Sarah Michelle Gellar has urged people to "be brave" and "live" to honour Buffy Summers' 40th birthday.
The former Buffy The Vampire Slayer actress — who played the iconic role in Joss Whedon's classic series — paid tribute to her alter ego on Tuesday (Jan 19) on the character's special day, which was celebrated on the show that ran from 1997 to 2003.
Gellar, 43, wrote on Instagram: "I just realized that today is Buffy Summers 40 bday. I can’t even believe that.
"She taught that the hardest thing in the world is to live in it. So in her honor let’s all be brave. Live.
"This may not be the way we are used to living our lives, but let’s find the beauty. So we can all live long and safely. #happybirthdaybuffy #buffy40 (sic)"
Last year, Gellar revealed she had been watching the classic show with her 11-year-old daughter Charlotte, who had been keen to see the series which propelled her mother to fame.
"My daughter has been asking about it for a while," said Gellar. "I haven't watched it in years, so I had to ask a couple of my friends, who remember stuff better than I do, whether she would be ready for it.
"We felt the high school years were appropriate but I don't think she's ready for the rest of it yet.
"So we'll see how well she takes it when she finds out she's going to have to wait for the rest. I'm not sure how well that's going to go down."
And the Cruel Intentions star — who also has seven-year-old son Rocky with husband Freddie Prinze Jr — admitted re-watching the show had given her a new appreciation for the cult classic.
She said: "I'm so proud of it. What's amazing about the show is that it takes some distance from it to really understand the impact that it had. Watching it again now, I realise just how relevant it still is and how ahead of its time it was." — BANG
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