Sarah Michelle Gellar is no stranger to the pressure and danger that comes with being a child actor. She was just 4 years old when she caught the interest of talent agents and appeared in her first television film in 1983 at just 5 years old. By the 1990s, she was starting to receive main roles in popular projects.
With four decades spent in the industry, Gellar knows her experience can help others who are interested in an acting career at a young age. One of those people she hopes to have a positive influence on is her 13-year-old daughter, Charlotte, who recently expressed her own interest in being an actress someday.
It’s giving Gellar a new sense of meaning and purpose as she continues her comeback to the industry – which includes roles in the 2022 comedy Do Revenge and the 2023 series Wolf Pack. She wants to show her daughter how to succeed in the industry without being taken advantage of, mistreated, or counted out.
So, what does Sarah Michelle Gellar think about her daughter’s ambitions to be an actress someday? While she understands it’s ultimately up to her daughter, she did admit to there being rules regarding when that day comes – rules that were set in place by Gellar and her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr.
“Well, we have rules in place. She can’t be in front of a camera until she graduates high school,” Gellar explained to The Hollywood Reporter, where she discusses her daughter’s ambitions. “She says to me, ‘That’s unfair. You were a child actor.’ Yes, I was. But I was not the child of two famous parents.”
Gellar explained how her daughter’s interest in acting ‘scared the [expletive]’ out of her, ultimately coming to the conclusion – with her husband – that it wouldn’t be happening anytime soon. That said, she has brought her daughter on set with her and doesn’t mind her being around, so long as she isn’t on screen.
“I’ll never stop her from being on a set. But she’s just not going on camera while she’s living under our roof. There’ll be different expectations for her, so she needs to learn everything there is first,” Sarah Michelle Gellar continued. Her comments have been met with mixed reactions across social media.
Catch Sarah Michelle Gellar in ‘Wolf Pack’ on January 26!
Sarah Michelle Gellar is making her first big return to TV since appearing in The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams, which was canceled just three months before he died by suicide. His death caused Gellar, who built a close relationship with Williams, to take a temporary step back from acting.
While she has had several small roles since – including a main voice role in Masters of the Universe: Revelation – her lead role as Kristin Ramsey in Wolf Pack marks her official return. The show is based on a 2004 novel of the same name. It’s supposed to appeal to her fanbase that has missed her so much.
Starring alongside Gellar are Rodrigo Santoro, Armani Jackson, Bella Shepard, Chloe Rose Robertson, and Tyler Lawrence Gray. The series is scheduled to be released on January 26th and will be available on Paramount+ – so if you don’t already have that subscription, you have one week to get it!
And while we likely won’t be seeing her daughter making any screen appearances for the next five years or so, it seems as though we can get used to seeing her mother on screen again. We look forward to seeing what other projects she has in store for us. Who knows, maybe we’ll see her husband return too!
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