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Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr have strict rules about when daughter, 13, can begin acting

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr have strict rules about when daughter, 13, can begin acting

Their daughter wants to join the family business.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr both launched their acting careers at an early age, but they'll be damned if they let their daughter do the same.

The couple, who first met on the set of the 1997 teen thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer, are parents to Charlotte, 13, and Rocky, 10.

Charlotte is already hoping to get into the family business, but if Sarah and Freddie have anything to do with it, she won't be on the silver screen any time soon.

In fact, neither Charlotte nor Rocky will be allowed to try their hand at acting until they graduate high school.

Sarah and Freddie have strict rules for their children.
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"We have rules in place," Sarah told The Hollywood Reporter about her and Freddie's parenting style.

"She can't be in front of the camera until she graduates high school."

And these rules seemingly haven't gone down too well with Charlotte, who has developed a passion for acting.

"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." the star said.

Sarah is in the process of making her own return to acting after joining the cast of upcoming Paramount+ series Wolf Pack, and that's enough to keep their family busy for now.

That's not to say you might not see Charlotte on your TV screens in the future - her acting ban won't last forever, as Sarah and Freddie just want her to go about the rollercoaster career choice the right way.

"From my vantage point, Sarah always had the hunger to go back to acting," said Freddie.

Sarah and Freddie's daughter Charlotte wants to follow in their footsteps.
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"I could tell from the way she watches TV, analysing it, and how she talks about movies on the drive home [from the cinema].

"Once our daughter started taking it seriously, both of us just instinctually wanted to show her the way we think it should be done."

The Buffy The Vampire Slayer actor first started acting as a young child, appearing in TV commercials and bagging minor roles in films, before eventually going on to star in the hit teen drama series.

Buffy was a major success and catapulted Sarah to stardom, but in more recent years, she has opened up about what it was really like to work with show-runner Joss Whedon.

In 2021, Whedon was accused of workplace harassment and abuse allegations by former cast members Charisma Carpenter, Amber Benson, and Michelle Trachtenberg, which he has denied.

Though Sarah supported her co-stars allegations, she never came out with her own.

Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
20th Century Fox

"I’ve come to a good place with it, where it’s easier to talk about," she said.

"I’ll never tell my full story because I don’t get anything out of it. I’ve said all I’m going to say because nobody wins. Everybody loses.

"I’m not the only person facing this, and I hope the legacy hasn’t changed. I hope that it gives the success back to the people that put in all of the work."

She continued: "I will always be proud of Buffy. I will always be proud of what my cast mates did, what I did.

"Was it an ideal working situation? Absolutely not. But it’s OK to love Buffy for what we created because I think it’s pretty spectacular."

Featured Image Credit: sarahmgellar/Instagram

Topics: Film and TV, Celebrity