Sara Schätzl

Sara-Maria Schätzl (born 12 December 1987) is a German columnist, author, actress and businesswoman.

Sara Schätzl
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Schätzl in 2013
Sara-Maria Schätzl

(1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 32)
  • Actress
  • columnist
  • businesswoman
Years active2006–present

Early lifeEdit

Sara Schätzl grew up in the small Bavarian town Donauwörth. She attended the boarding school Gymnasium Schloss Gaienhofen until she received the Mittlere Reife diploma at the age of sixteen, then dropped out of school and moved to Munich to start a career in the entertainment industry inspired by her role model Peter Alexander.[1][2] As her parents didn't support her financially she moved first into a social housing apartment in Munich[3] but in spring 2010 she relocated to a house with garden in the quieter Eching, where she lived with several animals, including three dogs, a cat and a horse, which she rescued from a horse dealer.[4]

Poly Implant Prothèse scandalEdit

At the end of December 2011 Schätzl publicly admitted to be, like 16,000 other German women, affected by the scandal about unsafe breast implants made out of industrial silicone by the French company Poly Implant Prothèse.[5][6][7] Schätzl could not remove[8] her still intact PIP breast implants as a precaution (as recommended by Germany's Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices[9]) because she announced in January 2012 that she was five months pregnant and therefore did not want to take the risk of a general anaesthetic in fear of harming her unborn child.[10][11] Schätzl raised awareness about the problems women with the toxic implants faced;[12] however, she never sold her interviews about this issue or her pregnancy for money to the press[2] but helped with her media partners several women, who couldn't afford the operation, to have their implants replaced for free.


Sara Schätzl 2010

After an unproblematic start to her pregnancy doctors noticed complications in the eighth month and her son Louis Tiger was born six weeks early by Caesarean on 11 May 2012. While her premature baby had to stay in an incubator, Sara Schätzl was also in poor health condition (later diagnosed as myocardial inflammation due to an influenza during the fifth month of her pregnancy, which therefore could not be treated with antibiotics) and she could only leave the hospital with her son four weeks after the birth.[13][14] When her then boyfriend of 14 months and the father of her son, the DJ and owner of the record label Jee-Productions Jerome Isma-Ae left her shortly after the birth of their son, she lived through a traumatic time[15][16] she decided to move to Los Angeles and start a new life with her son in the United States. In August 2013 she received her green card attesting her permanent resident status in the United States as "Alien of extraordinary ability".[17]


Early yearsEdit

Schätzl started to get roles as an extra and supporting act in films and TV series like SOKO 5113 and the telenovela Lotta in Love.[18] She made also commercials after she had already done her first at the age of ten.[19]

German It-girlEdit

In 2007 photos appeared in the tabloid press showing the 19-year-old Schätzl as the alleged holiday flirt of actor Bernd Herzsprung during a joint stay in the hotel Liebes Rot Flüh in Haldensee, Tyrol in Austria. Later it came to light that the 65-year-old Herzsprung had arranged the 'paparazzi' pictures himself with the photographer and Schätzl after the separation from his wife Barbara Engel[2][20][21] and he denied having a relationship with the young actress.[3][22] Schätzl made also headlines for two court appearances in 2007 and 2008.[23][24]

Sara Schätzl became an It girl and part of the Munich high society. In 2009 she started to write the column Zur Sache Schätzl! about unusual stories from Munich in the German tabloid Bild.[25] Her first book Glamourgirl was published in November 2011 by Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf[26] and tells in thirty-three stories her way from a small town country girl into the limelight in a big city.[27][28]

A breakdown end of 2009 followed by depressions forced Schätzl to an eighteen-month break during which she went to therapy, worked in her mother's travel agency in Sinzing and re-evaluated her life. During this time she also got tattoos on her arm and back[2] like the life mottos Lebe frei und träume laut [live free and dream aloud] and Don't judge me, an image of the hamsa and some writing in Sanskrit.[29]

Los AngelesEdit

In 2013 Schätzl moved with her son to Los Angeles to start her career as actress in Hollywood. After a report was aired on RTL program Punkt 12, her emigration in early 2013 and the process of establishing her career as an actress was followed by the TV station VOX in their series Auf und davon – Mein Auslandstagebuch[30] and also documented in Schätzl's own video diary.[31] A second episode of the RTL and VOX programmes following Schätzl's life in Los Angeles were filmed during autumn 2013 and was aired on VOX in January 2014.[32]

Sara Schätzl studies acting at the Marjorie Ballentine Studio in Los Angeles.[32] In her first movie role Schätzl appears as Greta in the short film Doradus,[33] written and directed by Fernando Scarpa, which was released 3 March 2014 and opened at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival on 25 June 2014.[34] The film's West Coast premiere was on the 12 July 2014 as an official selection of the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles[35] and the movie was also chosen for the Los Angeles Fear and Fantasy Film Festival 2014.[36] In October 2014 Doradus won the HollyShorts Monthly Screening series[37] audience vote.[38]

In February 2015 Sara Schätzl published her second book Hungriges Herz [Hungry Heart],[39] in which she describes her twelve-year-long fight against bulimia. Her illness began when she was fourteen years old suffering from low self-esteem. After she was hospitalized twice in 2014, once diagnosed with life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, she decided to start a therapy and join a support group in Los Angeles. In the last months of her therapy Schätzl used her diary notes, together with records from her mother and friends, to write a book about her life with the eating disorder and her battle to escape the addiction.[40][41] After Hungriges Herz became a bestseller in Germany Schätzl started in May 2015 a project on Kickstarter[42] to collect $35000 to produce a short documentary film, ADDICT, based on the book and show the film for free in schools to discuss the problem of eating disorders with young people.[43][44] The project ended on 21 May 2015 unsuccessfully.

In October 2015 Schätzl was featured as successful business woman in the Erfolgsmenschen series of the German news magazine Stern. She started together with a friend an expanding club promotion business and is the only female promoter in Los Angeles.[45]

Las VegasEdit

At the beginning of 2016 Schätzl moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Her move was followed by a German TV production.[46]

In the summer of 2016 she started a cooperation, called Bottles of kindness, with the Croatian company Eva Maria Cosmetics to promote awareness of autism.[47]

At the end of 2016, Schätzl changed career and opened a small bed and breakfast in four luxury trailers parked in the backyard of her Las Vegas house to have more time to look after her son, who was diagnosed with autism. A documentary about the renovation of her house, which she did herself with the help of members of a rehabilitation program, as well as the set-up and opening of the trailer hotel was aired on German TV in January 2017.[48][49]

Laughing Helps FoundationEdit

Laughing Helps logo

In 2013 Schätzl started the charity Laughing Helps,[50] which aims to help homeless people in Los Angeles. Videos posted by her on YouTube[51] earn money from sponsors depending on the number of viewers and subscribers a video receives and which is directly donated to the people in need.

TV appearancesEdit

Talk and Reality Shows
  • Das Perfekte Promi Dinner (2011, VOX)
  • Markus Lanz (2012, ZDF, Talkshow hosted by Markus Lanz)
  • Anne Will (2012, ARD, Talkshow hosted by Anne Will)
  • mieten, kaufen, wohnen (2012, VOX)
  • Auf und davon – Mein Auslandstagebuch (2013, VOX)
  • Auf und davon (2014, VOX)
  • Taff (2015, Pro7)
  • Taff (2016, Pro7, "Sara Schätzl – What happens in Vegas", five episodes)
  • Punkt 12 (2017, RTL)
  • We Love to Entertain You (as Tanja, Pro7)


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Doradus Gerta Short film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Lotta in Love Sandy Pro7, telenovela
2009 SOKO 5113 Assistant D.A. Michaele Tanzer ZDF


  • Zur Sache Schätzl (2010, Bild)
  • Glamourgirl (2011)
  • Hungriges Herz (2015)

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Matthes, B. "Sara Schätzl "In den Medien bin ich die Summe der Klischees"". MV Magazin Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Dorfer, Tobias (31 January 2012). "Öffentlich bis zum Zusammenbruch". Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Podcast: Sara Schätzl bei den Muntermachern". Radio Arabella 105.2. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  4. ^ Zur Sache, Schätzl! Ungewöhnliche G’schichten aus München
  5. ^ Kürthy, S. (28 December 2011). "Hilfe, mein Arzt setzte mir Gift-Silikon ein!". Bild. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  6. ^ Ossberger, Beatrice (29 December 2011). "Billig-Silikon: Auch Sara Schätzl ist betroffen". Abendzeitung. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  7. ^ Kürthy, Stephan (7 September 2010). "Sara Schätzl: Ihre Angst vor Gift-Silikon". Bild. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  8. ^ Kürthy, S. (16 January 2012). "Sara Schätzl darf Gift-Implantate nicht entfernen". Bild. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  9. ^ - Mixed advice in Europe over faulty breast implants, 2012-01-06
  10. ^ "Schwangere Sara Schätzl hat Angst um ihr Kind". Focus. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Wegen giftiger Silikon-Brüste: Angst um ihr Baby!". Bunte. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Wer zahlt das Entfernen giftiger Brustimplantate?". bocquel-news. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  13. ^ Hettich, Julia K. (18 July 2012). "So sehr musste sie um ihr Baby zittern!". Bunte. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  14. ^ Kürthy, Stephan (17 July 2012). "Sara Schätzl: Drama um ihr Baby". Bild. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  15. ^ Was tun, wenns brennt ? Reingehen...
  16. ^ Wie der Tiger mich zähmte... Ich und Er
  17. ^ "Greencard image". Official Facebook page. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  18. ^ Jantz, Sigi. "Sara Schätzl "Das perfekte Promi-Dinner" vom 07.08.2011". VOX TV. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  19. ^ Defrancesco, Michael (21 January 2012). "Sara Schaetzl und das gewisse Etwas". Rhein Zeitung. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  20. ^ "Bernd Herzsprung und die Schwindelfotos". Focus. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  21. ^ Özgenc, Kayhan (16 July 2007). "Pakt mit den Paparazzi". Focus. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  22. ^ "Paparazzi-Affäre: Anwälte springen ab". Focus. 23 July 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  23. ^ "Herzsprungs Turteltaube verurteilt". Focus. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  24. ^ "Bernd Herzsprungs Urlaubsflirt verurteilt!". Bild. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  25. ^ Zur Sache, Schätzl! Ungewöhnliche G’schichten aus München
  26. ^ Schwarzkopf Verlag
  27. ^ Bissinger, Helmut (9 December 2011). "Ich will berühmt werden ..." Augsburger Allgemeine. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  28. ^ "Operierte Brüste bringen nichts". Der Spiegel. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  29. ^ Kir-München
  30. ^ Glamourgirl Sara Schätzl will in Los Angeles ein neues Leben beginnen
  31. ^ Video diary
  32. ^ a b "Sara Schätzls Kampf in Hollywood". VOX. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  33. ^ Doradus
  35. ^ Schedule of SHORT 2: Drama session of DFFLA
  36. ^ Film and Fear Festival, Los Angeles
  37. ^ HollyShorts Monthly Screening series
  38. ^ HollyShorts Film Festival Facebook page
  39. ^ Sara Schätzl: HUNGRIGES HERZ
  40. ^ Zsolnay, Maria (2 February 2015). "Ex-Teppichluder: "Die Bulimie war meine Freundin"". tz München. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  41. ^ Langenau, Lars (18 February 2015). "Ohne die Schwangerschaft würde ich nicht mehr leben". Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  42. ^ ADDICT - A short film to educate and protect by Sara Schätzl
  43. ^ "Münchner It-Girl will Bulimie-Bestseller "Hungriges Herz" verfilmen". Berliner Kurier. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  44. ^ "Sara Schätzl: Einstiges Party-Girl will anderen helfen". Focus. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  45. ^ Sarah Stendel (28 October 2015). "Der Erfolg von Sara Schätzl: So schafft man's in Los Angeles: Vier Tipps zum Auswandern". Stern. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  46. ^ Sara Schätzl – What happens in Vegas, TAFF, Pro7
  47. ^ Bottles of kindness
  48. ^ Punkt 12, RTL (aired 9 and 10 January 2017)
  49. ^ Official Facebook Sara Schätzl
  50. ^ Laughing Helps Foundation
  51. ^ Laughing Helps Foundation video channel