Scarlet-tressed actress Michelle Trachtenberg has a knack for stirring things up - from her appearance as Sarah Michelle Gellar's mysterious sister on Buffy the Vampire Slayer to her latest role as New York socialite Georgina Sparks, making trouble for Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl. Born on October 11, 1985, in New York City , Michelle started acting at age three in television commercials, appearing in more than 100 television spots. In 1993, she landed a role on the soap opera All My Children as Lily Montgomery (a role that eventually was taken over by Mischa Barton), where she first worked with Sarah Michele Gellar. Michelle, who appeared on a number of shows for kids' cable network Nickelodeon in the early '90s, made her feature film debut in the Nickelodeon-produced Harriet the Spy in 1996. She co-starred alongside Matthew Broderick in 1999's Inspector Gadget and a year later joined the cast of the monster cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where she stayed until the show ended its run in 2003. Michelle returned to the big screen in 2004's raunchy comedy Euro Trip and the Disney film Ice Princess, co-starring Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall. Michelle made her triumphant return to series television with her talked-about Gossip Girl role and is set to co-star with teen sensation Zac Efron in the comedy 17 Again. Here's hoping that Michelle continues to 'slay' on TV and in the movies.
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