Star Focus 24th March Specials – Alyson Hannigan


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Age: 41

Number of Roles: 43

Biggest Films: American Pie

Debut Role: Impure Thoughts (1985)

Early Career: Alyson got into movies as a child star with early films roles in ‘Impure Thoughts’ and ‘My Stepmother is an Alien’. It wasn’t long till we saw that Alyson had an appeal to the small screen with her first appearance in 1989 ‘Free Spirit’ before a string off appearance through the 90s.

Television Roles:

  • Free Spirit (1989-1990) 14 Episodes
  • Roseanne (1990)
  • Almost Home (1993) 2 Episodes
  • Touched by an Angel (1994)
  • Picket Fences (1996)
  • 100 Deeds of Eddie McDowd (1999-2000_ 2 Episodes
  • The Wild Thornberrys (2000)
  • Rugrats (2002-2003) 3 Episodes
  • Angel (2001-2003) 3 Epsidoes
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) 144 Episodes
  • That 70s Show (2004) 2 Episodes
  • King of the Hill (2004)
  • Veronica Mars (2005) 3 Epsidoes
  • The Goode Family (2009)
  • The Simpsons (2011)
  • Robot Chicken (2011)
  • American Dad (2011-2013) 2 Episodes
  • How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) 208 Episodes
  • Sofia The First (2014)
  • The McCarthys (2014)

Break Out Role: After a string of television performances Alyson got the supporting role of Willow in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ in 1997 which put her firmly on the map.

Career: After the Buffy role got her noticed it was the teen comedy ‘American Pie’ that gave Alyson a way into films with ‘Boys and Girls’ ‘American Pie 2’ and ‘beyond the City Limits’. Sadly this didn’t do enough to really put her on the map because of the success of these film meant she was stuck with the teen comedy roles. It was the awful ‘Date Movie’ in 2006 where she tried again but the film never replicated what the Scary Movie films had done and was slammed. Luckily after Buffy finished it wasn’t long before Alyson found herself in another hugely successful television show ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

2010 Onwards: This decade started with the continuing success of How I Met Your Mother Alyson was able to continue to pick her work to go around her personal life. she did make a return as Michelle in ‘American Reunion’ and a small supporting part in ‘Love, Wedding, Marriage’, where she started alongside her husband Alexis Denisof.

Lilly – How I Met Your Mother

Next Big Role: There isn’t any lined up at the moment.

My Favourite Role: This is a hard pick because she has done three roles I really like, but it would have to be Michelle from American Pie, or Willow from Buffy.

Michelle – American Pie

My Least Favourite Role: I know I pick Willow as a favourite but I didn’t like the season where she went evil.

10 thoughts on “Star Focus 24th March Specials – Alyson Hannigan”

  1. I didn’t know about the graphic novels. I’ll have to take a look. Any kind of closure is better than how the tv series left it.

    1. i think i only read the first one and it is set after the event, i think some of the follow ups fill in the gaps, but not enough i don’t feel

      1. from what i remembered Gunn was turned into a vampire and went evil

    1. i wasn’t a fan of season 4, they did try and complete the cliffhanger in graphic novels but they were bit too much compared to what the series had

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