The following article was sent by an Alyson Hannigan fan, Shanya Yannopolos, and although we know the text below has a lot of grammar mistakes, we couldn’t just let her down after she had so much work writing the piece.
Plus, we think it isn’t that bad for someone whose native language is Greek. I couldn’t speak Greek for the love of me.
She is still milking her old characters
Another reason Hannigan is correlated with those roles that are old is on account of the ageless quality of fandom. Fans invite the vampire series’ stars and write fanfics around them, when Buffy finished in 2003. Her husband and both Hannigan are very popular stars to fans eager to get autographs and pictures using their favorite Buffy characters, appearing at events including the Phoenix Comicon on the sci-fi convention circuit. her as a character in other roles, such as a traditional drama or other non-genre film.
She is too young and too old at the same time
One of the unfortunate truths about Hollywood is that it mostly casts actors by archetype. Age determines whether you’re the young hero, the grizzled mentor, the plucky young adventurer, etc. She’s not as young as she once was when cast for Buffy or HIMYM, but she isn’t old enough to play a mentor to younger cast mates, which ultimately makes her quite hard to place into a movie. Likewise, Maggie Gyllenhaal reported that, at 37 years old, she was turned down for a part because allegedly she was too old for the male lead … a man who was fifty five years old, go figure! Hannigan must browse a weird matrix of fan anticipation, and sexism, ageism.
She is too busy selling buying and renting houses
This one needs no justification other than: She’s making a lot of money with her real-estate investments.
It is difficult to envision her in a mother character
To see why Hollywood is reluctant to cast Alyson Hannigan as a mother, one need look no further than Winona Ryder. They both began young but have aged like typical humans. In the age of 45, Ryder was the perfect age for the role, but many enthusiasts freaked out at the actual reminder that Ryder and they were getting elderly. Seeing the plucky adolescent witch instead chasing rambunctious teenagers down might remind her devotees of a particular monster that neither witch nor slayer can overcome: the Grim Reaper.
She is too busy with her real life family
One of the more happy reasons that Hollywood is hesitant to cast Hannigan is that she’s keeping busy as a mom. Alyson has now two little girls. Hannigan participated with her family and is well known for being active and has felt the pressure of balancing life and family life as an actor. Understanding she’s balancing her lives and that late nights and re-shoots are part of Hollywood’s culture, we can relate to her choice.
By finishing earlier than they did, the shows would be better off. No one needs to be typecast (except perhaps Steven Seagal), but she will forever be associated with those characters. One thing is for sure; we would love to see Hannigan reinvent herself.
She does not seem to be striving in Hollywood
Alyson Hannigan looks pretty content to take her livelihood away from Hollywood. By all reports, it’s going! Penn and Teller are confessed fans of the talent and comedy work Hannigan does, and Hannigan has expressed her love for the renowned duo and for magic itself. The show has been renewed, and Hannigan’s continued success in this character may signal that her career is shifting into the forms of non-scripted evening entertainment that culminate using a role such as her late night show.
Not the end; a new start
One approach would be to star in a successful independent film that showcases something that her mostly comedic television shows just sometimes touched on: her dynamic range that is emotional. If she offers the type of powerhouse performance we know she’s capable of, then favorable critical reviews and devotee word of mouth would soon have Hollywood about bringing Hannigan back rumbling. Alternately, some her older work may be introduced to a new generation. For example, Buffy the Vampire Slayer recently received a controversial high definition update for streaming and broadcasting, and many fans are hoping that Buffy Blu-rays are right around the corner. Considering that Buffy went off the air in 2003, this would legitimately be a chance for a totally new crowd to fall in love with Hannigan, leading to her Hollywood return that is victorious.
A closing path back to Hollywood would be to direct her film. This can be the way a few of the Star Trek alumni, like Jonathan Frakes, helped by becoming proficient and prolific directors escape the shadow of Trek. Hannigan forthwith revives her Hollywood career, just like … good … magic, be it indie drama or raunchy humor, and could direct her Hollywood return!
More on Alyson Hannigan
A licensed Psychologist, Hannigan began appearing in commercials at the age of 8 years old.
Hannigan’s first major movie role in 1988 in the picture My Stepmother Is an Alien; She acted with Seth Green, who afterward joined her in the standard cast of Buffy as her on-screen boyfriend. Subsequently, in 1989, her first regular role on a TV series arrived when she was cast in the short-lived ABC sitcom Free Spirit. As a teen, Hannigan babysat for the children of her future How I Met Your Mother costar, Bob Saget.
Hannigan was cast to play Willow in 1997, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show became a success, and Hannigan got acknowledgment, afterward appearing in several movies geared toward teenaged crowds, including American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding and Boys and Girls.
She also had a guest spot on the Buffy spinoff, Angel, reprising her character of Willow in a couple of episodes.