For many of their fans, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. are relationship goals. They are the epitome of what it means to be in love. For years, they have served as idols to fans as they acted alongside each other, began a relationship, started a family, and remained true to each other—after all this time and in Hollywood, no less!
It is neat to think that role models from the ‘90s are still going strong. In fact, it is so neat that fans can't help but want to honor them! Stop for a bit and browse through this list, all to take a look at some of the times they really stood out to fans... like when they got married and shared their exciting wedding story, when they became entrepreneurs and showed how much they love food, when they turned to social media and gave great advice, and when they dressed up for Halloween and made every couple seriously just want to be them.
Yes, down below, there are 20 moments from the shared life of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.—20 moments that are fun, beautiful, and made even the most hardened Hollywood hearts believe in love!
20 They Met On Set And Started Dating Three Years Later
Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr. met in 1997 when they were filming I Know What You Did Last Summer. And then they didn’t start dating until three years later!
Then, they only dated for a year before getting engaged and they were married in Mexico.
Adam Shankman, director of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, officiated the wedding. That is too cute! And on their fifth wedding anniversary, Gellar legally changed her name to Sarah Michelle Prinze (though she still uses her stage name, too). They prove that timing is everything and that what is meant to be... well, it will be!
19 They Have Two Children Together
Now, as said, there are 20 points here that prove how amazing Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.—but this one may be the best moment. Bringing a kid into the world is a big deal, and the fact that these two awesome humans created two more awesome humans... it is almost too much to handle! Yes, their daughter was born in September 2009, and they named her Charlotte Grace, and their son was born in September 2012, and they named him Rocky James. This adorable family with their perfect little names all live together in Los Angeles.
18 They’ve Starred In Other Works Together, Too
And speaking of all those films and series... obviously, they were in I Know What You Did Last Summer together.
Then, after that, they went on to star as Daphne and Fred in Scooby-Doo in 2002, as well as in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in 2004.
They also both lent their voices to a 2006 animated movie called Happily N'Ever After, to the series Robot Chicken and to the TV show Star Wars Rebels. Some say that spouses should not work together, but if these two keep doing it, something must be going right for them!
17 They No Longer Act But Are Doing Just Fine
While Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. rose to fame through acting, they are actually not doing much of that right now (besides some voice acting and TV movies)... but that is okay. All of those films and series led to them having a combined estimated net worth of $34 million. And they are pretty private. Occasional photographs are captured of the family, and the couple will post to social media now and then, which gives fans a glimpse into their life. They seem happy just being at home and raising their kids!
16 They Fight Through Rumors
It seems like every single day, a new rumor surfaces that another celebrity couple is splitting up.
And since Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. are celebrities who have been together for years and years, these rumors centered around them at one point.
After he had spinal surgery, tabloids said that all he did was sit on the couch and play video games, which upset his wife and led to conflict in the marriage. But hmm... years have gone by... and they are still together! No relationship is perfect, but the way these two handle rumors is truly inspiring.
15 They Celebrate Holidays Together
Okay, we have discussed Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. meeting, working together in Hollywood, falling in love, overcoming struggles, and having kids. Now, let’s talk about some really fun stuff—like Halloween costumes! In our book, any couple that goes all out like this gets an A+ because nothing says true love like matching outfits. They clearly enjoy celebrating. They definitely like being together. And they surely could look gorgeous no matter what they were wearing, as they are truly rocking these costumes inspired by Pretty In Pink! Have we mentioned that they are total goals…?
14 They Work Well Together
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. work well together on the screen... and off it, too!
According to an interview Sarah Michelle did, they get up around the same time.
He will take a shower while she starts cooking, and the kids get up at seven. They start their mornings with drip coffee, they take turns driving the kids to school, and at the end of the day, the rituals continue, with no phones at the table and 30 minutes of story time each night. Uhm... Can we just go ahead and move into this house?!
13 They Give Good Advice
One year, on their anniversary, Sarah Michelle Gellar shared a photo of her and Freddie Prinze Jr. that had this caption: “Someone told me -Marriage is like a deck of cards. In the beginning all you need is two hearts and a diamond. But years later, you wish you had a club and a spade.” During an interview once, she gave some more sage advice, saying that certain things should be kept separate in a marriage—like a separate shopping credit card for her and maybe a separate gaming card for him. And on a more serious note, he said their relationship works because they started out as friends, “already kind of knew all the faults in the other person” and “ended up being the perfect balance.”
12 And They Don’t Take Themselves Too Seriously
Oh, there is one more thing that Sarah Michelle Gellar suggest keeping separate— bathrooms! We agree that this may be a smart decision for all couples. And she was not kidding about the video game thing either...
Apparently, she joined a group called Widows of Warcraft, since she lost Freddie Prinze Jr. to video game world (specifically to World of Warcraft).
She said there are support groups full of other people who have dealt with this same issue, and she encouraged fans to “have kids, cause there’s just no time” when video games are around for entertainment. Glad they got their two in!
11 Plus, They Are Just Really In Love
10 Even Though Their Wedding Was Not Perfect
Ah, and speaking of that wedding... It was supposed to be outdoors in 2002, but Hurricane Hernan was around, so they moved it into the El Careyes resort. That plan worked, and everything seemed fine... until the next day.
When guests were trying to leave, a 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit!
The couple stayed and honeymooned there, though, a friend of the family said “all of those bigger-than-life natural events can only bode well for the marriage,” and one of the bridesmaids said “it was the most incredible weekend.” And it definitely makes for a good story!
9 They Have Shared Interests
Obviously, couples need to share some interests if they are going to enjoy time together and make things work. Well, for Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr., they bonded over something for important to both of them: food. On their first date, he was impressed that she actually ate, since he had seen many women—especially in their industry—stick to just salads. Not Sarah, though. In his words, “Sarah came to dinner with me, and we sat down, and she ate everything!” And food has continued to be an important part of their lives, as everyone here will soon read...
8 And They Turned Those Passions Into Paychecks
Yes, that love for food continued and grew into businesses! In 2015, Sarah Michelle Gellar started a company called Foodstirs, which sells organic, GMO-free mixes and dessert baking kits.
Plus, three of its bake-your-own chewy oat bar mixes have been certified as Glyphosate Residue-Free, and Foodstirs is the only nationally distributed organic food brand to receive this certification.
Furthermore, about a year later, Freddie Prinze Jr. published his own cookbook called Back to the Kitchen: 75 Delicious, Real Recipes (& True Stories) From a Food-Obsessed Actor. Since he used to work in a restaurant and even enrolled in culinary school, we can bet that these recipes are yummy!
7 They Are Amazing Parents
Let’s get back to talking about those adorable kiddos. As many may have noticed earlier, from points about their life and their organization, there is a structure in this household. And when it comes to raising two kids in LA, both Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. have a good balance between strict and fair. She has said that “parenting is the hardest thing,” and he has said that being strict is worth it... but is still a challenge. As with marriage, nothing is perfect, from what we can see, they are doing an amazing job!
6 Like... Really Good Parents!
Since Sarah Michelle Gellar is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she has a black belt in taekwondo. And since Freddie Prinze Jr. was forced into martial arts as a kid, he still practices; in fact, his godfather is Bob Wall, who trained with Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris.
And now, their kids are carrying on this tradition!
He believes that jiujitsu is the best martial arts for women, so that is what Charlotte does, and for Rocky, he likes boxing (which makes sense, with a name like that!). If they aren’t already, these kids are going to be glad that they have these awesome skills.
5 Even Though Their Parents Weren’t Always There For Them
What’s beautiful about their parenting is that their parents were not always there for them. After Freddie Prinze Jr. lost his father, he moved around quite a bit and would get into fights. He said he was 18 before he started “trying to work on being a better human being rather than an angry one.” He says that growing up fatherless makes him want to be a good father himself. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s father wasn’t around either, and she was busy with acting at a young age, which was hard on her. “He is not a person who exists in my life,” she said once. “I don't have a father. I would never give him the credit to acknowledge him as my father.”
4 They Enjoy The Great Outdoors
From starting the week with a hike to hitting up the beach after a good hike, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Charlotte, and Rocky can often be found enjoying the great outdoors.
And parents that encourage their kids to be active and to be in nature... That’s another A+ from us!
Even before kids, these two would enjoy the beach together, as she once shared a #TBT of her #BodyBeforeBaby... which reminded her that she needed a vacation. Take us, please?! We can only imagine the fun-filled adventures that would take place, whether climbing up a mountain or lounging on the beach with this crew.
3 They Are Also BFFs
First, there was I Know What You Did Last Summer. Then, there was that date where Sarah Michelle Gellar actually ate. And remember: According to Freddie Prinze Jr., he worked then and it works now because these two are best friends. Before they even started dating, they were just buds, so they knew everything about each other and knew that a relationship would be a good idea. “But it didn't happen until years after and there was a solid foundation built,” he said, “and that's probably the main reason why we've always been cool and groovy.” Cool and groovy...and amazing...and perfect…*sigh*...
2 BFFs Who Take Selfies Together…
Gosh, there are only two points left in this list here, but we could go on and on about Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. We love their movies. We love their wedding story. We think their kids are too cute.
And we think that they should definitely take more selfies!
Back in the day, we would pounce at the magazines that had their photos in them, when they were just dating and we were just kids ourselves. Now, we are all on social media, and we are living for these adorable pics.
1 And Who Will Always Be Our Fave ‘90s Couple
Here it is—the final thought on how these two make us believe in love... In conclusion, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. are the best. They are talented stars. They are hard-working parents. They are inspirational. They are go-getters. They are in love. They are BFFs. And just as their relationship has endured and stayed strong, so have our thoughts about them: We loved them then, and we love them now! From the ‘90s and to today and for many, many more years, we enjoy keeping up with these two, and we can’t wait to see what’s next from our favorite couple!
Sources: Today, Marie Claire, Huffington Post, LA Times, Us Magazine