Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg


10/11/1985, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name

Michelle Christine Trachtenberg



Also Known As

Michelle Trachenberg, Michele Tractenburg
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Michelle has been acting since she was very young and is perhaps best known for playing the role of Dawn in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

For several years, Trachtenberg has been an active spokesperson for Recording Artists, Athletes, and Actors Against Drunk Driving (RADD), Drug Abuse…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

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    • Michelle: (on her Gossip Girl character) Georgina will be there at the end. Georgina should sleep with every one of the male characters on the show. I think it's not fair to single one out. Even though she's married, she's an equal opportunity offender. I look forward to bedding every Upper East Side boy..as Georgina!

    • Michelle: (on the worst thing said to her in NYC) It's probably been more recent, since I've grown into my womanly form. You know, you'll walk by a construction site and it's like, "You kiss your mama with that ass?" What does that even mean? I don't kiss my mama with my ass because it's back there! My lips are up here, so that's weird. It worked though, 'cause I turned around and was like, "What does that mean?!" So he won.

    • Michelle: (on the question about getting a tattoo) No tattoo. I don't enjoy needles. So, people won't ever have to worry about me getting a big 'ol tattoo across the back, no.

    • Michelle: (on what she would like to study in college) I would study film. I was accepted into USC as well as the film school, because that's two separate processes. But I wouldn't study theatre. I've never taken any acting classes. I don't believe anyone has a right to tell me how to be an actress other than my director, so I've never responded to that. I would study the history of film, I'd study producing and directing and just the beauty of film.

    • Michelle: (on her character from Love Bites) I thought Jodie's a really fun character, I've never really shot in a strip club before, so that was a fun experience. I was clearly overdressed. So embarrassing. It was fun.

    • Michelle: The boys didn't like me in high school. No one ever asked me out. Uh yeah, they were really mean to me. Actually I was doing an interview because I'm promoting a movie called Seventeen Again, and so the big question is "wouldn't you want to be seventeen again?" No, I really don't. I'm happy. I didn't have boobs when I was seventeen. I have boobs now. It's fantastic. I really enjoy them.

    • Michelle: (on playing a villain) I've never really understood those actors that don't want to play villains. Because if an audience leaves, you know, the theater or, you know, sitting on the couch thinking, "god I hate her," then you've done a good job.

    • Michelle: (on her preferences between comedy and drama) I do like doing both, but drama can be sometimes a little more exciting because you never know what's going to happen. I think comedies are a little harder because if it's actually funny, then it's really difficult to stop laughing.

    • Michelle: (in 2004, on ever posing in men oriented magazines) Oh, I will not be doing any FHM or crazy Maxim magazines. I will leave that to the other actresses in Hollywood who want to shed their clothes because they think that's beneficial to them. I would much rather chose a creative way... like in a movie. (in 2011, she posed for Maxim)

    • Michelle: (on her dog Mya) I kid you not, the second she hears the distant click of a paparazzi long lens, that bitch starts posin'! She's kicking out her butt, she starts preening and turning her head... She'll sit there and lounge on the sidewalk.

    • Michelle: (on why NYC is more difficult to work than LA) 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 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.

    • Michelle: (on continuing to play youthful roles) 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 know for almost 10 years now, from Buffy, 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.

    • Michelle: (on keeping with continuity on Buffy) Actually, one of my favorite things to do whenever I'm on the set, whenever I'm reading a script is to go through each and every part, no matter what it is, every single detail I pay attention to, every single word, because each and everything is very important.

    • Michelle: (on being a Maxim covergirl) It's exciting. I know that everyone at my high school who used to torture me and bully me is going to get a copy of it, so I'm thrilled! That's going to be really exciting.

    • Michelle: My sister takes me out often to go shopping and to the movies.

    • Michelle: I can't resist buying shoes, bags, and lip gloss. I can never leave a shopping experience without one of those.

    • Michelle: And I am really comfortable in this world. I love acting. I love the entertainment business... I wouldn't trade it for anything.

    • Michelle: (On American Idol) You know what? I love the episodes where you get all these like crazy people trying out. Cause you got to give it to them man, they've got some confidence, they really think they're good and hey that's great.

    • Michelle: The only tantrum I have ever thrown was when I watched an annoying girl doing a Barbie commercial on TV, and I screamed Mommy, I can do that better!"

    • Michelle: I get done whatever I get done and then I breathe a sigh of relief and I go to sleep and I wake up and start my morning bright and early with a big old smile.

    • Michelle: My favorite Christmas was the year my sister, who is seven years older than I am, gave me a real gold necklace with letters that spelled out "extra special sister". It was the first time I had received a gift from her like that--something really special. Actually, I had asked her for a Barbie and was disappointed. But I was only eight at the time, and as I've grown older, I've appreciated the necklace more and more.

    • Michelle: I love acting. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

    • Michelle: The real me is sitting at home, no makeup, in my old sweatpants, watching DVDs. But makeup is still a big thing for me.

    • Michelle: Keep your private life private. Be open to suggestions from different people. And just be nice. I have heard stories about people who are just plain rude to the press or fans.

    • Michelle: The way to my heart is by being truthful and spontaneous.

    • Michelle: When you grow up on film, people sometimes have difficulties accepting the fact that you are growing up. They always imagine you younger.

    • Michelle: Four months filming in a foreign country. You know, it is great because you get to learn all about different cultures. I feel so much more enriched.

    • Michelle: I chose to wait to get my drivers license. Since I was working and I didn't have time, I got it like a week before my 18th birthday.

    • Michelle: I am young. I better show off what I have now.

    • Michelle: There's something sexy about a man's watch fitting a woman's wrist, like you've borrowed it from your boyfriend.

    • Michelle: I just met Ron Howard. I was such a dork.

  • Michelle Trachtenberg is a talentless, brainless, hopeless brat with nothing to offer humanity.

    Here's how I'll preface this: I'm going to skewer this loser based on the retinal cancer I have developed from her stint on 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'. I love that darn show. It's like an old love I sit down to catch up with every couple of years and re-discover what made me fall head over heels in the first place. The storytelling is engaging and brilliant and the cast is superb.

    When peeps ask me how I rate the Buffy Universe, I always say Season Two is the best followed by Season Five. Don't get me wrong, Season One, Three and Four are all fantastic journeys, but Two and Five just have so much at stake that the arc becomes irresistible. Now, at the conclusion of the Season opener for Five, we catch a glimpse of a little brown-haired tween in Buffy's bedroom who surprisingly turns out to be her sister, Dawn... a sister we never knew existed. I found this turn of events to be brilliant on the part of Whedon and company. What a wonderfully clever way to inject some new life into the series (though I never felt the life was faltering--but ratings showed otherwise). I never felt cheated, I never felt frustrated that it took a number of episodes to actually address why Dawn even existed on the show. ***Sidenote*** Dawn turns out to be a mystical energy that could destroy the fabrics of reality... and to hide the energy, some crusty monks made it into Michelle Trachtenberg. Here's where I have a problem. I love the idea, but I *Hate* the actress. I will never understand some folks' obsession with Michelle. After reading a few entries and checking out some Google searches I've found that a lot of dudes just want to do her (which I also don't get), and every woman who talks her up is under the age of 15. There is no excuse for her inability to act. Nothing will convince me that she's worthy of being a Hollywood actress. The only other onscreen stuff I've seen her in was a coathanger abortion called 'Black Christmas'. I hated her in that too, but was elated when she met a gruesome death. BTW: See the original film. It doesn't have Trachtenberg, and won't make you want to blow up your DVD player.

    But back to the Dawn-ster. Look, supporters of this character will say MT embodies the awkward, innocent, annoyingness of a teen. I get angst. I was a teenager, I grew up with two little brothers who became teenagers before my very eyes, but never did I want to sell their internal organs on the black market for gas money. Yes, Michelle poorly acts her way through semi-capturing a brat in their early teens... but what she also does in the process is act-out a character that you grow to absolutely loathe every time she's onscreen. It is possible to draw-out a chracter that has a lot of angst, pain, and confusion, but also keep them interesting and likeable. See: River Tam in 'Firefly' (and countless other films and shows).

    It all comes down to M.T. not being able to pull off any scene she's in *ever*. She's horrible. She's predictable. Her cry-baby demeanor is repulsive enough to make you crawl out of your skin and flush yourself down a toilet for sanctuary. I will say that she did coin one of the most unintentionally hilarious catchphrases in television history: "Get out! Get Out! Get Out!" Believe me when I say these words come out of her mouth at least four times in three seasons of television. Horrifying and excruciatingly hilarious at the same time.

    Recently I convinced my girlfriend to sit down and absorb seven seasons of 'Buffy' and five of 'Angel'. Granted, she loved it and is a Whedon-lifer now, but she almost lost it when Michelle Trachtenberg entered the fray. She really brings down the whole cast and show as a whole, and it's a shame. I find Season Seven to be 60% unwatchable already, but Trachtenberg almost managed to sink the entire ship all on her lack of acting chops. Stop denying it, folks. This actress is worthless.moreless
  • She is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Michelle Trachtenberg (who has the hardest last name to spell which I will mention later in the review) is one of my favourite actresses who is young, or was when she was in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Michelle in Buffy has such enthusiasm that if you didn't find her cute and loveable then you have no heart at all! She is so sweet and looks very fragile in Season 5. But as the seasons get further we realise that Michelle (Dawn) is much stronger than we anticipated. Especially in season 7 when she thinks that she is a Potential and attempts to fight off a vampire all by herself.

    Michelle also starred as Penny in Inspector Gadget, the loveable neice of Inspector Gadget. This wasn't her best acting role but without her as Penny it would be a little bit boring and people would miss the enthusiasm (which I mentioned in the Buffy paragraph.)

    Truth Or Scare, another thing that she was apart of, was a TV programme that I only saw one episode of but one of my friends said that Michelle was creepy, which added to the creepiness of the series. I also saw her on the cover of the Eurotrip DVD, I haven't seem the film but because I'm only 12 I don't think I'll be watching it any time soon. In the film she plays fraternity twin Jenny, who is the twin sister of Jamie.

    Michelle was the star in disney film, the Ice Princess, which is about ice-skating (which I like.) The film is about science whiz Casey who gives up her future academic to fulfill her life long dream of becoming a professional figure skater. In November of 2006 she starred in the sixth season of the Emmy-nominated crime drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent in the episode "Weeping Willow." She played the character of Willow, a kidnapped video blogger based on lonelygirl15. It's not just TV programmes and films that Michelle has starred in, she was in the music video for Fall Out Boy's song "This Ain't A Scheme, It's An Arms Race" along with Buffy The Vampire Slayer co-star Seth Green. Michelle was the voice of Tika Waylan in the animated film Dragonlace: Dragons of Autumn Twilight.

    The film 17 Again, which has just came out in the UK, has Michelle in it as daughter Maggie O'Donnel. I have seen adverts for this film and it looks quite good. I mentioned at the beginning of this review that Michelle has one of the hardest last names to spell, I'm not even sure if I have it right now but I think it's spelt Trachtenburg, gosh that name is worse to spell than Agyness Dean! (Did I get Agyness Dean right?)moreless