Michelle Trachtenberg — star of films like EuroTrip, Mysterious Skin, Black Christmas, 17 Again and TV shows like Gossip Girl, Mercy and the famed Buffy the Vampire Slayer — is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Complex magazine. In her coverstory interview, Michelle talks about her new film A Couple of Dicks and even talks BtVS but it’s her Complex photospread that is really the eye catcher. Here is her coverphoto and some excerpts from her coverstory interview:
Michelle has been playing with sweets since the age of 3, when she spilled cranberry juice for a Wisk commercial. Thankfully, she managed to steer clear of sugary 30-second purgatory to firmly plant herself in the pop consciousness with roles as Buffy’s sister on TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and an exhibitionist co-ed in the film EuroTrip. We should also mention that both roles led to Trachtenberg amassing a rather large number of not-so-secret admirers. So when pedophilic fans of Buffy (and non-pedophilic fans of bikinis) heard that she would be co-starring in something called A Couple of Dicks, you could forgive (and understand) their excitement.
Born and bred in Brooklyn! Did you ever get flashed or groped on the train growing up?
Michelle Trachtenberg: [Laughs.] I did. I was a kid, so I didn’t get groped—that would be really creepy. But there were some men not fully dressed that I saw on the subway. My mom and I would pretend that we were crazy people—because a crazy person doesn’t want to approach another crazy person.
What’s the nastiest thing anyone’s said to you on the streets of New York?
Michelle Trachtenberg: It’s probably been more recent, since I’ve grown into my womanly form. You know, you’ll walk by a construction site and it’s like, “You kiss your mama with that ass?” What does that even mean? I don’t kiss my mama with my ass because it’s back there! My lips are up here, so that’s weird. It worked though, ’cause I turned around and was like, “What does that mean?!” So he won.
And you spoke for several hours.
Michelle Trachtenberg: Um, he’s my boyfriend.
So, A Couple of Dicks. Did you sign on for the title alone?
Michelle Trachtenberg: Totally. Best headline of my life: “Trachtenberg Likes Dicks.” How can you not have A Couple of Dicks on your IMDB page? I sent a mass e-mail to all my agents and managers like, “I would like to thank y’all for your contribution to my 20-year career, because I am now on top of some dicks.”
There must have been lots of dick jokes on the set. What was the best one?
Michelle Trachtenberg: “Are we rolling on Dicks?” “Sort of. Don’t make it hurt.”
The interview excerpts continue after the jump. Read on and see a batch of photos from her HAWT Complex photospread …
What’s the oddest thing you’ve encountered working in the Joss Whedon universe?
Michelle Trachtenberg: There was a group of followers who really believed that Joss was God; they made hats about it and wanted me to wear [one]. They were like, “You work with God every day,” and were absolutely set on him being actual God. He is a creative genius, but I’m pretty sure he’s not actually G-O-D.
God of his universe, maybe. Would you work with him again?
Michelle Trachtenberg: I think he’s extraordinary; he definitely knows how to put women in a strong superhero-type role. If there was something that wasn’t Buffy-related, it would definitely be interesting.
A stake through the heart of Buffy fans!
Michelle Trachtenberg: There is a [new] Buffy movie being talked about, and some people think they should do one. There [already] was a Buffy movie, that’s what started it all. We had an amazing seven-year run, and at the end of Buffy, the universe ended. [Laughs.] There’s not really anywhere to go.
Many of your drooling devotees fell in love with you on Buffy—when you were 14. What was the creepiest thing you encountered on your journey to legality?
Michelle Trachtenberg: Oh, goodness! I heard that there were “Trachtenberg to 18″ counters. Even at the time, I was like, “You’re never gonna get a chance! So what’s your counter for?” And now I’m like, “You’re still never gonna get a chance, even if I’m 30, so you don’t need no counter.”
That’s awfully dismissive. You hardly know these gentlemen.
Michelle Trachtenberg: If anyone’s checking a counter, it’s pretty safe to say that I’m not going to give them much thought. It’s creepy. I once dated a guy who was like, “Holy shit, I just made out with Harriet the Spy!” And that’s messed up. Don’t say that. I was 10, you’re 30, it’s just weird.
Speaking of which, why are you into older men?
Michelle Trachtenberg: I’m not necessarily being ageist, but someone who is older has lived life more. Someone could surprise me, but I feel like there’s a phase guys go through in their early twenties when they’re supposed to hook up with a lot of chicks and break a lot of hearts. That’s great, I’d just like to catch you after that. I’m not looking to settle down and make babies, I’m just not looking for the guy who’s texting seven different girls like, “Let’s screw here. Let’s hook up later.” I’ve always had at least a six- or seven-year age difference with boyfriends. And I guess I still have resentment towards all the boys in high school.
Firstly, damn … she looks great. I love this shoot. The black and red really works. She looks fantastic and sexy without having to strip down. Love it. Secondly, my dear MT is wrong. The Buffyverse lives on in the Season 8 comic books … which is different from the TV version of the show but dead, it is not. I’d love to have Michelle team up again with Joss Whedon in a new, non-Buffy project … so long as it doesn’t air on Fox. But, yeah, this photospread … well done. I’d love to see more MT like this. If you are interested, you can read the rest of Michelle‘s Complex coverstory interview HERE. What do y’all think … is this shoot hot or what?