She was a reference in horror movies, she hunted vampires, but an illness forced her to stop: the drama of Sarah Michelle Gellar

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I know what they did last summer Y wild games They are three titles from the 90s that were synonymous with success, especially among adolescents and young people. What else do these three productions have in common? To one of the most valued actresses of her generation, Sarah Michelle Gellar. A solid interpreter who began her career at the age of 4 and who did not stop ascending.

Geller was born on April 14, 1977, in New York, United States. She is the only child of Rosellen Greenfield and Arthur Gellar, and that is why all the spotlights on her were on her, even those of fame. Her parents saw in Sarah Michelle a beauty that they understood that she had to exploit and at the age of 4 they already began to take her to any casting they found out. Of course, living in New York, this was a matter of every day, but although it sounds to the contrary, he did not have a completely happy childhood.

For now, his school stage was complex. He started with photographic productions from preschool but the big issue was in elementary school. In 1983, at the age of 7, she made her film debut, in the film An Invasion of Privacy. The following year he was part of over the brooklyn bridge. What caused this? Neglect at school. Not only did his teachers show his concern because it was difficult for him to learn basic age issues, but also because of his absences. He practically never went to school because they didn’t give him the time.

Sarah Michelle and her mother, who raised her after her father abandoned her
Sarah Michelle and her mother, who raised her after her father abandoned her

In the middle, I couldn’t make friends, since due to absences I was free and so I was bouncing from one establishment to another, without being able to settle in any. Her mother did not want anything to do with her leaving her job, despite her young age and what her obligations were causing her. Somehow, she saw the goose that laid the golden eggs in the little girl and made the most of the situation. At the same time, too she did karate and was an outstanding figure skater. He always managed to be among the first places in each competition in which he entered.

However, at one point her mother understood that she could not monopolize the three fronts – the two sports and acting – plus the educational one, and she suggested that she focus on school and leave some of the other activities. Ella sarah promised her that she would focus on her studies if she let her continue with her artistic skills. By then, and despite her young age, she knew that she could go far from her. With that agreement, he gave up sports, focused on attending classes and accommodated his recording schedules.

That year -1984- also He had to face the separation of his parents. The man left the house and never appeared again. She did not hear from him until 2001, when she was told that she had passed away. This generated absolutely nothing for him, in his own words. What’s more, a year earlier and being famous, she referred to her family and downplayed her distance. “I don’t have an image of my father. I’m not being evasive with him, it’s just that it’s like that, I have little to say, ”she remarked.

Sarah Michelle Gellar became Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the role that established her
Sarah Michelle Gellar became Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the role that established her

Starting to earn her own money also helped her, because with the separation her mother could no longer pay for her school, she skipped months and although they did not kick her out, that news spread like gossip in the educational community, the parents told their parents. children and they harassed her at recess. “I was different and that’s the only thing you can’t be in school, because you’re ostracized. I did not have the money that the other children had, ”she remarked.

But against all odds he finished school and in parallel, he began to grow in the workplace. In 1989 she did High Stakes on the big screen Y He only returned to the cinema in 1997, with three simultaneous projects: Beverly Hills Family Robinson, I know what they did last summer Y scream 2. In the middle period he dedicated himself to television, starring in series such as all my children. Until her big break came, when she was summoned to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

It was not just another story: neither in his life nor in the history of adolescent series because of the importance it had. As often happens in similar cases, It was created to be on the air for one season, but the repercussion was such that the creators did not hesitate to continue writing to add a chapters. This is how this product, which came to light in 1997, continued its journey until 2003.

The story revolved around a group of hunters of vampires, demons and other evil beings. The star figure, the protagonist, was Buffy, the character played by Sarah. As the product grew in popularity, so did her. Fame and prominence went hand in hand. They fed each other. Undoubtedly it was her international recognition, the moment in which Hollywood opened its doors for her definitively.

Everyone started talking about her versatility and she proved that she was up to the task. In 1999 she starred in sexual games and in 2004 went to terror becoming one of the ambassadors of the genrein films like The curse Y the scream 2in 2006. In 2009 he switched to drama, starring in Veronika Decides to Die. Comedy also had her among her ranks. Without going any further, last year she gave her voice to the animated series Masters of the Universe: Revelation.

Together with Freddie Prinze Jr and they were parents twice, with the arrival of Charlotte and Rocky James
Together with Freddie Prinze Jr and they were parents twice, with the arrival of Charlotte and Rocky James

But beyond all this, there are other issues that marked her and from which she cannot be freed. Is related to a disease that affects your bones and causes you a lot of pain. A situation that on more than one occasion forced her to pause all her projects. Even today, when she is summoned for a role, she asks not to do certain scenes that require strong movements. And in the event that she does not accept it, she directly does not accept the job.

He spoke about this recently and gave details of what it is like to live daily fighting against chronic pain called scoliosis, which he has suffered from since he can remember. It is an unusual curvature in his spine that has worsened over the years. “I have severe scoliosis. They discovered it to me in adolescence, but she sure already had it and it got worse with the use of the backpack. We were so fashion-conscious back then that we wore it on one shoulder. I think all the girls I grew up with sure have the same ones,” she commented in a chat with Hudson Valley Scoliosis.

Beyond everything, she always knew how to face the situations that touched her and come out well. As for her sentimentality, she was able to make her life far from the experience of her parents. In 1997 he met Freddie Prinze Jr and as a result of that relationship they were parents twice, with the arrival of Charlotte and Rocky James. From the day they met, they never separated again, being one of the most stable couples in international show business. In 2001 they got engaged and married a year later. In that realm too, Sarah is a successful woman.

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She was a reference in horror movies, she hunted vampires, but an illness forced her to stop: the drama of Sarah Michelle Gellar