Sarah Michelle Gellar: ‘Buffy’ set was ‘extraordinarily poisonous’

Practically a yr after a number of forged members accused “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon of misconduct, Sarah Michelle Gellar opened up Wednesday about her expertise engaged on the hit collection.

On the Wrap’s Energy of Girls Summit in Los Angeles, the 45-year-old actor contrasted her time on the hit fantasy collection with extra empowering work environments she’s skilled on different tasks. Gellar, who performed the titular heroine in “Buffy,” briefly spoke out towards collection creator Joss Whedon final yr however didn’t elaborate then on her resolution to take action after a number of forged members had accused the collection creator of misconduct.

“For so long, I was on a set that I think was known for being an extremely toxic male set, and so that was ingrained in my head that that was what all sets were like, and that women were pitted against each other — that if women became friends, then we became too powerful, so you had to keep that down,” Gellar mentioned through the Energy of Girls occasion.

“And now that I’ve had this opportunity to work with so many more women and men that support women as well, I realized how easy an experience it can be, but … unfortunately we’re still in that place where all of those departments a lot of times need to be women for us to have a voice.”

In February 2021, Gellar launched an announcement on Instagram saying she was “proud” to have her identify hooked up to Buffy Summers, however didn’t need “to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon.” Although she declined to make “any further statements at this time,” Gellar added, “I stand with all survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out.”

Across the identical time Gellar got here ahead, her “Buffy” co-star Charisma Carpenter claimed in an announcement that Whedon “abused his power on multiple occasions,” had “a history of being casually cruel” and “created hostile and toxic work environments since his early career.” Carpenter — who portrayed Buffy’s high-school frenemy Cordelia Chase — additionally voiced her assist for “Justice League” actor Ray Fisher after he accused Whedon of exhibiting “gross, abusive, unprofessional” conduct behind the scenes of the DC movie.

Days after Carpenter and Gellar referred to as Whedon out on social media, fellow “Buffy” alum Michelle Trachtenberg detailed her personal destructive expertise with the producer. Trachtenberg — who was a teen when she portrayed Buffy’s youthful sister Daybreak — claimed that after subjecting her to “very bad,” inappropriate conduct, Whedon was not allowed to be alone together with her on set.

Earlier this yr, Whedon rejected his popularity as “an abusive monster” in response to the allegations leveled towards him by each “Buffy” and “Justice League” forged members.

“Could I have been a better showrunner? Absolutely,” he informed New York Journal in January. “Should I have been nicer? … I think I’m one of the nicer showrunners that’s ever been.”

Representatives for Whedon didn’t instantly reply Thursday to The Occasions’ request for remark.