Alyson Hannigan is an actor known for portraying the role of Michelle in American Pie, Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Lily Aldrin in How I Met Your Mother.
Hannigan, who was born on March 24, 1974, in Washington D.C. to Alan and Emilie Hannigan, has 56 acting credits and several hosting credits to her name. From such an astounding career, she has amassed an estimated net worth of $40 million as of 2021. During her prime, she used to earn a wage of $300 thousand per episode.
Let’s get to know more about her professional life and earnings! Follow this link to find out about Alyson Hannigan’s married life!
Alyson’s Net Worth is $40 Million
As already mentioned, Alyson Hannigan has earned a whopping net worth of around $40 million as of 2021. She made her worth from her career as an actor and TV host.
Hannigan started her career through commercials and got her big breakthrough only after appearing in the movie, My Stepmother Is an Alien in 1988. She then appeared in some of her best projects of all time such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother, and the American Pie franchise.
From Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she was believed to have earned $250 thousand per episode. In total, IMDB estimated her earnings from the series to be around $8.7 million. Similarly, in 2012, when she appeared in American Reunion, she supposedly earned $3 million.
Likewise, Hannigan banked a whopping $8 million from HIMYM in 2013 according to Forbes. She is said to have earned $300,000 per episode from the series.
|Movies||Budget||Box Office Collection|
|American Reunion (2012)||$50 million||$235 million|
|Love, Wedding, Marriage (2011)||$13 million||$515,823|
|Farce of the Penguins (2006)||$5 million||$6,832|
|Date Movie (2006)||$20 million||$84.8 million|
|American Wedding (2003)||$55 million||$232.7 million|
|American Pie 2 (2001)||$30 million||$287.6 million|
|Boys and Girls (2001)||$30-$35 million||$25.8 million|
|American Pie (1999)||$11 million||$235.5 million|
|Dead Man on Campus (1998)||$14 million||$15.06 million|
|My Stepmother is an Alien (1988)||$19 million||$13.8 million|
Alyson Hannigan, alongside her husband, Alexis Denisof, purchased a 4,200 square feet Spanish home in Santa Monica, California, for $1.936 million in 2002. The pair put their house for sale for $5.1 million in 2018 but sold it at $200 thousand less i.e, $4.9 million. Prior, they were renting the space for $17,500 per month.
In 2014, Hannigan purchased a penthouse in Atlanta for $810,000 but eventually listed the place for $1.349 million. In 2015, she bought a $7.89 million home in Brentwood Hills. She flipped the house for $8.15 million at a profit of $260 thousand a year later.
Hannigan’s Career Began at Age 4
The 47-year-old Alyson Hannigan began her career appearing in commercials at the age of 4. Her mother, Emilie Posner Haas was a photographer and she didn’t leave any chance to use her daughter for a modeling job if they needed a baby. But, she was never forced to choose this career!
Hannigan moved to Hollywood with her mother at the age of 11. While attending high school, she started auditioning for roles. In 1986, she was called up for her debut role as Patty Stubbs in Impure Thoughts. Two years later, she appeared in her first major film, My Stepmother Is an Alien.
Almost a decade later, in 1997, she was cast in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A couple of years later, she appeared as Michelle in the American s*x comedy film, American Pie directed by Paul Weitz. In 2005, she got chosen for the role of Aunt Lily in How I Met Your Mother and the rest is history. For her recent gigs, she has been voicing Claire Clancy in Disney‘s animated children’s TV series, Fancy Nancy.
Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
In 1997, Alyson was called up for the role of Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She portrayed the role of the protagonist Buffy Summers‘ best friend for a total of 144 episodes until the show ended in 2003 after 7 seasons.
In 2002, Alyson voiced her character in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer video game. Similarly, she also appeared in three episodes of Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s spinoff.
Michelle in American Pie
Alyson appeared as Michelle in the 1999 comedy film, American Pie. She was initially cast to portray Heather, but she chose to play Michelle since she thought she was funnier. Heather was later portrayed by Mena Suvari. Hannigan has appeared in all of its three sequels.
Aunt Lily in How I Met Your Mother
The actress portrayed Lily Aldrin, the wife of Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and a kindergarten teacher turned art consultant in How I Met Your Mother from 2005 till 2014. The show ran for 9 seasons after 208 episodes.
The writer for the show, Craig Thomas revealed that Alyson’s character was based on his wife, Rebecca Alson-Milkman, who is a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When he told his wife about making a character based on her, she was freaked at first but allowed it on terms that Alyson had to portray her.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us Host
Another one of her famous projects is as the host of the Penn & Teller: Fool Us TV series. She replaced Jonathan Ross as the host since 2016 from its 3rd season.
My oldest daughter and I are huge fans of the show, so I am so excited to be hosting a program our whole family can watch together.Hannigan talks about hosting Penn & Teller.
As of this writing, she has hosted a total of 75 episodes for the show.
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