Biography of Eliza Dushku

Date of Birth
30 December 1980, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name
Eliza Patricia Dushku

Nickname
Duck Shoot (bestowed on her by Kevin Smith)

Height
5' 5" (1.65 m)

Eliza Dushku was discovered at the end of a five-month search throughout the United States for the perfect girl to play the lead role of Alice opposite Juliette Lewis in the film That Night (1992). Since then, she has been in several films and has worked with actors such as Robert De Niro, Ellen Barkin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Reiser, and James Belushi. Born in Boston on December 30, 1980, she has studied the piano, drums, and several types of dance (jazz, tap, and ballet). Her previous acting experience includes numerous amateur presentations at the Watertown Children's Theater where she was part of the company since she was in the first grade. In addition to acting, she is sometimes seen on stage at the Children's Theater signing for the deaf.

SPECIAL APPEARANCES of ELIZA DUSHKU

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1 episode, "9 May 2002", 2002) .... Herself

HypaSpace (1 episode, #1.113, 2002) .... Herself

Extra
(1 episode, "21 October 2003", 2003) .... Herself

Late Show with David Letterman
(2 episodes, "#9.205" and "7 April 2003", 2002-2003) .... Herself / Herself as Guest

The Late Late Show
(3 episodes, "9 November 2002", "20 January 2004" and "12 April 2004", 2002-2004) .... Herself

HypaSpace
(1 episode, "#1.113", 2002) .... Herself

E! News
(2 episodes, "20 May 2003" and "19 October 2005", 2003-2005) .... Herself

Late Night with Conan O'Brien
(3 episodes, "23 May 2003", "20 November 2003" and "17 January 2006", 2003-2006) .... Herself

Last Call with Carson Daly
(1 episode, "25 November 2003", 2003) .... Herself

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
(2 episodes, "23 February 2004" and "6 August 2008", 2004-2008) .... Herself

On Air with Ryan Seacrest
(1 episode, "23 February 2004", 2004) .... Herself

The Sharon Osbourne Show
(1 episode, "26 February 2004", 2004) .... Herself

Richard & Judy
(1 episode, "19 April 2004", 2004) .... Herself

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '04
(2004) (TV) .... Herself

Teen Choice Awards 2004
(2004) (TV) .... Herself

The Tony Danza Show
(1 episode, "#2.73", 2005) .... Herself

Live with Regis and Kelly
(1 episode, "2 December 2005", 2005) .... Herself

Euro Video Grand Prix (2006) (TV) .... Herself and Presenter

TELEVISION show of ELIZA DUSHKU

Year Title Role Other notes
1998-2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Faith 20 episodes
2000-2003 Angel Faith 6 episodes
2002 King of the Hill Jordan (1 episode, "Get Your Freak Off")
2003 Punk'd Herself (uncredited)
Tru Calling (2003-2005) Tru Davies Main Role (27 episodes)
2005 That '70s Show Sarah (1 episode, "It's All Over Now")
Reading Rainbow Herself (1 episode, "Unique Monique")
2007 Ugly Betty Cameron Ashlock (1 episode, "Giving up the Ghost")
2009 Dollhouse Echo producer and executive producer - filming

FILMOGRAPHY of ELIZA DUSHKU

Year Film Role Other notes
1992 That Night Alice Bloom First Role
1993 This Boy's Life Pearl
1994 Fishing with George N/A
True Lies Dana Tasker
1995 Bye Bye Love Emma
Journey Cat (TV)
1996 Race the Sun Cindy Johnson
2000 Bring It On Missy Pantone
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Sissy
Soul Survivors Annabel
2002 The New Guy Danielle
'City by the Sea Gina
2003 Wrong Turn Jessie Burlingame
The Kiss Megan
2006 The Last Supper Waitress
2007 Nurses Eve Morrow
On Broadway Lena Wilson
Nobel Son City Hall
Sex and Breakfast Renee
2008 Bottle Shock Joe
The Alphabet Killer Megan Paige associate producer
The Thacker Case Monica Wright
Noah's Ark: The New Beginning Zalbeth (voice) (post-production)
2009 Open Graves Erica (completed)

NOMINATIONS

She was nominated in 2004: for a Teen Choice Award at the Teen Choice Awards for Choice Breakout Star - Female for Tru Calling (2003)


She was also nominated in
Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films at the 30th Saturn Awards for Best Actress in a Television Series for Tru Calling (2003).

PERSONAL LIFE of ELIZA DUSHKU

Dushku currently resides in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California.

She has stated that she dated Major League Baseball player Brad Penny.

In late 2008, Dushku broke up with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane; she is currently dating Los Angeles party promoter and DJ Brent Bolthouse.

Dushku is the CEO of her production company Boston Diva and serves as a producer on her yet-to-be-released Fox sci-fi series, Dollhouse. She is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

Throughout her career, Dushku had refused to appear in nude scenes, saying that people have "a better chance of seeing God than seeing me naked."

CURRENT PROJECTS of ELIZA DUSHKU

On October 1, 2005, she announced at Wizard World Boston that shooting had begun for Nobel Son in which she would star with Alan Rickman, Danny DeVito, Bill Pullman, and Peter Boyle. The movie was released at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and received exceptional reviews. Another project is On Broadway, an independent movie filmed in her native Boston. The movie is receiving great reviews and a few of them highlight Dushku's performance. It is currently being shown in many independent film festivals and has already won six awards.

Variety announced on August 2, 2006 that Dushku would co-star with Macaulay Culkin in Sex and Breakfast, a dark comedy written and directed by Miles Brandman. The movie was released in Los Angeles in November 30, 2007 and on DVD in January 22, 2008. She starred in Open Graves, a 2008 horror-thriller about a satanic game co-starring Mike Vogel. She will play the main character in The Thacker Case and The Alphabet Killer, both based on real-life events and upcoming thrillers, one of them directed by Rob Schmidt with whom she had previously worked on Wrong Turn. Both movies will be released in 2008. The Alphabet Killer contains Dushku's first topless scene.

She will co-star along with Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Chris Pine and Rachel Taylor in Bottle Shock, a drama about Napa valley wine. The movie is directed by Randall Miller, who helmed Nobel Son. On August 26, 2007, Dushku signed a development deal with Fox Broadcasting and 20th Century Fox. Under the pact, the network and the studio will develop projects tailor-made for the actress. They also will approach her with existing pitches and scripts.

Consequently, it was announced on October 31 that Dushku had lured Joss Whedon, famous for creating the Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly series, back to TV, as they agreed to create a new show called Dollhouse. Dushku will play the main character 'Echo' and serve as a producer on the show, which will air on Fox during the 2008-09 TV Season. In an interview, Dushku talked about how Dollhouse, and her reconnection with Whedon came about:

REFERENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliza_Dushku

I invited Joss Whedon to lunch after I did the business deal and decided that Fox, we'd had a cool relationship in the past and I wanted to do something else and I wanted to get back into a television show. I had him on the brain for sure but I hadn't called him yet, but I sort of took a leap of faith and set things up with Fox and then called Joss. We went to a four-hour lunch where I just sort of used my womanly wiles. No, we've become such good friends, kind of like brother and sister and kind of like he was my watcher, my handler from when I first moved out to L.A. when I was 17 and I was a little bit of a wild child. He's watched me and helped me and taught me over the years. I told him how bad I wanted and needed him back and he accepted and here we are..







Roles Played in Showbiz

After completing high school, Dushku returned to acting with the role of Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a Slayer much more troubled than the main character Buffy Summers. Though initially planned as a five episode role, the character became so popular that she stayed on for the entirety of the third season and returned for a two-part appearance in season four, after which the remainder of her original story arc was played out as part of the first season of the Buffy spin-off series Angel. Repentant and rededicated, Faith returned as a heroine in a number of further episodes of Angel and in the last five episodes of Buffy. Dushku was inundated with piles of fan mail from legions of prisoners. She said that:

I've been getting fan mail from maximum security penitentiaries and death row. What are the authorities thinking of in playing a show with young teenage girls to Death Row inmates? They write everything — disgusting things that you don't even want to know about. And they send me pictures — 'Oh, here's a picture of me before I was incarcerated!' — and there's some guy sat on the sofa with a bottle of beer and a moustache, and a big gut. It's so creepy. Way more creepy than Buffy.

In 2000, Dushku starred in Soul Survivors, reuniting her with Race The Sun co-star Casey Affleck. She followed that up with the cheerleader comedy Bring It On with Kirsten Dunst, which was a surprising success at the box office that spawned straight-to-DVD sequels. In 2001, she appeared in The New Guy with DJ Qualls and City by the Sea with Robert De Niro and James Franco. The latter film garnered attention from a wider adult audience and several good reviews.

The same year, Kevin Smith invited Dushku to be a part of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, where she co-starred with Shannon Elizabeth, Ali Larter, and Ben Affleck.

In 2003, Dushku appeared in Wrong Turn, a horror film in which she had the starring role, and The Kiss, an independent comedy-drama. Starting that same year, she also starred in a new Fox TV series, Tru Calling, where she played the main character, medical student Tru Davies. After having a grant pulled out from under her, Tru is forced to take a job at a local morgue where she discovers her power to "re-live" the previous day over again and uses it to bring murderers to justice. Dushku turned down a role in a spin-off of Buffy The Vampire Slayer (that would have been about Faith).

She has had many roles as a "bad girl" in movies and relishes the opportunities. In an interview with Maxim in May 2001, Dushku says of her roles, "It’s easy to play a bad girl: You just do everything you’ve been told not to do, and you don’t have to deal with the consequences, because it’s only acting."

Dushku starred in an off-Broadway production entitled Dog Sees God from December 2005, playing "Van's sister", a character paralleled with Lucy from the original Peanuts comic strip on which the play production is based. She quit in February 2006 along with several other members of the cast among rumours of alleged abuse from the producer, which were later dismissed.

She played the lead character on Nurses, a hospital comedy/drama for Fox. This was the second Fox pilot in which she has been cast, but will not be broadcast. She appeared in the Simple Plan music video, "I'm Just a Kid", as the band's love interest, as well as Nickelback's video for "Rockstar".

Dushku has landed starring roles in two video game productions. She voiced the role of Yumi Sawamura in the English language version of Yakuza for the PlayStation 2, which was published and developed by SEGA, and released in September 2006. Dushku also stars as Shaundi, one of the lead characters in Saints Row 2, which was developed by Volition and published by THQ. It was released (in North America) on October 14, 2008 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

REFERENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliza_Dushku

Early Showbiz Career of Eliza Dushku

Dushku came to the attention of casting agents when she was 10. She was chosen at the end of a five month search throughout the United States for the lead role of Alice, playing with Juliette Lewis in the film That Night. In 1993, Dushku landed a role as Pearl alongside Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in This Boy's Life, a role that she said opened a lot of doors. The following year, she played the teenage daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies. She also had parts as Paul Reiser's daughter in Bye Bye, Love, as Cindy Johnson with Halle Berry and Jim Belushi in Race the Sun, as well as roles in a television movie and a short film.

Dushku took some time off from acting to finish her junior and senior years of high school. She was accepted to the George Washington University in Washington, DC and Suffolk University in Boston, where her mother serves as professor of government and previously served as dean of the campus in Dakar, Senegal.

Early Life of Eliza Dushku

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Eliza Dushku was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of Philip R. Dushku, an administrator and teacher in the Boston Public Schools, and ex-wife Judith "Judy" (nee Rasmussen), a political science professor. through both of her grandfathers and English- AmericanDushku's father is Albanian - American and her mother is Danish - American through both of her grandmothers. Dushku attended school at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Mass. She graduated from Watertown High School also in Massachusetts. She was raised a Mormon, the faith of her mother (though she is not actively practicing).

Eliza Dushku has three older brothers: Aaron, Benjamin (Ben) (born February 5, 1976), and Nathaniel (Nate) (born June 8, 1977, in Boston, Massachusetts), the last of whom is a model and actor. Her parents divorced when she was still an infant.

In 2005 she visited her father's family in Albania after being personally invited by the president. While there she also visited the Albanian Community in Kosovo and got an Albanian Eagle tattooed on the back of her neck.

Personal Quotes

"Go big or go home. Because it's true. What do you have to lose?"

[when asked how being in prison has changed her angry and aggressive "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" character, Faith:] "How would prison change anyone? There was something about the fact that she's a Slayer, so she wouldn't really be there unless she wanted to be because she's got superhuman strength. She could have busted out of that joint if she really wanted to, but she and Angel developed this relationship. He was leading her down the road to redemption, kind of facing the things she's done and recovering from that and hopefully being a better her. She's been in there, doing the time, thinking. She's still a tough girl, but she really has to suppress her demons a little more. In these past few ["Angel"] shows, that's what we're seeing -- her teetering on the line between the old her and the new her." [Buffalo News, March 17, 2003]

"I love leather and it's great to be a bad girl at times. But there is a time and place for everything. When I'm with Grandma it's flowers, and when I'm out on the town scoping guys, you know..."

"There are a lot of actresses out there who are the girl next door. I relate more to characters who have an edge."

"You know, I really am probably one of the sweetest, most sensitive people you'll ever meet."

TRIVIA on ELIZA DUSHKU

Her last name is pronounced DUSH-koo and rhymes with "push."

Sister of Nate Dushku.

Was legally emancipated from her parents because of the restrictive laws that limit the hours that a minor is allowed to work.

In addition to Nathaniel (Nate), she has two older brothers named Aaron and Benjamin (Ben) (born February 5th 1976).

Dushku was the only family with that surname in the United States of America in 1920 and were living in Massachusetts.

Has worked with both halves of the Buffy season-five bad guy Glory/Ben outside of the Buffy show: Clare Kramer in Bring It On (2000) and Charlie Weber in The Kiss (2003) (V).

Voted the 9th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine September 2002.

Her mother, Judy (born Judith Rasmussen), is a university administrator-professor at Suffolk University; her Father, Philip R. Dushku, is an administrator-teacher in the Boston Public Schools.

While on location, she surrounds herself with pictures of family and friends.

She always takes the back of her director's chair (the chair personalized with her name) after a shoot as a souvenir.

She used to have a German shepherd-husky-beagle mix named Korbit. Now she has 2 dogs, a golden named Max Factor and a Bernese named Rigby Idaho.

Turned down a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) spin-off (based on her character, Faith) for her role on "Tru Calling" (2003).

Good friend of Clare Kramer.

She started her career by getting hurt at one of her brother Nate's auditions and impressing the talent scouts with her emphasized drama.

Planned to attended Suffolk University and be an English major, but she backed out at the last minute after she landed the role of Faith in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997).

For a long period of time she refused to do nude scenes. She once stated "You have a better chance of seeing God than me naked". Still in 2008, she appeared topless in the film "The Alphabet Killer".

The tattoo she wore as Faith was fake.

She did a political, social, and economic study of women in post-apartheid South Africa with her mother.

Stated in an interview that she is terrified of flying and will only do so if she has religious artifacts with her.

She attended the John Kerry fund raiser on July, 2004.

Attended the San Diego Comic Convention on July 25th, 2004, for a Q&A session.

She ranked #13 (2002) in Maxim's 100 Sexiest Women.

She ranked #44 (2000), #13 (2001), #28 (2002) and #63 (2003) in Stuff's Sexiest Women.

Her favorite sport is Women's Ice Hockey.

She ranked #76 (2002) in FHM-USA's 100 Sexiest Women.

She ranked #93 (2001) and #58 (2002) in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women.

Shares a birthday with actress Kristin Kreuk, actor-model-singer Tyrese Gibson, and some famous athletes: Tiger Woods, NBA superstar LeBron James, and former Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson.

While filming Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), was called Duck Shoot by director Kevin Smith after he mispronounced her last name accidentally.

According to Chinese calendar and astrology, she was born in the year of the monkey.

Hosted the 2005 Winter Venatian Masquerade in New York.

Her favorite color is black.

Jamie Lee Curtis is her idol.

Named #46 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement (2005).

Was featured as #13 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement. (2002)

She went to an audition for the part of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man (2002). In one of the specials of the Spider-Man (2002) DVD you can see her reading opposite Tobey Maguire. The role later on went to Kirsten Dunst, after Kate Hudson declined the offer. Alicia Witt was actually set to play that part in the end, but when Sam Raimi saw Kirsten Dunst, she was a last minute audition, he chose her.

Her maternal grandfather Richard Costley Rasmussen died at March 30th 2006. He was survived by his wife, Barbara Porter Hegsted.

Has been working with acting coach, Peter Kelley, since she was a child.

Is of Albanian, Danish and Colonial English descent.

Ranked #11 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list (March 2008).

When she was told her naturally deep, husky voice was destroying her vocal chords, she went to a vocal coach to learn to speak in a higher register.

Ranked #38 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Says when she was young child her best friend lived in a funeral home and they would often hang out in the mortuary after school, thus desensitizing her to the image of dead bodies. She comments, "It was very 'Six Feet Under'.".

Of the three leads in Bring It On (2000), she was the only one who wasn't a cheerleader in high school.

Personal Quotes

"Go big or go home. Because it's true. What do you have to lose?"

[when asked how being in prison has changed her angry and aggressive "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" character, Faith:] "How would prison change anyone? There was something about the fact that she's a Slayer, so she wouldn't really be there unless she wanted to be because she's got superhuman strength. She could have busted out of that joint if she really wanted to, but she and Angel developed this relationship. He was leading her down the road to redemption, kind of facing the things she's done and recovering from that and hopefully being a better her. She's been in there, doing the time, thinking. She's still a tough girl, but she really has to suppress her demons a little more. In these past few ["Angel"] shows, that's what we're seeing -- her teetering on the line between the old her and the new her." [Buffalo News, March 17, 2003]

"I love leather and it's great to be a bad girl at times. But there is a time and place for everything. When I'm with Grandma it's flowers, and when I'm out on the town scoping guys, you know..."

"There are a lot of actresses out there who are the girl next door. I relate more to characters who have an edge."

"You know, I really am probably one of the sweetest, most sensitive people you'll ever meet."

REFERENCE: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0244630/bio

NEWS ARTICLES and BLOGS on ELIZA DUSHKU

News articles on ELIZA DUSHKU (as of Feb 12, 2009)

San Jose Mercury News
, USA
- Feb 12, 2009
- 6 hours ago
By Chuck Barney In this image released by FOX, Eliza Dushku and Fran Kranz are shown in a scene from, "Dollhouse," premiering Feb. 13, 2009 on Fox. ...
Los Angeles Times
, USA
- Feb 12, 2009
- 14 hours ago
(N) 12:37 am KCBS 7779961 Late Night With Conan O'Brien Alec Baldwin; Eliza Dushku; They Might Be Giants. (N) 12:37 am KNBC 7771329 Last Call With Carson ...
Just Jared
, USA
- Feb 11, 2009
- Feb 11, 2009
Tonight at 9PM, MTV will debut TI’s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go, which chronicles the rapper’s attempts to help others avoid the mistakes he’s made in ...
Hartford Courant
- Feb 12, 2009
- 8 minutes ago
Regis and Kelly: Naomi Watts, Eliza Dushku. The View: Miss Piggy, Patti Stanger, Helen Fisher. Bonnie Hunt: David Foster, Peter Cincotti. ...
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BLOG POSTS on ELIZA DUSHKU (as of Feb 2009)

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ELIZA DUSHKU

(born December 30, 1980) is an American actress who has appeared in several Hollywood movies such as The New Guy,, True Lies, Bring It On and Wrong Turn. She is also well known for her acting on television, such as her recurring appearances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angle as Faith, as well as the main character, Tru Davies, in the series Tru Calling. She is also set to star in a new series called Dollhouse, created by Joss Whedon (with whom Dushku worked on Buffy and Angel), premiering February 2009 on FOX.

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