Michelle Trachtenberg's acting career spans more than 25 years, whose earliest works include "All My Children", "The Adventures of Pete and Pete" and starring roles in Paramount's "Harriet The Spy," Disney's "Ice Princess" and as the role of ‘Penny’ in Disney's "Inspector Gadget."
Trachtenberg forayed into television with a memorable role in the Joss Whedon series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as Dawn Summers, younger sister to Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy, staying until the series end. During her run on “Buffy,” Trachtenberg was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her work as the host of the Discovery Network's show “Truth or Scare.” After “Buffy,” she went on to star in the Dreamwork's comedy "EuroTrip” and opposite Zac Efron in New Line's hit movie “17 Again,” playing the role of his daughter. Throughout this time, Trachtenberg held recurring roles on HBO's critically acclaimed “Six Feet Under” and on Showtime's "Weeds." Trachtenberg also starred in several memorable independent films, including "Mysterious Skin," "Against the Current" and Beautiful Ohio."
Trachtenberg returned to regular television work when she joined “Gossip Girl” as the brooding Georgina Sparks. During this time, she joined forces with “Gossip Girl” producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and their production banner Fake Empire. The trio sold Trachtenberg's original pilot treatment to Warner Bros Television and the CW network, thus making Trachtenberg a member of the WGA. In addition to starring in the soon-to-be-released graphic novel "The Scribbler," Trachtenberg has several writing and producing projects in development.