She filmed her scenes in-between shots of Buffy and had only recently finished work on I Know What You Did Last Summer.
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.
She screen tested several times originally for the role of Cordelia Chase, During the early airing of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she made her first major movie appearance in the slasher–thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), co-starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze, Jr.
On her role in the movie, she stated during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, "Simply Irresistible was [just] a bad choice—and for that it was a great learning experience. Gellar was cast in the leading role of a mobster's daughter in James Toback's independent drama Harvard Man, but some pointed out the sexual nature of her character, comparing it with that of Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions; Variety remarked that Gellar was "fun to watch in the adorable, devious bitch mode she test-drove" in her portrayal of Kathryn, and similarly, DVD Talk wrote that Gellar's "self-serving Mafia Maiden echoes her bitchy turn" in the 1999 film.
Gellar then appeared as Daphne Blake in the live action–comedy Scooby-Doo, directed by Raja Gosnell and co-starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Linda Cardellini and Matthew Lillard. reuniting after a two-year disbandment to investigate a popular horror resort in a remote island.
is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur.
After being spotted by an agent at the age of four in New York City, she made her acting debut in the made-for-TV movie An Invasion of Privacy (1983).
and took on the lead role of a struggling restaurant owner in the romantic comedy Simply Irresistible, opposite Sean Patrick Flanery. I knew in my heart before I left [to make it] that I should back out.
The film was largely panned by critics and bombed at the box office. Around that time, she guest starred in three episodes of Angel and appeared as Debbie in the HBO series Sex and the City episode "Escape from New York".
The series ran for one season and earned Gellar two Young Artist Award nominations, for Best Young Actress in a New Television Series and for Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Series.
She made her debut in the soap opera All My Children in 1993, playing Kendall Hart, the long-lost daughter of character Erica Kane (Susan Lucci).
Her television breakthrough came in 1993, when she originated the role of Kendall Hart on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children, winning the 1995 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.
Gellar received widespread recognition for her portrayal of Buffy Summers on the WB series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), which earned her five Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination. Gellar also gained significant attention for her appearances in the slasher movies I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and Scream 2 (1997), and for her portrayal of Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions (1999).
The character was widely popular during the airing of the show and became recognized as one of the greatest female characters in U. She appeared as Daphne Blake in Scooby-Doo (2002), her biggest live action commercial success.