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Way Back When: Sarah Michelle Gellar

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She hasn’t been around much these days, but we’ll always love Sarah Michelle Gellar and the show that made her a star, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’ In today’s Way Back When, we dig way, way back to bring you a peek at Gellar’s pre-’Buffy’ career.

Burger King Commercials

In 1981, little Sarah Michelle Gellar and her adorable face wanted to sell you some burgers from Burger King. Guaranteed to be 20% bigger than the burgers at McDonald’s. Tiny Gellar says the best way to stick it to the burger clown is to buy some burgs from the King. Her resemblance to ‘Wreck-It Ralph’s Vanellope Von Schweetz is kind of bonkers:

Gellar brought her cutie patootie self back to Burger King in 1982 for a holiday commercial that also featured Leah Thompson and Elisabeth Shue (Shuuuuuue!):

Once more, with feeling! Gellar’s final Burger King commercial, from 1993, in which we’re sure her cuteness could unite warring nations and keep homeless people warm for a decade, at least:

‘High Stakes’

Gellar starred as Karen Rose, the daughter of a woman mixed up in the mob in this movie, which also starred Kathy Bates. In the clip below, Karen’s mom reads her a story, but Karen is more concerned with when her mom will get married again because of money.

‘Girl Talk’

If you were a girl growing up in the ’90s, you no doubt remember ‘Girl Talk.’ It started with magazines, but turned into a TV show and board game. Holla if you remember playing with those truth or dare cards and “zit stickers.” But for now, we turn our attention to the short-lived TV series featuring a very young Sarah Michelle Gellar and Soleil Moon Frye — yup, Punky Brewster. Respect. Watch a clip from the show below, which features the girls talking about boys, clothes and music, but sadly no one talks about the keyboardist’s amazingly unfortunate ensemble.

‘A Woman Named Jackie’

In this 1991 TV movie about the life of Jackie Kennedy, Gellar played a miniature version of Jacqueline Bouvier, who later became one of the nation’s most important and celebrated first ladies. And Gellar went on to become one of the most important and celebrated leading ladies of television, which is kiiiiiind of the same.

‘Swans Crossing’

Gellar starred in this teen soap opera in 1992 as Sydney Orion Rutledge (because of course), a wealthy and popular teen girl who gets involved in all sorts of schemes — sound familiar? It’s almost like a ‘Cruel Intentions’ prequel.

NEXT: See Chris Pine Before He Was Famous

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