She kind of got pigeonholed early on
Gellar might have gotten her start on the soap operas Swans Crossing and All My Children, but what really got her name out there was her rising scream queen stock. Just as she stepped into the title role in TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she also appeared in the 1997 cheesetastic teen thrillers I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2. Whether or not she was hoping for household name status through the horror genre, that’s what initially put her on the mainstream radar, and it stuck.
Almost all of her silver screen successes since can neatly fit into that box: add 2004’s The Grudge and 2006’s The Grudge 2 and The Return to her thriller filmography. Even arguably her most memorable role, as Kathryn Merteuil in the 1999 hit Cruel Intentions, came in a suspense film, and her family film work in the live-action Scooby-Doo flicks only bolstered her scary movie foothold.
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