In a heartwarming revelation on Saturday, Alyson Hannigan, beloved for her roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “How I Met Your Mother,” shared the transformative impact of her recent stint on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS). The actress, who gracefully reached the DWTS finale last Tuesday alongside her dance partner Sasha Farber, took to Instagram to unveil not just a stunning physical transformation but also a shedding of emotional weight.
Sharing a striking side-by-side image comparing a pre-season promotional picture with one from the DWTS finale, the 49-year-old actress captioned, “The before and after says it all. I lost 20 pounds of both weight and emotional baggage during my time on @dancingwiththestars.”
Expressing heartfelt gratitude to her dance partner, Sasha Farber, Hannigan wrote, “I can’t thank @sashafarber1 enough for helping me shed my insecurities and getting me to the confident and strong place I am today!”
Farber reciprocated the praise by posting his own split image of Hannigan and highlighting her hard work during the season. He also advocated for the benefits of dance as a form of exercise, brain stimulation, and, most importantly, fun. In the comments, Hannigan enthusiastically endorsed Farber’s approach, stating, “Take it from me, it WORKS!!!”
The DWTS journey wasn’t just about the physical transformation for Hannigan. On Friday, she penned a heartfelt post congratulating the champions of DWTS Season 32, Val Chmerkovskiy and Xochitl Gomez. She also commemorated her own journey with behind-the-scenes videos and a touching message.
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Reflecting on the experience, Hannigan wrote, “Where do I even begin? I really don’t have enough words in my vocabulary to express my gratitude for this experience. To go into this journey with mostly fear, and come out how I feel now is indescribable.”
Acknowledging her dance partner, she continued, “I cannot thank @sashafarber1 enough for everything he gave me, shared with me and experienced with me. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for giving me confidence and making me feel like I could do this and then getting me there and having so much fun along the way.”
Hannigan extended her appreciation to the entire DWTS cast, crew, and the audience who supported her throughout the season. She also congratulated the DWTS Season 32 winners, emphasizing her joy for the incredible journey.
In an interview before her finale appearance, Hannigan shared her disbelief at being announced as a finalist. “I thought [host Alfonso Ribeiro] made a mistake. I thought he meant to say Ariana, and he said my name first and I just was waiting for him to correct himself, and then I couldn’t believe it. I was totally shocked.”
As the curtains fall on her DWTS journey, Alyson Hannigan not only danced her way into the hearts of fans but also rediscovered herself, shedding both physical and emotional weight, proving that the dance floor can be a transformative space beyond just the choreography.