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Michelle Trachtenberg: Harriet the Spy tribute photo

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In honor of the 20th anniversary of Harriet the Spy, Michelle Trachtenberg shared a heartfelt note about the role that served as her film debut.

“I was 10 years old, this was my first movie, and my dream come true,” Trachtenberg wrote. “I will always be honored to have been the girl who brought Harriet to life.”

Based on the 1964 children’s book of the same name, Harriet the Spy was a Nickelodeon film following the adventures of a resourceful, pint-sized detective named Harriet. The starring role launched Trachtenberg into an impressive film and television acting career, including notable roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gossip Girl, as well as the feature 17 Again.

“I have always only ever wanted to be Harriet,” Trachtenberg shared in an oral history of the film with Uproxx. “I had read the book. It was still, at the time, on school curriculums. It was always a favorite of mine. It was rare to read a book with such a strong passionate heroine who was my age.”

Check out Trachtenberg’s note below.

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