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Alyson Lee Hannigan is an American actress. She is best known for her characteres as Willow Rosenberg in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Lily Aldrin on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014) and Michelle Flaherty in the American Pie film series (1999–2012).
Alyson Hannigan Biography
Hannigan was raised in Washington, D.C., the only child of Emilie (Posner) Haas, a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver.Her father is of Irish ancestry and her mother is Jewish. Her parents divorced when she was two and she was raised mostly by her mother in Atlanta, Georgia.
At age four, Hannigan started appearing in commercials. She went to Hollywood at age 11. Resides with her mother and attending North Hollywood High School, she successfully auditioned for agents while visiting her father in Santa Barbara. After attending North Hollywood High School, she attended California State University, Northridge where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and earned a degree in psychology.
Hannigan’s first major film role was in My Stepmother Is an Alien, a science fiction comedy released in 1988; one of her co-stars in the film was actor Seth Green, who later joined her in the regular cast of Buffy 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 sitcom Free Spirit. As a teenager, Hannigan babysat for her future How I Met Your Mother costar Bob Saget’s children.
In early 2004, Hannigan did her West End debut, starring in a stage adaptation of When Harry Met Sally… at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, opposite Luke Perry.
In 2005, Hannigan moved to starring in a regular television series, taking the main role of Lily Aldrin in the hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, and also playing a recurring guest role on Veronica Mars as Trina Echolls. In February 2006, Hannigan starred as Julia Jones in Date Movie, a parody of romantic comedies. She was also a guest star on the ABC animated sitcom The Goode Family in 2009.
Hannigan joined forces with Emily Deschanel, Jaime King, Minka Kelly, and Katharine McPhee in a “video slumber party” featured on FunnyorDie.com to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer.[
In 2012, Hannigan reprised the role of Michelle in American Reunion.
Hannigan married her Buffy the Vampire Slayer costar Alexis Denisof at Two Bunch Palms Resort in Desert Hot Springs, California, on October 11, 2003. The couple has two daughters, Satyana Marie Denisof, born March 24, 2009, also Hannigan’s birthday, and Keeva Jane Denisof, born May 23, 2012. Hannigan and her husband are godparents to Joss Whedon’s son, Arden.