Sarah Michelle Gellar says she's 'had my fair share of experiences' as a young woman in Hollywood

Sarah Michelle Gellar says being a young woman in the entertainment industry "was not easy," but "victim blaming and shaming" keeps her for opening up about those stories

publicly. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 45, has resumed acting after a multi-year break in the wake of The Crazy Ones co-star Robin Williams's death to be present for

her family with Freddie Prinze Jr. She has a role playing a headmaster in the high school dark comedy Do Revenge, out now on Netflix, and is in production acting in and executive

producing Teen Wolf spin-off Wolf Pack for Paramount+. She tells the New York Times she's feels she's now in her "adult career" — and it's worlds away from where she started.

As for where she started — and what she experienced along the way — it's been a journey. Asked by the outlet if she had generally good experiences as a teen and young woman in

the industry, Gellar — who won a Daytime Emmy at age 18 for All My Children — replied, "No. It was really hard. There weren't great female roles when I came up. It was the

girlfriend role, the wife role. That’s why Buffy was so spectacular, because she really had something to do, and then we had I Know What You Did, where it was the women figuring

things out. That was all a new turn of events." That was just one part. The other was inappropriate behavior behind the scenes, which she spoke about but made clear she

wasn't going to detail.