The 43-year-old actress played in the fantasy hit of the nineties from the age of 19. A Buffy reboot has been in the works since 2018, with original showrunner Joss Whedon as executive producer.
During an appearance on the On with Mario Lopez podcast, Gellar said, “I’m a little, as you say, in the tooth for it.” She added that the monsters Buffy faced were “a metaphor for the horrors of youth”.
“I don’t think it’s me,” she said. “I don’t think I should be the one to do it … I’m far too tired and moody to go back to this job.”
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Gellar declined to discuss the abuse allegations against Whedon.
Last week, Charisma Carpenter, who portrayed Cordelia Chase on the hit series, accused Whedon of “abusing his power” on the set of Buffy, claiming he made “ongoing, passive-aggressive threats” against her.
Buffy actors Amber Benson (Tara) and Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn) have since made their own allegations against the writer and director.
In an Instagram post, Gellar said, “While I’m proud to associate my name with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be associated with the name Joss Whedon forever.”
The actress went on to say she would not make any further statements and is currently “focused more on raising my family and surviving a pandemic”. However, she added, “I stand with all abuse survivors and I am proud that they spoke out.”