PETER MITCHELL

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IT’S a warm evening and from this multi-mil­lion­dol­lar Man­hat­tan apart­ment the sun set­ting over Cen­tral Park and the New York sky­line is mag­nif­i­cent.

The in­te­rior has ex­quis­ite fur­nish­ings and the walk-in wardrobe is filled with Chanel, Gucci and other de­signer clothes, shoes and hand­bags.

Thing is, it’s not an apart­ment, but a set on TV drama Ringer, the twist-and-turn­laden drama star­ring Sarah Michelle Gel­lar as two char­ac­ters— Siob­han and re­cov­er­ing ad­dict twin Brid­get Kelly.

The apart­ment is not in Man­hat­tan. It’s a set in Stage 3 on Los An­ge­les’ land­mark Cul­ver Stu­dios.

To make the bal­cony view re­al­is­tic, a 24m x 6m can­vas print of the sunset over the city sky­line and Cen­tral Park was erected.

‘‘ I think we’ve done a pretty amaz­ing job,’’ Gel­lar says. ‘‘ I mean, I’m a born and raised The right bal­ance: Sarah Michelle Gel­lar loves the life­style of­fered by New Yorker and it’s im­por­tant to me that we keep not just the look of New York City but the feel of it.’’

Ringer marked Gel­lar’s re­turn to star­ring in a TV se­ries.

Af­ter her seven-year run on Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended in 2003, she con­cen­trated on films, but that changed in Septem­ber 2009, with the birth of daugh­ter Char­lotte.

When the 34-year-old, mar­ried to ac­tor Fred­die Prinze Jr, was of­fered the roles of Siob­han and Brid­get, and the op­por­tu­nity to ex­ec­u­tive pro­duce Ringer, she signed up.

With the se­ries shot in LA, she could work and al­ways be close to Char­lotte.

‘‘ I re­alised, ‘ I can be some­where the en­tire year. I can take my child for the first day of school’,’’ she says.

‘‘ Two weeks ago my daugh­ter was very sick and I got to go home and be with her and we were able to work around it so that I could be there when she needed me.

‘‘ As soon as she was get­ting bet­ter I could come back and that’s just not a life­style that’s re­ally of­fered any­where else.

‘‘ Then you com­bine that with the lack of fe­male roles in films, it seemed like the per­fect time and then it’s just a mat­ter of find­ing the right project.’’

Gel­lar cre­ated a creche on the Cul­ver Stu­dio lot so the ac­tors and crew could bring their chil­dren to work, some­thing co-star Ioan Gruf­fudd took ad­van­tage of with his daugh­ter Ella, only 13 days older than Char­lotte.

‘‘ Sarah has erected a beau­ti­ful lit­tle play­room for them to all play to­gether when­ever they’re here,’’ Gruf­fudd says. Ringer, Eleven, Mon­day, 9.30pm

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