I cannot imagine any other actress portraying Buffy than Sarah Michelle Gellar. SMG gave those performances her all. In some talkbacks online I recently saw someone suggest Buffy be recast and continue with the girl who played Ruby on Supernatural as Buffy. I cringed...multiple times. I just can't see it nor would I desire it.
Since leaving the small screen, Sarah has made some interesting career choices including playing Daphne in Scooby-Doo and its sequel, two gos at the lead role in the Grudge films, which I'm not sad to say I missed, the it's-not-actually-related-at-all-to-The-Grudge-movies-despite-overwhelming-similarities, The Return and a small but memorable role as a porn/popstar in Richard Kelly's bizarre take on politics and the future, Southland Tales-worth the watch if for nothing other than its sheer strangeness. I have been meaning to watch the highly metaphorical Korean-directed film, The Air I Breathe wherein she also plays a popstar-is Gellar living out some fantasy of music fame?
Just announced is Gellar's return to television in an HBO series called The Wonderful Maladys penned by screenwriter Charles Randolph-The Life of David Gale, The Interpreter. The full Variety article here.
Can Gellar carry a television show again? Can she even be said to have "carried" Buffy having been backed by strong scripts, production and a great cast?