Born in Washington DC in 1974, Alyson Hannigan began acting
at the age of four in commercials for companies including
McDonalds and Oreos. She went on to guest star in TV shows
including Picket Fences, Roseanne, and Touched
by an Angel before landing the role of Willow in Buffy
the Vampire Slayer. We caught up with her as American
Pie - The Wedding was
due to be released on DVD and video...
you apprehensive about whether or not the third movie would
be a success? Did you hesitate at all before signing onboard?
No, once I read the script I was completely on board. I loved
have been doing a television show for seven years! I
am so grateful to be working in this business. This is what
I always wanted to do in my entire life so I am not going
to sit here and complain that: "It is so terrible to be in
successful movies because it becomes a trilogy..!"
I mean come on! I am in a trilogy!
According to Internet rumours, you were not so fond of Sarah
Michelle Gellar's way of announcing that Buffy had
ended. Is there any truth to this?
Well, I thought that was in poor taste, yes. We all pretty
much knew that that was the last season, and it felt like
it was the last season. But there was always the chance that
if she signed on to do another season or something that the
show would continue on. It would have been nice for her to
have mentioned it to the crew or the cast.
Did you ever talk to her about it afterwards?
No. But that was just one glitch that became this big deal,
and that is not the memory that I have of the show. I cherish
it, it was the most amazing time of my life.
I learned so much, I met friends that I'll have forever. I
met my beloved, my husband. It was such a gift and I am so
blessed to have been a part of that. And OK, we had a thing
with Sarah but it was mainly the crew that I was upset for.
Would you have liked for it to have gone on for a couple of
No, I think it was the perfect time because I was really excited
about this movie and I was in the process of getting married.
were seven amazing years of my life and I am really glad that
I have that book, but that chapter is closed and now I know
what it was.
I am glad it didn't go down the crapper and turn into a really
bad show or something. I am just so grateful to have that
as an experience and I am also really looking forward to my
Do you have any favourite scenes in American Pie - The
I really like the dog scene with the cakes and the dog. That
is brilliant. And anything with Eugene in it.
Did you learn anything about weddings that you could put in
to practice for your own?
Yes, I learned, don't go for the big fluffy dress. Because
if you want to go to the bathroom it's not convenient.
It was interesting to have that big white formal wedding but,
for the real thing I wanted it to be more simplistic. My husband
and I really wanted to express who we are in our relationship,
so it was a lot less formal and just fun.
Did you have a hen night?
You know, we sort of get the short end of the stick because
watching male strippers is just weird.
Have you ever tried to hook anyone up with one of your girlfriends
on a blind date?
I actually tried to set Seann [Seann William Scott - who plays
Steve Stifler in American Pie - The Wedding] up with
one of my girlfriends! Seann is really busy but they met.
I don't know if they clicked. I love being the little match
maker. I think everyone should be in love.
Were your parents open about the whole sexual thing when you
became a teenager?
No, we are really repressed here in the States. [Laughs]
RG: What is the funniest thing a fan
has come up and said to you?
[There was this one time] I had some fan come up to me, and
he couldn't for the life of him remember that it was: "Band
Camp", so he was like: "Yeah, the Summer School!" And
I was like: "What?" And he was like: "Wasn't it.. what was
it..." I was like: "Did you see the movie?" And he was like:
"Yeah, what was it?"
I just kept making him guess and he just couldn't get "Band
Camp" for the life of him. So, I had fun.
I was like: "You didn't see the movie! You have no idea what
you are talking about!" And he was like: "Come on! What was
it?" And I was like: "I'm not going to tell you! Go and rent
it!" But I think after about 15 tries he finally got it.
Thank you for your time.
thanks to Rob Arnold at New Media Maze
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