Early on in Sagemiller’s career, she mostly appeared in romantic comedy films. Here earliest work is in 2001’s “Get Over It,” which stars a bunch of familiar faces, including Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Colin Hanks, and even Martin Short. The film is a modern take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare taking place in high school, with Sagemiller playing Allison McAllister, the popular girl who dumps Foster’s Berke Landers for another guy. He then works hard to get a part in the school’s musical rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in order to win her back.
Sagemiller also played Tracy in the 2007 comedy “Mr. Woodcock” starring Seann William Scott, Billy Bob Thornton, Susan Sarandon, and Amy Poehler, which follows Scott’s character John Farley as he is forced to face the trauma left from the abuse of his middle school gym teacher, Jasper Woodcock (Thornton), who is about to marry his mother, Beverly (Sarandon). Sagemiller’s character Tracy is Farley’s love interest and an old classmate of his. But when Farley starts acting childish in his attempts to stop Woodcock and Beverly’s marriage, Tracy is put off, and he must work hard to keep her affection.
Alongside those two films, Tracy also appeared in 2002’s “Sorority Boys,” as well as a handful of indie horror films like “Soul Survivors” from 2001 before she started to venture into other areas of film and television.