Michelle Trachtenberg: Why The Buffy Star Disappeared In 2016

By Rick Gonzales | 10 months ago

Michelle Trachtenberg

Even though actress Michelle Trachtenberg is a young 34-years old, she’s been acting for over three decades. An early start got her prepared for what was eventually to come, but we haven’t seen her on screen since 2016. Here’s where she went and what she’s doing now.


Harriet the Spy

It all began with commercials. Michelle Trachtenberg got her first official screen time in a Wisk laundry detergent commercial and didn’t look back. It wasn’t a bad way to break in as she then went on to star in over 100 commercials.

The first major role she pulled in, other than her commercials, was at six-years-old on an episode of Law & Order. She moved on to an episode of Clarissa Explains It All, then found herself in a couple of episodes of the long-running soap opera All My Children. Liking what they saw of the young actress, the producers of The Adventures of Pete & Pete brought her on board. But the young actress was beginning to get more attention and eventually had to leave Pete & Pete to star in her very first feature film, Harriet the Spy as the film’s heroine Harriet.

Michelle Trachtenberg appeared in several other series before leading the short-lived Meego. It lasted one season but continued to show that Trachtenberg had the chops to lead a series or a feature film.


Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg joined the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 2000, coming on board as Buffy’s younger sister Dawn. The intent was to give Buffy a more rounded emotional attachment other than her romantic relationships.

Dawn’s presence did just that though many Buffy fans didn’t care much for her character. Perhaps it was the way Dawn basically appeared out of nowhere. Perhaps it was her annoying personality. Whatever the reason, fans didn’t take much to the character, not Michelle Trachtenberg herself, even though as the character grew and her annoyance tempered, fans still never fully got on board with her.

Michelle Trachtenberg
Michelle Trachtenberg in EuroTrip

Michelle Trachtenberg moved on from Buffy, as the series ended in 2003, to a raunchy feature EuroTrip (guilty pleasure). She also appeared in HBO’s Six Feet Under, Disney’s Ice Princess, the unbelievably horrible remake of Black Christmas (the 1974 original remains a horror classic), and she voiced Tika in Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, to name a few of her early projects. Speaking of Twilight



Michelle Trachtenberg as Bella Swan in Twilight? Seriously? Yes, according to the actress. She told US Weekly, “There was definitely interest here and there because there’s only so few pale girls in Hollywood.”

Perhaps she was joking about the “pale” part. But she continued on, “I’ve known [director] Catherine Hardwicke since the movie Thirteen,” she explained. “I was actually supposed to star in that, but I was on Buffy at the time.”

So then, why didn’t she get the part? “I guess schedules never worked out.” The actress didn’t seem to be totally broken up about the fact that she missed out on a billion-dollar franchise and not starring opposite Robert Pattinson, “[Hypothetical answers mean] you’re not living in the moment and you’re looking negatively at what you’re doing now.” Besides, “I already have Buffy,” she added. “I’ve already done the vampire thing.”


Sleepy Hollow

Michelle Trachtenberg continued to move forward. She was seen in the comedy 17 again, moved on to TV series such as Mercy and Weeds. But it was her role in Gossip Girl as Georgina Sparks that brought her more recognition. She was recurring the first four seasons she appeared in the show and then pretty much was a full participant in the shows final season.

Michelle Trachtenberg on Gossip Girl
Michelle Trachtenberg on Gossip Girl

Trachtenberg continued to find roles in other TV series such as Criminal Minds, NCIS Los Angeles, Sleepy Hollow, and Guidance. She has also been a voice in the animated series Robot Chicken.


Lately, though, Trachtenberg has been absent from both the big and small screens. Her last role was voicing Judy Reilly on the animated web series Human Kind Of.

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Instead of being a presence on TV or film Michelle Trachtenberg has focused on being a voice against drugs. She remains active in charity organizations such as DARE America, R.A.D.D, and Kmart Kids Race against Drug Use.

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