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