally, is to check
out some weird ghoul-like occurrences. When they do, trouble ensues,
and usually to great comedic affect.
Gellar's performance as Daphne is especially notable. The new Daphne
is no longer a distressed damsel, but a martial arts expert ready to
"It was important to me," says Gellar who has a black belt in Tae
Kwan Do, "that Daphne do something for herself, sort of like Buffy. It
was important that she wasn't helpless."
The filmmakers have signed up all four key cast members to do a
sequel. So, will Gellar and fiancé Freddie Prinze Jr. (Fred) do
Scooby-Doo 2 as husband and wife?
Yikes! When the subject comes up again, you can almost picture Gellar
putting up her figurative 'Do Not Disturb' sign before issuing her
"There are certain things in life that I cherish,
and that are mine," she says. "I will never
change my view on that."
Which means no comment concerning the
wedding or the date.
"I have to explain," she continues a little less
stridently "I'm honoured that young girls think
I am a role model because of Buffy. And it's
nice that people have curiosity about me, but
my personal life is my own."
But it's a good thing Buffy fans can get on
with their lives now that they know there will
be at least one more year.
"It's funny," says Gellar, smiling as she
ponders a more comfortable subject. "If you
had asked me four years ago if we'd be going
into our seventh season with Buffy, I would
have said, 'I don't think so.'"
Could there be an eighth?
"It's one of those situations where we take it
to the table near the end of the season and
decide," she says.
"But I know one thing, we want to go out on top. We don't want to be
that show where people say, 'Why wasn't that show cancelled three
When asked if she would consider doing another Buffy movie, Gellar
replied, "I feel like we do a one hour movie every week."
Like Daphne, Gellar concedes to being good at solving mysteries.
"I actually figured out The Sixth Sense before the end," Gellar says
proudly. "Then I proceeded to blurt it out in the theatre, 'Oh, my gawd
he's dead' I don't think anybody heard me."
With a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, what does she care if they did?