It’s not unusual to accidentally text the wrong person. When one woman did just that, however, her message reached Sarah Michelle Gellar – and the star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer responded in style.
Sarah Michelle Gellar first hit the big time after starring in Buffy the Vampire Slayer – the cult TV show that arguably made her name – from 1997 to 2003. And she remains popular to this day: at least, if her more than 950,000 Facebook followers are anything to go by. Those people got to see just what happened, moreover, when the actress received a text that wasn’t meant for her – and how Gellar responded to the message might just bring a smile to your face.
But while many may remember Gellar just for Buffy, there’s way more than that show on her acting resume. From 1993 to 1995, for instance, she portrayed troubled teen Kendall Hart on All My Children, even winning a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance in the role. The star has put in some memorable appearances on the big screen, too: most notably, in I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2 and Cruel Intentions.
It was on the I Know What You Did Last Summer set, though, that Gellar first encountered Freddie Prinze Jr. And although the pair didn’t become an item until 2000, their romance would eventually lead them to the altar, with the couple wedding in Mexico in 2002. Rather adorably, Prinze and Gellar have since appeared on screen together as love interests – for example, while playing Fred and Daphne, respectively, in the live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo.
Then, after tying the knot, Gellar and Prinze became parents to daughter Charlotte and son Rocky. Perhaps as a consequence, Gellar’s acting career slowed down a little in the late ’00s and early ’10s. And while a mooted Cruel Intentions sequel TV series would have seen her notably return to the small screen, ultimately the show never got past the pilot stage in 2016.
At least Gellar has a husband willing to sing her praises, which Prinze did in a 2017 interview with E! News. The actor also gave his own take on why his relationship had been a success, saying, “We were just friends for a good two years before we ever went on a date.”
Prinze added to E! News, “[Gellar] knew what kind of guy I was. She knew what my morals were, what my priorities were and vice versa. We already kind of knew all the faults in the other person.” One of Gellar’s faults definitely isn’t her commitment to philanthropic causes, though. Indeed, she’s previously supported multiple charitable organizations, including the likes of Habitat for Humanity, CARE and the LA-based Project Angel Food.
Gellar would explain how she acquired her benevolent streak in a 2004 interview with Radio Free, saying, “My mother taught me a long time ago that even when you have nothing, there’s ways to give back. And what you get in return for that is tenfold.” She added, “But it was always hard [at first] because I couldn’t do a lot. I couldn’t do much more than just donate money when I was on [Buffy] because there wasn’t time. And now that I have the time, it’s amazing.”
However, even when Gellar was on Buffy, she made sure to invite children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation onto the set. She explained in her Radio Free interview, “My crew on Buffy, I will say this about them: they were the most gracious. We would have Make-A-Wish kids all the time, and they would let them roll the camera and do the sound… It was just really great to watch.”
So, if you mistakenly text a celebrity, you could do worse than having your message end up in Gellar’s inbox. And while that scenario may seem rather implausible, that’s actually exactly what happened to Charlyn Willis. Willis had just gotten engaged and texted who she had thought was her friend with the good news. In addition, the Savannah, Georgia, native sent a picture of herself wearing her brand new engagement ring.
Gellar, meanwhile, posted Willis’ snap on her own Facebook page and explained, “This is #CharlynWillis. She got engaged yesterday and meant to text her sister but, in all the excitement, got me instead. Her sister didn’t respond, but I did.” The actress continued, “So, please help me say congrats to Charlyn (and her fiancé whose name I don’t know) – #congratulations.”
And many people duly obeyed Gellar’s request. “Congratulations and best wishes to Charlyn Willis, who not only got engaged but ended up texting Buffy the Vampire Slayer!,” read one message. “Okay, Sarah Michelle Gellar, actor and entrepreneur, but, still, it sounds cooler to say you texted a vampire slayer,” the poster added.
Another individual also complimented Gellar for her kind gesture. “Extremely nice of you to share this for the lucky lady,” they wrote. “Most people would have just deleted the message and thought nothing of it.” At least one person asked for the number that Willis had accidentally texted, though, so that they could get “some Buffy love too.”
However, among the many commenters to Gellar’s post was Charlyn Willis herself. “Omg! Thank you, Sarah! His name is Dennis! Thank you so much for this. You’ve truly made my engagement experience even more of a life changer!” she wrote. “Please know when we set a date, I’ll be reaching out to invite you, Freddie and the kids!”
Willis would also post another message on the thread by way of showing her appreciation to Gellar’s followers. There, she wrote, “To everyone who has written their well wishes and congratulations, THANK YOU SO MUCH! My fiancé Dee and I are absolutely floored and grateful for all of the love extended to us. Thank you again. And YES, once we set a date, we’re definitely going to invite SMG, Freddie and their kids to the wedding.”
What’s more, Willis’ husband-to-be, Dee Aikens, would also stop in. “Wanted to come in here and personally thank you for the well wishes,” he wrote in response to Gellar’s post and the subsequent support. “These last few days have been WAY more than I anticipated when I got down on that knee.” Aikens added, “Nothing about our relationship has been normal… so, why stop now?”
Then, before long, the media got hold of the story. Savannah-based CBS affiliate WTOC ran a piece on the mix-up, for instance, in which Willis told the station how the proposal had happened. Apparently, she and Aikens were planning a trip to the movies; the day would become memorable for more than just that, however. “He was like, ‘Babe, can you do me a favor?,’” Willis explained. She continued, “So, I stopped and turned around, and he was on one knee asking me to marry him.”
“Of course, I freaked out and was like, ‘This is not happening, this is not real,’ but it’s really real,” Willis went on to add to WTOC. Then, she tried to contact her friend Sariah to tell her the good news. Willis said, “I texted her to tell her ‘Hey girl, I’m getting married,’ with a bunch of emojis and the selfie that the entire world has seen, only to find out that it wasn’t Sariah… it was Sarah Michelle Gellar!”
But things had turned out well for Willis in the end. After all, not only was she getting married, but she had had a good few days of practically being treated like a celebrity herself. “I get to spend the rest of my life with the man I love. It’s just icing on my excitement cake that now the world knows, thanks to Sarah Michelle Gellar,” Willis told WTOC.
And Gellar also knows a thing or two about spending her life with a man she loves. That’s despite the fact that when she and Prinze first got together, the couple were outright mocked in the media. Back in 2001, in fact, Howard Stern even tried to bet Prinze a million dollars that the marriage wouldn’t last. That, of course, is one wager that Stern would have lost handsomely.
Indeed, Gellar and Prinze proved the naysayers wrong by celebrating their 15-year wedding anniversary in 2017. Here’s hoping, then, that they have many more anniversaries to come – and that Aikens and Willis spend the rest of their lives together as husband and wife, too.