It was not too hard to predict that the young actress who played Arnold Schwarzenegger’s daughter in “True Lies” would go on to play many more strong, butt-kicking female roles in her career. Eliza Dushku more then held her own against her on-screen parents, Ah-nold and Jamie Lee Curtis, in the spy/comedy film.
Even before she starred in “True Lies”, a pre-teen Dushku had one of her earliest roles in “This Boy’s Life”, starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro. These earlier roles were followed-up by a couple of forgettable films, “Bye Bye Love” and “Race the Sun”, until she made her major acting breakthrough in 1998.
1998 saw Eliza join the case of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as Faith, a fellow slayer whose own damaged background caused her to be more of a villain than ally to Buffy and her friends. A year earlier, creator Joss Whedon had started “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” because he saw potential in the premise of what had been completely a forgettable 1992 Kristy Swanson movie by the same name.
“Buffy” is what helped put networks like the WB and UPN on the map. It also made Whedon a force to be reckoned with (the awful “Alien Resurrection”, notwithstanding). It also made Eliza a star. Her edgy performance as Faith, combined with her increasing sex appeal, certainly made Eliza a favorite of Sci-Fi fanboys everywhere. She also continued her role as Faith on the spinoff series “Angel”, alongside David Boreanaz.
The success of “Buffy” and “Angel” helped Eliza get higher profile film roles. In 2000, she starred as the rebellious cheerleader, Missy Pantone, in the hit high school cheer film, “Bring It On” (the original… not any of the atrocious direct-to-DVD clones that followed). The next year, she was one of a group of sexy cat-burglers in Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”.
Eliza continued in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy vein after “Buffy” and “Angel” went off the air. In 2003, she starred as the lead character in “Tru Calling”. She played Tru Davies, a medical student currently working in a city morgue who possesses a supernatural ability to go back to the start of the day and stop the deaths of the people brought into the morgue. In 2009, she reunited with Whedon in the sci-fi series, “Dollhouse”.
Eliza followed that work up with roles on television shows like “Torchwood” and “Leap Year”. Currently, she is providing the voice for She-Hulk in the animated series “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”.
In recent years, it has become clear that Eliza is a fan body art, as she has several small, sexy, feminine tattoos on her body. One of her most noticeable tattoos is an Albanian eagle on the back of her neck. She is Albanian decent and has recently embraced her home country (even getting dual U.S./Albanian citizenship).
She has a symbol on her left wrist. It looks like the astrological symbol for Leo, although she was not born under that sign. It could also be an interpretation of the symbol for Capricorn, which would be her sign since she was born on December 30th.
You can also follow her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/elizadushku