Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to TV — however this time she’s working with werewolves.
The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star headlines the Paramount+ collection “Wolf Pack,” directed by Jeff Davis (“Teen Wolf”) and premiering Jan. 26.
Gellar, 45, informed The Publish that she was initially reluctant to do one other supernatural present.
“I simply assume [that] whenever you’ve lived in a world that also stands the check of time, and that people are still watching, it’s onerous to do one thing that may be thought-about related and have inevitable comparisons,” she mentioned, referring to her starring function on “Buffy,” which ran for seven seasons and 144 episodes (1997-2003).
“It simply doesn’t make sense since you’re not attempting to repeat your self,” she mentioned. “However, on the identical time, if folks love you in romantic comedies, you don’t keep away from all of them. You simply discover the one which speaks to you and says one thing. It was additionally the proper timing for me.”
“Wolf Pack” is predicated on a guide collection by Edo Van Belkom and follows youngsters Everett (Armani Jackson), Blake (Bella Shepard), Luna (Chloe Rose Robertson) and Harlan (Tyler Lawrence Grey) — introduced collectively by mysterious circumstances involving a California wildfire and the chunk of a werewolf. Rodrigo Santoro (“Westworld,” “Misplaced”) co-stars as park ranger Garrett Briggs, the adopted father of Luna and Harlan. Gellar, who’s additionally an government producer, performs arson investigator Kristin Ramsey.
“Within the first couple of episodes, she’s there to resolve who began the hearth … Afterward, her motivations will change into clearer and extra layered. I believe it’s vital to notice, too, that one among our foremost characters is homosexual, and that’s simply the way in which it’s,” mentioned Gellar, referring to Harlan.
“So usually on these exhibits, it’s a aspect character. Or if it’s a foremost character, there are large discussions about how his sexuality impacts the household. I keep in mind on ‘Buffy’ there have been arguments when Willow fell in love with Tara. Folks had been like, ‘I don’t know if we wish to do that. We’ve got to elucidate!’ However now, there’s this normalization of [Harlan’s] sexuality on this present that I’ve by no means skilled earlier than. I simply like to see how that’s developed.”
Gellar’s lengthy resume consists of her Daytime Emmy-winning function on “All My Youngsters” and films akin to “I Know What You Did Final Summer time” and “Merciless Intentions.” She took a step again from Hollywood after her 2013 CBS comedy, “The Loopy Ones,” (co-starring the late Robin Williams) with a purpose to give attention to elevating her two children with husband Freddie Prinze Jr., 46. However now that her children are 10 and 13, Gellar is prepared for her comeback.
“At the back of my head, I at all times meant to [return],” she mentioned. “I knew I might know when the time was proper, and it began to really feel like that earlier than COVID. After which the pandemic hit and it was like, ‘Oh, there goes that concept!’ However throughout [that time], I noticed that whether or not it’s new exhibits you watched or older exhibits you found, how a lot storytelling helped us get via this era. I wished to be a part of that tradition once more. And my children are older now. I joke they go away me extra usually than I go away them.”
Gellar, who’s targeted on “Wolf Pack” in the meanwhile, mentioned “I’m taking it slower; my days of three initiatives directly are over.” She’s a fan of the HBO anthology collection “The White Lotus” and who like to seem within the collection: “Me and everyone else within the universe, I’m positive!”