- NAME: Alyson Hannigan
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Television Actress
- BIRTH DATE: March 24, 1974 (Age: 39)
- EDUCATION: Northside School of Performing Arts, North Hollywood High School, California State University, Northridge
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Washington, D.C.
- Full Name: Alyson Lee Hannigan
- AKA: Alyson Hannigan
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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Alyson Hannigan got her start by starring on the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, followed by a recurring role in the American Pie movie trilogy. Since 2005, she has starred on TV's How I Met Your Mother.
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Recalling Whedon's initial reluctance to cast her, Hannigan once said, "Until the day I die, I will give him a hard time." Nevertheless, Hannigan won Whedon over and quickly settled into the role of Willow, who became something of an idol and role model for gay teens. "I never had any apprehensions about it," she later said of portraying a lesbian character. "It's always been a part of my environment and my life. Growing up, my mom's best friend was—well,
he still is—gay."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran from 1997 to 2003, making Hannigan a television star.
While working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alyson Hannigan achieved stardom on the big screen with the 1999 film American Pie, a raunchy teen comedy that became a surprise smash hit. Hannigan played Michelle, a nerdy high school band student who delivers one of the most infamous and oft-quoted lines in recent film history: "This one time, at band camp..." She also appeared in the film's two sequels: American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003). The American Pie trilogy transformed Hannigan into something of a sex symbol, and she has since appeared in provocative photo shoots in Playboy and other men's magazines.
Since 2005, Hannigan has starred on How I Met Your Mother, another long-running and popular TV comedy series. In 2012, she reunited with her American Pie castmates for the fourth installment of the film series, American Pie 4.
Alyson Hannigan is still very much in the prime of her career. However, there was once a time when many thought she had died. One day several years ago, news stations picked up an unfounded internet rumor and began reporting that Hannigan had died in a car accident. "I was out all day just doing my errands and stuff, and didn't know people were trying to contact me. I got home and there were tons and tons of messages on my machine," Hannigan recalled. "It was horrible for my friends. People were calling hospitals and morgues trying to find out if they had somebody of my description that had died in a car accident. It was bad." Needless to say, everyone was happy to find out that it had all been a hoax.
Alyson Hannigan married her longtime boyfriend and Buffy co-star, Alexis Denisof, in 2003. Describing his romantic proposal, she stated, "We were going up to my mom's house for Christmas. We had piled the dogs in the car. And we stopped to have a picnic. He said he was going to get his jacket out of the car and came back with a ring. My brain shut right off!" Hannigan gave birth to their first daughter, Satyana Denisof, in 2009.
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