Sarah Michelle Gellar: Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Post-Surgery Recovery Has Been “Greatly Exaggerated”

Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar says her husband Freddie Prinze Jr.'s post-surgery recovery has been "greatly exaggerated." Dennis Van Tine

Not buying it! After 12 years of marriage, Sarah Michelle Gellar has no problem calling out her hubby Freddie Prinze Jr. on his embellishments. The Witches of East End actor, 38, recently posted several pre-and-post-surgery selfies wearing a thick neck cast with dramatic captions like "learning to walk again" after a spinal procedure. 

But at the 4th Annual Santa's Secret Workshop (produced and hosted by Bill Horn and Scout Masterson of Marque Communications) at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, Gellar, 37, set the record straight on her husband's condition. When asked how the father of her two children is recovering, she replied, "You mean (sarcastic tone) ‘learning how to walk’?! I can’t even," she said, laughing. "I’m not joking. Our mailwoman — god bless her heart — was like, ‘I prayed for you Freddie and it worked, you’re walking’. He’s fine. He did have very serious surgery, there’s no question, but his 'learning how to walk again' has been greatly exaggerated."

The pair, who tied the knot in September 2002, share daughter Charlotte, 5, and son Rocky, 2. Now that her kids have grown up a little bit, they are able to enjoy the holidays with a new sense of meaning.  

"They’re getting to the age where they understand the holidays [aren't] just about getting presents, that it’s so much about giving back and being appreciative for what they can do," Gellar tells Us. "We packed up food for SOVA this year, and it made them understand that not all kids have Thanksgiving food. So it’s been really special for me this year to merge my traditions which is gift giving and experiencing the holidays but also giving back."

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