Foodstirs , a line of healthier baking mixes by Gellar and her business partners, Galit Laibow and Gia Russo, launches this month. The Emmy-winning actress says her children, Charlotte, 6, and Rocky, 3, inspired her to create the company. They wanted to bake with her, but she knew nothing about baking. So, she went to the grocery store to buy a mix, but they were all filled with ingredients that Gellar could barely pronounce.
After discovering the many benefits kids get from baking, Gellar says she was convinced that there was a business opportunity there, so she went for it. Recently, Gellar took a break from her busy schedule to chat with us about work, her recent bout of empty nest syndrome, raising independent children, and what she and her husband of 13 years, actor Freddie Prinze Jr.
How scary was to jump into a new venture that involved something you knew nothing about? It was scary on every level and incredibly intimidating! I had to change gears. What inspired you to overcome your fears and just jump in?
I want to show my children that you should take risks and try things and you should never be afraid to fail. I want to live by example. What kind of skills did you have to learn to get Foodstirs off the ground? Well, first of all I had to learn how to turn my computer on! It was literally learning a new language for me.
I test recipes and taste products and bake constantly, sometimes late at night, sometimes early in the morning. Oct 21, at 1: Are you finished acting forever, or are you just taking a break from it right now?
When I commit to something, I commit wholeheartedly. But, Foodstirs is a daily blood, sweat, and tears passion for me. I definitely feel like I have a little more control over my schedule right now. There are other people also on set who rely on me to be there and get my work done. I enjoy the moments. I enjoy looking at the world through their eyes and seeing the magic and seeing the beauty and seeing the inspiration out there in the world.
Are your kids close to each other? My kids are obsessed with each other. Mommy, you no come! She was like the princess that wanted to build stuff. For her third birthday she wanted a toolset. Aug 6, at 9: Do you ever find yourself parenting your kids differently because of their genders?
But, I try really hard to be as fair as possible. What are they doing? Did somebody pick them up? Are they eating right? Did they have enough vegetables? Children are reliant and dependent upon you. How do you see your role as a mom evolving as your children are getting older? But, I definitely had a little bit of empty nest syndrome when my daughter started kindergarten this year.
Her school day lasts twice as long as last year, and she takes the bus. I was so actively a part of her preschool, I even helped build it. Now, Charlotte is in this very big, established school that goes from kindergarten to 12th grade. Has she had trouble adjusting to her new school routine? Is she getting more independent socially, too?
She had her first sleepover the other day. It almost did me in. I was up the whole night. She was one of the only two kindergartners there. The rest of the girls were first graders. I spent the whole night panicking, even though the mom hosting the sleepover was someone I knew well, my business partner, Galit.
How have you helped Charlotte be so independent? By letting her make her own mistakes and letting her learn from them. I think as a parent our most important job is to give our kids the skills that they need to be able to go out in the world and make decisions for themselves. How do you reinforce that lesson at home?
Learn from those people who are better at something than you. You grew up in New York City. You live in L. What are the benefits that you see in raising kids in big cities? I think some of the advantages have to do with the access to things. The museums, the different types of people, and different ways of living — not everyone lives in a house, people live in apartments, too.
You know just all of those different viewpoints and different types of people. A photo posted by Sarah Michelle sarahmgellar on Mar 23, at My favorite date night spot is in my kitchen. Freddie cooks and we just get to sit and relax. A photo posted by Sarah Michelle sarahmgellar on Jun 21, at 5: We went from being at the top of the list to being at the bottom of the list to maybe not even being on the list. Our whole mindset and focus has changed. What do you do when you finally have a little bit of alone time?
Laughs I take my moments when I can get them. I flew to New York the other day for 36 hours and everyone thought I was crazy. I read a book. I had a drink. I was by myself. OK, last Q before I let you go: Courtesy of Sarah Michelle Gellar top ; Instagram the rest.