It may seem like just yesterday that Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar got together (and broke '90s teenage hearts all over the world), but it's been 16 years since the couple wed. The two celebrated their anniversary on Wednesday, with Gellar marking the occasion with a post on Instagram that proves the couple's sense of humor has remained intact after more than a decade of martial bliss.
"Someone told me 'Marriage is like a deck of cards. In the beginning all you need is two hearts and a diamond,'" she jokingly captioned a selfie of she and her hubby. "But years later, you wish you had a club and a spade."
The couple met on the set of 1997's I Know What You Did Last Summer and were close friends before they ever became involved romantically. "We were just friends. That's one of the reasons I think our relationship has always been so good," Prinze said ahead of their 15th anniversary last year. "We were just friends for a good two years before we ever went on a date. She knew what kind of guy I was. She knew what my morals were, what my priorities were, and visa versa. We already kind of knew all the faults in the other person." They wed in 2002, years after they'd built "a solid foundation" for their relationship.
Humor, à la Gellar's cheeky post, isn't the only thing that keeps the couple's love alive. The other secret to their successful relationship? Mutual respect.
“We treat each other with respect, we didn’t just get married because we thought the other was young and hot. I think that sort of crushes relationships a lot," Prinze said in a 2016 interview. "We don’t feel fortunate as much as we feel disciplined in the work. Sacrifice is something that’s required in marriage. It’s fun being single, right? You can be selfish. When I was single making movies, I would travel all over the world and I didn’t have to think about anybody else’s feelings. Just my career.
So if you’re in that mode, selfishness isn’t bad, it’s good. It’s how careers get made. But marriages require a step back from that and a bit of a sacrifice, and our sacrifice I think is maybe the biggest thing that’s made our marriage work.”
And one more thing they swear by for staying together forever? Separate bathrooms.