Michelle Trachtenberg

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Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg in 2008
BornMichelle Christine Trachtenberg
(1985-10-11) October 11, 1985 (age 26)
New York City, New York, U.S.[1]
Years active1988–present
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Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg in 2008
BornMichelle Christine Trachtenberg
(1985-10-11) October 11, 1985 (age 26)
New York City, New York, U.S.[1]
Years active1988–present

Michelle Christine Trachtenberg (born October 11, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Dawn Summers in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2000–03) and as Georgina Sparks in Gossip Girl (2008–present). She also appeared in the films Harriet the Spy (1996), EuroTrip (2004), Ice Princess (2005), the Black Christmas (2006) remake, and 17 Again (2009).


Early life

Trachtenberg was born in New York City,[1] the younger of two daughters of Lana, a bank manager, and Michael Trachtenberg, a fiber-optics engineer.[2] Her father is from Germany and her mother was born in Russia; Trachtenberg can speak Russian fluently.[3][4][5] Trachtenberg is of Jewish heritage, and celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah;[6][7][8] her grandparents live in Israel.[9] Trachtenberg was raised, along with older sister Irene, in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, where she attended P.S. 99 Elementary School and The Bay Academy for the Arts and Sciences.[10]


Early career

Michelle Trachtenberg at the Buffy the Vampire Slayer wrap party in 2003.

Trachtenberg made her first television appearance at the age of three, in a commercial for Wisk Detergent.[11] She went on to feature in over 100 more commercials.[11] She appeared in her first credited role as Nona F. Mecklenberg on the Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete from 1994 until 1996. During the same period she played Lily Montgomery on the soap opera All My Children,[12] in which she first worked with future Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar.[8]

Breakthrough career

Trachtenberg's film career began in 1996 with the titular role in Harriet the Spy. During this time, she also began a recurring role in season two of the television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete, of which she later became a regular. She then starred in the short-lived television series Meego, which garnered her a Young Artist Award.[13] She returned to film in 1999 for Inspector Gadget, as the inspector's niece, Penny. She also starred in the film Can't Be Heaven. In the summer of 2000, Trachtenberg took on the role of Dawn Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer; she remained in the role until the show ended in 2003. Trachtenberg also hosted the Discovery Kids series Truth or Scare, from 2001 to 2003. After Buffy and Truth or Scare, she appeared in the comedy film EuroTrip, directed by Jeff Schaffer and co-starring Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, and Travis Wester. She also had a recurring role in the HBO series Six Feet Under as Celeste, a spoiled pop star for whom Keith Charles served as a bodyguard.

In March 2005, Trachtenberg played the title character in Walt Disney Pictures' family comedy-drama Ice Princess, with Kim Cattrall, Joan Cusack, and Hayden Panettiere. In the film, Trachtenberg played a science whiz named Casey Carlyle who is torn between a future in academia and her newfound dream of being a professional figure skater.

Guest appearances

Michelle Trachtenberg in 2008.
Michelle Trachtenberg in June 2008.

In April 2006 Trachtenberg guest-starred in the episode of House, M.D., "Safe". She revealed on the December 22, 2006, episode of Late Night With Conan O'Brien that House is her favorite show, she is friends with one of the producers and she asked to be a guest star.[14]

In November 2006, Trachtenberg guest-starred in the sixth season of the Emmy-nominated crime drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the episode "Weeping Willow", she played the role of Willow, a kidnapped video blogger based on lonelygirl15.[citation needed] Trachtenberg also made a cameo in the Fall Out Boy music video for "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" (with fellow Buffy cast member Seth Green), Joaquin Phoenix-directed video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside, and Trapt's video Echo. In December 2006, Trachtenberg starred in Black Christmas, the remake of the 1974 slasher of the same name. In 2007, she was cast as the female lead in an ABC comedy pilot called The Hill, set in Washington, D.C.[15] Trachtenberg provided the voice of Tika Waylan for Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, a direct-to-video animated movie based on the novel of the same name.[16]

Trachtenberg appeared on The CW hit show Gossip Girl as Georgina Sparks, who recently left rehab and brings back the dark past Serena van der Woodsen desperately wants to leave behind.[17] She returned to the show for a multi-episode story arc towards the end of the second season.[18] Trachtenberg appeared in the season 3 finale and the season 4 premiere.[19] In 2009, Trachtenberg was a cast member on the NBC drama Mercy, the series however was not renewed for a second season.

On June 9, 2011, Trachtenberg guest-starred on Love Bites as Jodie, who, after being unceremoniously dumped, decides - with a vengeance - to accept her ex's offer to 'be friends'. She reprised the role on June 16, 2011, where Jodie augments her friend Annie's bust with so-called chicken cutlets - which later embarrassingly slip out. She finally reprised the role on July 21, 2011, in the series finale, where Jodie and her on-again boyfriend are tormented - to the point of homelessness - by bedbugs.

On June 28, 2011, it was announced Trachtenberg would guest star on Weeds during its seventh season.[20] Her character Emma is a rival pot dealer who causes problems for Silas Botwin.

Other work

Trachtenberg returned to film with the 2009 picture 17 Again alongside Zac Efron, Sterling Knight and Matthew Perry. She also had a small role in the comedy film Cop Out.[21]

In March 2011, she was the featured cover girl in Maxim.[22]



1996Harriet the SpyHarriet M. Welsch
1996Christmas in My HometownNoelle Murphya.k.a. A Holiday for Love
1998Richie Rich's Christmas WishGloria
1999Inspector GadgetPenny
2000A Father's ChoiceKelly McClain
2000Can't Be HeavenJulie
2004Mysterious SkinWendy
2005Ice PrincessCasey Carlyle
2005The Dive From Clausen's PierCarrie Beal
2006Beautiful OhioSandra
2006Black ChristmasMelissa
2007The HillMaggie Rogers
2008Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn TwilightTikavoice-only
2008The CircuitKylie Shines
200917 AgainMargaret "Maggie" Sarah O'Donnell
2009Against the CurrentSuzanne
2010Cop OutAva Monroe
2010DC Showcase: Jonah HexBar Girlvoice-only
2011Take Me Home TonightAshley
2012My Bloody ChristmasAllison Monroe
2013Sexy Evil GeniusMiranda Prague[23]


1991Law & OrderDinah DriscollEpisode "God Bless the Child"; Uncredited
1993Clarissa Explains It AllElsie Soaperstein
1993–1996All My ChildrenLily Benton Montgomery #1
1994–1996The Adventures of Pete & PeteNona F. MecklenbergRecurring; Season 2
Regular; Season 3
1996Dave's WorldAngela
1996Space CasesPrankster #1
1997MeegoMaggie ParkerRegular role
1998Guys Like UsKatie
1998Blues CluesHerselfEpisode: "Blues Birthday"
2000–2003Buffy the Vampire SlayerDawn SummersSeasons 5-7; 66 episodes
2001–2003Truth or ScareHerselfHost/Narrator, 20 episodes
2004Best Week Ever
2004Six Feet UnderCeleste4 episodes
2006House M.D.Melinda BardachEpisode "Safe"
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentLisa Willow TylerEpisode "Weeping Willow"
2006–presentRobot ChickenVarious RolesVoice only
2008–presentGossip GirlGeorgina SparksRecurring; Seasons 15
Regular; Season 6
2009–2010MercyChloe PayneMain Role
2009–presentThe Super Hero Squad ShowValkyrieVoice only
2011Love BitesJodieEpisodes: "How To...": "Banana Bread"
"Keep on Truckin'": "Cutlets"
"Modern Plagues": "Bad in Bedbugs"
2011WeedsEmma Karlin4 episodes


1997WonYoung Artist AwardsBest Leading Young Actress in a Feature FilmHarriet the Spy
1998WonYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Supporting Young ActressMeego
2000NominatedYoungStar AwardsBest Young Actress/Performance in a Motion Picture ComedyInspector Gadget
2000NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActressInspector Gadget
2001NominatedTeen Choice AwardsTV - Choice SidekickBuffy the Vampire Slayer
2001NominatedSaturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionBuffy the Vampire Slayer
2001WonYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young ActressBuffy the Vampire Slayer
2002NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young ActressBuffy the Vampire Slayer
2002NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young ActressTruth or Scare
2002NominatedSaturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionBuffy the Vampire Slayer
2003NominatedSaturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionBuffy the Vampire Slayer
2004NominatedDaytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesTruth or Scare
2007WonSarasota Film FestivalBreakthrough PerformerBeautiful Ohio


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