This beauty appeared in commercials as a young child, but she quickly segued into TV and film roles. Her banner year came in 1997: Not only did Gellar garner attention in two big-screen horror fests — Scream 2 and I Know What You Did Last Summer (costarring her future husband, Freddie Prinze Jr.) — she also signed on as an exterminator of the undead in the long-running cult series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. During her tenure, Gellar made a bid for big-screen stardom as a villain in Cruel Intentions and an airhead in the popular Scooby-Doo films, costarring her spouse. When Buffy ended in 2003, she slowed down the pace a bit, but after The Grudge became a surprise hit in 2004, she found herself back in the spotlight. After a series of small and independent movies, Gellar took some time off from acting to spend time with Prinze and their daughter, Charlotte, born in 2009.

Fast Facts

  • Discovered by a talent agent at age 4 while eating in a restaurant.
  • Has appeared in more than 100 television commercials.
  • Was a competitive figure skater.
  • Won a 1995 Daytime Emmy (Outstanding Younger Actress in a Daytime Drama) for her work on ABC's All My Children.
  • Got the lead role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer even though she had only auditioned for a supporting part of Cordelia.
  • Costarred with future husband Freddie Prinze Jr. in I Know What You Did Last Summer, and later Scooby-Doo and its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
  • Her wedding to Freddie Prinze Jr. was officiated by director Adam Shankman.


  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2014, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Actress in a New TV Series: Winner


  • Freddie Prinze Jr. — Husband
  • Arthur Gellar — Father
  • Rosellen Gellar — Mother
  • Charlotte Grace Prinze — Daughter
  • Rocky James Prinze — Son

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  • Birth Name: Sarah Anne Michelle Gellar
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Profession: Actor, Model

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