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From Buffy to Ringer: Six Reasons Why Gays Love Sarah Michelle Gellar

Unless you’ve been held hostage by a gang of vampires in a dingy underage alternative-music nightclub, you know Sarah Michelle Gellar is back on television. I swear, every single billboard and bus in the greater Los Angeles area has her face splashed on them— twice!

The Buffy star and 90s scream queen stars in The CW’s Ringer, which premiered Tuesday night. And even if the show teeters on soapy melodrama, cringe-worthy soundbites and sketchy production levels, I have to believe Ringer will succeed.

If only because of the gay fanboys.

Ever since her Sunnydale days (or actually even before, during her bitch-a-licious stint in All My Children), SMG has had such a loyal gay following that now I make a rule to never date men who aren’t stellar for Gellar. I’ve still yet to run out of options…

Gellar did the Twilight thing ten years earlier—and ten times better. AflterElton declared Buffy Summers an icon for young gay men grappling with the “isolating loneliness” of keeping a dangerous secret. But even beyond being the Slayer, SMG has had our continued support for a reason—or six to be exact.

FIRST UP: Lesbian Intentions

She Kissed a Girl: Years before Britney kissed Madonna and Sandra Bullock kissed Scarlett Johansson and Scarlett Johansson kissed Penelepe Cruz and Mischa Barton kissed Olivia Wilde and Denise Richards kissed Neve Campbell and Megan Fox kissed Amanda Seyfried and Dakota Fanning kissed Kristen Stewart and Katy Perry made a whole career out of it… Yes, before all of that, Sarah Michelle Gellar kissed Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions.

There have been countless copycat same-sex screen pecks, but that spit string has yet to be duplicated.

NEXT: Fashion Plate

She Likes to Shop: Following the Scooby Doo franchise, it was uncertain whether America would take SMG seriously as an actress ever again. And I was okay with that as long as Sarah kept showing up on red carpets with killer heels and her petite framed drenched in something gorgeous. And you know she’s not afraid to take risks.

Ringer plays to Sarah’s love for shoes, she told EW, so the style savvy shall not go unsatisfied.

Image via Jess Doll

NEXT: America’s Scream Queen

She’s Our Damsel in Distress: Sarah is the Jamie Lee Curtis of our generation. She ran, grunted, screamed, got all disheveled, and never made it out alive in I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2, and The Grudge films. The only thing we love more than a pretty girl with a quivering lip who is powerless against a creepy stalker is the same pretty girl who can kick his butt.  And we know she’s done that.

NEXT: Opening a Can of Whoop-Ass

Yup, She Kicks Butt: Sarah’s portrayal of Buffy empowered girls and gay boys to be effeminately cheeky, yet able to hold up a bazooka against monster bullies. Just because you have to save the world (again) doesn’t mean you can leave the house without wearing cute nail polish.

NEXT: Her Prinze Has Come

She’s Stable: Despite her years in the spotlight and her upbringing as a child actress, we’ve never really seen Sarah’s panties (or worse) when she’s getting out of an Escalade. She has steered clear out of the TMZ, mostly because her life is pretty stable.

She is still happily married to dreamboat Freddie Prinze Jr, whom she met while making I Know What You Did Last Summer, and the teen-power couple-turned-sexy-adults welcomed a daughter two years ago. “I want to be able to go home at night and see my daughter,” she told People. “I want to be there for her first day of school and her school recital. All of the big milestones I’m there for.”

 NEXT: Calling the Shots

She’s in Control: Taking a page from the Sarah Jessica Parker School of Taking Charge, Sarah Michelle Gellar is an executive producer on Ringer. That’s probably why she got away with being in every single scene as the sole female surrounded by male leads.

From the start, Sarah wanted to be the one steering her career: She agreed to star in slasher films only if her character got axed, as to not feel the pressure to appear in any potential sequels.

Now, she told the Los Angeles Times, she has other priorities: “My family comes first, and you have to be in charge to be able to protect that. You have to be the one who says no or you don’t have a life, which is what I found out the first time.”

And she’s not the only one banking on her new title: She hired back a lot of the people who helped create the Buffyverse, from fellow producers to caterers, costume designers, and hair and makeup artists.

Like a lot of gays, Sarah has more than one family she looks out for.

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