Sarah Michelle Gellar revealed the biggest way Dolly Parton improved ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’


Dolly Parton, renowned for her wholesome image and era-defining music, extends her influence beyond the realms of philanthropy and performance into the supernatural arena. At 78 years old, the iconic artist is set to potentially resurrect the beloved 90s television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, through her production company, Sandollar Entertainment.

Sandollar Entertainment played a pivotal role in producing all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and there are indications that the company might be involved in the revival. For fans eager to join the ranks of the Scooby Gang once again, the prospect of working under the aegis of Dolly Parton seems nothing short of a dream.

Despite her limited physical presence on the set, Dolly Parton, operating under the banner of Sandollar Television, maintained significant involvement in the production. Notably, Buffy the Vampire Slayer marked one of the company’s early successful ventures, despite the initial lackluster performance of the series’ film debut at the box office.


While Parton may not have been a frequent visitor to the set or personally acquainted with most of the cast, she made a concerted effort to express her support. Parton conveyed her pride in the cast’s work, emphasizing that she was there for them. A unique manifestation of her appreciation came in the form of annual Christmas gifts sent to the cast, even if Parton rarely made a physical appearance on set.

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, who portrayed Buffy, shared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that although they never saw Dolly Parton in person, receiving personalized Christmas gifts from her was a heartwarming gesture. Gellar recounted feeling incredulous at the idea that Dolly Parton knew who she was and acknowledged her performance. The legendary country musician’s thoughtful gestures added a layer of warmth and encouragement to the cast’s experience.

Dolly Parton’s impact extended beyond the actors to individuals like Gail Berman, who worked for Sandollar during Buffy’s ascent. Despite being instrumental in the series’ success, Berman faced consistent underpayment of royalties from higher-ups in the company. In response to this injustice, Dolly Parton intervened, rectifying the situation by issuing a substantial check to cover the overdue royalties, even though Berman had left the company years earlier.

While Dolly Parton’s positive influence resonated with many involved in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the same cannot be said for the series’ director and showrunner, Joss Whedon. Despite Parton’s commitment to uplifting women, Whedon seemingly failed to grasp this message. As discussions about a potential Buffy the Vampire Slayer revival emerge, fans can only hope for more of Dolly Parton’s influence on set and perhaps a bit less of Joss Whedon’s, should the project receive the green light.