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Ten Things About... Sarah Michelle Gellar

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Sarah Michelle Geller as Siobhan Martin/Bridget Kelly on Ringer

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Best known for playing vampire-slaying high school student Buffy Summers, Sarah Michelle Gellar has been a star of film and TV since being discovered by an agent at the tender age of 4. Cruel Intentions, The Grudge and I Know What You Did Last Summer quickly made Gellar one of Hollywood's hottest and most versatile actresses.

Set to make her return to television in a new sitcom focusing on a married couple who misbehave when their kids are away, we could be seeing a lot more of the actress-turned-slayer-turned-married mum of two.

In celebration of all things Gellar, here are ten fun facts to sink your teeth into.

1. Sarah Michelle Gellar was born in New York City on April 14, 1977 to Jewish parents. Her parents divorced when she was 7 and she was raised solely by her mother. When speaking about her father, Gellar said: "I don't have a father, I would never give him the credit or acknowledge him as my father."

2. Much like her character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as a child she ice skated competitively. Her mother made her give up the sport to focus more on school.

3. In 1982, Gellar starred in a Burger King commercial. Hers was one of the first adverts to ever mention a competitor by name and this led to Gellar and Burger King being sued by McDonald's. Due to truth in advertising, she could not enter a McDonald's unless in disguise. McDonald's suing children, whatever next?



4. Sarah Michelle Gellar has studied kickboxing, street fighting, boxing, gymnastics and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Fighting vampires must have been a walk in the park then...

5. The award-winning musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 'Once More With Feeling' saw Gellar sing a number of songs and the episode even resulted in a cast album.

6. Gellar must have a lot of love to go around as she's said to support the Yankees, Knicks, Giants and Dodgers, as well as English football team Arsenal.

7. In 2004, Gellar starred in horror film The Grudge which proved to be a worldwide box office hit. Speaking of the success of the film, David Wirtschafter (president of the William Morris Agency, Gellar's representation at the time) told The New Yorker that The Grudge "takes our client Sarah Michelle Gellar, who is now nothing at all, and... makes her a star, potentially. Suddenly, the Sarah Michelle Gellar space is meaningful". Unsurprisingly, she ended her association with the agency and found new representation.



8. Gellar is a keen coupon-er and has been quoted saying: "I clip coupons all the time. Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?" To be honest, she has a good point.

9. She has collaborated the most times on the big screen with husband, Freddie Prinze Jr. They've featured six times together, including films such as Scooby-Doo and Happily N'Ever After.

10. Gellar gave birth to her second child, a son, in September 2012. However, her and her husband did not release the child's name until November of the same year when they announced he was called Rocky James Prinze. With Rocky James and daughter Charlotte Grace, the couple have picked relatively 'normal' names compared to the Apples, Blue Ivys and Jermajestys of Hollywood.

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