Nearly 20 years after the sequence finale premiered, the present’s creator Joss Whedon was accused of being “abusive” and “unprofessional” on the Justice League film set.
In 2020, Warner Media took “remedial action” in opposition to Joss following an inside investigation after actor Ray Fisher made a sequence of allegations.
Ray had tweeted: “Joss Wheadon’s on-set remedy of the forged and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and fully unacceptable.”
Quickly after this exposé, Sarah’s Buffy costar, Charisma Carpenter, went public along with her own experience of working with Joss as she confirmed that she had participated in WM’s investigation.
In a press release, Charisma detailed the “hostile and poisonous work setting” that Joss allegedly created on Buffy, and stated that he’d known as her “fats” when she was 4 months pregnant after which fired her shortly after she gave start.
Charisma performed Cordelia Chase in each Buffy and its spinoff sequence Angel, and claimed that Joss had “abused his energy on quite a few events.”
“Joss has a historical past of being casually merciless,” she stated. “Whereas he discovered his misconduct amusing, it solely served to accentuate my efficiency nervousness, disempower me, and alienate me from my friends.”
Charisma additionally claimed that “disturbing incidents” on the set triggered a “power bodily situation” that she nonetheless lives with immediately.
Recalling Joss’s alleged remedy of her, she stated that he would “assault my character, mock my spiritual beliefs, accuse me of sabotaging the present, after which unceremoniously fired me the next season as soon as I gave start.”
After Charisma got here ahead in February 2021, Sarah released a statement in help of her. She wrote: “Whereas I’m proud to have my identify related to Buffy Summers, I do not wish to be without end related to the identify Joss Whedon. I stand with all survivors of abuse and am happy with all of them for talking out.”
Michelle Trachtenberg, who performed Daybreak Summers in Buffy, reposted Sarah’s assertion and added: “I’m courageous sufficient now as a 35 12 months previous girl. … To repost this. As a result of. This should. Be recognized. As a young person. Along with his not applicable habits….very. Not. Acceptable.”
Michelle was below 18 all through her three seasons on the present, and he or she additionally alleged that Joss was “not allowed” to be alone along with her — a declare that he later denied.
Regardless of Sarah’s present of solidarity along with her former costars, she has avoided detailing her personal on-set expertise with Joss.
“For thus lengthy, I used to be on a set that I believe was recognized for being a particularly poisonous male set,” she stated on the time. “And in order that was ingrained in my head that that was what all units have been like, and that ladies have been pitted in opposition to one another — that if girls turned associates, then we turned too highly effective, so that you needed to hold that down.”
And in a brand new profile with Hollywood Reporter, Sarah defined why she doesn’t plan on saying any extra about her behind-the-scenes expertise on Buffy.
“I’ll by no means inform my full story as a result of I don’t get something out of it. I’ve stated all I’m going to say as a result of no one wins. Everyone loses,” she stated.
“I’ll at all times be happy with Buffy. I’ll at all times be happy with what my castmates did, what I did,” Sarah added. “Was it a super working state of affairs? Completely not. Nevertheless it’s OK to like Buffy for what we created as a result of I believe it’s fairly spectacular.”
However some extra of her Buffy costars have been much less avoidant in the identical interview, with Emma Caulfield suggesting that it was “apparent” that Joss had a “great quantity of resentment and animosity” towards Sarah throughout her time on the present.
And Seth Inexperienced, who performed Oz within the sequence, recalled Sarah being vilified after she tried to make use of her standing because the lead actor on the present to make all people’s working days much less grueling.
“We have been working loopy hours, and plenty of issues that received pushed weren’t essentially protected or below the most effective circumstances,” he stated. “Sarah was at all times the primary one to say, ‘We agreed this was a 13-hour day and it’s hour 15 — we’ve received to wrap,’ or, ‘Hey, this shot doesn’t appear protected,’ when no one else would stick up for the forged and crew.”
“I noticed her get known as a bitch, a diva, all this stuff that she’s not — simply because she was taking the mantle of claiming and doing the precise factor,” Seth added.
Even Sarah’s husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., was open about his spouse’s expertise when quizzed for the profile, admitting that Sarah had handled “plenty of bullshit” on Buffy “with none credit score or an actual wage.”
“She needed to take care of plenty of bullshit on that present for all seven years it was on,” he advised the publication. “The stuff they pressed upon her, with none credit score or actual wage, whereas she was typically the one one doing 15-hour days… But she was nonetheless in a position to get the message of that character out each single week and do it with pleasure and do it professionally.”
Whereas Sarah’s Buffy wage has by no means been confirmed, she is reported to have earned $75,000 per episode for the primary 5 seasons, $100,000 per episode in Season 6, and $350,000 per episode in Season 7.
Freddie first met Sarah the identical 12 months that Buffy premiered after they labored collectively on the slasher film I Know What You Did Final Summer season.
They maintained a detailed friendship for 3 years earlier than their relationship turned romantic in 2000, after they ended up on an unintentional date collectively.
“We have been associates for a really very long time. We would had many dinners earlier than,” Sarah advised People in 2020. “And we have been purported to go along with another person, and the third individual did not make it out and we determined to nonetheless go.”
“We have been simply two individuals at dinner catching up,” she went on. “We had an extended automotive experience and an extended dinner and issues simply occurred.”
Sarah and Freddie received engaged the next April and tied the knot in September 2002.
Proving themselves as certainly one of trendy Hollywood’s most long-lasting relationships, the couple just lately celebrated their 20-year wedding ceremony anniversary and are proud dad and mom to 13-year-old Charlotte and 10-year-old Rocky.
Elsewhere within the Hollywood Reporter profile, Sarah revealed that her oldest little one is keen to pursue a profession within the appearing business however that she and Freddie have banned her from being “in entrance of a digital camera till she graduates highschool.”
“She’s simply not occurring digital camera whereas she’s residing below our roof,” Sarah added, earlier than referencing the truth that Charlotte is the daughter of two well-known actors. “There’ll be completely different expectations for her, so she must study all the pieces there may be first.”