Eliza Patricia Dushku is an American actress known for her roles as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel as well as starring in two Fox series, Tru Calling and Dollhouse. She is also known for her roles in films, including True Lies, The New Guy, Bring It On, Wrong Turn and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as well as her voice-work on video games.
After beginning her career with a few small projects in 1993, the following year Eliza played the teenage daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies. She then had parts as Paul Reiser’s daughter in Bye Bye Love, as Cindy Johnson in Race the Sun, and roles in a television movie and a short film.
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 whole third season and returned repeatedly throughout the series and in the spin-off series, Angel.
In 2000, Dushku starred in the hit cheerleader comedy Bring It On. She followed that up with Soul Survivors, reuniting her with Race The Sun co-star Casey Affleck. In 2001, she appeared in The New Guy with DJ Qualls and City by the Sea with Robert De Niro and James Franco. The same year, Kevin Smith invited Dushku to be a part of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
In 2003, Dushku starred in the horror film Wrong Turn. Starting that same year, she 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 if one of the deceased asks for her help to change what has happened.
Dushku re-teamed with Buffy creator Joss Whedon for the new sci-fi series Dollhouse. Dushku produced the show and played the main character, Echo, an “Active” or a “doll”, one of a group of men and women who can be programmed with memories and skills to engage in particular assignments.
Dushku has had roles in many video games, most notably the role of Yumi Sawamura in the English-language version of Yakuza for the PlayStation 2 and as Shaundi, one of the lead characters in Saints Row 2. Dushku has a lead role in an online animated “motion comic” series, titled Torchwood: Web of Lies, based on the BBC series’ Torchwood: Miracle Day.
Eliza Dushku also performed the voice role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman for the animated film adaptation of Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One graphic novel.