Sarah Michelle Gellar talks about the similarities to Buffy the Vampire Slayer that drew her to the Teen Wolf Wolf Pack spin-off. Based on the book series by Edo Van Belkom, Wolf Pack centers on teenage boys Everett (Armani Jackson) and Blake (Bella Shepard) as their lives change forever after a California wildfire awakens a creature terrifying. It’s unclear how the Paramount+ series will connect to the larger Teen Wolf universe, but there have been signs that the two supernatural dramas are tied together. The project is produced by Jeff Davis, who created the Teen Wolf series and is writing the upcoming follow-up film.
Another sign came when Gellar was revealed as the star and executive producer of Wolf Pack earlier this year. Known for her iconic portrayal of vampire slayer Buffy Summers, she joined Davis and Teen Wolf, Tyler Posey and Tyler Hoechlin, at Comic-Con to preview her return to the supernatural drama genre. It was a big moment for Buffy fans, as it heralded Gellar’s return to a television genre she helped define.
But speaking to a TV Critics Association, Gellar admitted she wasn’t always sold on Wolf Pack and originally intended to reject the project. The actress, who currently stars in Netflix’s Do Revenge and Clerks III, explained that she received a bunch of pitches for supernatural series. But what sets the Teen Wolf spinoff apart, she said, are the similarities to Buffy in terms of solving the problems facing high school kids today. His thoughts, via Deadline, are included below.
“I was thrown once, twice, 2000 of these [types of shows]. Honestly, at first I didn’t mean to say yes [to Wolf Pack]. When I read the script, it was the first time that my interest was so piqued. One of the beauties of Buffy was the kind of metaphorical aspect of it. These real monsters were the metaphors for high school horror and to me that’s what made the show so important and why it stands the test of time. So when I read the script [for Wolf Pack], and I spoke to Jeff, we discussed the issues he wanted to address, primarily anxiety and depression in children, particularly related to their device use and lack of connectivity. It’s something I think about all the time, and it’s so important. But at the same time, I love water cooler shows. I want to be on a show that everyone is talking about.
Gellar will play Kristin Ramsey in Wolf Pack. Highly regarded for her expertise as an arson investigator and accustomed to personal loss, Gellar’s character is brought in to investigate the massive forest fire that may have awakened the terrifying creature. It’s an evolution for the actress, who has the distinction of playing one of the most memorable television heroes of all time in Buffy. And, indeed, part of what made the show so successful, especially in its early seasons, was the metaphor of adolescence as its own kind of hell with various demons of all kinds. .
Buoyed by cast chemistry and excellent writers, many teen dramas since have attempted to emulate the Buffy the Vampire Slayer formula with varying degrees of success. It remains to be seen how well Wolf Pack debuts. But for an entire generation of viewers who grew up watching Gellar, and for many new audiences since then, his close involvement is an endorsement in its own right.