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Smelly Segel Threatened By Hannigan
Actor JASON SEGEL was forced to give up smoking when his HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER co-star ALYSON HANNIGAN refused to kiss him.
Non-smoker Alyson, who plays fiancee LILY to Segel's character MARSHALL, was so repulsed by the smell of his breath she vowed not to go near the actor unless he quit.
He says, "She told me she would not do any romantic scenes with me as long as I was smoking.
"And that left me with no other option.
"So I quit the day we started working, and I haven't had a cigarette since.
Segel is now grateful for the decision because he smells sweeter and boasts a higher sex drive.
He adds, "I didn't gain any weight - I was a little nervous about that, but that wasn't a problem.
"I didn't get too grumpy. My clothes don't smell anymore. I really upped my mojo."
Buffy Movies Straight To DVD?
Marti Noxon, executive producer of UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer in its last seasons, told SCI FI Wire that the popular series' characters may live on in direct-to-DVD movies. "There are serious discussions going on about bringing some of the characters back and making a few movies that will go straight to DVD, but they will certainly be the quality they have always been," Noxon said in an interview. Continued fan interest in a big-budget Buffy film has led creator Joss Whedon to consider a series of movies that would focus on some of the secondary characters, she added.
"Joss is the king of jumping mediums, so it is an obvious step for him to do this," Noxon said. She said that a few of the show's past writers, such as Drew Goddard, have been contacted about turning in script ideas that would center on the minor characters. But Noxon said that she doubts that star Sarah Michelle Gellar would reprise her role as Buffy and added that she thought it might be tough to persuade Alyson Hannigan to return as Willow. Both Gellar and Hannigan have moved on to film roles, and Hannigan is now a regular on the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
But Noxon said that a film centered on James Marsters' Spike or David Boreanaz's Angel could do very well. (Marsters currently has a recurring role on The WB's Smallville, while Boreanaz is a regular on Fox's Bones.)
At the moment, Noxon said she isn't involved in writing any of the DVD movie scripts, but that she could be in the future. (Noxon is currently a consulting producer on Fox's Prison Break.) "If I get involved it would be for the Buffy-related films, not Angel, because I'm far more plugged into Buffy," she said.
Alyson Hannigan Fact Files:
Real Name / Birth Name / Full Name / AKA: Allison Lee Hannigan
Date of birth: 24-Mar-1974
Birthplace (location): Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Nationality: United States
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Executive summary: Willow on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Family, Parents, Dating:
Father: All Hannigan (truck driver)
Mother: Emilie Hannigan (real estate agent)
Boyfriend: Ginger Fish (drummer for Marilyn Manson, b. 28-Sep-1966, dated 1990s)
Husband: Alexis Denisof (actor, b. 25-Feb-1966, dated 1999-, m. 11-Oct-2003)
Education: High School: North Hollywood High School, North Hollywood, CA (1992), University: California State University (occasional classes, no degree)
Career of Alyson Hannigan:
"I never questioned that I liked it. I would just sit at home and perform for my invisible audience and was convinced that somebody had to be watching me somewhere." Alyson Hannigan
A clarinet and soccer player in her early teens, Alyson Hannigan also began posing for her parents' photography studio ads. She first appeared on screen at age three months when she was seen in an educational film titled "Active Parenting." As a child, Alyson modeled for a string of commercials and printed ads, including advertising for Duncan Hines cookie mix, and later, McDonald's, Oreo cookies, Delta Airlines, and Six Flags amusement parks.
After appearing as an extra in her first real movie, Brad Dourif's Impure Thoughts (1985), 11-year-old Alyson packed for California to further her career. Three years later, she scored her breakout role of Jessie Mills, Dan Aykroyd's daughter and Seth Green's girlfriend, in the cult classic comedy movie My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988, also starring Kim Basinger). Alyson featured appearance received critical reviews and she was nominated for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy at the Young Artist Awards.
The next years watched Alyson on the small screen. She was a regular in ABC's brief-lived series "Free Spirit" (1989-1990, played Jessie Harper) and received a Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series award at the Young Artist Awards. She also played roles in several made-for-TV movies like Switched at Birth (1991), The Stranger Beside Me (1995), A Case for Life (1996) and For My Daughter's Honor (1996, a.k.a. Indecent Seduction). Her notable guest appearances including being seen in "Roseanne" (in 1990), "Almost Home" (in 1993), "Touched by an Angel" (in 1994) and "Picket Fences" (in 1996).
1997 was Alyson's magical year. She won the role of lesbian witch Willow Rosenberg in the smash hit teen thriller series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." In the vampire series, also starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon and Anthony Head, Alyson portrayed Willow from 1997 until 2003. The show was a runaway success and handed Alyson a Choice Sidekick (TV) at the Teen Choice Awards.
"It was so good and it was the most amazing thing I had ever worked on at that point, so I was getting to do what I loved to do on a really good project. I mean, she started as this sort of shy wallflower that couldn't even speak around boys and then evolved into this lesbian witch that tried to destroy and save the world many times." Alyson Hannigan (on character Willow Rosenberg).
While working on the series, Alyson was also busy acting in such films as Dead Man on Campus (1998, opposite Tom Everett Scott), Hayley Wagner, Star (1999, TV), Robert Iscove's Boys and Girls (2000) and the independent feature Beyond the City Limits (2001), as well as guest starring on Buffy's popular spin-off "Angel." She was also widely recognized for portraying Michelle Flaherty, the "band camp girl" in the teen sex comedy American Pie (1999) and its sequels, American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003).
In 2004, Alyson debuted on the London stage at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, in an adaptation of Rob Reiner's 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, (playing Sally opposite Luke Perry). She has also appeared twice in the series "That '70s Show" and "Veronica Mars." Alyson will star in the approaching series "How I Met Your Mother" (with Neil Patrick Harris) and in an untitled Aaron Seltzer/Jason Friedberg project.
"I don't want to start believing what you can believe in this business. I want to stay true to who I am by trying to be in the moment. I love this profession, but God, it can just destroy people and I don't want that to happen and become some monster." Alyson Hannigan.
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