Main the pack. Sarah Michelle Gellar isn’t solely a star and govt producer on the brand new Paramount+ collection, Wolf Pack — she’s utilizing her energy to make units higher for the following era of younger actors.
“I think our experience is wasteful if we can’t impart what we’ve learned and create a better world,” the actress, 45, completely informed Us Weekly. “It’s what we try to do as a parent for our kids, and it’s the same thing that I would want from a set.”
Gellar began performing in commercials as a baby and landed her position because the scheming Kendall Hart on the cleaning soap opera All My Kids when she was 15 and filmed the pilot for her career-defining position, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, at age 18. Lately, the New York native has expressed that her experience on the Joss Whedon hit, which ran for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003, was not ideal.
Amid toxic workplace and abuse allegations from Buffy and Angel alums — together with Charisma Carpenter — towards Whedon in early 2021, Gellar supported those that have been talking out whereas remaining mum on her personal expertise.
“While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon,” Gellar wrote through Instagram on the time. She informed The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month that she’ll “never” share particulars about her expertise on that set as a result of it wouldn’t profit anyone.
As a substitute, she’s specializing in the long run. Meaning working to make sure that the younger Wolf Pack actors work in a secure skilled setting.
“I think it’s really just about being collaborative and hearing their voices. Everybody has a voice and you shouldn’t be afraid to use it. It should be listened to,” the Do Revenge star defined to Us. “Fears may not be fact, but they are feelings — and you have to take that into consideration. I think so often, especially as a young actor, you’re taught, you’re replaceable and [told to], ‘Stand there, be pretty, say your lines.’ That’s really not how it should be, and it doesn’t have to be that way.”
The Paramount+ TV present, which is predicated on the guide collection by Edo Van Belkom, follows teenagers Everett (Armani Jackson) and Blake (Bella Shepard) who’re was werewolves throughout a chaotic evacuation amid California wildfires. They’re inexplicably drawn to one another and to 2 different youngsters (Chloe Rose Robertson and Tyler Lawrence Grey) who have been adopted 16 years earlier by a park ranger (Rodrigo Santoro) after one other mysterious hearth. In the meantime, Gellar’s arson investigator has some questions for all of them.
The I Know What You Did Final Summer season actress inspired her younger colleagues — the core forged contains 4 actors between ages 19 and 21 — to deliver any issues to her. “From the get go, I said to the kids, like, ‘I’m not here all the time. I’m commuting, but I’m always on my phone. So if something feels wrong, you’re not comfortable, something’s bothering [you], just call me and we will get into it. But never be afraid.’ A lot of the jobs that I was on when I was young, there was nobody I could go to. So I really wanted to create that both myself and Rodrigo, and not just for the cast, I think, for the crew as well,” Gellar defined.
In the meantime, the Ringer alum hopes viewers relate to the characters regardless of their otherworldly circumstances. She famous that, very similar to Buffy, Wolf Pack makes use of supernatural lore to discover points which can be very actual.
“The credit really goes to [showrunner] Jeff Davis, both onscreen and off. The world that he wanted to create was so intriguing to me,” Gellar gushed. “Rodrigo and I have been talking a lot about how we manifest horrors and the things that scare us. They come from our mind and we use these lores of werewolves or whatever in the supernatural world to explain what we don’t have the answers for. And the idea that Jeff really wanted to tackle anxiety and specifically isolation and finding your pack and what it means to have those people, I think that’s something that maybe before the pandemic, not everybody would’ve felt. But I think at some point through this time, we have all felt that isolation and how needed it is to have that pack supporting you.”
Wolf Pack premieres on Paramount+ Thursday, January 26.