Buffy Lowers Its "Bawdy Count"
When UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer returns for
its seventh season in the
— the Chosen One's little
sister, Dawn Summers —
will graduate from terrified
tag-along to apprentice
butt-kicker. But on the set,
the preternaturally mature
16-year-old still gets treated like a kid by her elder
"They're all very nice, but I'm not in on the dirty jokes," she tells TV Guide Online. "No
one cusses around me, either."
Luckily, being overprotected by her grownup peers hasn't gotten the actress's
button nose out of joint. On the contrary, she suggests that she just may be
performing a valuable service. "I think I've helped a lot of people sort of clean
themselves up," she says with a laugh.
If an NC-17-rated problem ever does present itself to the youngster, though, she
knows which adult co-star she'd choose as a confidante: series lead Sarah
Michelle Gellar. The two met in 1993, when All My Children cast Trachtenberg as
autistic Lily Banning and Gellar as opportunistic Kendall Hart, the daughter of Erica
"I had truly admired Sarah," Trachtenberg recalls. "So working with her again is truly
a dream. She's absolutely wonderful.
"I have a big sister at home," she adds, "but she's my big sister on the
— Charlie Mason