"The Baby Pterodactyls": Dawn Summers App. Thread #11: Because Michelle was a Buffy fan before she came to the show

Welcome to the
Michelle Trachtenberg/Dawn Summers
Appreciation Thread!

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Michelle's Bio

Michelle Christine Trachtenberg was born on October 11, 1985 to her mother,
Lana (a former actress turned puppeteer); father, Michael (an fiber optics engineer) and a
sister to Irene, now 25. A native New Yorker (born in Brooklyn), Michelle began her
entertainment career before she could even walk completing newspaper advertisements
until scoring her first big job at the tender age of three. She landed a print modelling job,
appearing in advertisement posters for the popular toy store Kids 'R' Us, before then going
on to commercials (after seeing a friend on a commercial Michelle told her mom she
wanted to be on television). Her first commercial was for Wisk Detergent where she
played a daughter who threw cranberry juice on her father. Michelle's first line on
television was for in the national commercial saying, 'Wisk, wisk, wisk or tsk, tsk, tsk!'
After completing her 'first job' Michelle went on and auditioned for more commercials
landing each one that she tried out for. Some of these commercials included Panasonic,
Fuji, Kraft, Kleenex and Hoover just to name a few.

It wasn't until the age of five that Michelle went on to appear in television, her first role
was uncredited, playing dying child Dinah Driscoll in the episode 'God Bless the Child' on
Law and Order. Next up was an episode of 'Clarissa Explains It All' in which Michelle
appeared alongside another child actor, Melissa Joan Hart. Michelle portrayed Elsie
Soaperstein the sitting charge of Hart's character Clarissa. Branching out, Michelle landed
two television series, All of Children (the popular TV soap) and The Adventures of Pete and
Pete (the popular children's program) and she appeared on both from the age of 9 until
age 11 (1994-1996). On All My Children, Michelle played autistic child; Lily Benton
Montgomery. Michelle has said that the role was challenging sometimes for her to play as
she couldn't talk much. Alongside Michelle in the show was future Buffy co-star Sarah
Michelle Gellar who Michelle says she looked to as a sister figure while they were filming
on the show. At the same time as All My Children Michelle starred in the show, Pete and
Pete. Michelle played character Nona Mecklenberg and was on the show until the finish in

Continuing to appear on national television Michelle scored guest appearances in the
series', Dave's World and Space Cases. Michelle got her first big movie break in scoring
the role of Harriet M. Walsh in the smash hit 1996 movie Harriet the Spy which was based
on a book of the same name. Michelle beat out 350 other girls to score the major role and
has been said to have been the 'right girl' for the role. Michelle's first day on set of Harriet
was her tenth birthday when they started principle photography. Michelle met co-star
Rosie O'Donnell who played Golly, Harriet's nanny and the pair hit it off seeing movies and
Broadway plays together after filming had completed on set. After this major role Michelle
acted alongside television great Melissa Gilbert in the Christmas movie, Christmas in My
Hometown as youngster Noelle Murphy. While continuing to work Michelle attended a
Brooklyn public school where she took part in a class for gifted children until she moved to
California with her mother while her father and sister remained in New York.

Michelle then booked the role in the short-lived Meego in which she played daughter
Maggie Parker. After Meego, Michelle was a guest panelist on the Nickelodeon game show,
Figure It Out and appeared briefly in an episode of Blue's Clues. Still loving television and
acting Michelle appeared on the children's show, Guys Like Us before taking up the big
screen again as Gloria in Richie Rich's Christmas Wish. Proving popular with audiences,
Michelle then went on to star in another hit children's movie, Inspector Gadget next to
Matthew Broderick. After completing her role as Penny, Michelle landed a lead role as Julie
in 1999's small time feel-good movie, Forever Together. Taking one last role in movies for
the moment Michelle starred in the dramatic made-for-television movie, A Father's Choice.

After much work on both the big screens and small screens Michelle returned to television
by landing a key role in the cult television hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A huge fan of the
show Michelle watched each week religiously, remembering all her favourite lines and
scenes. At her school Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, California, Michelle met old
friend and past co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar who was visiting fellow actor Marc Blucas.
After catching up, Michelle, a big fan of Buffy told Sarah that she had to see her school
locker which was full of Buffy merchandise. After realising what a huge fan of Buffy
Michelle was, Sarah invited Michelle to the set and introduced her to Buffy creator Joss

At the same time as meeting Michelle, Joss was looking for a female teenager to play a
crucial role in Buffy's fifth season. Michelle had at the time asked her agent to land her
any role on her favourite show not worrying if it was just a small bit part. Arranging an
audition for the role as Dawn, Michelle went and read for the part and won the dream role
of her lifetime.

Still a regular on Buffy, Michelle did other work on popular sketch show, Mad TV before
getting the job as host and narrator on the new Discovery Kids program Truth or Scare.
While being able to work on Truth or Scare and her cast part on Buffy, Michelle attended
high school and was tutored on set. Graduating this year (2003) Michelle did all the
normal senior events including attending her prom and graduation (she graduated with a
4.0) at which she received honours in Social Studies and Religion. She was also named
under California Scholarship Federation. Michelle has said that she wishes to go to college
and has been accepted into UCLA Film School and her main goal is to produce and direct;
for the time being she has deferred to focus on acting.

After completing Buffy (and three seasons on the show) Michelle has wrapped two new
movies, Eurotrip and Mysterious Skin, excited about her new work Michelle wishes to
attend college later this year and work on movies during the summer. Not only a
successful actress, Michelle is an active spokesperson for R.A.D.D., DARE America, The
Starlight Foundation and many others. Her contributions to the fight against drugs earned
her the prestigious responsibility of representing the youth of America at CNN's
headquarters in Atlanta, where she helped President Clinton launch The Coalition for a
Drug Free America campaign. Named as on of Teen People's 20 Teens Who Will Change
the World, Michelle says she would continue to work for all of her causes against drugs
and alcohol as well as working for various charities. Being and speaking beyond her years
Michelle is a true inspiration and let us all hope that she continues to work in movies and
television as well as achieving her own goals and wishes.

Michelle filmed Disney's Ice Princess which was released on March 18th 2005. She filmed
Beautiful Ohio in 2006 (directed by Chad Lowe), it has aired on IFC in Theatres and
hopefully on DVD soon. Eurotrip a raunchy teen comedy, did well in theatres and has had
good DVD and VHS sales since its release. Her other film Mysterious Skin has been
released in theatres, it premiered at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals and
received fantastic reviews. On HBO last year Michelle completed a four episode part in the
critically acclaimed Six Feet Under aired (she played a bitchy pop diva), proving that she
can handle a variety of roles. She has also appeared in the Echo music video for the band
Trapt. Recently she appeared in the theatre production of On the Razzle at the
Williamstown Theatre Festival (Michelle spent the summer of 2005 as a non-paid

In her personal life Michelle has dated actor Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, Animorphs), they
were first spotted together at Prom Queen: 'The Marc Hall Story' premiere at the Regent
Theatre in Toronto (a production Shawn's brother Aaron starred in) and have been to
many events together since including 2004 MTV Movie Awards (at which Shawn won the
Best Breakthrough Male Award), events and screenings at the Toronto Film Festival, the
premiere of the film Ladder 49 and many events since. They were together for over two
years, recently in 2008 Michelle confirmed she wasn't seeing anyone. In tabloids Michelle
has been linked Michelle to Pete Wentz, DJ AM, Kevin Connolly, Jason Lewis. Robbie
Williams and Brandon Hirsch. Until Michelle confirms anything it is all speculation.

Michelle recently brought her first home and is redecorating. In an interview last year she
([she said she] 'pictured something with a gothic-castle, vintage bordello and shabby-chic
spin to it'). Michelle completed a role as main character Carrie Bell in the TV movie titled
The Dive From Clausen's Pier, based on the book of the same name written by Ann Packer.
It aired on July 25th 2005. I think it was one of Michelle's most amazing roles. Michelle
has guest starred in an episode of House, her favourite show I think she gave a great
performance and in Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Black Christmas was finally released
on Christmas Day 2006. Beautiful Ohio has been screened at film festivals and we are all
waiting for distribution. Dragonlance is completed and is available on DVD. Michelle's next
films are Kids in America,17 Again and Against the Current, all are in post-production, she
also filmed a pilot The Hill but it wasn't picked up for the fall schedule. In June 2007
Michelle was part of the off Broadway play Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell. At the start
of 2008 Michelle filmed The Circuit, she stars as a stockcar race driver, it will air in June.
Michelle recently completed a four episode part as Georgina Sparks on Gossip Girl, there
has been a lot of speculation that Michelle will return for the second season. We can only
wait to see what else comes in future for Michelle.

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