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Sarah Michelle Gellar gives masterclass in raising kids to live as their truest selves

Amelia Hansford June 2, 2022
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Alyson Hannigan and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Willow and Buffy.

Alyson Hannigan and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Willow and Buffy. (20th Television)

Sarah Michelle Gellar has explained how is raising her children to live as their fullest, truest selves.

In an interview with People magazine, Gellar spoke about the importance of “teaching the next generation” about LGBTQ+ groups and how that can further build acceptance.

The mother-of-two said she regularly tells her children: “It’s OK to take time to figure out who you are and what you want.”

“I think everything needs to be about inclusivity,” she said. “We need to judge people on their actions and we’ve gotten so far past that, and we’re so busy labelling and putting people in buckets. And it’s not about that.”

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s own upbringing seems to be an instigator in how she approaches parenthood, having come from the “weird bubble” of New York City.

She didn’t realise homophobia and discrimination were such widespread issues until later on in life and aims to educate her children on those topics.

“Luckily, my children are also growing up in Los Angeles, in a big city where they’ve always understood since they were little that some people have two dads, some people have two moms, and some people only have one parent. It’s just the way it is,” she continued.

Both Gellar and her husband, 90s heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr, have gained massive LGBTQ+ followings over their storied careers.

“We’ll joke with each other. I’ll say, ‘Well, the gays loved me first’, and he’s like, ‘Yeah, but they love me more’.” she joked. “It becomes a running joke in our family.”

Sarah Michelle Gellar, best known for her iconic series Buffy The Vampire Slayer and queer fave Cruel Intentions, is marking Pride Month by appearing in a campaign for cannabis drink Cann and Weedmap.

The campaign also stars Gus Kenworthy, Kesha, Patricia Arquette and Drag Race’s Kornbread ‘The Snack’ Jete, among others.

 

Gellar said of the campaign: “My favourite part, honestly, was that for once, it wasn’t me in the high heels. Kornbread was like, ‘These are the most uncomfortable shoes I’ve ever worn.’ And I just looked down at the sneakers I was wearing and was all ‘Sorry’.”

 

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