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Date d'inscription : 29/08/2007

MessageSujet: Michelle Trachtenberg   Jeu 14 Mai 2009, 12:07

About her career - Review

There are few sure things in the
entertainment business, but here is one truth you can bank on :
Audiences love the young, precocious screen star. In recent years,
Hollywood has enthusiastically fed the public’s addiction, churning out
cuddly, pint-sized stars with the prolific pace of a puppy mill.

But the glare of the spotlight and the pressure of
growing up too fast can do strange things to a kid’s equilibrium. Just
ask McCauley Culkin and Haley Joel Osment. Or Tatum O’Neal and Drew
Barrymore. Or any former child star named Corey. In that sense, most
child actors are like kittens and puppies. You wish you could give them
a shot (and I don’t mean Botox or Restylane) that would keep them young
and adorable and thus prevent them from growing into full-sized,
colossal fuck-ups that dig up flower beds, destroy furniture and crash
their Mercedes while snorting coke off the steering wheel.

Michelle Trachtenberg is a notable exception to this
overplayed scenario. The early bloomer’s career has maintained an
upward trajectory with nary a hiccup of indiscretion. A shill for Wisk
laundry detergent as a tot, Trachtenberg landed a role on the daytime
soap All My Children at the tender age of 6. She notched her first
leading film role at 10 as the title character in Harriet the Spy,
based on the popular book series. Her high school years were spent as
Sarah Michelle Gellar’s kid sister on the WB series Buffy the Vampire
Slayer. Today, the 23-year-old has blossomed into a full-fledged sex
symbol. But if you pop your eyes back into their sockets, you will find
a dedicated actress who has nurtured her craft and aspires to continue
growing professionally. It’s no accident that she’s a survivor.

“It hasn’t been one-hundred percent smooth,” she says,
“but it hasn’t been rocky, either. It’s been a challenge, because I’ve
always had to prove myself.” Granted, Trachtenberg is not the first to
negotiate the transition to cinematic adulthood with aplomb : Jodie
Foster is a fine example of such crossover success. Even the impish
Drew Barrymore put her well-documented missteps behind her to become a
true box-office force. But under the intense scrutiny of scandal-hungry
tabloids and online rumor mongers, the fact that Trachtenberg has
stayed above the fray is particularly commendable.

In New York while shooting the new season of CW’s
Gossip Girl, Trachtenberg recently took some time to talk about her new
film with Zac Efron, 17 Again, which opens April 17. Between shooting
the pilot for Mercy, a hospital drama for NBC, and returning to Gossip
Girl along with fulfilling press obligations for 17 Again,
Trachtenberg’s time is in demand. Realizing this, I decide to limit my
line of questioning to legitimate topics, resisting the urge to find
out who she thinks is hotter : Efron or Chace Crawford. When you’re a
young starlet, those are the pressing issues you regularly get quizzed
on, Trachtenberg informs me, just a hint of annoyance in her voice.

In 17 Again, Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry), visits his
old high school and reminisces in front of an old trophy case as he
laments past decisions that he believes turned his once promising life
into its current sucky condition. His marriage has fallen apart, he’s
lost his job, and his teenage kids think he’s a loser. Luckily, the
school janitor happens by and – thanks to some mischievously
inexplicable janitor voodoo – 37-year-old Mike is soon transformed into
17-year-old Mike (Efron). Along with the chance to alter the course of
fate, Mike’s return to his youthful appearance gives him a peer’s eye
view into the lives of his kids, who are now his fellow classmates, not
to mention the flirtatious attention of his wife (Leslie Mann), who
can’t get over how much he resembles her ex. Trachtenberg, as Maggie
O’Donnell, gets the surreal experience of having both Perry and Efron
as her onscreen dads. The actress, who has joked that she might wear a
“Zac Efron is my daddy” T-shirt to the movie’s premiere, likes the fact
that her character is opinionated, confident, and smart – a role model
for the cool, modern teenage girl.

“One of my favorite literary terms is ‘the willing
suspension of disbelief’,” she says, referring to what attracted her to
the fantasy premise of the film. “The mystical imagination of the
writer—that’s very appealing to me.” Now for the obvious question :
Would she make the trip back to year 17 of her own life if she had the
chance ? “There’s no way I’m going back to high school,” she
immediately responds. “Kids are cruel.” Taking a moment to consider the
question, she adds, “Maybe for a week, knowing what I know now.” For
instance ? “Knowing that I wouldn’t be flat-chested all my life or that
all the boys that made fun of me would be dying to ask me out now, so
maybe that might be fun.”

So there’s nothing in her past the young actress would
like to erase or fix ? “I’m a believer that everything happens for a
reason and even the hardships that you face in life are meant to form
you as a person and as a character in your own right,” she says. “Maybe
there’s a few guys that I wish I hadn’t dated, but they shall remain

Trachtenberg’s focus on her craft was never clouded by
youthful experimentation with drugs or alcohol. She’s proud of the fact
that she never became just another cautionary tale about the pitfalls
of teen celebrity success. In fact, she was a youth representative when
President Clinton launched the Coalition for a Drug-Free America
program. “I’ve never done a drug in my life. That’s a hundred-million
percent true,” she says. “I enjoy what I do, and I wouldn’t ever
sacrifice that for anything.” If there’s a minor down side to such
clean living, it’s the scenes in which Trachtenberg has had to snort
coke or smoke weed. Suffice it to say her technique was not one-take
caliber in either case.

Trachtenberg’s strong work ethic was apparent early on.
“Maybe I was a weird kid, but I knew I had a lot of hard work ahead of
me if this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” She
learned a lot by observing how others conducted themselves on the set.
“I have zero tolerance for unprofessionalism,” she says. “It’s my job
to get to work on time, learn all my lines, and bring my A-game. It was
really fascinating throughout my career at different ages to find
people who don’t do that. To me, that’s completely unfathomable.” She
elaborates on the point. “If you have a reputation of not coming out of
your trailer for hours because you don’t like your shoes or you come on
the set and you’re so exhausted from partying the night before, people
remember these things. Producers talk.”

Trachtenberg credits her mom with instilling balance in
her promising career very early on. During Harriet the Spy, she was on
the set every day and accompanied Michelle for the film’s European
press junket, making sure some time was allotted for museum trips and
other cultural enrichment. Born in Russia, she worked as a puppeteer
before leaving for New York, where Michelle and her sister were born.
“She molded me into the person I am today. She’s an extraordinary woman
– she’s been a nurse and a financial analyst and she’s still very
involved in my business stuff.”

When she turned 18, Trachtenberg made a conscious
decision to tackle edgier roles. She lit up the screen in the
college-age road comedy Eurotrip. She also made her first trip to
Sundance, thanks to her role in the indie film Mysterious Skin, in
which two young men cope with repressed memories of being sexually
abused by their baseball coach. “I’m very proud of that film,” she
says. “I was this girl who had done glitzy, PG-themed stuff and here’s
Gregg Araki, director of Doom Generation, and we sat down and had a cup
of coffee and I said, ‘You’re probably not gonna hire me but this is
what I got, this is what I feel. If you’re willing to take the chance,
I’m willing to go there with you.’ It was the most exhilarating
I’ve had as an actress.”

In 2005, Trachtenberg returned to family-oriented fare,
starring in Ice Princess, even though she had no ice skating experience
prior to getting the part. She trained for almost nine months, and
although stunt doubles did the jumps and more intricate moves, all the
footwork was hers. “That was probably one of the most physically
challenging experiences of my life,” she recalls. “I give much respect
to any athlete for the amount of discipline they need to have to
perfect their craft.” Trachtenberg admires actresses who continually
explore their range rather than becoming complacent with playing a
particular type of role. “Charlize Theron is a great example, as well
as Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman,” she points out. “Look at Halle
Berry and how hard she fought for her Monster’s Ball role. She had to
prove herself and she was already a full-fledged and incredibly
successful actress.”

Earlier this year, Trachtenberg returned to Sundance
for Against the Current, which also starred Joseph Fiennes, Justin
Kirk, and Mary Tyler Moore. “When you do a studio movie it’s one for
‘them’,” she explains. “When you do a really awesome indie movie, it’s
one for you.” Doing press at Sundance is refreshing, she says, because
she doesn’t get grilled with “silly, gossipy questions” about her
personal life. On that subject, Trachtenberg has to deal with more than
her fair share of trash journalism and the predatory paparazzi. “I’m
not gonna lie, it gets a little depressing,” she admits. “When I’m
pulling up to a party and there’s thirty dudes surrounding my car and
shoving lenses in my windshield—when they’re purposely trying to shoot
under your skirt to get a panty shot—it’s insane. How do these people
live with themselves ?” Thus, she has learned to keep certain details
of her life private. “I don’t have public relationships,” she says. “I
did that once years ago when I didn’t know any better. So much of my
life is ‘Google-able’ it’s nice to have one thing that’s not.”

Returning to her deviously delicious role as Georgina
Sparks in Gossip Girl has been a kick for Trachtenberg. At the end of
Season 1, Georgina was hauled off to a boot camp for troubled girls
only to resurface in Season 2, which begins airing this fall. “I gotta
say, I love being a bitch. I have great words written for me and it’s
super fun to be that manipulative and evil on set and then go home and
everything’s A-OK.” Trachtenberg has another movie, Young Americans
with Topher Grace and Anna Faris, scheduled for release this fall.
Then, there’s Mercy, the NBC pilot in which she plays one of a central
trio of nurses.

In Hollywood, it’s become de rigueur to never get an
adult to do a child’s job. Long gone are the days of Grease, when
Stockard Channing, (34) Olivia Newton-John, (29) and John Travolta (a
comparatively callow 24), called on audiences’ willing suspension of
disbelief as they passed themselves off as a high schoolers. Not to
mention Jeff Conaway, who looks to be about 105 these days. In
contrast, refer to Efron’s highly successful franchise, High School
Musical. Average age of the main cast : just over 18 years old. Which
again points to contemporary Hollywood’s insatiable appetite for
bankable young stars. In Trachtenberg’s case, even as she takes on more
young adult roles, the fact remains that she still looks youthful
enough to play high school, as evidenced by her role in 17 Again. “I
used to think the second I turn 18, I’ll be an adult and everyone’s
gonna treat me as an adult.” That may be true, but just to clarify,
youth is skin deep ; maturity comes from within. And Trachtenberg has
proven time and again that she has the depth to hang with the grown-ups.

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Date d'inscription : 29/08/2007

MessageSujet: Re: Michelle Trachtenberg   Sam 27 Juin 2009, 19:14

ITW sur sa nouvelle série "Mercy" Interview

Citation :
Mercy for Michelle Trachtenberg

Buffy’s kid sister no more, the actress talks to IGN about her new TV series.

US, June 23, 2009 - I recently sat down with Michelle
Trachtenberg, an actress whose impressive list of credits go back to
her childhood and through her teen years, including her stint on Buffy
the Vampire Slayer as Buffy’s little sister Dawn Summers. Trachtenberg,
who also currently has a recurring role on Gossip Girl, will be seen
next year on NBC’s new medical drama Mercy, which takes a look at the
goings on at a hospital through the eyes of the nurses.

The 23-year old Trachtenberg — who plays a teenager on
Gossip Girl, but has played older roles in the past — told me why Mercy
is a nice, relatable change of pace for her.

IGN TV : Can you talk about your character on Mercy ?

Michelle Trachtenberg : No !

IGN : [Laughs] Oh, alright… I’ll leave then…

Trachtenberg : [Laughs] I know, you weren’t expecting
that one ! Yes, I play a nurse, Chloe Payne. The show centers around
the lives of three nurses and Chloe is the fresh fish in the water.
She’s new, she’s fresh out of school and everything that she
experiences in the show is her first time experience, whether it be
good or traumatic. So that’s always going to be interesting, as she
battles through the different obstacles that come when you’re a nurse.

IGN : What’s the tone of the show ? Is it pretty dramatic or is there comedy involved too ?

Trachtenberg : I think there’s both. Some would argue
it’s kind of like a black comedy. It’s not overt in its comedy, but I
think, as it is in real life, sometimes in dramatic moments you have to
find a reason to life, because otherwise, it’s hard to get through
anything. So I think a lot of people will appreciate that and relate to

IGN : A lot of actors have said their bane can be
medical jargon. Did they throw anything at you in the pilot that made
you go, "What ?!"

Trachtenberg : Yeah, I’ve had a few words I’ve had to
have the medical experts spell out for me phonetically. I guess,
probably for me, [the difficult thing] is feeding catheters and playing
with needles, because I’m pretty scared of needles. So it has been an
interesting experience.

IGN : This is a bit more of an adult role than some of
the others we’ve seen you in. Is it nice to make that transition,
somewhat literally it seems, since the character is also making that
transition ?

Trachtenberg : Right. Well, I think I’d like to say
it’s less to classify it as an adult role and more of a to-age role,
because I am essentially playing to [my own] age. I think she is maybe
a year or so on the other side of my own age. I have played more adult
roles in the past and as I’m growing up and maturing in Hollywood, it’s
nice to have that be more of a same level situation. But I also do have
the luxuiry of going back l and forth, so that’s nice.

IGN : What’s your character’s relationship like with the other nurses ?

Trachtenberg : I think a hospital is a very close knit
community and the newbie is always going to be speculated about and
starred at under a magnifying glass. So there’s a little bit of that,
but I think the three women will definitely continue to forge a
friendship and each one will bring new, fun elements to their

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MessageSujet: Re: Michelle Trachtenberg   Jeu 18 Mar 2010, 01:46

Voici un itw récente où Michelle revient sur sa carrière :

Citation :

The actress talks about playing a nurse on the NBC
series, researching the role and the Gail Berman/BUFFY connection

By ABBIE BERSTEIN, Contributing Writer
Published 3/17/2010

hospital shows focus on the doctors. NBC's MERCY puts the
spotlight on a team of nurses at a New Jersey hospital and films on
location in the East Coast state. The youngest and most inexperience
nurse, Chloe Payne, is played by Michelle Trachtenberg. Ironically,
Trachtenberg is arguably the most seasoned actor in the cast, as she’s
been performing since she was six years old, guest-starring in an
episode of LAW & ORDER. She had the title role in the feature
film HARRIET THE SPY and caught the attention of genre audiences
as the heroine’s younger sister in the final three seasons of BUFFY
. More recently, Trachtenberg has made waves in
recurring roles on HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER as a diva and on GOSSIP
as the trouble-making Georgina Sparks. She talks about her new
gig and its connection to one of her old jobs.

You’ve gone from audiences watching you grow up onscreen in real time
on BUFFY to playing a college-age person on GOSSIP GIRL
and then being a professional on MERCY. Is this a comfortable
progression for you?

It’s a true age progression. I’m about to be 25 this
year and Chloe, my character on MERCY, is 25. So it’s actually
quite natural. I’ve kind of played true age all my life. Sometimes I
play a little older.

Did you study any aspect of nursing before taking the part on MERCY?

Not really before. I mean, I read some online blogs that nurses do,
because I wanted to focus less on the medical aspect of it and more on
the emotional toll that nurses have to endure. So we have medical
experts on set who take us through the procedures and everything and
it’s a crash course right before each scene, because to be perfectly
honest, I’m never going to remember a few months of medical training.
It’s not my chosen profession, so we have people on set at all times,
making sure we don’t mess up.

What struck you most about what you found on the blogs? Was there
anything that was helpful in playing Chloe?

TRACHTENBERG: Well, there are certainly different
dynamics of how a nurse accepts a patient’s death. Some try to
completely disassociate themselves from their patients; others care too
much. Chloe definitely is the one that cares too much. So they just
talked about the different repercussions when you do care, because
there’s so much stuff involved in the medical field. But there’s also
life, too, so they try to focus on the positive. Definitely death
affects Chloe, but with every new patient, that’s arguably focusing on
the positive, because she is moving on and is trying to help others. So
there’s a mix of [emotions] and she’s moving into the E.R., so there’s
definitely going to be a lot asked of her emotionally.

What appealed to you about the project, the theme or working with
executive producer Gail Berman, or …?

Gail Berman’s extraordinary. She’s been a part of my life for over ten
years now, from BUFFY, of course [when Berman was the executive
at Fox television involved in the series].

Do you read the BUFFY comics at all?

I don’t [laughs]. I was fourteen when I started [working on BUFFY],
I’m twenty-four now, so Berman has definitely had a major role [in
Trachtenberg’s career arc]. That was initially why I read the script
[for MERCY] to begin with, because I actually wasn’t really
looking to join a television program again. I was very happy being a
recurring [player] on GOSSIP GIRL, but Gail has exquisite taste
in material. Also, [MERCY creator/executive producer] Liz Heldens
came very highly recommended, so I was really attracted to the fact
that it was a show about three women that were steering the ship.

How is filming in New Jersey?

It’s really nice to be on the East Coast. I think it’s good to shoot a
show where it’s actually set. That rarely happens. Probably the only
downside is that, when it’s snow on the ground in the show, it’s really
snow on the ground and it’s freezing.

Any other projects going on?

Yeah. I did COP OUT with Bruce Willis as well as Tracy Morgan. I
play Bruce’s daughter.

Do you get to do more comedy in that?

TRACHTENBERG: Yeah. The character is not necessarily
comedic, but it is a comedy. I don’t actually know what landed in the
movie, because there was a lot of improv that was very funny.

How is it being part of a cast of MERCY’s size?

We actually feel like a pretty big cast and we each are given equal
attention within every episode. So no one ever feels like the odd man
out. They take great care [to give the characters something to do].

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