Sarah Michelle Gellar: Family Always Comes First

09/09/2011 at 08:00 AM ET

Sarah Michelle Gellar isn’t afraid to take a stand for the sake of her family.

Returning to television for the first time since welcoming Charlotte Grace, 2 this month, Gellar takes on the role of both actress and co-executive producer in her latest series, Ringer.

“My family comes first and you have to be in charge to protect that,” she tells the Los Angeles Times. “You have to be the one who says no or you don’t have a life, which is what I found out the first time.”

Fortunately, Gellar — who catches up on her sleep during her lunch hour and has installed a nursery on set — finds herself among a cast and crew that understand her priorities.

“Our kids are all the same age,” she explains. “It’s a big support system I never had before.”

Shortly after welcoming her daughter with husband Freddie Prinze, Jr., Gellar, 34, joined a motherhood support group and now, the last to return to the work field, finds herself a bit overwhelmed by the challenges.

“I was trying to be supportive of everyone else and I thought I was doing a good job — and then I went back to work and realized how hard it was!” she explains. “I literally wrote them all apologies saying, ‘Oh, my God, I didn’t realize!'”

However, despite her demanding schedule and constant juggling, Gellar admits no amount of success outweighs the newfound joy brought to her by her baby girl.

“I don’t want to feel like a failure to my daughter,” she says. “She’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Buffy — pretty great and all, but Charlotte’s way better.”

— Anya Leon

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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Crystal on

I love SMG and I’m so glad that she is returning to TV! Can’t wait for Ringer!

Heather on

I couldn’t agree more with her last comment… It doesn’t matter what you do for a living or what you accomplish in life your children should always be your biggest and best body of work! Careers can get in the way but they should NEVER take precidence over your children! (and yes I’m a working mother of two) I work so my kids can have a better life, but every second I spend with them is ALL about them!

alyssa on

I love Sarah Michelle Gellar. She’s so down to Earth and has her priorities in check. What a wonderful mommy!

amw on

strong momma who wont apologize. charlotte will definitely benefit. and i think SMG will have a better career because of the choices she makes related to to her family. its a positive cycle.

Tom on

She needs to come back and do more Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That show was so much better than this.

Jen on

I love her! I am so happy that she is coming back to TV!

Jennifer on

Sarah is amazing, and her family is awesome. I am sure she will do well in her endeavors.

Plygal on

Just glad she is doing TV again and has her priorities in line with FAMILY then career!!

Ksmom on

I’m so glad for Sarah. It’s too bad her mother in law, Kathy Prinze, isn’t in the picture. Kathy and Freddie no longer talk because Kathy tried to run his life. He has banned his mother from visiting or having anything to do with them. I’m a former friend of Kathy’s and what she did to her own son is terrible. Sarah and Freddie, you stay strong. You don’t need Kathy’s interference.

Jess on

Man I knew there was a reason I liked her lol Can’t wait to see her new show. I think it starts this tuesday. I’m sure it will be awesome

penelopi Kokkinias on

good for her. admire her for saying that family comes first many hollywood celebs are in it for the money. shes a really well respected hollywood actress that will go far in life. i respect those who put family first. that is all u have without family u have nothing really

Reanna on

Anytime I watch her in anything I can’t help but think of her as Buffy Summers. She’ll always be famous for that.