“It was about probably three years later and we started dating and she’s been my girlfriend ever since,” Prinze Jr. said.
Freddie Prinze Jr. opened up about how he fell in love with Sarah Michelle Gellar. It was not until three years of their dating that the actor realized that he loves her. Both accomplished actors in their own right, their romance was so picture-perfect that it even had some A-listers doubting its genuineness. In an interview with ET Online, the actor spoke about his daughter.
“It was about probably three years later and we started dating and she’s been my girlfriend ever since,” Prinze Jr. said. The couple met while working on the 1997 slasher film, I Know What You Did Last Summer, but the two were just friends. “She didn’t have a driver’s license so I was her chauffeur, and I would drive her to the gym every day and then go to the store, go get myself some lunch and then drive her back and we would just have an hour drive,” he said.
"We shot in this tiny little crazy town called South Fork. I would drive her to Wilmington every day that we had off, every day during rehearsals and we would have you know 55 minutes -- if I drove the speed limit -- to get to know one another," he added. About how they are as people, he said, "She was from New York City and I am a SoCal kid, so we were night and day, and it was just our philosophies on life just never clicked. Then one day everything clicked..." Their relationship turned romantic after an accidental dinner date in January 2000. "So, we started this weekly barbecue thing at her house, and me and my cousins would come over and cook food for her and her friends. And then we’d make sure everybody ate, and that was kind of how our friendship began," Prinze recalled.
"I didn't go on dates with other girls, nor did I even want to pursue dates with other girls. One day, I just knew we're going to get married and that I was going to propose. I didn't know when or how," he told PEOPLE in March 2021. The two got married on Sept. 1, 2002, and have two children together, Charlotte Grace Prinze and Rocky James Prinze. Prinze Jr. said his daughter is beginning to follow in his and his wife’s footsteps. “My daughter is starting to have an interest in acting and so my wife and I both kind of said we want to be examples for that,” he said. He further added that his daughter was his inspiration to join the holiday film, referencing his daughter Charlotte, 13, and son Rocky, 10, with Gellar. "My son could care less. He just wants to race cars, go fast and punch people. [So] that was the one part of it."
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