When a major TV star leaves TV -- for the movies and motherhood -- then returns to TV, the cynics' reaction is immediate and visceral: "Oh, right, the movie thing didn't work out."
But casting aside the cynics -- leave cynics, leave! or not, your choice -- why is Sarah Michelle Gellar, who effectively made the old WB by starring in a TV classic for the ages ("Buffy") really back? She talked abou it during the recent press tour.
Her new show is "Ringer" (clip following this puppy) about a woman who hides from the mob in plain sight as it were by pretetending to be her rich twin sister.
SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR: It’s so interesting . . . I think most of you know I was very burned out after “Buffy.” It was exhausting. It took me from essentially . . . 18 on the pilot, and I was 24 and married, you know, when we finished. I had never had time. That show was my life. I was doing movies on the hiatuses [and] weekends, and I sort of needed to explore and live that gypsy lifestyle. I traveled, and I worked with amazing actors Andy Garcia, Alec Baldwin, Brendan Fraser, Forest Whitaker, . . .Lee Pace. It was sort of this great learning experience, and then I started watching a lot of television. And I was always in these foreign countries, and I would get the shows on DVD. And I started to realize that all of the amazing roles for women were on television, and I was spoiled by “Buffy” because I thought that’s the way it was everywhere, and it’s not.
I started to watch “Damages,” I started to watch, just all these kind of amazing female-riven shows, and it was something that was always in the back of my mind. And then once I had my daughter, I realized that I was done living the romantic lifestyle, and although it works for some actors, I want to be home. I want to put her to bed and get up with her in the morning, and I want to be there for her first day of school. And nothing offers that more than television. And what’s been so interesting for me getting back into it was I didn’t realize how much I missed it, how much I missed the excitement of getting the new episode and doing something different and seeing the same people and the family environment. I think if I hadn’t had the time away, I wouldn’t have been able to appreciate the experience that I’m appreciating now. But that could just be my advanced age, too. I don’t know.