Probably ever actor who's ever gone to Hollywood dreams of being handed a long-running series that makes them and the character they play a household name. However, according to Sarah Michelle Gellar, even if you really love the show you're on, you can start to grow wary of being so closely tied to the show, and ultimately to your alter ego. Gellar recently told the magazine Bullett that she wasn't always thrilled when a fan would identify her as Buffy from her series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
"Back then, if you'd called me Buffy I would probably have been really annoyed," Gellar told the magazine. This of course is not to say she hasn't grown a real fondness for the show that put her on the map and into the homes of millions over the run of her show. She just needed some time and persepctive "Now, of course, I get it and I'm appreciative of it. But that's something that comes with maturity, which most people don't have when they're 24 years old."
Sarah Michelle is certainly not the only actor to want to break free from the character who may have actually made them a star in the first place. Here are a few more actors and actresses that may wish they could forever leave behind their most popular character.
Daniel Radcliffe and Harry Potter - It's probably doubly tough when you're known for a character you literally grew up playing. For about a decade, the British star of "The Woman in Black" played the central character in one of the biggest book and film franchises of all time. In grossing the billions of dollars that hte movies did, they perhaps forever cemented the image of Radcliffe as Harry Potter in our minds. If he's going to have an extended career though, Daniel probably knows just how important it is for him to step out of Harry's shadow.
Mark Hamil and Luke Skywalker - He became so synonymous with his "Star Wars" character that Luke became the household name instead of Mark. He's actually built quite a wonderful career for himself as a voice-over artist. Mark's been playing The Joker for various "Batman" projects for over 20 years now. So while as an actor in front of a camera he was never able to get out from underneath the Skywalker name, at least his voice has carried the torch for his career.
William Shatner and Captain Kirk - Over the years, Kirk and Shatner have had a tempestuous and mercurial relationship. For a long time after "Star Trek" ran its course, Shatner seemed reluctant to embrace the role that the captain of the Starship Enterprise had played in his life, and that of millions of Trek fans everywhere. In more recent years, as he's gotten older, it would seem that Bill has softened to the idea of being forever connected with one of the most iconic characters in science-fiction history.
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- Sarah Michelle Gellar
- Daniel Radcliffe
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Harry Potter
- Luke Skywalker