Ashkenazi Jewish descent is the background of the family in which Gellar was born on Long Island, New York. Rosellen (née Greenfield) is her only child; her father is a nursery school teacher and her mother is a garment worker.
Gellar’s family had a Christmas tree when she was growing up, but both of her parents are Jewish.
Her mother raised her on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 1984, when she was seven. Although she grew up with her mother, her father was estranged from her because of his passing in 2001.
He is described as very creative “My father, you can simply say, is not in the picture.” To be perfectly honest, there isn’t much to say about him.” Gellar was a competitive figure skater as well as having a black belt in taekwondo. Although her mother could not afford full tuition, Gellar was given a partial scholarship to study at the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. She was often bullied there because of her financial situation.
“I believe I’m destined for great things,” she told The Independent “I was different, and because of that, I was ostracized. They were richer than I was “creative
struggled to keep up with several acting projects and was thus absent in class most of the time “The student had absences for more days in the first month than he was allowed during an entire year. They insisted that I was faking illness, but in actuality, I was suffering from back problems and had to see the doctor constantly “the launch
She went to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts briefly, but because of her acting career, the teachers threatened to fail her.
Gellar graduated from the Professional Children’s School in 1994 with a 4.0 grade average and was known for her “straight A” academic achievement.
The majority of her senior year was completed through guided study because she spent significant time working on All My Children while she was “trying to graduate.”