Sarah Michelle Gellar has never been too open about her political beliefs, but it's no secret the Buffy actress has, for the most part, leaned Republican.
In the current election, however, that's changed. At this year's BlogHer conference, Gellar — a keynote speaker at the event — revealed during a speech that she'll be voting blue this year, and for a very important reason.
When asked whether she watched the Democratic and Republican national conventions and what her thoughts were, Gellar had this to say: "I watched it all, I think it’s a very important time for our nation. It is a very tricky position to be in, in terms of, I have respect for both parties. People are allowed to have different viewpoints."
But when it comes to which candidate she'll be supporting, Gellar said she was influenced by her 7-year-old daughter.
"I am incredibly honored that my daughter lives in a time where she sees that a woman can possibly be President. I think that's really important for daughters to understand that," she explained. "Look it’s hard, both parties buy my prodcuts, you know what I mean? That being said, I’m with her. I have known that family for a very long time. I believe that, you know, that there’s a lot of change that can be made and like I said, I’m incredibly proud to be able to look at my 7-year-old daughter and when she says, 'Mommy, one day can I be president?' I can honestly say to her, 'Yeah, there's a chance that you could,' which is not something that my mother could say to me when I was that age. I think it’s all about shattering that glass ceiling and understanding that, ya know, we can change the world. Women can, men can, but we all have to work together as a team to do that."
Still, Gellar recognized the difficult choice that many Americans will face when they head to the polls in November.
"It’s a difficult time, it's definitely a strenuous time for our country — for the world — but I think that — through being open-minded and respectful — having those difficult conversations are important, but I think the most important thing that everyone needs to remember is to respect everybody’s opinions whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, whether you’re for Bernie or whatever it is," she said. "We have to work together as a country, as a team. That was how America was built, was for the people. It was to get away from being an oppressive... There was no King, there was no I. It was a we, and I worry that so much of what’s happening now is so negative and I wish it could be in a more open and positive space."
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