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The death of Robin Williams caused Sarah Michelle Gellar to take a break from her acting career.
Gellar, 45, opened up about how she dealt with Williams’ passing in a new interview. The two worked closely together on “The Crazy Ones” in 2013 and 2014.
“I’ve worked my whole life,” she told People magazine. “When I had kids – and that was right after Robin passed away – there was so much going on in my life and I was just like, ‘I need a break.'”
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Williams died by suicide on August 11, 2014.
The comedian struggled with addiction throughout his career and had completed a stint in rehab shortly before his death. After his death, it was discovered that the actor suffered from Lewy body dementia.
“It is important to note that patients with diffuse Lewy body dementia frequently present with Parkinsonian motor symptoms and … depression and hallucinations,” the pathology report said at the time.
Gellar then chose to take a break to focus on spending time with her family.
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“I needed to be here for those early formative years of my children’s lives,” Gellar recalled thinking after his co-star’s death. “I needed this break to be the parent I wanted to be.”
However, the ‘Scooby-Doo’ actress found she wasn’t ready to give up on the industry altogether.
“I really missed it,” Gellar recalled. “But it’s also finding the right opportunity, something that speaks to you and speaks to your audience as well.”
Gellar found this opportunity with the show “Wolf Pack”. The actress stars in the Paramount+ series and is an executive producer.
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“It’s about working with people that I really enjoy working with, where I look forward to spending time with people,” the actress told the outlet. “I want everyone to have a good time because acting is fun. We’re creative, and yes, sometimes the nights are really long, but what we can do is really cool.”