Actress, producer, entrepreneur, author and Hollywood star Sarah Michelle Gellar is definitely the total package. As a teenager, she got her breakout role in the ABC soap opera All My Children and later gained wide acclaim for her lead role as Buffy Summers in the hit horror-comedy series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
In addition to her exploits on the small screen, Sarah Michelle Gellar hit box-office gold for her role as Daphne Blake in Scooby-Doo which she reprised in its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. After nearly 3 decades of successful film and television acting, the talented actress marked her debut a producer in 2011 on the series Ringer, also doubling as the lead star of the show. In 2015, Gellar added “entrepreneur” to her résumé when she co-founded the culinary lifestyle company Foodstirs.
Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Bio, Age
Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977, in Long Island, New York, the only child of her parents Rosellen (née Greenfield) and Arthur Gellar, both of whom were Jewish. After her parents’ divorce when she was 7, she moved with her mother to the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan where she was raised. Her relationship with her father was mainly strained even until he died in 2001.
Growing up, Sarah Michelle Gellar was a very active kid. In addition to her budding acting career, she was a competitive figure skater and also earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Despite the hindrances of her busy acting job, she completed her high school diploma with a 4.0 grade average at the Professional Children’s School in New York City.
Following her acting debut in the 1983 telefilm An Invasion of Privacy, Sarah Michelle Gellar featured in several TV commercials and equally did a bit of modeling under Wilhemina models. After taking up several minor TV and film roles, the talented youngster landed her first lead role in the teen drama series Swans Crossing (1992). Though the show was shortlived, Gellar earned two Young Artist Award nominations for her performance. In 1993, the actress got her acting breakthrough when she was cast as Kendall Hart in the soap opera All My Children (1993-95). For her epic performance, she won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 1995.
Upon her departure from All My Children, Sarah Michelle Gellar relocated to LA where she was cast as the title character in the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Gellar’s highly-acclaimed role as Buffy Summer during the 7-season run of the hit series transformed her into a world-famous TV star and is widely considered the most defining role of her career. Among other accolades, she received 5 Teen Choice Awards, one Saturn Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her brilliant work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–03).
Sarah Michelle Gellar marked her first major big-screen feature in the slasher-thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) swiftly followed by another slasher film role in Scream 2 (1997). The actress effectively shed her “good girl” image following risqué performances in Cruel Intentions (1999) and Harvard Man (2001). Among other roles, Gellar starred as Daphne Blake in the in the live-action–comedy Scooby-Doo (2002) and also reprised her role in its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).
In 2006, Sarah Michelle Gellar appeared in the comedy-thriller box-office monster Southland Tales, co-starring alongside Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, and Justin Timberlake. The talented actress remained consistent as several film roles followed until 2009 when she took a 2-year hiatus to birth and nurse her first child.
Gellar returned to the screens in 2011 doubling as the executive producer and lead star of the crime-drama series Ringer. Though the show was shortlived, the talented actress garnered several accolades for her dual role of twin sisters Bridget Kelly and Siobhan Martin. Gellar was also on the main cast of the short-lived sitcom The Crazy Ones (2013–14) followed by a guest voice role in the animated series Star Wars Rebels (2015–16).
Having launched her cooking and lifestyle company Foodstirs in October 2015, Sarah Michelle Gellar published her first cookbook Stirring up Fun with Food in April 2017.
As an actress, Sarah Michelle Gellar has had it good both on the small screen and on the big screen. She has also recorded a fair level of success as an entrepreneur since the launch of her culinary lifestyle brand Foodstirs. This multitalented actress, producer, entrepreneur and author has amassed an enviable net worth of $20 million and going by her recent strides, this sum is expected to be on a steady rise.
Husband and Kids
Sarah Michelle Gellar is currently married to fellow Hollywood star Freddie Prinze Jr. The duo first met in the 1990s as co-stars on the slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer. However, they officially became an item in the year 2000. The couple got engaged the following year and on September 1, 2002, they tied the knot in a ceremony held in Mexico.
In 2007, Sarah Michelle Gellar legally changed her last name to ‘Prinze’ in celebration of their 5th marriage anniversary. The couple has children together; their first child was born on September 19, 2009, a daughter named Charlotte Grace Prinze. The couple welcomed their second child on September 20, 2012, a son named Rocky James Prinze.