Alyson Hannigan: Jeffrey Mayer/; American Pie 2: Universal
EW Staff
July 28, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

What ”American Pie”’s Alyson Hannigan has been up to

AGE 29

‘PIE’ CHARACTER Michelle Flaherty, the marching band member with an, um, creative use for her shiny foot-long flute. She wins Jim’s heart — and his ring — in ”Wedding.”

CLAIM TO FAME A child star in commercials for McDonald’s, Six Flags, and Oreos, Hannigan first earned fans in 1997 as vampire-slayer Buffy’s trusty TV galpal Willow Rosenberg. Two years later, her infamous ”American Pie” line made multiplex audiences blush and guffaw in the same instant: ”This one time, at band camp…”

WHAT’S NEXT Hannigan’s few movie forays outside ”Buffy” have been — how can we put this kindly? — unmemorable (Biggs’ ”Boys and Girls” is one example). Now that her series has ended — and with no movie or TV roles lined up — she finds herself at a career crossroads. Will she emerge as the lovable star of a new network sitcom, or as a footnote on ”Buffy”’s ”E! True Hollywood Story”? We’re betting the former.


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