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“I was surprised, after all these years to find out that you’re still only 32 or 33,” a TV critic said to “Buffy” star Sarah Michelle Gellar, who plays identical twins on a new noir-ish CW drama “Ringer,” at Summer TV Press Tour 2011.
“What did you think – that I should be like 70?” she spat, stung.
I’m almost 70,” the guys responded.
“Aw,” went the room, now feeling bad for the guy and like Gellar was maybe being just a teensy weensy bit shrewish.
“You did a lot of your own stunts in ‘Buffy’ and there was a big deal made of it. Are you doing a lot of that here now?” the guy asked.
“Well, due to my advanced age,” she began, unable to let go of the perceived slight.
“Exactly,” said the guy, who Gellar had pushed that far. “Has your advanced age cut down on your -- ”
“They’re cutting them down a little bit, because we are a little worried about the osteoporosis,” she snarked.
“So far, the trickiest stunt I’ve had is standing next to the very tall Kristoffer Polaha and Mike Colter and trying to look like I’m not seven,’ she cooed.
Yup, serious age issues.
Speaking of old, Gellar officially confirmed she will say goodbye to the aged soap opera that gave her her start, “All My Children.” ABC is taking “Children” off its lineup, though there are plans in the works to keep it alive on the Web.
“When I heard that the show was canceled, I didn’t understand…it just doesn’t make sense to me,” Gellar told TV critics at their semi-annual confab, at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel.
“I have no idea what I’m going to be doing…but I will be doing one day.”
Gellar insisted she’s relieved her new primetime show, “Ringer,” has migrated to CW, though it was developed for CBS.
“While we were filming [for CBS] it was always on our minds -- are we going to have to have a procedural element? Will the audience that CBS does cater to respond to the show? You know all those things were always in the back of our minds.”
She said she got a call from CBS Corp. chairman Leslie Moonves saying, “I love this show; I have the same fears you do. What do you think about putting it on The CW?”
“It was a relief for us because we knew that we could tell more of the stories that we wanted to tell on that network. You know, personally it took a little weight off my shoulders.”
One critic told Gellar that there are now academics who are studying the academics who have studied “Buffy,” and that “Buffy” is now the most academically written-about program in the history of television. More books and more articles have been written about “Buffy” by university professors than “The Sopranos,” than “The Wire,” than “Twin Peaks,” than anything.
“Your comment?” he asked.
“I think this gentleman -- for anyone that knows me in the room - has done something unthinkable; he has stumped me. I’m at a loss for words,” Gellar simpered.
Then she spoke at length on the subject:
“I’m aware of the classes and I’m aware of the academics that do teach classes:
On its role in feminism. It’s role in female empowerment. The mythology.
“But, no, I did not know that it was the most written about. Hopefully ‘Ringer’ will be the second most written about.”