Watch Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair Reenact Their Iconic Kiss
The '90s stars offered up a COVID-friendly version of their "Cruel Intentions" smooch for MTV.
It has been 20 years since Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair accepted their award for Best Kiss at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards, for their iconic lip-lock in the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions. It only seemed fitting for the real-life BFFs to recreate the beloved scene for the 2020 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which honored the "greatest of all time," on Sunday night. Gellar and Blair were given the "Legendary Lip Lock" award, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, kissing anyone outside of your bubble is not recommended. Luckily, the actors figured out a creative approach to lock lips in a very 2020 way. Read on for more on the viral moment, and for more backstory on this fan favorite, check out This Cruel Intentions Star Thought His Parents Would "Disown" Him.
During the awards show, which aired on Dec. 6 on MTV, the women chatted about why their kiss was so monumental that people are still talking about it 20 years later. "I think the reason the kiss has resonated with people for so long is not just for the initial shock value, but because it was a catalyst for so many young people to help them realize certain aspects of their sexuality and help make people comfortable to be who they really are," Blair explained sitting outside at a table with Gellar.
"It also represented a paradigm shift to a new dynamic towards acceptance in pop culture," added Gellar. "Also, it was super hot."
"So as a special thanks, we'd like to recreate it," Blair concluded.
As the two leaned in to kiss each other, instead of locking lips, their faces uncomfortably smashed into a piece of plexiglass. Because, well, 2020.
"Stay safe, MTV," Gellar said. "And, 2020: end soon."
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MTV shared the hilarious clip on Instagram, with a seriously fitting caption: "Raise your hand if you miss kissing without a glass divider 🙋♀️🥴 Thank you for being the best, @selmablair & @sarahmgellar – and congrats on being our Legendary Lip Lock at the #MTVAwards: Greatest of All Time!"
Blair and Gellar are two of many stars who have been honored for their legendary lip locks. Here are a few other steamy smooches that have earned MTV's coveted Best Kiss award. And for more Hollywood duos from this era, check out Celebrity Couples From the 2000s You Totally Forgot About.
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Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, The Notebook
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Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire clearly gave it their all for their memorable upside down kiss in the 2002 film Spider-Man. Unfortunately, the duo, who were dating when they locked lips for the film, had split by the time they accepted the award in 2003, so fans missed out on the do-over. And for an onscreen kiss that didn't work out as well, check out Kate Hudson Reveals Why She Didn't Love Kissing Matthew McConaughey.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
While many same-sex kisses have been given the Best Kiss moon man at the MTV Movie Awards, few have been as honest and romantic as the one between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in the Oscar-winning 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain. At the 2006 ceremony, Gyllenhaal said it was "a big deal" that viewers picked their kiss. "This is a real honor, not just for me and Heath but for all of you, that you picked this movie and this kiss over all the other ones," he said. And for more up-to-date celebrity news, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Twilight
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have won more Best Kiss trophies than anyone else in Hollywood, bringing home the award for four consecutive years (from 2009 to2012), for their roles as Bella and Edward in the Twilight franchise. And year after year, the real-life couple treated fans to recreations of their vampire kisses on the MTV stage. And for more on Stewart's early days, check out 25 Stars You Didn't Know Got Their Start in Commercials.