Think being an apprentice Scooby on Buffy the Vampire Slayer looks like hard work? Try being a rising starlet, says Michelle Trachtenberg, who plays the Chosen One's kid sis Dawn. Not that the just-turned-17-year-old is complaining, of course, but between hitting the books and dusting blood-suckers, she often winds up feeling drained. "It's very strenuous," she admits to TV Guide Online. "I would never deny that it's a lot of things to have on a plate."
But she's not griping no way, no how. She knows that, in these, her formative years, her future as a college coed is at stake as well as her prospects for a longterm showbiz career. "I guess I'm hungry for it I love to pile a lot of things on," she insists. "I love being in front of the camera, and education is very important to me, too, so I couldn't give either of them up."
If the whippersnapper did have a quibble and we're not saying that she does it would only be that her peer group doesn't understand the rigors of her dual life. "I've met kids my age, younger and older, and they're like, 'Oh, congratulations you're in such a glamorous business,'" she remarks, sighing. "But y'know, it's not that glamorous if you actually stop for a minute and think about it. There are tons of sacrifices."
And absolutely, positively, that was not grumbling that you heard, not from this junior achiever. Uh-uh. "I'm very lucky," she concludes, "to have the best of every world. I talk to my friends via e-mail and I get to see them over the weekends, and my sister takes me out often to go shopping and to the movies; I'm getting a wonderful education and working a full-time job; and I also have time to crash in front of the TV occasionally."