Sarah Michelle Gellar: the innocent years



or loathe ’em, you couldn’t look away from Sarah

Michelle Gellar
‘s pictures in her

Maxim spread.

But some SMG fans are choosing to focus on the more wholesome side of

her career.

This week, posted this adorable clip from a Burger

King commercial Gellar did when she was four.


All together now: Aww! This

commercial sparked its own


it aired; it was one of the first American ads to directly name a competitor.

McDonald’s not-too-brightly responded by suing not only Burger King

and its ad agency, J. Walter Thompson, but also the adorable four-year-old

Gellar. When I worked on the McDonald’s account, the story was that

she was banned from Mickey D’s after that, but I doubt it. Especially

since she wishes McDonald’s a Merry Christmas in this BK holiday spot.



That’s Leah Thompson‘s

lap she’s sitting on — that would give me a merry Christmas, to be sure.

And Elizabeth Shue is on the right. My, how they grow up.

Here’s Sarah at age 11 on

Spenser for Hire



I don’t know about you, but

I couldn’t do anything but eat ice cream after I got my tonsils out.

Then again, she did grow up to be The Slayer.

Gellar was on the short-lived

series Girl Talk when she was 12. ET surprised her with a clip

of it during an interview. The video is out of synch, but I think the

cuteness is worth it.



Of course, the role that got

SMG noticed was Kendall Hart in All My Children. The character

certainly wasn’t all sweetness and light, but she had her moments.

You know, I feel a lot better

now about those nasty ol’ Maxim pictures.

How about you? Do you remember

any early SMG? What’s your favorite “sweet Sarah” role?

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