Gellar went on to appear in episodes of Spenser: Her first leading part was in the miniseries Swans Crossing, for which she was nominated for two Young Artist Awards. The character was widely popular during the airing of the show and became recognized as one of the greatest female characters in U.
She eventually played Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions and appeared as Daphne Blake in Scooby-Doo , her biggest live-action commercial success. In , Gellar starred in two box office hits, Scooby-Doo 2: She starred in the television drama series Ringer, which ran for one season from to and in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams from to In , she joined the cast of the animated series Star Wars Rebels for season two, playing a character known as the Seventh Sister.
Early acting credits and television breakthrough At four, she was spotted by an agent in a restaurant in Upper Manhattan. At the audition, Gellar read both her own lines and those of Harper, impressing the directors enough to cast her in the role. While growing up, Gellar also worked as a Model for Wilhemina and acted in over television commercials. Gellar played guest-roles in TV series such as Spenser: She appeared in the young-teen girl talk show Girl Talk.
The same year, Gellar left All My Children to pursue other acting opportunities. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and worldwide recognition Gellar landed the lead in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer , playing a teenager burdened with the responsibility of Fighting a number of occult foes, mostly vampires. She was screen tested eleven times, originally auditioning for the role of Cordelia Chase which went to Charisma Carpenter.
She was cast as Helen Shiver, an aspiring beauty Actress. That same year, Gellar got a role in the teen horror Scream 2, in which she portrayed Cici Cooper, a Sorority sister and film fan. She signed on to Scream 2 without having read the script, on the basis of the success of the first film.
In , she appeared in one episode of Saturday Night Live and went on to host the show two more times until However, Gellar next saw her profile raised significantly for her role of Kathryn Merteuil, in Cruel Intentions , a modern-day retelling of Les Liaisons dangereuses. Plus she looks great in a corset. Two sex scenes with Gellar also helped her shed her good girl image along with Cruel Intentions.
During her growing film career, Gellar continued work on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer , but she left the show after the seventh season. I need a rest. Gellar has said that she was willing to appear in the episode, but scheduling conflicts and family problems prevented it. Another Actress , Giselle Loren, voiced Buffy for an animated series based on the show, which never aired, and the various Buffy Video Games.
We changed the way that people looked at television. Her next film was the sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed which also received negative reviews. In , she had a voice-over role in an episode of the animated television series Robot Chicken. Since then, Gellar has voiced several other characters, in a total of 14 episodes of the show, as of Gellar had met with Kelly and was drawn to the original ideas for the movie, accepting the role before she even read the script.
The film received divided reviews, but Gellar was acclaimed by a number of critics; J. Gellar appeared in The Grudge 2, which came out in October She had a small part reprising her role from the first film. Gellar next starred in the thriller The Return, that was released the following month and in which she played a businesswoman haunted by memories of her childhood and the mysterious death of a young woman.
Keith Phipps of The A. Due to financial problems at YARI Film Group, the movie had a range of release dates in the United States between and , and it was ultimately released straight-to-video in March Gellar also starred in Veronika Decides to Die, which tells the story of a young woman suffering from severe depression who rediscovers the joy in life when she finds out that she only has days to live following a suicide attempt.
It was reported that Kate Bosworth was previously attached to the project. It was given an U. Television roles Gellar signed on to star and work as executive producer for a new drama titled Ringer, in which she plays a woman on the run who manages to hide by living the life of her wealthy twin sister.
Gellar has stated that part of her decision to return to a television series was because it allows her to both work and raise her daughter. The series premiered with mixed reviews, with Gellar earning praise from critics; E! The first episode brought high rating for the network with 2.
Her airdate was September 21, She portrayed a patient at Pine Valley Hospital. She also states that she saw vampires before they became trendy—a reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She played Phyllis in the American Dad! Her former Buffy co-star Alyson Hannigan also made a voice-over role in the episode, receiving positive reviews. The show is a single-camera comedy, about an advertising agency run by a father Williams and his daughter.
On May 10, , after one season, CBS announced that it had canceled the series. On March 3, , it was reported that Gellar had joined the cast of Star Wars Rebels for season two, playing a character known as the Seventh Sister.