Like Summer Glau, Eliza Dushku is a Joss Whedon favorite and owes much of her career’s success to the filmmaker. But her background in New England certainly impacted her own interest in entertainment. Raised in Watertown, Massachusetts just west of Boston, Eliza was born to a Danish American mother and Albanian American father and was raised as a Mormon. A child actress in community theater soon gave way to roles in “This Boy’s Life” and the daughter to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in “True Lies.”
Following completion of high school, Eliza embarked on her pivotal role as Faith in Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its spin-off “Angel.” In the meantime, she continued steady work on the big screen in “Bring It On” and “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back,” among others. But it was television in which Eliza thrived. She had the lead in “Tru Calling,” the two-season sci-fi drama on FOX, and following that show’s cancellation in 2005, Eliza seemed on her first uncertain path since the beginning of her career – a two year hodgepodge of appearances in films like “On Broadway,” "Bottle Shock" and “Nobel Son,” as well as an episode of “Ugly Betty.”
But 2008 has been a busy year, particularly filming “Dollhouse,” Josh Whedon’s new FOX series with Eliza. To showcase Eliza’s emergence onto a new level of her career, she is also one of the producers on “Dollhouse,” and CEO of her own production company, Boston Diva.
Eliza Dushku Gallery
Eliza on the Web
Eliza Dushku at Maxim
Check out her exclusive pics and content at Maxim!
Eliza’s ultimate web resource.
TV Guide: Eliza Dushku
Photo gallery and video clips.
Decent bio with milestones, links to new works, and photos.
Extensive bio on Eliza’s personal life and career.
Eliza Dushku Central
Unofficial fan site.
Eliza talks about her new series “Dollhouse.”
Chat with Eliza on her “Buffy” days and “The New Guy.”
Eliza on Video
Eliza on Ryan Seacrest
Excerpt from 2003 visit and chat while “On Air.”
Eliza on Jimmy Kimmel
August 2008 visit to the “Jimmy Kimmel Show.”
Eliza on Letterman
2006 visit to “The Late Show.”
Eliza on the Screen
Her debut was in 1992 as Alice Bloom in “That Night,” followed by “This Boy’s Life,” Dana in “True Lies,” Missy Pantone in “Bring It On,” Faith on “Buffy” and “Angel,” True Davies on “Tru Calling,” and Echo on Josh Whedon’s new FOX series “Dollhouse.”
2008 has proven to be a major year for Eliza with roles in “Bottle Shock,” “The Alphabet Killer,” the video game “Saints Row 2,” “The Thacker Case,” and “Open Graves.” Eliza also voices Zalbeth in “Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning” and will star in Joss Whedon's new drama, “Dollhouse," scheduled to premiere in 2009.
On coming into her own:
“I just turned 27 and I feel like I’m branching out into who I want to be in this business."