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Sarah Michelle Gellar On The State Of Female Heroes And Why 'Buffy' Became A Rat (VIDEO)

Sarah Michelle Gellar wants to know where the TV female superheros are.

The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" veteran stopped by HuffPost Live and said it's "always time" and "important" for there to be a female hero on television.

When "Buffy" was on, the TV landscape was ripe with female heroes on shows like "Alias" and "Xena: Warrior Princess."

"I'm seeing it almost more in the younger shows ... Clearly, I watch a lot of young children's programming more so [because she has two young children]. But even 'Sophia the First' ... they're doing it for younger generations ... I think it's always time."

Gellar -- who spent seven seasons fighting vampires, demons and saving the world as Buffy Summer on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" -- said the workload was intense. "It was really hard," Gellar said. "I was 18 years old when we started ... Vampires come out at night so you're working these crazy hours when everyone else is sleeping and it was physical. I was constantly getting injured."

Gellar said because her character was in every scene, she sometimes would hit a wall of exhaustion. To catch a break, the writers turned Buffy into a rat in the Season 2 episode "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered."

"One time, literally, they turned me into a rat so I could get a break. I was like, 'Really? The most creative writing on television and that's how we're giving me a break?' she said. "But it was sort of like that was who the show was and it was an incredibly ambitious project to do."

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