Sunday, March 23, 2008

"Buffy" Alum To Shake Up "Gossip Girl"

By Heather Chin (March 21, 2008)

Michelle Trachtenberg will portray elite socialite Georgina Sparks on the CW’s “Gossip Girl.”

Michelle Trachtenberg has been cast as Upper East Side teen socialite Georgina Sparks in a multi-episode arc on the CW's freshman teen soap Gossip Girl, reports the Hollywood Reporter and EW. The story arc will air for May sweeps.

Trachtenberg has portrayed many characters, each with a unique backstory and on-screen development, from kid sleuth in Harriet the Spy to magical kid sister of a supernatural fighter of evil on Buffy the Vampire Slayer to figure skating ingénue in Ice Princess. But it is perhaps her early role as spoiled little rich girl Lilly Montgomery on All My Children that could bear the most resemblance to this new role.

The character of Georgina Sparks appeared in the original novels upon which the CW series is based. A wealthy high schooler fresh out of a stay in rehab, Georgina returns to Manhattan and her coterie of classmates, particularly Serena van der Woodsen, whose lives she proceeds to shake up and torture.

The role was rumored to have previously been offered to O.C. alum Mischa Barton, who supposedly turned it down.

Trachtenberg just wrapped up a role on New Line’s Seventeen Again, a film comedy co-starring Zac Efron, and is next working on Universal/Imagine’s ensemble comedy, Kids in America, which will star Topher Grace and Anna Faris.

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