This sequel to the cult classic series from the 1980s picks up the stories of its iconic characters where they left off decades ago
With her extensive list of credits, it is not surprising that Sarah Michelle Gellar voiced the heroine in the animated series Masters of the Universe: Revelation from Netflix and Mattel Television. This sequel to the cult classic series from the 1980s picks up the stories of its iconic characters where they left off decades ago. After the cataclysm that unleashed the battle between He-Man (Chris Wood) and Skeletor (Mark Hamill), Eternia is devastated and the guardians of Grayskull, scattered. Decades of secrets have kept them apart and now it’s up to Teela (Gellar) to reunite this band of heroes and solve the mystery of the disappearance of the Sword of Power, in a race against time to reclaim Eternia and prevent the end of the universe.
On the eve of the series’ long-awaited premiere, Gellar spoke about why she identified with Teela’s story, what it was like to work with showrunner and executive producer Kevin Smith, and how much she will enjoy watching the series with her children.
How did you first discover the Masters of the Universe franchise?
Since I was a child I already knew the franchise and the series. When you hear the words “By the power of Grayskull!” It is as if it sounds like a song from childhood that you have heard in years, but the moment you listen to it, all the memories return to you. I did some research before I started work on Revelation to remember how the stories of all the characters intertwine; But the most beautiful thing about Masters of the Universe is that it is a classic story, a tale about having the power to choose good, and how good triumphs over evil. It’s about people who make mistakes and learn from them. They are topics that remain relevant over time.
What aspects of Teela and her story in Revelation made you feel identified?
Those who know me know that I have a special affection for playing characters that represent “the chosen one”; the girl who doesn’t think she has any power and then discovers that she actually has all the power. For me, that is the most important life lesson to learn and teach as a woman, and something I really try to show my daughter: that you can do the same as anyone else. It’s about putting your mind to something and believing in yourself. How Teela discovers her power and truth and finds her true place is a very important story.
You are famous for portraying and voicing strong women, such as Buffy Summers in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and the Seventh Sister in Star Wars Rebels, among others. Is it something you are deliberately looking for when accepting a role, or has it just become a natural trend throughout your career?
It’s a bit of both. I think that’s why I was drawn to She-Ra from the beginning in the original Masters of the Universe story. I didn’t have strong female characters to look up to as a child. So I am fortunate to be able to interpret them and bring them to life, and to make sure that girls today grow up with many options and paths to understand that women are powerful. Storytelling is about making an impact and playing characters that people remember and leave a mark on. Those are always the best characters to play.
What was it like working with Kevin Smith?
Kevin wrote to tell me about the show, and I’m a huge fan of his. I love Clerks, behind the counter; Modern youth; Your work is great! But she had never worked with him. I read the first scripts for Revelation and thought, “This is very good.” I recorded almost all of my work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and set up a small studio in my husband’s office. We did a lot of the work through Zoom, but Kevin had an incredible connection to the project and made it such a special experience. It is not an easy thing to do.
Are you going to see Revelation with your family?
Yes; I can’t wait to see the series with them. They are very excited. It makes me happy to finally act on things that they can see.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation premieres July 23 on Netflix.
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