Christina Schwarzenegger is an American producer. She is the second oldest child of Austrian-American actor and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and his former wife, journalist, author, and former First Lady of California, Maria Shriver. Christina was born and raised in California and attended Georgetown University as her mother did before her. She had been taking Adderall, a drug that is used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, since she was quite young, and as she grew up, it became an addiction for her. She eventually managed to come off the medication. In 2018, she produced the Netflix documentary ‘Take Your Pills’. Directed by Alison Klayman, the film shows the major issue that Adderall has become in the modern world. Christina is very active on various platforms of social media. On Instagram, she has over a hundred thousand followers and regularly posts updates on her personal and professional lives.
Childhood & Early Life
Born on July 23, 1991, in Los Angeles, California, USA, Christina Schwarzenegger is the second of four children of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. She has one older sister, Katherine, and two younger brothers, Patrick and Christopher. She also has a younger half-sibling through her father, Joseph Baena.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is unarguably the most influential Austrian expatriate in America. Having moved to the US in October 1968 at the age of 21, he first sought glory as a bodybuilder. At 20, he had won the Mr Universe title and would become Mr Olympiad seven times. He got his start as an actor in the 1969 film ‘Hercules in the New York’ and went on to portray various iconic characters, including Conan in ‘Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Conan the Destroyer’ (1984), T-800 "Model 101" in the Terminator franchise, and Col. John Matrix in ‘Commando’ (1985). In October 2003, he began a new chapter in his professional life after he was elected the 38th Governor of California. He was in office from 2003 to 2011 before returning to acting.
Christina’s parents met at the Robert F. Kennedy Tennis Tournament in August 1977. Through her mother, Christina is related to former US President John F. Kennedy, who was Shriver’s uncle. Schwarzenegger and Shriver exchanged wedding vows on April 26, 1986. By the time Christina was born, Schwarzenegger had become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Shriver is an accomplished journalist and author in her own right. Over the course of her career, she has won a Peabody Award, two Emmy Awards, and an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences award for developing a "television show with a conscience".
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Education & Career
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Christina attended the Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from where she graduated in 2013. In 2018, she and her mother produced the Netflix documentary ‘Take Your Pills’, which deals with the newest number one drug in America, Adderall. Primarily used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, Adderall is a prescription stimulant. It is often utilized for enhancing performance and even for recreational purposes and poses a significant risk of addiction if it is used daily in large doses. Christina has made appearances on several talk shows to promote the documentary alongside her mother.
Christina had been taking Adderall since she was quite young. According to her, when she eventually took the decision to come off the drug, the initial months were challenging. It took her six to seven months to get back to what she used to be. She had not done art since she was in high school. After she stopped taking the drug, her creative side was active again.