ELIZA DUSHKU : Echo on DOLLHOUSE
The daughter of an Albanian-American administrator father and Danish-American professor mother, Eliza Dushku was raised with ambition in her blood. At the early age of 10 years old, Dushku was discovered by casting agents for the lead role of “Alice” in the film “That Night.” She has never looked back.
Dushku will next be seen co-starring along with Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman in “Bottle Shock,” a drama about the birth of the Napa Valley wine country. The movie is directed by Randall Miller, who helmed another film in which Dushku stars, “Nobel Son.” “Bottle Shock” was an official selection at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. “Nobel Son” will be released in fall 2008.
In 1993, Dushku landed the role of “Pearl” alongside Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in “This Boy’s Life,” a role that caught the attention of many in the industry. The following year, she played the teenage daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in “True Lies.” Dushku played opposite Paul Reiser in “Bye Bye, Love” and Halle Berry in “Race the Sun.”
After taking a break from acting to finish high school, Dushku 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.
After completing high school, Dushku returned to acting with the role of “Faith Lehane” 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 Dushku stayed on for the entire third season and returned for a two-part appearance the following season. The remainder of her original story arc was played out in the first season of the “Buffy” spin-off, “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 resides in Los Angeles.
DOLLHOUSE: Eliza Dushku as Echo. DOLLHOUSE focuses on a secret organization that employs “Actives” — a group of operatives who have their memories and personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with new ones, allowing them to take on various missions for hire. The Actives don’t just act like new people, they become new people, yet they are never aware they are pawns in someone else’s game on DOLLHOUSE premiering Friday, Feb. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2008 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Miranda Penn Turin/FOX