“The timing was right for me”

Sarah Michelle Gellar is back on TV, but this time she’s working with werewolves.

The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star headlines the Paramount+ series “Wolf Pack,” directed by Jeff Davis (“Teen Wolf”), premiering Jan. 26.

Gellar, 45, told The Post that she was initially reluctant to do another supernatural show.

“I’m just thinking [that] when you’ve lived in a world that still stands the test of time and that people still watch, it’s hard to do something that can be considered similar and have inevitable comparisons,” she said, referring to her starring role in ” Buffy ”, which ran for seven seasons and 144 episodes (1997-2003).

“It just doesn’t make sense because you’re not trying to repeat yourself,” she said. “But at the same time, if people love you in romantic comedies, you don’t avoid them all. You just find the one that speaks to you and says something. It was also the right time for me.”


Sarah Michelle Gellar for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar smiles slightly.
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Christine Ramsey in Wolfpack.
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    Rodrigo Santoro as Garrett Briggs and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Christine Ramsey
Rodrigo Santoro as Garrett Briggs and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Christine Ramsey in Wolfpack.
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Wolfpack is based on a series of books by Edo Van Belkom and follows teenagers Everett (Armani Jackson), Blake (Bella Shepard), Luna (Chloe Rose Robertson) and Harlan (Tyler Lawrence Gray) — brought together by mysterious circumstances involving California wildfire and werewolf bite. Rodrigo Santoro (“Westworld,” “Lost”) co-stars as park ranger Garrett Briggs, Luna and Harlan’s adopted father. Gellar, who also executive produces, plays arson investigator Christine Ramsey.

“In the first few episodes, she’s there to solve who started the fire…Later on, her motivations will become clearer and more layered. I think it’s important to also note that one of our main characters is gay, and that’s right,” Gellar said, referring to Harlan.

“So often in these shows it’s a side character. Or if he’s a main character, there are big discussions about how his sexuality affects the family. I remember in “Buffy” there was some controversy when Willow fell in love with Tara. People said, “I don’t know if we want to do this. We have to explain!’ But now there is this normalization of [Harlan’s] a sexuality in this show that I’ve never experienced before. I just love to see how it’s developed.”


Sarah Michelle Gellar as Christine Ramsay on
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Christine Ramsey in Wolfpack.
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Tyler Gray as Harlan Briggs, Chloe Robertson as Luna Briggs, Armani Jackson as Everett Lang and Bella Shepard as Blake Navarro in
Tyler Gray as Harlan Briggs, Chloe Robertson as Luna Briggs, Armani Jackson as Everett Lang and Bella Shepard as Blake Navarro in Wolfpack.
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    Sarah Michelle Gellar as Christine Ramsey in
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Christine Ramsey in Wolfpack.
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Gellar’s lengthy resume includes her Daytime Emmy-winning role on All My Children and films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions. She took a step back from Hollywood after her 2013 CBS comedy The Crazy Ones (starring the late Robin Williams) to focus on raising her two children with husband Freddie Prinze Jr., 46. But now , when her children are 10 and 13, Gellar is ready for her comeback.

“In the back of my head, I always intended to do it [return],” she said. “I knew I’d know when the time was right, and it started to feel that way before COVID. And then the pandemic hit, and it was like, ‘Oh, there’s this idea!’ But during [that time], I realized that whether it was new shows you watched or older shows you discovered, how much storytelling helped us get through this period. I wanted to be a part of that culture again. And my children are grown up now. I joke that they leave me more often than I leave them.

Gellar, who is currently focused on Wolfpack, said “I’m taking it slower; my days of three projects at once are over. She is a fan of the HBO anthology series The White Lotus and enjoys appearing in the series: “Me and everyone else in the universe, I’m sure!”

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