The US Trends | Alyson Hannigan | Alyson Hannigan is an American actress.She is known for her roles asWillowRosenberg in the cult classic television seriesBuffy theVampire Slayer,MichelleFlaherty in 3AmericanPie films,and LilyAldrin on the CBSsitcom How IMetYourMother.
Alyson Hannigan, born Alyson Lee Hannigan onMarch 24,1974 in Washington,D.C.She is the only child of EmiliePosner,a real estate agent,and AlbertHannigan,a truck driver.Hannigan is of Irish descent on her father\\\'s side and Jewish on her mother's.Her parents divorced when she was two and she was raised mostly by her mother in Atlanta.
Hannigan's parents divorced when she was only two years old,and Hannigan and her mother moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Hannigan got her start in show business at a very young age,appearing in her 1st film —an instructional video for new parents calledActive Parenting —before her 1st birthday.While still a toddler,she appeared in dozens of print advertisements and developed a love for posing before the camera."Whenever they needed a baby,they would put me in front of the camera,and I loved it,"she says. Alyson then moved into commercial acting.At the age of 4,she appeared in her 1st commercial forDuncan Hines,and she later appeared in national TV commercials forOreos andMcDonald///'s as well.
Alyson Hannigan attended theNorthside School of thePerforming Arts in Atlanta,where she played clarinet in the band and also featured for the soccer team.At the age of eleven,she and her mother moved to LA so she could pursue her budding acting career more seriously.Three years later,in 1988,a fourteen-year-old Hannigan made her film debut in the sci_fi comedy MyStepmother is an Alien.For the next 2years,she had a small but recurring role on the ABC fantasy sitcomFree Spirit.Still,at this point in her career parts were hard to come by,and Hannigan worked at a video store and as a babysitter to supplement her acting work.For a time she babysat the real life daughters ofBob Saget,the legendary comedian and TV dad who would become her future costar onHow I MetYour Mother.Hannigan graduated fromNorth Hollywood High School in1992 and enrolled at California State University,Northridge to study psychology.While taking classes at Northridge, Hannigan also continued to act,appearing in TV series such asAlmost Home(1993) andTouched by anAngel(1994).
Although Alyson Hannigan had appeared in an industrial film for"Active Parenting"as a baby,as well as having starred in a commercial for the DuncanHines cookie mix in1978,it was not until1985,when she moved to Los Angeles, California,that she formally began her acting career.Living with her mother and attendingNorth Hollywood High School,she successfully auditioned for agents while visiting her father in Santa Barbara.After attendingNorth Hollywood High School,she attended California State University,Northridge.
Hannigan\\\'s 1st major film role was in MyStepmother Is anAlien,a science fiction comedy released in 1988; one of her co-stars in the film was actor Seth Green,who would later join her in the regular cast ofBuffy as her on-screen boyfriend.Then in 1989,her first regular role on a TV series came when she was cast in the short-lived ABC sitcomFree Spirit.
In1997,at23 Alyson Hannigan was cast to playWillow Rosenberg,Buffy\\\'s best friend,on the television seriesBuffy theVampire Slayer.The show became a success,and Hannigan gained recognition,subsequently appearing in several notable films aimed at teenage audiences,including American Pie,American Pie2,Boys and Girls,and American Wedding.By the timeBuffy had ended in2003,Hannigan was earning aUS$ 250000 salary for each episode.She also had a guest spot on theBuffy spin off,Angel,reprising her role ofWillow in a few episodes(including most notably"Orpheus,"during the 4th season of Angel and the 7th season of Buffy),but none afterBuffy finished production.
In early2004, Alyson Hannigan made her West End debut,starring in a stage adaptation ofWhen HarryMet Sally...at theTheatre Royal Haymarket,oppositeLuke Perry.
In2005, Alyson Hannigan returned to starring in a regular television series,appearing in the hit comedy,How I MetYour Mother,as Lily,and also playing a recurring guest role onVeronica Mars asTrina Echolls.
InFebruary2006, Alyson Hannigan starred asJulia Jones inDate Movie,a parody of romantic comedies.Hannigan was also a guest star on the ABC animated sitcomTheGoode Family in2009.
Alyson Hannigan joined forces with Emily Deschanel,Jaime King, Minka Kelly,and KatharineMcPhee in a"video slumber party"featured on FunnyorDie.com to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organizationStand Up2 Cancer. Alyson Hannigan recently became the new face of Head and Shoulders Shampoo.
Alyson Hannigan has datedGinger Fish of Marilyn Manson.She married actor AlexisDenisof atTwo BunchPalms Resort inDesert HotSprings, California, onOctober 11,2003. They bought a house together in Santa Monica, California.Their daughter,Satyana MarieDenisof,was born at home 5-and-a-half years later onMarch 24,2009,Hannigan///'s 35th birthday.InDecember 2011,Hannigan\\\'s representative announced that the couple is expecting their 2nd child.