Sarah Michelle Gellar Revealed That Her Son Has a Friend Who Is a ‘Karate Kid’ Fan
The Instagram post, uploaded on September 24, 2021, showed the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star posing with Macchio when she was a child. In the picture, the “My Cousin Vinny” star stood behind her and placed his hands on her shoulders while looking toward the camera. Gellar also focused her gaze on the photographer with a small smile playing on her lips.
In the caption, Gellar shared that her 9-year-old son, Rocky James Prinze — who she shares with her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. — has a friend who enjoys the 1984 movie “The Karate Kid.” As fans of the martial arts film franchise and its spin-off series “Cobra Kai” are aware, Macchio plays karate enthusiast Daniel LaRusso.
“#flashbackfriday When you find out that your sons best friend is super into #karatekid and you show him this picture. Not expected… the blank stare you got in return. ‘Who is that with Daniel LaRusso?!?’ Or the response from the other mom … I’ve never seen that movie.. it came out after I was Born. Happy Friday to me!!” wrote the 44-year-old.
Some celebrities flocked to the post’s comments section.
”Omg AMAZING,” wrote television personality Amanda Kloots.
“I am so happy with the whole shpiel and photo,” shared Selma Blair.
“I’m impressed, though, SMG!” added Jennifer Garner in reference to Gellar’s caption.
Ralph Macchio Discussed His Fans in August 2021
During an August 2021 interview on behalf of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, alongside his “Cobra Kai” co-star William “Billy” Zabka, Ralph Macchio discussed having young fans.
“I was just at this event the other day this little kid walked up to me, he’s like about 9-years-old and he was there with his brother and sister and they were kind of looking,” said the 59-year-old. “And he goes, ‘Um, excuse me’ — he was very respectful, well groomed kid — and he just says, ‘Um, do you play the dad on that cool show Cobra Kai?’ And I say, ‘Yes, yes, I play the dad on that cool show Cobra Kai.’ He goes, ‘What’s your name?’ I said ‘My name is Ralph.’ He goes, ‘Oh yeah Ralph Macchio!’ He goes, ‘Nice to meet you, Ralph Macchio!’ And walked away.”
The actor then shared that he believes “it’s wonderful” to be recognized by members of the younger generation.
During a 2018 appearance on the “Dan Patrick Show,” Macchio noted that he “gets a nice broad spectrum of ages” when it comes to his fans. He then shared that people will often repeat lines from his films.
“I get kids that parents made them watch some of my movies. Or kids that read ‘The Outsiders,’ see that film, you know, I’ll get the ‘stay gold, Ponyboy’ shout outs, you know, ‘paint the fence.’ You know, I’ll get the ‘wax on,’ I’ll get the ‘get him a body bag,'” explained the actor.
He also noted that as he “get[s] older,” he has “embrace[d] it more and more.”