Almost 20 years after the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to the supernatural genre with the new Paramount+ series Wolf Pack. While both shows are in the realm of the occult, Gellar said that her role in Wolf Pack is unlike her titular role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
“I wouldn’t want to do that character again, because it would never be as good,” Gellar said of Buffy Summers in an exclusive interview with Digital Spy for her new series Wolf Pack. “It would never be that moment.”
In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gellar, as Buffy, battles against vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness. In Wolf Pack, on the other hand, Gellar is an arson investigator named Kristin Ramsey, who is pursuing leads for a wildfire that she’s convinced has been caused by a teen in the local high school. Digital Spy described Kristin as the kind of woman you’d want in your corner, but wouldn’t want to cross.
As of this writing, only one episode of Wolf Pack has been released, so Gellar wants fans to know that there’s more to her character than being an arson investigator.
“I think it’s important that I do [tease what’s to come] because I want people to understand, like, you have to know that I’m not doing it just to be the arson investigator,” the actress said. “There’s definitely a reason and a motivation that she’s there, you have to wait for it.”
Gellar continued, “There might be some twists along the way, that are also not even why she’s really there. But it’s really cool. I promise. By the end, you will know why I’m there. You will get your action sequence, you will get it all.”
Although Kristin isn’t as soft as Buffy, Gellar pointed out that there are also some vulnerabilities to her Wolf Pack character. “You’ll have to wait to episode 8 to find out what they are. But they’re there,” she teased of Kristin’s character development. “But … they’re not as on the surface as hers [Buffy’s].”
Unlike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gellar actually plays two roles in Wolf Pack. In addition to playing one of the main characters of the series, she also serves as an executive producer on the show. Gellar shared that the script for the first season of Wolf Pack was already written when she joined the project, but that didn’t stop her to voice her concerns.
“I said to Jeff Davis, who’s our incredible creator and showrunner, you know, you have to understand that for me being an executive producer, it’s not a vanity title,” the actress told Digital Spy. I’m going to have opinions, I’m going to have critiques. And you have to be willing to hear them.”
About Wolf Pack
Created by Jeff Davis for Paramount+, Paramount+’s Wolf Pack is based on the 2004 book of the same name written by Canadian author Edo van Belkom. The TV series follows a teenage boy and girl whose lives are changed forever when a California wildfire awakens a terrifying supernatural creature and drives it to attack a highway traffic jam beneath the burning hills. Wounded in the chaos, the boy and girl are inexplicably drawn to each other and to two other teenagers who were adopted 16 years earlier by a park ranger after another mysterious wildfire. As the full moon rises, all four teens come together to unravel the secret that connects them — the bite and blood of a werewolf.
In addition to Sarah Michelle Gellar, Wolf Pack also stars Armani Jackson, Bella Shepard, Chloe Rose Robertson, Tyler Lawrence Gray, and Rodrigo Santoro. The cast also includes Bailey Stender, Chase Liefeld, Hollie Bahar, Lanny Joon, Rio Mangini, Stella Smith, Zack Nelson, James Martinez, Amy Pietz, Bria Brimmer, John L. Adams, and Sean Philip Glasgow.
Plot-wise, Wolf Pack doesn’t have a connection to the hit MTV series Teen Wolf. Both series, however, are created by Jeff Davis and based on the mythology of werewolves.
Wolf Pack doesn’t have a narrative connection to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but both TV shows feature Sarah Michelle Gellar as one of their main cast members.
Where to watch Wolf Pack
Wolf Pack is streaming on Paramount+. The show’s first episode premiered on January 26th, 2023 with one new episode dropping on the platform every Thursday.
How many episodes is Wolf Pack?
The first season of Wolf Pack has eight episodes.
Wolf Pack trailer
Curious about Wolf Pack? Watch the show’s official trailer below: