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
In 2012, Michelle did a public service announcement against bullying. It was done in conjunction with the release of the film Bully.
Michelle won the 2004 Radio Free Movie Award for Best Kiss for her role in Eurotrip.
Michelle is not into method acting -- the form of dramatic acting where the actor identifies closely with their character.
Michelle really hates peanut butter.
Michelle has an older sister named Irene.
Michelle attended the 2012 Art of Elysium Gala in Los Angelas, CA. on January 16th.
Michelle appeared on the cover of the February/March 2005 issue of Girl's Life magazine.
Voted number 86 in the Maxim "Hot 100 of 2007" list.
She was the covergirl for theMarch 2011 edition of Maxim, and was voted number 27 in the 2011 Maxim "Hot 100" list.
In 2011, she was listed on US Weekly's 25 most Stylish New Yorkers.
At the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards, Michelle sang on stage with Jesse Bradford.
Michelle attended Isaac Asimov Public School 99 (elementary school) and later Bay Academy Junior High School, both in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2003 she graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA with awards in Religion and Social Studies.
Michelle was the first choice of Catherine Hardwicke (director of Twilight) to play the role of Bella Swan. However, Michelle wasn't able to take the role due to scheduling problems.
Michelle attended the Dec. 2nd grand opening of boutique hotel in New York City called Lola.
Michelle attended the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, CA.
Michelle owns a bulldog named Mya.
Michelle attended Heidi Klum's 12th annual Halloween party in 2011. She went as Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
On October 25, 2011, Michelle cut her arm open with a glass vase. It required her to wear a splint and bandage for a few days.
Store: Top Shop Shopping
Dream Job: Being a fashion editor at Vogue
TV Show: Law And Order
Pastimes: Swimming, rollerblading, ice-skating, bicycling, creating beaded jewelry and writing poetry and short fiction
Food: Tomato sandwiches
Snack: Doritos "Nacho Cheesier"
Bands: The Killers, Muse, and Gorillaz
Michelle is 5' 7" (1.70 m) tall.
Michelle began dating Jason Lewis in 2007.
Take Me Home Tonight (2011) - Ashley
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex (2010)- Bar Girl
Cop Out (2010) - Ava
17 Again (2009) - Maggie
Against the Current (2009) - Suzanne
Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight (2008) - Tika
The Hill (2007) - Maggie Rogers
Kickin' It Old Skool (2007) - Kim (scene deleted)
Black Christmas (2006) - Melissa
Beautiful Ohio (2006) - Sandra
Ice Princess (2005) - Casey Carlyle
EuroTrip (2004) - Jenny
Can't Be Heaven - (2000) - Julie
A Father's Choice (2000) - Kelly McClain
Inspector Gadget (1999) - Penny
Ri¢hie Ri¢h's Christmas Wish (1998) - Gloria
A Holiday for Love (1996) - Noelle Murphy
Harriet the Spy (1996) - Harriet M. Welsch
Melissa (1995) - Lena
Michelle is addicted to Nutella, the chocolate hazelnut spread.
Michelle's mother, Lana, is a former actress turned puppeteer.
Michelle's father, Michael Trachtenberg, worked as a fiber optics engineer.
Michelle can speak fluent Russian, though she says that she speaks at a grade school level and would have difficulty discussing complex topics such as politics.
Michelle was in a Kohl's commercial with Hilary Duff.
The first book Michelle ever read was The BFG (Big Friendly Giant).
Michelle helped President Clinton launch The Coalition for a Drug Free America campaign.
Michelle hopes to produce or direct after her acting career.
Michelle celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah.
Michelle collects Barbies and has over 50 of them.
Michelle has appeared in over 100 commercials. Her first was in a 1988 commercial for Wisk Detergent
Michelle's nickname is "Mitchie."
Michelle Trachtenberg originated the role of Lilly Benton Montgomery on All My Children, playing the role from 1993 to 1996. Also at that time, Sarah Michelle Gellar originated the role of Kendall Hart on All My Children (1993-1995). Michelle and Sarah actually first worked together many years before Michelle joined the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was Sarah, in fact, who recommended Michelle for the role of Dawn.
Michelle's heritage is primarily German and Russian Jewish.
Michelle dated X-Men star Shawn Ashmore from 2004-2006.
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.
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