It seems like just yesterday that Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. were co-starring in I Know What You Did Last Summer. And while plenty of things have changed over the last 16 years that they’ve been married, the one thing that hasn’t is how strong the couple’s bond is. Sarah and Freddie have certainly proved that true love is not dead, and the duo even recently shared their secret to maintaining a strong and happy marriage.
“Communicate. That’s the key. It’s about being present,” the 41-year-old actress revealed in the newest issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now. “Listening is the most important thing.” To add to his wife’s advice, Freddie, 42, said, “We still make each other laugh. And we treat each other with respect.” Aww!
Sarah and Freddie stressed that these qualities will ensure a healthy relationship. It also allows them to have shared interests which, for the couple, involves going out with friends and making home-cooked meals for their family-of-four. Sarah and Freddie most recently went on a double date with Charmed alum Shannen Doherty and her husband, Kurt Iswarienko.
Having respect for each other but also being able to laugh is vital in a relationship, especially when you have young kids. And even though Sarah and Freddie, who share daughter Charlotte, 9, and son Rocky, 6, love spending time with their family, they also yearn for alone time, too. “From the first time we kissed, I didn’t go on another date — it was just Sarah,” Freddie gushed of his wife.
This isn’t the first time that Sarah and Freddie have dished some helpful relationship advice. The power couple, who became friends in 1997 after Freddie would drive the Buffy the Vampire Slayer star to set when they filmed I Know What You Did Last Summer, gave some hilarious words of wisdom back in September when they celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary.
“Someone told me marriage is like a deck of cards,” Sarah wrote in an Instagram post for the couple’s anniversary after tying the knot in 2002. “In the beginning, all you need is two hearts and a diamond. But years later, you wish you had a club and a spade. #HappyAnniversary.” Too funny!
If you’re going to follow any relationship advice, we suggest you take Sarah and Freddie’s words to heart. After all, they have been married for over 16 years! And even though they’re both household names, staying out of the Hollywood spotlight has been a huge benefit for their marriage. Can you say #relationshipgoals?!