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How Freddie Prinze Jr. And Sarah Michelle Gellar Stay Happily Married

The more laughter, the better.
05/01/2017 04:24pm ET | Updated May 3, 2017

In four months, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar will be celebrating an impressive milestone: 15 years of marriage ― an eternity among Hollywood couples. So what’s their secret?

In a recent interview with E! News, Prinze Jr. credits having a platonic relationship before a romantic one with creating a strong foundation for their marriage.

“We were just friends. That’s one of the reasons I think our relationship has always been so good,” he said. “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.”

He continued: “We ended up being the perfect balance. But it didn’t happen until years after and there was a solid foundation built, and that’s probably the main reason why we’ve always been cool and groovy.”

Happy anniversary @realfreddieprinze You stole my heart, so I got my revenge and took your last name!!

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Prinze Jr. also noted that lots and lots of laughter over the years has helped keep the spark alive.

“As long as they can make you laugh, laughter lasts forever,” he told E! News. “If you just think she’s hot or she just thinks you’re hot, you’re in a lot of trouble when you’re 60!”

Gellar and Prinze Jr. ― who are now parents to kiddos Charlotte and Rocky ― first met while filming the 1997 movie “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and started dating three years later. They said their “I dos” in Mexico in 2002.

“We had made plans for dinner with a mutual friend and the person canceled,” Gellar told People after the wedding. “We decided to have dinner anyway and never looked back.”

These two couldn’t be more #goals if they tried:

I LABORed toDAY to get this pic (no seriously- it takes work to get @realfreddieprinze to take a pic) #happylaborday

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This guy 💖💖 #nationalspouseday

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This is what it looks like when we try to get our son to take a picture #nopicturesplease

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Still, the couple is honest about the work it takes to keep their relationship happy and healthy.

“We were fortunate enough to be at the right times in our lives where we both wanted something serious and it worked,” Prinze Jr. said during a 2016 AOL Build panel. “So we’re lucky, but we also work very hard at it. It’s not just dumb luck, it’s work.”

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