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Michelle Trachtenberg

Biography

Her initial starring role is at the Nickelodeon film Harriet the Spy. She afterwards played assignments on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Weeds. She was created into a category of both Christian and Jewish traditions: while we were young, she famous both Xmas and Hanukkah. Her film credits consist of 17 Once again and EuroTrip. The little girl of Lana and Michael Trachtenberg, she was raised with a mature sister. She performed a villain on Gossip Female, a string that starred Blake Lively.

Quick Facts


Full Name Michelle Trachtenberg
Date Of Birth October 11, 1985
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.71 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education P.S. 99 Isaac Asimov School, The Bay Academy for the Arts and Sciences, Notre Dame High School
Nationality American
Parents Michael Trachtenberg, Lana Trachtenberg
Siblings Irene Trachtenberg
Nominations Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s or Pre-School Children’s Series, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Sidekick
Movies EuroTrip, Ice Princess, 17 Again, Harriet the Spy, Inspector Gadget, Mysterious Skin, Black Christmas, Cop Out, The Scribbler, Sexy Evil Genius, Take Me Home Tonight, Killing Kennedy, Beautiful Ohio, Sister Cities, A Father's Choice, Can't Be Heaven, The Dive from Clausen's Pier, Richie Rich's Christmas Wish, The Circuit, Against The Current, DC Showcase: Jonah Hex, Christmas in My Hometown, Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection, Secret Sins, The Christmas Gift, Untitled Peter Knight Comedy Project, The Hill
TV Shows The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Meego, Guys Like Us, Truth or Scare, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mercy, Love Bites, The Super Hero Squad Show, Gossip Girl, Guidance
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1 Filming the Disney movie Ice Princess (2005) in Toronto, Canada. [April 2004]
2 Filming Black Christmas (2006), in Vancouver, Canada. [February 2006]
3 Played the main female role in U.S. band Trapt's "Echo" music video clip in 2004.
4 Michelle collects Barbies and has over 50 of them.
5 Michelle was in a Kohl's commercial with Hilary Duff.
6 She was the first choice of Catherine Hardwicke (director of Twilight (2008)) to play the role of "Bella Swan". However, she wasn't able to take the role due to scheduling conflicts.
7 In 2012 she did a public service announcement against bullying. It was done in conjunction with the release of the film, Bully (2012).
8 Was a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) long before being cast as "Dawn Summers".
9 Grew up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
10 Good friends with fellow Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) star, Seth Green.
11 Voted #27 on the 2011 Maxim "Hot 100" list.
12 Also attended PS 188 throughout kindergarten. Was in the Gifted and Talented program where her teacher was Mrs. Gomez.
13 Ranked #86 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
14 Her grandparents live in Israel.
15 Was submitted for Emmy consideration for her guest-starring role on House M.D. (2004).
16 Has separately played the daughter of both actors who played the young married couple Laura Ingalls Wilder and Almanzo Wilder in Little House on the Prairie (1974). She played Melissa Gilbert's daughter in A Holiday for Love (1996) and played Dean Butler's daughter in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
17 Spent the summer of 2005 as a non-paid apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
18 Attended Isaac Asimov Public School 99 for elementary school.
19 Hobbies include swimming, ice skating, and writing poems.
20 Participated in the golf tournament in Jamaica hosted by Carmen Electra.
21 Is of German and Russian Jewish descent.
22 Studied ballet as a child, which helped her perfect her skating abilities for Ice Princess (2005).
23 Was able to sneak a souvenir--a wooden stake--from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) set when the show ended.
24 Speaks Russian.
25 Attended Bay Academy Junior High School in Brooklyn, New York.
26 Attended Notre Dame High School. She graduated with awards in Social Studies and Religion and was also named under the California Scholarship Federation.
27 She helped President Bill Clinton launch The Coalition for a Drug Free America campaign.
28 Said the last line ever in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) series.
29 She worked with Sarah Michelle Gellar on the long-running All My Children (1970) in the mid-'90s before Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and they were good friends. Sarah was the one who recommended Michelle for the part of "Dawn".


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sister Cities 2016 Dallas
The Christmas Gift 2015 TV Movie Megan
SuperMansion 2015 TV Series Blood Moon / Special Guest
Guidance 2015 TV Series Anna (2015)
Sleepy Hollow 2015 TV Series Abigail Adams
The Scribbler 2014/I Alice
Save the Date 2014 TV Movie Hillary
NCIS: Los Angeles 2013 TV Series Lily Lockhart
Killing Kennedy 2013 TV Movie Marina Oswald
Sexy Evil Genius 2013 Video Miranda Prague
Criminal Minds 2013 TV Series Diane Turner
Gossip Girl 2008-2012 TV Series Georgina Sparks
Robot Chicken 2006-2012 TV Series Gummy Bear Woman Samantha Jones ...
Untitled Peter Knight Comedy Project 2011 TV Movie Gracie
Weeds 2011 TV Series Emma Karlin
Love Bites 2011 TV Series Jodie
Take Me Home Tonight 2011 Ashley
DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection 2010 Video Bar Girl (voice)
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam 2010 Video short Bar Girl (voice)
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex 2010 Video short Bar Girl (voice)
Mercy 2009-2010 TV Series Nurse Chloe Payne
Cop Out 2010 Ava
The Super Hero Squad Show 2009 TV Series Valkyrie
17 Again 2009 Maggie
Against the Current 2009 Suzanne
The Circuit 2008 TV Movie Kylie Shines
Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight 2008 Video Tika (voice)
The Hill 2007 TV Movie Maggie Rogers
Black Christmas 2006 Melissa
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 TV Series Lisa Willow Tyler
Beautiful Ohio 2006 Sandra
House M.D. 2006 TV Series Melinda Bardach
The Dive from Clausen's Pier 2005 TV Movie Carrie Beal
Ice Princess 2005 Casey Carlyle
Mysterious Skin 2004 Wendy
Six Feet Under 2004 TV Series Celeste
EuroTrip 2004 Jenny
Trapt: Echo 2004 Short Girlfriend
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2000-2003 TV Series Dawn Summers
Can't Be Heaven 2000 Julie
A Father's Choice 2000 TV Movie Kelly McClain
Bonne Nuit 1999 TV Movie Emma Reeves
Inspector Gadget 1999 Penny
Ri¢hie Ri¢h's Christmas Wish 1998 Video Gloria
Guys Like Us 1998 TV Series Katie
Meego 1997 TV Series Maggie Parker
A Holiday for Love 1996 TV Movie Noelle Murphy
Space Cases 1996 TV Series Prankster #1
Dave's World 1996 TV Series Angela
Harriet the Spy 1996 Harriet M. Welsch
The Adventures of Pete & Pete 1994-1996 TV Series Nona Mecklenberg
Melissa 1995 Lena (uncredited)
Clarissa Explains It All 1993 TV Series Elsie Soaperstein
Law & Order 1991 TV Series Dinah Driscoll
All My Children 1970 TV Series Lilly Benton Montgomery #1 (1993-1996)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Guidance 2015 TV Series executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gossip Girl: XO XO 2012 TV Movie documentary special thanks
Kickin' It Old Skool 2007 very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chopped Junior 2016 TV Series Herself - Judge
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 2016 TV Series
Hollywood Game Night 2014-2015 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Player
Big Morning Buzz Live 2013 TV Series Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Kathy 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Gossip Girl: Series Retrospective 2012 TV Movie Herself
Gossip Girl: XO XO 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself / Georgina Sparks
Watch What Happens: Live 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Global Citizen Festival 2012 TV Movie Herself
Rick Santorum Aborts Presidential Campaign 2012 Short Herself
The City 2010 TV Series Herself
Teenage Paparazzo 2010 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Rachael Ray 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Zac Goes Back 2009 Video documentary short Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009 TV Movie Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Going Back to 17 2009 Video documentary short Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2008 TV Series Herself
The Hills 2008 TV Series Herself
Hotel Gramercy Park 2008 Documentary Herself
May All Your Christmases Be Black 2007 Video documentary short Herself
Space Top 10 Countdown 2007 TV Series Herself
Fuse Celebrity Playlist 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
What Have You Done?: The Remaking of 'Black Christmas' 2006 TV Short documentary Herself / 'Melissa'
E! True Hollywood Story 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
Punk'd 2006 TV Series Herself
Biography 2003-2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2005 TV Series Herself - Guest
Total Request Live 2005 TV Series Herself
The View 2005 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Herself - Performer (segment "Primer")
'Buffy': Season 7 Overview 2004 Video documentary short Herself
2004 Much Music Video Music Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
Eurotrip: Nude Beach Exposed 2004 Video documentary short Herself
Eurotrip: The Making of 'Eurotrip' 2004 Video documentary short Herself
'Buffy': Season 6 Overview 2004 Video documentary short Herself
Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins 2004 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest 2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
MTV Hits 2004 TV Series Herself
The Sharon Osbourne Show 2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
Truth or Scare 2003 TV Series Herself - Host / Narrator
HypaSpace 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
The Teen Choice Awards 2002 2002 TV Special Herself - Presenter
MADtv 2000-2001 TV Series Herself - Special Guest / Dawn / Herself
The Teen Choice Awards 2001 2001 TV Special Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2001 TV Series Herself - Guest
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '99 1999 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1999 TV Series Herself - Guest
Reading Rainbow 1998 TV Series Herself
The 1998 Annual Kid's Choice Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
Blue's Clues 1998 TV Series Herself
Figure It Out 1997 TV Series Herself / panelist (1998-1999)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 WIN Award Women's Image Network Awards Actress MFT Movie / Mini-Series Killing Kennedy (2013)
2007 Special Jury Prize Sarasota Film Festival Breakthrough Performer Beautiful Ohio (2006)
2001 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young Actress Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
1998 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Supporting Young Actress Meego (1997)
1997 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Harriet the Spy (1996)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain Gossip Girl (2007)
2004 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series Truth or Scare (2001)
2003 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2002 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2002 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young Actress Truth or Scare (2001)
2002 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young Actress MADtv (1995)
2001 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress on Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2001 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Sidekick Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2000 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Inspector Gadget (1999)
2000 YoungStar Award YoungStar Awards Best Young Actress/Performance in a Motion Picture Comedy Inspector Gadget (1999)


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#Quote
1 [on her character "Georgina Sparks" on Gossip Girl (2007)] It's super fun to play the bad girl. I love bringing out the inner nasty . . . Every woman secretly has an inner bitch deep down inside--including myself. But with the scenarios that Georgina is in and the lines from the script, the evil naturally comes out and flows really well for me . . . I don't take the nastiness off-set, but sometimes when the paparazzi get in my face, Georgina comes out.
2 [the differences between the character Dawn on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and the character Chloe on Mercy (2009) and on playing young and/or naive characters] I've been drinking from the fountain of youth, so my face remains the same. Actually, one of our very first days of shooting, Gail Berman, who I have known for almost 10 years now, from [Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)], said that if we put a split screen of my face from the first episode of "Buffy" up next to the "Mercy" pilot, it's the same. I might have just gotten paler. I don't go out in the sun . . . I think there's a huge difference between the two characters, in the sense that Chloe is an adult. She's not a child, by any means. She went through nursing school. She has her masters degree. She has all of the credentials. She is a nurse and an adult, in every sense of those words. For me, I'm not shy or quiet. It's interesting for me to play someone who is such the opposite from myself because it's more challenging to keep that realistic . . . I also think that so many young women in the world are scared of the circumstances that they're in and are very insecure about different experiences that they may have, and I love being that character for women to say, "Yes, Chloe is scared. She's worried that she is literally going to kill someone, but there's optimism there. She can do it. So, I don't think of her as a child, or as annoying or whiny. I think she's just open to the world and looking to her colleagues to steer her. She has such great respect and admiration because they know what they're doing. So, between the three of us and the different personalities that we have, we're going to cater to every single woman watching the show, or that's what we hope.
3 [how she deals with stress] I'm the last person to ask about dealing with stress. I'm always the biggest stress ball. But I don't stop moving and I never let my Blackberry leave my hand, so I'm getting a lot of thumb exercise. It's great.
4 [how to deal with embarrassment] . . . laughter is the best thing. It's not about seeking revenge on that person. It's not letting them get away with it and not letting them get their high off of seeing you miserable. Laugh with them.
5 {asked if life is like Gossip Girl (2007)] I think life is like high school. I don't necessarily know that it pertains to "Gossip Girl" because that is obviously an extreme fabrication of the most glorious life. But I do think that life, in general, is definitely like high school and you never get out of it. You just have to stay strong.
6 [her favorite places in New York city] I'm a downtown girl. I would love to give you restaurants, but then you'd know about them and we couldn't go there anymore. Leighton Meester and I like to go to hole-in-the-walls that no one would ever expect us to go to, and no one cares that we're in there. We do that often.
7 [asked if it's easier to be unrecognized in New York City] I think it's much harder in New York. There are paparazzi on bicycles, which is a new thing. You can't really speed away in your car. Especially with Gossip Girl (2007) being such a New York-based show, it's harder. I tried my hand at going to Bed, Bath & Beyond the other day, which I love, and that was a little bit of a catastrophe. I caused a little bit of a scene. That would be the only time that I'm a little shy.
8 [asked if she had any "red-carpet" regrets] I think I did a head-to-toe leopard ensemble once, when I was 10. I think animal print should be taken in moderation. A shoe or a scarf is fine.
9 [her favorite designers] I love Rag & Bone. They're pretty fantastic. Marc Jacobs has been a friend of mine for years, and I adore him. I like Chloe. I like a lot of younger designers.
10 [what she does to "instantly feel sexy"] Show off my décolletage.
11 I love tennis. I tried gymnastics at one point, but my tush got a whole lot of black and blue so that wasn't fun.
12 I adore London and Paris, and I hope to live in London for a period of time when I'm older.
13 Anything you throw at me, I'll try to tackle.
14 [what her dream job would be] A fashion editor at "Vogue", that would be awesome.
15 My confidence comes from me, Michelle, as a person. I don't necessarily believe that I will act and be a lead forever, but I want to continue to act for a long time. I love to do what I do.
16 [on the future of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)] I'm sure that in some way, shape or form, "Buffy" will be continued or the story, through the fans, because we do have such devoted fans and that's always been very sweet.
17 [on why she chose not to continue her role as Dawn Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)] I felt like every year, my character got younger as I got older. The scripts even had me speaking grammatically incorrectly. So I had to do something else. Besides, the show is over. If you miss it, get the DVDs.
18 [on being involved in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) spin-off] I didn't see myself continuing as Dawn because I like to have diversity in my roles. A lot of people are like, "Oh my God! Little Dawn grew up!" And as much as I love you guys, suck it up.

#Trademark
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