Alyson Hannigan, famous as Willow Rosenberg of Buffy The Vampire Slayer has grown up. She said good-bye to the beloved Buffy gang in vampire-infested Sunnydale and proceeded as Michelle Flaherty to marry Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs), her high school Prom date in the big screen's American Pie III - American Wedding.
(Image of Alyson Hannigan in "Ruskie Business"- as Trina Echolls on Veronica Mars on UPN on Tuesdays 9:00 -10:00 PM, ET/PT - Photo: Greg Schwartz/Warner Bros. 2005 Warner Bros Television - all rights reserved)
In her private life, Alyson Hannigan recently married her former Buffy co-star, Alexis Denisof (Angel) and took a little time off to enjoy married life before jumping across the pond to star in a stage play with 90210's Luke Perry that required her to scream, just like on Buffy. Only this time, her squeals were unrelated to monsters and related to Meg Ryan's part as Sally in the classic When Harry Met Sally play.
Alyson Returns To UPN
Now, at least temporarily, Alyson is back in her old stomping grounds - UPN where Buffy was filmed for two years - to help save another day ruled by yet another perky blonde star not unlike Sarah Michelle Geller (Buffy). This day she is hoping to help boost ratings for Veronica Mars (Kirsten Bell) who inhabits the seaside town of Neptune.
(Photo of Alyson Hannigan: Greg Schwartz/Warner Bros. 2005 Warner Bros Television - all rights reserved)
Alyson has informed the media that she loves the mystery packed PI extravaganza and hopes to "do her part to help save the series from the big bad cancellation slip".
Alyson is excited about her role on Veronica and is hoping that all the original Buffy fans will turn out to watch. She recently commented to Kate O'Hare, of Zap2it.com that "hopefully (Veronica Mars) will get picked up for a second season and there'll be more of a big arc for my character. Call me optimistic, but if UPN wants to have good shows on the network, I would think they'd keep the ones that they have?" Alyson also told O'Hare "they need to keep Veronica Mars, because it's such a good show. I don't understand why people aren't watching it."
Note: October 15, 2005 - Veronica Mars was indeed renewed for a second season. Alyson left the series to co-star in the new CBS comedy - How I Met Your Mother - Monday nights.
Trina Echolls - Rich Bitch
Alyson, who has signed to appear on Veronica Mars in a recurring guest starring role as Trina Echolls, the super bitch half-sister of Neptune bad-boy Logan, is showing a whole new side. If you are hoping to catch a glimpse of the sweet Willow, think again. Not only is Alyson playing the type of spoiled bitch you love to hate, her appearance has changed significantly from her days on both American Pie and Buffy.
(Image Above - L-R - Alyson Hannigan (Trina Echolls) and brother Logan (Jason Dohring) Photo: Greg Schwartz/Warner Bros. 2005 Warner Bros Television - all rights reserved)
After all, Alyson is a study in wild contradictions. Her sweet cutie pie, wholesome Willow character (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) morphed into a full blown out-of-the-closet love affair with a woman. This unexpected turn for Willow initially shocked, but ultimately thrilled Alyson's legion of Buffy fans.
(Photo of Alyson Hannigan - Buffy The Vampire Slayer - UPN2001 - All Rights Reserved).
It was risky but the character of Willow thrived as the result of the unusual love relationship. In her private life Alyson had a highly publicized relationship with Marilyn Mansion drummer that gave her a naughty girl image. Then the redhead scrubbed her life clean with marriage to good guy Denisof.
Steal Alyson's Look
In her sizzling new poor little rich girl role, Alyson's red tresses, which have varied wildly in the past from vibrant light cherry red to multi-streaked with shades of white blonde, have been darkened to a sleek and dangerous auburn.
Alyson recently made a special guest appearance on That 70s Show as policewoman Sally.
In that role her gorgeous red tresses were worn shoulder length with lots of blonde highlights. (Image above from L-R, Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) and Sally (Alyson Hannigan) 2005 FOX
Although many of her fans prefer Alyson with the longer strands she used to wear in the late 90s on Buffy, she does possess the right face shape (oval) and natural coloring that can carry off shorter hairdos. Her style flatters her slight, slender frame. The hairstyle also helps redefine her from the quirky tomboy roles she has played so well in the past to the role of sleek up-and-coming bitch. The deeper hue offset her gorgeous green eyes and plays well with her oval face.
Alyson's hair has been razored into a dramatic side-swept, rounded blunt cut bob, that instantly bestows volume and movement as well as an era of sleek sophistication. Interior layering was created to create movement and fullness. (Shown to the side - Paves Professional Flawless Star Power Firm Hold Repairing Gel).
Still in view is her famous widows peak at the center of her forehead that merges perfectly with the hot new do. Her angled sides were tapered slightly off the front providing a strong frame for her gorgeous green eyes and face. Her hair is pushed up at the occipital bone providing that rounded shape.
To preserve the gorgeous red hue, shampoo with a color safe formula. Towel blot and then coat damp strands with a volume building mousse, gel or other styling product that works best with your hair texture and type.
Blow dry using a large round boar's bristle brush (shown to the side - Conair Round Brush) for strong, lasting support. Direct the air flow up from the ends towards the roots to build in fullness and movement. Use fingers to lightly scrunch near the roots for add lift.
Make sure to keep ends smooth and close to the head. Finish blow drying with blast of cold air, if possible, which sets the style.
When hair is 100% dry, apply a small drop of shine serum and lightly brush over the top of the finished style. If desired, finish the look with a long lasting hairspray for a silky shine effect.
Hairspray to try: Oprah loves Paves Professional - FLAWless Convertible-Proof Firm Hold Repairing Hair Spray for Dry Damaged Hair.
Alyson is fabulous in her new role on Veronica Mars. While she's not slaying demons or dealing with a boyfriend that's a werewolf, she's brawling and fighting with her bad boy brother and evil father. So what are you waiting for? Set your Tivo for Veronica Mars and let the games begin.
Watch Veronica Mars on UPN on Tuesday evenings (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). Check for local listings.