Sarah Michelle Prinze (born April 14, 1977) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur.
After being spotted by an agent at the age of four in New York City, she made her acting debut in the made-for-TV movie An Invasion of Privacy (1983). Gellar went on to appear in numerous television series and commercials. Her first leading part was in the 1992 miniseries Swans Crossing, for which she was nominated for two Young Artist Awards. Gellar’s television breakthrough came in 1993, when she originated the role of Kendall Hart on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children, winning the 1995 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.
In October 2015, Gellar co-founded Foodstirs, a food crafting brand and e-commerce startup selling baking kits for children.
Gellar took a two-year hiatus from acting following the birth of her daughter in 2009, and in 2011, she signed to star and work as executive producer for a new drama titled Ringer, in which she played the dual role of twin sisters, one of whom is on the run and manages to hide by assuming the wealthy life of the other. Gellar has stated that part of her decision to return to a television series was because it allowed her to both work and raise her child. The show was originally made for CBS but was later picked up by its sister channel The CW. The show debuted on September 13, 2011, and Gellar garnered largely acclaim from writers;E! Online found her “awesome” and “fantastic”, while TV Line felt she “does a fine job” as both characters. The first episode was watched by 2.84 million viewers, described as “solid” by Entertainment Weekly, but after the three-month hiatus over the holiday break, viewership decreased significantly. Ringer had a large fan base, but despite fans’ efforts, The CW canceled the series after the first season. For her portrayal of two characters, she received several award nominations, including one for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Television Actress – Drama.
ABC soap opera
“effective guest stars”
In September 2011, Gellar returned as a guest star on the ABC soap opera All My Children before the show’s ending but not as Kendall Hart; she portrayed a patient at Pine Valley Hospital who tells Maria Santos that she is “Erica Kane’s daughter”, and states that she saw vampires before they became trendy—a reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She played Phyllis in the American Dad! episode “Virtual In-Stanity”, which aired on November 20, 2011, and brought in 4.82 million viewers. Her former Buffy co-star Alyson Hannigan also made a voice-over role in the episode, receiving positive reviews. The AV Club called Gellar and Hannigan “effective guest stars” and felt that “both have voices with enough personality to fit their characters”. Gellar provided her voice again for the December 6, 2012, episode of the show (“Adventures in Hayleysitting”). On September 30, 2012, she reprised her role of Gina Vendetti in the premiere episode of The Simpsons’ season 24.
In February 2013, she signed on to co-star in the CBS series The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams. A fan of Williams for years, once Gellar learned that he was making a television project, she contacted her friend Sarah de Sa Rego, the wife of Williams’ best friend, Bobcat Goldthwait, in order to lobby for a co-starring role. The show was a single-camera comedy, about an advertising agency run by a father (Williams) and his daughter. It debuted on September 26, 2013, garnering 15.52 million viewers, which was the highest rated premiere that fall. But as with Ringer, the ratings slipped over the season and its finale was watched by only 5.23 million viewers. On May 10, 2014, CBS announced the show’s cancellation. The Crazy Ones earned Gellar the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New Television Series.
Cinderella in Whitney Avalon’s official YouTube channel
In March 2015, she guest-starred as Cinderella in Whitney Avalon’s official YouTube channel video short Princess Rap Battle, and joined the cast of Star Wars Rebels for season two, playing a recurring character known as the Seventh Sister. In early 2016, Gellar filmed for NBC a pilot presentation for a potential television series based on the cult-classic film, Cruel Intentions, reprising her role of Kathryn Merteuil. The story takes place 15 years after the events of the film, with Gellar’s character vying for control of her wealthy family’s company and dealing with the emergence of her late step-brother’s son.