Freddie Prinze Jr. on the secret behind his 20-year marriage to Sarah Michelle Gellar


Freddie Prinze Jr. has revealed he’s never seen his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar’s hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, saying he wasn’t ‘the right demographic’ to watch the late ’90s supernatural drama.

The She’s All That star, 46, who married Michelle Gellar in 2001, spoke about the Hollywood couple’s 20-year marriage in an interview with Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O on Thursday.

When asked if he ever calls his wife by her character Buffy’s name, Prinze Jr. said: ‘Not only have I never called her Buffy, I have never even seen the show.

Freddie Prinze Jr. (right) has revealed he’s never seen his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar’s (left) hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, saying he wasn’t ‘the right demographic’ to watch the late ’90s supernatural drama 

‘I wasn’t the demographic, in my defence. She was my girlfriend, then my wife [so] I’ve never called her that ever. We’ve been married 20 years, together even longer.’

Prinze Jr. and Michelle Gellar met in 1997 on the set of teen slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer, before tying the knot in 2002. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, based on the 1992 film of the same name, aired from 1997 until 2003, covering the period when the pair fell in love and got married.

But despite never seeing the show, the couple’s relationship is still going strong, with Prinze Jr. also sharing his advice on how to maintain a long-lasting union.  

‘I hesitate at giving [relationship] advice because what’s good for me may kill another, just like peanut butter,’ he said, before explaining that doing the cooking and cleaning and making his wife laugh are key to their thriving marriage. 

The She's All That star, 46, who married Michelle Gellar in 2001, spoke about the Hollywood couple's 20-year marriage in an interview with Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O on Thursday. (The couple is pictured in Culver City, California, on June 3, 2000)

The She’s All That star, 46, who married Michelle Gellar in 2001, spoke about the Hollywood couple’s 20-year marriage in an interview with Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O on Thursday. (The couple is pictured in Culver City, California, on June 3, 2000)

‘My mum was a chef and I learned how to cook, and I married someone who couldn’t cook. So I’m necessary. She needs me to live and sustain herself!’ he joked.

‘Number two is laughter. I still make her laugh.’

He added that he ‘loves doing laundry’, explaining: ‘I hate a mess. If something is dirty, I clean it. I do the dishes while I’m cooking so there’s less s**t to look at.’

Prinze Jr. and Michelle Gellar met in 1997 on the set of teen slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer, before tying the knot in 2002. (Michelle Gellar is pictured in the show)

Prinze Jr. and Michelle Gellar met in 1997 on the set of teen slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer, before tying the knot in 2002. (Michelle Gellar is pictured in the show)

‘I can’t stand a mess: my room is spotless, my car is spotless. I’m one day late for a haircut and I’m going crazy,’ he added.

‘I saw a picture crooked in another guy’s office and I had to step up and straighten it. I can’t stand anything looking like crap.’

Prinze Jr., who is set to make his return to acting in the Netflix movie Christmas with You after taking a break from Hollywood to raise his children, also said he ‘loves and misses Australia’.

Prinze Jr., who is set to make his return to acting in the Netflix movie Christmas with You after taking a break from Hollywood to raise his children, also said he 'loves and misses Australia'. (Pictured: Prinze Jr. and Michelle Gellar in New York City on May 17, 2005)

Prinze Jr., who is set to make his return to acting in the Netflix movie Christmas with You after taking a break from Hollywood to raise his children, also said he ‘loves and misses Australia’. (Pictured: Prinze Jr. and Michelle Gellar in New York City on May 17, 2005)

The couple recently celebrated their 20-year wedding anniversary

The couple recently celebrated their 20-year wedding anniversary

‘I lived here for six months while making the first Scooby Doo movie and fell in love with it,’ he said.

‘The women were amazing, male surfers were great. Some of the other men didn’t like me; they wanted to see films with a car explosion instead,’ he joked.

Radio host Brittany Hockley also asked if American radio host Howard Stern ever paid up after betting Prinze Jr. $1million in 2001 that his relationship wouldn’t last.

‘He has not coughed up!’ the Down to You star replied.

Radio host Brittany Hockley also asked if American radio host Howard Stern ever paid up after betting Prinze Jr. $1million in 2001 that his relationship wouldn't last

Radio host Brittany Hockley also asked if American radio host Howard Stern ever paid up after betting Prinze Jr. $1million in 2001 that his relationship wouldn’t last 

‘The jig has been running for 20 years so he owes me. With interest it must be 19-20 million dollars,’ he added.

The star, who is famed for his role in the 1999 teen rom-com She’s All That, also revealed he hasn’t seen the remake starring TikTok star Addison Rae, called He’s All That, and that he turned down an offer to appear in the film. 

He’s now returning to his first romantic comedy in a decade, playing a father on screen for the first time ever in Netflix’s Christmas with You, out Thursday. 

Prinze Jr., who is of Puerto Rican, Italian and German descent and speaks fluent Spanish, added that he’s really excited to ‘play a Latino’ for the first time.

The couple share two children: 13-year-old daughter Charlotte and a 10-year-old son Rocky

The couple share two children: 13-year-old daughter Charlotte and a 10-year-old son Rocky

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