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Freddie Prinze Jr. Shares the Secret to His 15-Year Marriage With Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar Freddie Prinze JrFreddie Prinze Jr. shares the secret behind his 15-year marriage with Sarah Michelle Gellar. Here, the two watch the New York Knicks play the Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs May 14th 2000 at Madison Square Garden in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

For Freddie Prinze Jr., it’s all about the foundation. The former teen heartthrob met Sarah Michelle Gellar on the set of the 1997 horror flick I Know What You Did Last Summer, but the two made sure to pave a firm and steady road first.

“We were just friends. That’s one of the reasons I think our relationship has always been so good,” the She’s All That actor shared with E! News on Friday, April 28. “We were just friends for a good two years before we ever went on a date. She knew what kind of guy I was. She knew what my morals were, what my priorities were and visa versa. We already kind of knew all the faults in the other person.”

The couple married in September 2002, and now share two beautiful kids, Charlotte, 7, and Rocky, 4. Even after 15 years, Prinze admits that the two had to navigate the beginning stages of marriage delicately.

“We ended up being the perfect balance,” he continued. “But it didn’t happen until years after and there was a solid foundation built, and that’s probably the main reason why we’ve always been cool and groovy.”

He added that laughter is another important component to lasting love. “As long as they can make you laugh, laughter lasts forever,” Prinze Jr. continued. “If you just think she’s hot or she just think your hot, you’re in a lot of trouble when you’re 60!”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.