Gellar's family had a Christmas tree during her childhood. I'm not being deliberately evasive about him, it's just that there's so little to say. I didn't have the money these kids had". I was telling them that I had back problems and had to go to the doctor the whole time".
At the audition, Gellar read both her own lines and those of Harper, impressing the directors enough to cast her in the role. For Hire and Crossbow. She next took on the leading role in the syndicated teen serial Swans Crossing , which chronicled the lives of a group of wealthy teenagers. As she got the role, Gellar was complimented as having the acting talent and the "forceful personality" needed to go up against Lucci's experience; Kendall was supposed to be like a younger version of Erica.
She screen tested several times originally for the role of Cordelia Chase ,  but after approaching Whedon and producers about playing Buffy Summers, she auditioned again and was eventually cast in the title role. The film, loosely based on the novel of the same name , centers on four friends who are being stalked by a killer, one year after covering up a car accident in which they were involved.
She was cast as Helen Shiver, an aspiring beauty actress. Despite the hectic scheduling, she admitted in an interview that she agreed to perform in Scream 2 without having read the script, on the basis of the success of the first film. The film was largely panned by critics and bombed at the box office. I wasn't ready to make that movie.
I was too young. The script was not ready. I knew in my heart before I left [to make it] that I should back out. The movie revolves around Mystery Inc. When asked why, she explained, "This isn't about leaving for a career in movies, or in theater — it's more of a personal decision.
I need a rest. And I don't feel that that is a cocky statement. We changed the way that people looked at television. Her next film was the sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed , where she reprised the role of Daphne. Like the original, the movie received negative reviews,  but the review in Slant remarked that she and co-star Prinze "are engaging in their willingness to send up their own teen-idol status",  and on a similar note, IGN stated that both Gellar and Prinze "exhibit marked improvements over their work in the original".
Gellar was cast opposite Dwayne Johnson , Seann William Scott , and Justin Timberlake in Richard Kelly 's comedy-thriller Southland Tales , where she appeared as Krysta Now, an adult film star working on creating a reality television show.
The film, set in as part of an alternate history, is a portrait of Los Angeles, and a satire on the military—industrial complex and the entertainment industry. Gellar had met with Kelly and was drawn to the original ideas for the movie, accepting the role before she even read the script. Hoberman for Village Voice remarked that the director "contrives two memorable comic performances" by Gellar and Johnson.
Gellar appeared in The Grudge 2 , released in October , briefly reprising her role from the first film. The movie, described as a "blend of Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada " and a "pseudo-sophisticated romantic comedy" by Variety magazine, was released direct-to-video in January The movie is based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones — happiness , pleasure , sorrow and love — and each of the four protagonists represents one of the four emotions.
It received a limited theatrical release in January , to a poor overall reception. The psychological thriller Possession saw Gellar play Jessica, a lawyer whose life is thrown into chaos after a car accident sends her husband Michael Landes and brother-in-law Lee Pace into comas.
The film was made in , but due to financial problems at Yari Film Group ,    had a delayed US release date and ultimately received a direct-to-video premiere in March , going largely ignored by critics and audiences. Filmed in in New York City,   the film was released in theaters abroad in , and did not receive a US premiere until Gellar has stated that part of her decision to return to a television series was because it allowed her to both work and raise her child.
Online found her "awesome" and "fantastic",  while TV Line felt she "does a fine job" as both characters. She played Phyllis in the American Dad! The pilot was ultimately not picked up to series. You become more comfortable in your own skin. Last night on Letterman , I wore this skintight Herve Leger dress. Two years ago, three years ago?
I would never have worn it. Of her charitable pursuits, she says, "I started because my mother taught me a long time ago that even when you have nothing, there's ways to give back.
And what you get in return for that is tenfold. But it was always hard because I couldn't do a lot. I couldn't do much more than just donate money when I was on [Buffy] because there wasn't time. And now that I have the time, it's amazing. I like working with things where you can directly affect someone in particular". The book was co-authored by Gia Russo, and features numerous food crafting ideas. They were engaged in April and married in Mexico on September 1, ,  in a ceremony officiated by Adam Shankman , a director and choreographer with whom Gellar had worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Prinze and Gellar have worked together several times; they played each other's respective love interests as Fred and Daphne in the film Scooby-Doo and its sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: