Cult 90s actress (Buffy, Cruel Intentions, I Know What You Did Last Summer – need we say more?) Sarah Michelle Gellar flew into Sydney as an ambassador for Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2014 this week. During her stay, we chatted to Gellar about fashion, food and fame.
How did you become involved with Specsavers?
“They contacted me so I did research on the brand. It’s a husband and wife team providing a medical necessity. They do so much charity work, whether it’s the Fred Hollows Foundation or local indigenous communities. I’ve needed glasses since I was 19 but I am fortunate in that I can afford glasses and sunglasses and have a spare pair because I will inevitably lose mine so the charity element really interested me. Then the campaign is all about expressing individuality and I think we have to embrace that.”
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How has your style changed since becoming a mother?
“Vanity goes out the window because your kids want to go the park when they want to and it doesn’t matter if your hair is a disaster or your skin is breaking out.”
A lot of your famous roles have very iconic beauty and fashion looks from the 90s. Would you ever revisit those trends yourself?
“You’ve got to be brave because high-waisted acid wash jeans should stay in the 90s. But again, if that works for you, then rock it with confidence.”
Do you follow what’s happening in fashion now?
“It was such a passion of mine before having children and I still love it but I don’t have the time to devote to it. I was so sad to hear about Oscar de la Renta’s passing – what an amazing career he had.”
Are there any Australian designers you like?
“Alex Perry’s dresses are so amazing – feminine, well-constructed, breathtaking. I almost took one off a model at his show! Collette Dinnigan was one of my favourites; I wish she was still designing. I love Sass and Bide jeans and Rebecca Taylor from New Zealand; she is one of my really good friends.”
Do you follow any kind of beauty routine?
“The two most important things are keeping your face clean and drinking water, which I say as I sip my coffee, my one vice!”
Do you drink green smoothies or juices?
“I go to Pressed Juicery in the States. It’s such a great way to know you’ve had your vitamins in the morning. My children love it but sometimes I’m like ‘am I really going to feed my child an $8 juice?’ Kale is big in my house. We have kale chips, no potato chips – I do them with a little satay, olive oil and garlic. We also do kale pizza night and crisp it on top with a little pancetta and cheese. It’s delicious.”
Have you always been health-conscious?
“Yeah but only because I love food so much. I’m not saying I don’t eat the fried stuff – we went to Sake last night and for lunch to Fratelli Fresh – but everything in moderation.”
Has celebrity changed a lot since the beginning of your career?
“There were no blogs or weekly magazines at that time. There weren’t 24-hour reality TV shows, which actually have no basis in reality. I think what we define as a celebrity has changed.”
Do you think of yourself as lucky for having found fame before this intense culture around celebrity?
“I like to do my job and go home. I have a separation between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sarah Michelle Prinze [she is married to Freddie Prinze Jr.] so I tend to think that I would still be able to maintain that distinction but you never know.”
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