August 04, 2011 04:00 PM

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Sarah Michelle Gellar has the best of both worlds.

Topping off her new gig as Bridget Cafferty in the new CW drama Ringer, the actress also has longtime hubby Freddie Prinze, Jr. and their 22-month-old daughter Charlotte Grace to come home to every night.

“[Freddie’s] great, he loves it,” Gellar, 34, told PEOPLE at the CBS TCA party in Beverly Hills on Wednesday of her man supporting her latest career move. “He’s perfectly happy to stay at home and put the baby to bed.”

It’s been almost a decade since Gellar starred on a TV show, and the actress says she “loves” being back in the saddle.

“I didn’t realize how much I miss the atmosphere until I started back,” Gellar — who once played iconic Buffy Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — explains.

“There’s something about television … seeing the same people everyday, looking forward to the scripts — I’m loving it more than I thought I was going to.”

But career aside, Gellar says nothing will come between her and being an active and present mom.

“I want to be able to go home at night and see my daughter,” she explains. “I want to be there for her first day of school and her school recital. Television offers me that — they’re amazing at working around schedules. All of the big milestones I’m there for.”

— Dahvi Shira

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