Trachtenberg in June 2008
|Born||Michelle Christine Trachtenberg
October 11, 1985
New York City, New York, U.S.
Michelle Christine Trachtenberg[needs IPA] (born October 11, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Nona F. Mecklenberg in The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Dawn Summers in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2000–2003) and Georgina Sparks in Gossip Girl (2008–2012). She also appeared in the films Harriet the Spy (1996), EuroTrip (2004), Ice Princess (2005), Black Christmas (2006), and 17 Again (2009).
Trachtenberg was born in New York City, the younger of two daughters of Lana, a bank manager, and Michael Trachtenberg, a fiber-optics engineer. Her father is German and her mother is Russian; Trachtenberg speaks Russian fluently. Trachtenberg is of Jewish descent; her grandparents live in Israel. She celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah; 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. She later moved to Los Angeles and attended Notre Dame High School.
Trachtenberg made her first television appearance at the age of three, in a commercial for Wisk detergent. She went on to feature in over 100 more commercials. 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, in which she first worked with future Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Trachtenberg's film career began in 1996 with the title 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. 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.
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 was her favorite show, she was friends with one of the producers and she asked to be a guest star.
In November 2006, Trachtenberg guest starred in season six of the crime drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the episode "Weeping Willow", she played the role of Willow, a kidnapped video blogger, likely based on lonelygirl15. 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, based on the newspaper of the same name, set in Washington, D.C. Trachtenberg provided the voice of Tika Waylan for Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, a direct-to-video animated film based on the novel of the same name.
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. She returned to the show for a multi-episode story arc towards the end of season two. Trachtenberg appeared in the season three finale and the season four premiere. In 2009, Trachtenberg was a cast member on the NBC drama Mercy, the series lasted one 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 and in the series finale on July 21, 2011. On June 28, it was announced Trachtenberg would guest star on Weeds during its seventh season. Her character Emma is a rival pot dealer who causes problems for Silas Botwin. In June 2012, Trachtenberg was cast opposite Katie Cassidy, Gina Gershon, and Eliza Dushku in the upcoming film The Scribbler, directed by John Suits and produced by Gabriel Cowan.
Trachtenberg returned to film with the 2009 film 17 Again alongside Zac Efron, Sterling Knight and Matthew Perry. She also had a small role in the comedy film Cop Out. In March 2011, she was the featured cover girl in Maxim.
|1991||Law & Order||Dinah Driscoll||Episode: "God Bless the Child"; uncredited|
|1993||Clarissa Explains It All||Elsie Soaperstein||Episode: "Babysitting"|
|1993–96||All My Children||Lily Benton Montgomery #1|
|1994–96||Adventures of Pete & Pete, TheThe Adventures of Pete & Pete||Nona F. Mecklenberg||21 episodes|
|1996||A Holiday for Love||Noelle Murphy||Television film|
|1996||Dave's World||Angela||Episode: "Solitaire"|
|1996||Space Cases||Prankster #1||Episode: "All You Can Eaty"|
|1996||Christmas in My Hometown||Noelle Murphy||Television film|
|1997||Meego||Maggie Parker||Main role|
|1998||Blue's Clues||Herself||Episode: "Blue's Birthday"|
|1998||Reading Rainbow||Herself (voice)||Episode: "Math Curse"|
|1998||Guys Like Us||Katie||Episode: "Maestro's First Crush"|
|1998–99||Figure It Out||Herself||12 episodes|
|2000||Father's Choice, AA Father's Choice||Kelly McClain||Television film|
|2000–03||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Dawn Summers||66 episodes|
|2001–03||Truth or Scare||Herself||Host/narrator|
|2004||Six Feet Under||Celeste||4 episodes|
|2005||Dive from Clausen's Pier, TheThe Dive from Clausen's Pier||Carrie Beal||Television film|
|2006||House||Melinda Bardach||Episode: "Safe"|
|2006–12||Robot Chicken||Various voices||5 episodes|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Lisa Willow Tyler||Episode: "Weeping Willow"|
|2007||Hill, TheThe Hill||Maggie Rogers||Unsold ABC pilot|
|2008||Circuit, TheThe Circuit||Kylie Shines||Television film|
|2008–12||Gossip Girl||Georgina Sparks||28 episodes|
|2009–10||Mercy||Chloe Payne||Main role|
|2009||Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad Show||Valkyrie (voice)||2 episodes|
|2011||Untitled Peter Knight Pilot||Gracie||Unsold CBS pilot|
|2011||Love Bites||Jodie||3 episodes|
|2011||Weeds||Emma Karlin||5 episodes|
|2013||Killing Kennedy||Marina Oswald||Television film|
|2013||Criminal Minds||Diane Turner||Episode: "Zugzwang"|
|2013||NCIS: Los Angeles||Lily Lockhart||Episode: "Merry Evasion"|
|1996||Harriet the Spy||Harriet M. Welsch|
|1998||Richie Rich's Christmas Wish||Gloria||Direct-to-video|
|2000||Can't Be Heaven||Julie|
|2005||Ice Princess||Casey Carlyle|
|2006||Black Christmas||Melissa Kitt|
|2008||Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight||Tika (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Against the Current||Suzanne|
|2009||17 Again||Margaret "Maggie" Sarah O'Donnell|
|2010||Cop Out||Ava Monroe|
|2010||DC Showcase: Jonah Hex||Bar girl (voice)||Short film|
|2011||Take Me Home Tonight||Ashley|
|2013||Sexy Evil Genius||Miranda Prague||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Scribbler, TheThe Scribbler||Alice|
Awards and nominations
|1997||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actress||Harriet the Spy||Won|
|1998||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Supporting Young Actress||Meego||Won|
|2000||YoungStar Award||Best Young Actress in a Comedy Film||Inspector Gadget||Nominated|
|2000||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film: Supporting Young Actress||Inspector Gadget||Nominated|
|2001||Teen Choice Award||TV – Choice Sidekick||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Nominated|
|2001||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Supporting Young Actress||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Won|
|2001||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress on Television||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Nominated|
|2002||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress||Truth or Scare||Nominated|
|2002||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Guest Starring Young Actress||MADtv||Nominated|
|2002||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Television Actress||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Nominated|
|2003||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Television Actress||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Nominated|
|2004||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series||Truth or Scare||Nominated|
|2007||Sarasota Film Festival||Breakthrough Performer||Beautiful Ohio||Won|
|2012||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Villain||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
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