— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) February 28, 2014
Sarah Michelle Gellar has taken the death of Robin Williams especially close to heart.
Not only was he her costar, the two had a special bond, and Gellar even referred to him as “the father she always dreamed of having.”
Here’s their story.
1. She Played His Daughter on ‘The Crazy Ones’
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) March 1, 2014
The picture above was taken on set on the last day of their filming the CBS sitcom, The Crazy Ones, which lasted for only one season.
In the show, Williams played the head of an advertising agency, and his daughter, portrayed by Gellar, worked with him.
In 2013, she gushed to Us Weekly about her talented and caring costar:
It can be intimidating when you work with a comic of that level, and the one thing I can attest to with Robin is that he cares almost more about making everybody else comfortable.
2. She Said He Was Like a Father to Her
Gellar was estranged from her biological father, Arthur Gellar, at the time of his death in 2001.
In an interview with TV Guide she said, “Just because you donate sperm does not make you a father. I don’t have a father. I would never give him the credit to acknowledge him as my father.”
Therefore, the actress welcomed Williams into her life with open arms.
My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams…and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the Father I had always dreamed of having.
She even once joked to Us Weekly, “I applied for Robin to adopt me!”
3. He Was Like an Uncle to Her Kids
— SarahMichelle Gellar (@SarahMichelleGG) July 16, 2013
With her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., Gellar has two small children, Rocky, born in 2012, and Charlotte, born in 2009.
In an interview with Just Jared, she described how her kids would see pictures of their Uncle Robin and tell her of their findings.
“They’ll point out, ‘Look there’s Uncle Robin on a light bulb, at a bus stop,” she said.
She told People, “To my children he was Uncle Robin.”
4. She Couldn’t Keep a Straight Face on Set
Watch the video above to see the comedy duo in action. Working with such a comedic genius proved difficult for the seasoned actress.
In 2013, she told Us Weekly,
“It’s like when my 4-year-old daughter says something inappropriate, but I can’t laugh.”
5. She Posted on Twitter on the Day of His Passing
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) August 12, 2014
Gellar took to Twitter to pay tribute to Williams with this photo collage of their happy times together.