Date of Birth: March 24, 1974
Known to Buffy the Vampire Slayer viewers as Willow Rosenberg, Alyson Hannigan has won over millions of fans with her goofy personality. But unlike Buffy's leading lady, Sarah Michelle Gellar, who has quickly made the transition from television star to young leading lady, Hannigan is sinking her teeth into juicy supporting roles.
Born in Washington D.C., Hannigan first appeared on screen as Dan Aykroyd's daughter in My Stepmother is an Alien, a film that also co-starred Kim Basinger. While the film pretty much faded from sight following its brief run in theaters, Hannigan bounced around on television for nearly a decade before landing her starmaking role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Buffy was a surprise hit on the WB network in 1997, and it has not only spawned one spin-off, but it has helped launch the movie careers of several of its stars. For Hannigan, that included appeared opposite Tom Everett Scott in Dead Man on Campus. This film, about a college student who tries to kill his roommate for comic effect, predictably came and went in theaters with little notice from audiences.
But Hannigan's luck on screen is changing. After co-starring in a scene-stealing turn as a high school band geek in the successful teen sex romp American Pie, Hannigan finally found the film that could made her a star. Receiving tremendously positive audience response when it hit theaters in the summer of 1999, American Pie became of the biggest box office hits of the year. Its cast of unknowns was thrown into the spotlight and their careers began to skyrocket.
Since then, Hannigan has appeared in several more films like Boys and Girls, Beyond the City Limits and three American Pie sequels, including the most recent American Reunion (2012). She can also be seen starring alongside Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris in the television series How I Met Your Mother.
American Movie (2012)
Love, Wedding, Marriage (2012)
Date Movie (2006)
American Wedding (2003)
Beyond the City Limits (2002)
American Pie 2 (2001)
Boys and Girls (2000)
American Pie (1999)
Dead Man on Campus (1998)
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)