Summer Glau is an American TV actress from San Antonio, Texas. She is the oldest of three daughters. Her father and mother worked as a general contractor and a school teacher, respectively. When she was younger, Summer was a professional ballet dancer. Her ballet training schedule required her…more
When preparing her character of River on Firefly, she would think back to herself as a young girl and take those experiences and put them into her performance.
Whilst practicing shooting on the set of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, she got too close to the shooting range and now has a small scar on her face.
As a child, Summer's favorite actress was Juliette Binoche. She used to watch and re-watch her movies.
List Rankings & Appearances:
• 2008 - No.8, Wizard magazine's Sexiest Women on TV
• 2008 - listed, Entertainment Weekly's "30 Under 30: The Actresses" List
• 2008 - TV Guide's Sexiest Sidekick
• 2008 - No.7, FHM Online's List of Hottest TV Stars
• 2008 - listed, Maxim's "The Hottest Women of Fall TV", for playing Cameron Phillips in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
• 2009 - No.80, AIM's Hottest Brunettes
• 2009 - No.87, Maxim's Hot 100 List
•2009 - No. 7, BuddyTV's TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009
Summer has always been a fan of science fiction and loves being a science fiction actress. Her mother used to read sci-fi books to her as a child and it has helped her with being imaginative when playing her characters.
In an online interview in April of 2007, Summer said that she daydreams about playing the role of a chef or a cowgirl.
TV Shows - Boy Meets World, Little House on the Prairie, Will & Grace, The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters, cooking shows, shows by Anthony Bourdain
Movies - Camelot, Little Mermaid, The Last Unicorn
Music Genre - tango, country, flamenco, fado, old blues
Music Artists - Keane, White Stripes, James Blunt
Book - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Firefly episode - "Objects in Space"
Ballet - The Nutcracker
Director - Joss Whedon
Author - C.S. Lewis
Color - peach
Drink - hot tea
Summer supports the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In February of 2008, she donated a hand-painted and signed pet bowl to their Los Angeles branch for a fund-raising auction.
Summer raises money for BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre in Vancouver, Canada which looks after the health of women and newborns in particular.
Summer enjoys watching football. Like her boyfriend, she is a very big fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
In 2005, Summer was voted as the Best Actress by the SFX Magazine's readers for her performance in the movie Serenity.
In 2006, Summer won the Saturn Award as Best Supporting Actress for the movie Serenity. She also won the SFX (UK) Best Actress Award in 2005 for the same role. In 2008, she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Summer drives a dark red Mini Cooper named Luca.
Summer claims that she never watched the Terminator series of films before being cast in the television adaptation Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Summer resides in Los Angeles, California. She moved to LA when she was 19 years old. As she was auditioning for acting roles, she still danced the tango for a year.
Summer auditioned for X-Men: The Last Stand, for the role of Kitty Pryde, which ended up going to Ellen Page.
When asked what kind of animal she would like to be, Summer said that she would want to be a pony. This, she explained, was because her mother used to own a horse and raised her and her sisters on stories, books, and movies about horses.
In Serenity, Summer did most of her own fight and stunt scenes. The two scenes in which a stunt double was used were the scenes that required her to fall by somersaulting or jumping down stairs.
Summer is 5 feet and 6.5 inches (1.69 metres) tall. She is right-handed, but dances as a "lefty".
Summer is of Scotch-Irish and German descent. She can almost speak flawless English and Russian accents.
Summer: (on playing Cameron in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) It's the most difficult acting I've ever done. Very, very demanding, and I wanted to do my best because many people don't get a script like that, especially in TV. It's just a really special script and it's definitely my favorite.
Summer: I think that's why I liked dancing. It was a way for me to communicate and show how I really felt without having to connect with anyone.
Summer: Being physical is an important part of being a woman--feeling good about yourself and being in tune with your personality.
Summer: Sometimes when I get home after a long day, I'll turn on music--I love Latin, disco, and pop--and do my own workout, even if it's a short one. Know a good song to work out to? 'I Will Survive.'
Summer: When I learnt how to fight, we actually made contact. I learnt how to roll off their face when I punched, and tapped them when I kicked them. I had to appear like I was pushing with all my force but I was actually just tapping. That was really hard. I'm glad that I did it, but I don't ever want to do martial arts again.
Summer: I always look for roles that make me feel good about being a girl. I have to say that there are a lot of roles out there that make me feel really bad about being a girl. You can imagine what the things are and I shall not go into detail.
Summer: When I was little, I had a feeling that I was going to end up being an actress. I spent a lot of time alone, I was a very shy girl, and I would pretend I was telling someone about this new role that I got.
Summer: I'm definitely one of those actresses who comes to a set knowing how I want to do a scene, and I definitely love input from my directors and my writers. I know that there's some actors who like to be left alone, they like to be very independent, but I actually really enjoy the teamwork.
Summer: I came to act because I wanted to do lovely period dramas. Very Jane Austen. But I guess I have become more of an action girl. I have no complaints!
Summer: When you become an actor, you find out things about yourself that you can bring to a character that no one else could. That's the way to get cast. Instead of doing things perfectly, you have to be real. That was something I had to let go of when I started acting, the idea of being perfect.
Summer: (about letters from fans from outside USA) Every time I receive a letter from anyone, I am surprised and honored, but knowing that people enjoy my work in countries I have never seen, is truly amazing.
Summer: I love the way dancers express their feelings through movement instead of with words. I would have enjoyed making silent films.
Summer: I really don't like to sing! I feel shaky and terrified.
Summer: (on playing the new terminator in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) People still ask me about Arnold Schwarzenegger and how does that feel to be the new terminator. I can laugh about it because no one can possibly compare me to him. He is an icon, and I'm doing something really different, so it is a relief for me.
Summer: (on the Firefly River Tam sessions) I remember when I was trying to memorize it, I hadn't been in my LA apartment for a month. I was lying in bed trying to memorize the dialogue that I was going to shoot the next morning. I couldn't sleep that night going in and out of bad dreams and talking to myself. I got scared from trying to prepare for those emotional scenes. It was a hard night to get through, the words were powerful.
Summer: (River is the character she played in Whedon's Firefly) My ideal role would be someone that Joss created – naturally. A girl like River in some ways. Damaged but special, lost but brave. Someone in love but this time not with her brother.
Summer: (on being typecast playing nutty young girls) I just want to get cast, that's all [laughs]. I'll play as many crazy psychics as possible as long as I'm still working.
Summer: In this business, it is close to impossible to get somebody to take a chance on you. Everybody wants what everybody else wants, you know what I mean?
Summer: If I could count on both hands and toes the number of times I've seen Dirty Dancing! I practiced all the moves in my mirror and I love that story. I even love the new one [Havana Nights] and I would be overjoyed to get to do a ballroom dancing project. I love how they take a shy girl who's not very sexy and who isn't very comfortable with herself and they turn her into this really confident, hot, little – she gets out there and she blossoms.
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