Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku


12/30/1980, Watertown, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name

Eliza Patricia Dushku



Also Known As

Elisa Dushku
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Eliza Dushku was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, to an Albanian father and Danish mother, and raised in the LDS Church, the faith of her mother (though she is not actively practicing). She has three brothers, Aaron, Ben, and Nate, the latter of whom is also an actor. Eliza…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Eliza auditioned for the part of Mary Jane Watson in the movie Spider-Man. She got as far as reading with star Tobey Maguire, and part of this audition can be seen on the DVD special features for the film. Ultimately the role went to her Bring It On co-star Kirsten Dunst.

    • Eliza would like to travel to Vietnam, Thailand, Japan or Alaska.

    • One of Eliza's favorite bands is The Eagles.

    • Eliza is a CEO of her own production company Boston Diva Productions.

    • *In 2009 Eliza was voted #52 in the 100 Hottest Brunettes of AIM list.
      *In 2008 Eliza was voted #28 in the After Ellen Hot 100 list.
      *In 2002 Eliza was ranked #13 in the Maxim Magazine "Hot 100" list.
      *In September 2002, Eliza made the 9th spot in Australian Empire Magazine's Sexiest Female Movie Stars.
      *In 2002 Eliza ranked #58 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women.
      *In 2001 Eliza ranked #93 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women.

    • Eliza was interviewed for a part in a movie Mel Gibson was producing when she was eleven. She was also considered for the role of Paige Matthews on Charmed.

    • *Eliza was featured in Nickelback's video for their song entitled Rockstar.
      *Eliza is in Full Blown Rose's video, for their song Can Somebody Help Me? which was the theme song for her show Tru Calling.
      *Eliza was in Simple Plan video for their song I'm Just a Kid.

    • Eliza has been in two films with Illeana Douglas. They were both in The New Guy and The Kiss.

    • In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Eliza's character tells Shannon Elizabeth's character to "bring it on". Eliza plays the character Missy in the 2000 movie Bring it On. Also, the announcer in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back is also used in another one of her movies, True Lies.

    • Peter Kelley is Eliza's acting coach; they have been working together since she was a child.

    • Eliza has always done theater acts. She was part of the Watertown Children's Theater since she was in the first grade and she still sometimes acts on stage at the Children's Theatre signing for the deaf. In late 2005, Eliza was in the off Broadway play Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.

    • Eliza starred in the horror movie Wrong Turn (2003), but did not star in the sequel, released in 2007.

    • *In 2004, Eliza was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television Series for her work on the series Tru Calling.
      *In 2004, Eliza was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Female TV Star for her work on the series Tru Calling.

    • Eliza did the narration for the book on tape version of the book "Everyone Worth Knowing" by Lauren Weisberger.

    • While on location, Eliza takes her bed linen so she feels comfortable. She also surrounds herself with pictures of family and friends. She is also known for taking the back of her director's chair after a shoot as a souvenir when finishing a movie.

    • Eliza's Family: Eliza's parents divorced before she was born. Her mother, Judy, whom she describes as the biggest influence on her life, is a university administrator/professor at Suffolk University and her father, Philip, is an administrator/teacher in the Boston Public Schools. She also has three older brothers, Aaron, Ben and actor Nate Dushku, whom she describes as her best friend, who co-starred with her in the film AntiTrust. She also has an aunt, whom she was named after. Eliza grew up in a Mormon household. Her ancestry is Albanian, Danish, and English. Her Dushku family was the only family with that surname in America in 1920, and was living in Massachusetts.

    • Eliza is a good friend of Clare Kramer. Both of the two actress had important roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Eliza as Faith and Clare as Glory. They also both starred in the 2000 movie Bring It On.

    • Eliza is terrified of flying.

    • Eliza hosted the 2005 Winter Venatian Masquerade in New York.

    • Eliza has stated that her idol is Jamie Lee Curtis, with whom she co-starred in True Lies.

    • Eliza attended the San Diego Comic Con on July 25th, 2004 for Q&A.

    • Eliza attended a John Kerry fund raiser on July, 2004.

    • Eliza has stated that her favorite color is black, her favorite TV show is Late Night with Conan O'Brien and that her favorite movie is The Godfather.

    • Eliza planned to attend Suffolk University and study to be an English major but backed out the last minute because she got the role of 'Faith' on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Eliza has a German Shepard/Husky/Beagle mix named Korbit.

    • Eliza has studied the Piano, Drums and Dance; Jazz, Tap, and Ballet.

    • Eliza got hooked on smoking when she was 15 years old, after she had to smoke for a role.

    • Eliza was a tomboy growing up.

    • Eliza has worked with both halves of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 5 Big Bad Glory/Ben, outside of that show: Clare Kramer (Glory) in Bring It On (2000) and Charlie Weber (Ben) In the Kiss (2003).

    • The creator of Tru Calling wrote the part of Tru for Eliza Dushku, but he didn't know that she would take the part.

    • Movie director Kevin Smith (whom Eliza worked with on the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) nicknamed Eliza "Duck Shoot".

    • Eliza graduated from high school in 1998 and was accepted to Boston University and George Washington University, but decided to take time off to work on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was then legally emancipated at 17 so she could start her work on the show.

    • Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, talked to Eliza after filming the series finale of the former. Joss talked to Eliza about a possible spin-off with Faith as the main character, but Eliza turned the offer down. She wanted to try something new, and she became the star of Tru Calling.

    • Her height is 5' 5" (1.65m) but in Tru Calling, Eliza (as Tru) said she was 5'4'' tall, making herself an inch shorter than she really is.

  • Quotes

    • Eliza Dushku: I have said it before and I will say it again; I will follow Joss Whedon anywhere. I have never known such a creative genius.

    • Eliza Dushku: (On Echo from the show Dollhouse) I'm excited about Echo. I think that's an awesome name, Echo, and I'm excited about the fact that she's in this entirely manipulated world but that she's human. And I really like the idea of exploring this young woman who doesn't know who she is, we don't think, but something deep inside her does and is going to start making it known.

    • Eliza Dushku: It's very, very hard to be under the control of a show creator or a studio that wants your character to do something that you just don't feel comfortable doing or you don't understand why they're doing it, and maybe they're conforming to mainstream or all the cooks in the kitchen at the studio. With Joss [Whedon], the executives have such respect for him that he really has that creative freedom to make the good stuff.

    • Eliza Dushku: I love a guy who can make me laugh, and I definitely dig intelligence. I get turned on by book smarts.

    • Eliza Dushku: When I'm shooting, I just try to make sure I wouldn't be embarrassed of it later.

    • Eliza Dushku: I'm self-confident and not afraid to speak my mind.

    • Eliza Dushku: I eat a ton. But I'm active. I lead a busy lifestyle.

    • Eliza Dushku: I'm doing my best and being myself, and it seems to have worked so far.

    • Eliza Dushku: When you're doing a love scene, it can be deceiving, like, maybe I'm in love with this person. But I try not to get involved with people I work with. I don't need the added hassle.

    • Eliza Dushku: My mother would take groups of students to different countries and always brought us along, so by the time I was 10, I had been to Russia, China, Nicaragua and several other countries.

    • Eliza Dushku: I hate whiners. I understand that the pressure can be a lot, and I have days where I just want to scream, but it comes with the territory.

    • Eliza Dushku: I don't care who you are, everyone has been through it - that feeling where you'd like to be someone else.

    • Eliza Dushku: I thought I was a boy till I was 10 years old.

    • Eliza Dushku: I definitely started thinking I was a little tougher than I am. I'd try to get in people's faces.

    • Eliza Dushku: I can street fight, but in terms of precision and martial arts, they have a very specific style.

    • Eliza Dushku: I am still not quite famous, so gossip doesn't happen very often.

    • Eliza Dushku: Each year, I say I'm going to go to school next year. It's inevitable that I'll end up getting my education.

    • Eliza Dushku: There is definitely something sexy about a girl with an attitude and a pair of leather pants.

    • Eliza Dushku: We didn't have a TV in the living room and all my friends thought we were kind of weird. When they'd come over, my mom wanted to talk to them about current events.

    • Eliza Dushku: 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.

    • Eliza Dushku: If you throw yourself into the spotlight, you can't just turn it off and on whenever you want. It takes patience.

    • Eliza Dushku: If I wasn't doing this, I'd be in school studying political science or socioeconomic something. I love visiting different cultures and finding out how they make up a society.

    • Eliza Dushku: If I feel something, that's all there is for me at the time. But I also have a raging case of attention deficit disorder.

    • Eliza Dushku: I was raised in Boston by three older brothers and a very strong and empowering single mom.

    • Eliza Dushku: I think I'm getting typecast. I know I play tough characters, but there's more than one side to me.

    • Eliza Dushku: I remember hitting Sarah Michelle Gellar with a right hook during my first week on the job. It was awful. They usually pair actors with stunt doubles to avoid things like that.

    • Eliza Dushku: I never sat down and mapped out this career of mine. I've always kind of flown by the seat of my pants.

    • Eliza Dushku: For the longest time, I thought I was a boy. I really did. I wore boys' clothes, played tag football, and even peed like a boy. I swear to God. We'd go on road trips with my mom, and when we'd make the inevitable pit stops on the side of the highway, I'd jump out and line up next to my brothers.

    • Eliza Dushku: I love my family, my fam is the greatest. Any chance I can get to see them, is the coolest thing.

    • Eliza Dushku: (Eliza reaction upon asking if she would do a nude scene)You have a better chance of seeing God.

    • Eliza Dushku: Go big or go home. Because it's true. What do you have to lose?

    • Eliza Dushku: There's a lot of actresses out there who are the girl next door. I relate more to characters who have an edge.

    • Eliza Dushku: 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?

    • Eliza Dushku: Some guy asked me if I was on TV, and I said yes, and he threw his drink at me. I was recognized, but my face was wet.

    • Eliza Dushku: Everyone wants to be famous, but when you get there, you're not so sure.

  • Amazing.

    Really, any role that Eliza had was wonderful and made me fall in love with the character. There is just something about this actress that is so wonderful, intriguing and interesting. Plus, her characters are always so mysterious, and I find myself ready to find out what's next for the character.

    First and foremost, her biggest role in my opinion was Faith on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel." That's the role that defined her as a great actress to me. Then there was "Tru Calling" where she played a different character, and she was very great in it, just like she was in her other project "Dollhouse." Really, Eliza was the most important reason why I watched that show.

    I can't wait to see her in some other role, but I hope it will be something that lasts longer than the last two series she was the main star in.moreless
  • Eliza is an awesome actress because she has done many cool movie rules like a mean girl turn cheerleader in The new guy. Or some sweet girl to complete men's fantasy for a price! Also she proves that in her movie roles that she not just a pretty face.moreless

    I love Eliza Dushku because she is a funny actress she been in the comedy cheerleader flick Bring it on. She was the lovely interest of this loser trying to make a name for himself in the movie the new guy. She did pretty good when she had her appearances in Buffy. And in Dollhouse she plays echo a beautiful girl for hire and she kicks butt if men try to screw with her. Overall Eliza Dushku is not the beautiful girl next door she also an awesome actress. She can play many roles and 99.9% of the time her TV shows and movies are all entertaining. I think she be around for a long time. She just that awesome the whole package talented/beautiful/ and she just stands out overall Eliza Dushku will always be one of my all time favorite actress's.moreless