Robin Williams' 'The Crazy Ones' co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar pays tribute to "father I always dreamed of having"
Published 12/08/2014 | 10:30
Sarah Michelle Gellar has paid tribute to the late Robin Williams as the "father I always dreamed of having".
Williams and Gellar were co-stars on CBS comedy The Crazy Ones in which she played the straight-laced daughter to his eccentric ad man for one season in 2013 before the show was cancelled.
It was a role that mirrored real life for Gellar, who said that the legendary actor and comedian was like a father figure to her.
"My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams," she said in a statement to People. "To my children he was Uncle Robin, to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the Father I had always dreamed of having.
"There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him. I will miss him everyday, but I know the memory of him will live on.
"And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him. Us crazy ones love you."
This morning she posted a montage of images of herself with Williams to her Twitter account.
Speaking during filming of the show, the former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star had been full of praise for Robin's support of her family and her need for a work/life balance.
The actress has four-year-old daughter, Charlotte, and two year old son, Rocky, with fellow actor Freddie Prinze, Jr.
“He understands the dilemma that I find being caught between my home life and my professional life. He couldn’t be more caring,” she said.
“My joke is that I actually didn’t apply to be on the show – I actually applied for Robin to adopt me. I didn’t realise it was actually a job on a TV show, but since that was second best, I took it!”
The actress revealed she drew from Robin's own relationship with his daughter Zelda (25) for her role in the show.
“I’m fortunate enough to get to watch the relationship between my husband and our daughter,” she said. “I also get to watch the amazing relationship between Robin and Zelda and take from that.”
In the early days of her career in the early 2000s, Gellar revealed in an interview that she lacked a father figure in her early life.
"I might have been an immaculate conception. You never know. My father, you can just say, is not in the picture. I'm not being deliberately evasive about him, it's just that there's so little to say," she said.
"He is not a person who exists in my life. 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".
Meanwhile, tributes have poured in from celebrities worldwide.