Sarah Michelle Gellar Won Freddie Prinze Jr. Over With Food

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. are among the celebrity couples still together. Married for 18 years as of September 1, 2020, the actors’ relationship is as strong as ever. But how did their romance start? Over an accidental dinner date. 

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. met on a movie set

Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar arrive at the premiere of 'Summer Catch'
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar arrive at the premiere of Summer Catch | Ron Galella, Ltd. / Contributor

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Before tying the knot in 2002, Gellar and Prinze worked together. They met as co-stars in the 1997 horror movie, I Know What You Did Last Summer.

When filming wrapped, they went their separate ways to work on other projects but stayed in touch. Only after being friends for a few years did they start dating. 

Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s first date happened by accident

Their first date wasn’t even supposed to be a date. According to a January 2020 Instagram post of Gellar’s, she and her now-husband planned on having dinner with a friend. 

In the caption next to then-and-now photos, Gellar wrote, “20 years ago this week, my friend @realfreddieprinze and I were supposed to have dinner with a mutual friend from out of town. That friend missed her flight, but we decided to still meet and catch up.” 

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Gellar continued, saying she and Prinze still go to the same place. 

“Now 20 years together, 17 plus married and two kids, we still go to that restaurant for dinner. So thank you @sloaney77 for not showing up for dinner,” Gellar wrote. Who is @sloaney77 who helped bring together two of the most popular actors of the late ‘90s and early 2000s? Publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnick.

Sarah Michelle Gellar didn’t leave 1 food untouched on her first date with Freddie Prinze Jr.

In the years since their first date, both Gellar and Prinze have shared some details about it. For Prinze, he fell for Gellar when she didn’t steer clear of any food on the table. 

As he described during a 2016 Facebook Live, at the time of his first date with Gellar he’d been on dates with other actors who weren’t as adventurous with their food ordering.

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As a person with a big interest in food, he just couldn’t connect. Then Gellar came along and they bonded over their shared love of food. 

“A lot of girls back then in Hollywood as far as the actresses, they didn’t eat, they ate salad,” Prinze said. “And I had gone on a date with a handful of them; they would never eat what I would eat. You have to have that in common with me if we’re going to get along.”

“Sarah came to dinner with me, and we sat down and she ate everything,” he added. 

Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar have both made food a career

Food is a big part of Prinze and Gellar’s lives. It’s not just what they bonded over on their first date, it’s become careers. When they’re not acting in movies or TV shows, Gellar and Prinze are working on their food businesses. 

Gellar is one of the co-founders of Foodstirs, a California-based company that sells organic baking mixes and treats. Prinze is a cookbook author. In 2016, he released Back to the Kitchen: 75 Real Recipes & True Stories from a Food-Obsessed Actor

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