Sarah Michelle Gellar’s ‘Grateful’ Cruel Intentions Series Didn’t Happen – The Hollywood Reporter

Sarah Michelle Gellar is ‘grateful’ that NBC TV’s reboot of cruel intentions never took off, sharing that she thinks it’s better suited for streaming than a broadcast network.

In an interview with The New York Times to promote his new movie, Netflix’s RevengeGellar talked about dipping her toe back into the game, how her character in the movie is an adult version of her cruel intentions Kathryn Merteuil and why she hasn’t spoken about the negative experiences she had as a young woman in Hollywood.

Speaking about his stint on the NBC series, which received a pilot order in February 2016 before being scrapped in October of that year, Gellar said the network and the concept just didn’t fit.

“I don’t know. It was a crazy time,” the actress and Wolf Pack said the executive producer. “Nothing against NBC, but cruel intentions is streaming live. On the first day, I said to myself, “This is not working. It’s just not a network show. And if it’s a network show, it’s not my cruel intentions. So, I was really grateful.

The series was set to take place more than 15 years after the events of the 1999 film, following Kathryn as she vies for control of the family business Valmont International and Bash Casey, the soul of her half-brother, the late Sebastian Valmont. , who was played by Ryan Philippe.

During the interview, she also talked about her experiences as a young actress in Hollywood. Gellar had been acting since the 80s but rose to fame on television as the title character of Joss Whedon. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After the show’s creator faced allegations of abusive and unprofessional behavior, some of which were denied by Whedon, Gellar shared a statement in support of “all survivors of abuse” and said that she was “proud of them for speaking out”.

Gellar, however, has remained largely silent about her own experiences. While talking to Timeshe says it’s an active choice and she makes it because speaking out about them publicly isn’t a win-win situation for her in a culture that blames and humiliates the victims.

“Growing up in New York, I had a bit of street savvy, which is helpful. But no, it wasn’t easy,” she said of her experiences as a young woman. in the industry. “And I’ve had my fair share of experiences, I just chose not to — I don’t win telling my stories, emotionally, for me. I watch people telling their stories, and I’m so impressed. But in this world where people are torn apart and victims blame and shame, I just keep my stories here.

However, Gellar notes that these experiences impacted how she arrives and operates on set with her cast and crew during Wolf Packthe next Paramount+ Teen Wolf spin off.

“I have these two young girls and two young boys [acting] above. I’ve made it very clear from day one that if there’s anything the production wants to talk to them about, I want them to go through me. Because I went there. And I want [the performers] to always have a safe space,” she said. “But also, I always try to arrive with a smile and set the tone on a set. We’re all equal. No matter what job someone does, they’re treated exactly the same.

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