Alyson Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., to Emilie (Posner), a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. She began her acting career in Atlanta at the young age of 4 in commercials sponsoring such companies as McDonald’s, Six Flags, and Oreos. She is a seasoned television actress veteran, guest starring in Picket Fences (1992), Roseanne (1988), Touched by an Angel (1994) and the The Torkelsons (1991) before starring in her most notorious roles yet in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) as “Willow Rosenberg” and How I Met Your Mother (2005) as “Lily Aldrin.”
Alyson Lee Hannigan was born on March 24, 1974, in Washington, D.C. Of mixed Irish and Jewish descent, Hannigan’s father, Albert, was an overnight truck driver, and her mother, Emilie, was a real estate agent. Her parents divorced when she was only two years old, and Hannigan and her mother moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Hannigan got her start in show business at a very young age, appearing in her first film—an instructional video for new parents called Active Parenting—before her first birthday.
While still a toddler, Hannigan appeared in dozens of print advertisements and developed a love for posing before the camera. “Whenever they needed a baby, they would put me in front of the camera, and I loved it,” she says. Hannigan then moved into commercial acting. At the age of four, she appeared in her first commercial for Duncan Hines, and she later appeared in national TV commercials for Oreos and McDonald’s as well.