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Flashback Friday: There's more to Sarah Michelle Gellar than just Buffy

01.23.2015by: Droz

I never got into Sarah Michelle Gellar the way most people my age did, namely on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I suspect being so thoroughly unimpressed with the earlier Kristy Swanson/Luke Perry movie version left me with a bias against it. That and the whole romantic thing between the title character and her supposed vampire prey. Bit of a Twilight precursor there in some ways. Although Whedon and company were savvy enough to make Michelle Trachtenberg and Alyson Hannigan go lesbian for each other at one point in the show, so I suppose it had some redeeming features. Still not my cup of tea.

Fans of Sarah know she got her chance to flirt with alternative lifestyles in 1999 when my favorite of her various endeavors, CRUEL INTENTIONS, first hit theaters. It's a movie that gets about as far from Buffy as you can get, which is just fine by me. It's also chock full of Sarah being a total sex freak and a thoroughly evil asshole, corrupting innocents and generally being a rich bitch sociopath - but in a fun way. Speaking of lesbians, I'm sure you remember Sarah instructing a young Selma Blair on the finer points of soft, wet, tongue-lapping make out sessions. It's a moment that forever sold me on her greatness.

Pretty much a classic 90s hottie moment right there and a great demonstration of Sarah's potential. Potential she never seemed to get a chance to put to its best use, thanks to years spent passing up a number of good roles and accepting some bad ones in shit franchises like THE GRUDGE and the SCOOBY DOO movies. I have to believe that Sarah is better than lame horror remakes and shitty CGI nostalgia cash grabs. Sure, she did look pretty hot in those go-go boots, despite the fact that I was always more of Velma man. Those roles were beneath her nonetheless.

There's been a lot of nothing special for Sarah as of late. The last thing I recall her doing was that ill-advised Robin Williams show The Crazy Ones, which ultimately turned out to be something of a sad curtain call on his career. She's also been doing voice over stuff for various animated shows. I hear that pays okay, but I can't help but wonder what might have been, had circumstances not conspired against Sarah in some ways. She recently alluded to "big things" happening for her in 2015. I'm not sure what that means, but I hope it's true. Unlike her vampire hunter alter ego, I always liked Sarah. I'd love to see her tear into another juicy role again.

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