Eliza Patricia Dushku, an actress from the United States, gained recognition for her portrayal of Faith in the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1998-2003) and its spin-off series Angel (2000-2003). Additionally, she held leading roles in the Fox supernatural drama series Tru Calling (2003-2005) and the Fox science fiction series Dollhouse (2009-2010), where she also served as a producer.
Starring roles in a plethora of films make up a significant portion of Dushku’s career. Among these films are True Lies (1994), Bye Bye Love (1995), Bring It On (2000), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), The New Guy (2002), Wrong Turn (2003), On Broadway (2007), The Scribbler (2014), Jane Wants a Boyfriend (2015), and Eloise (2016). Additionally, she has contributed her voice to numerous animated films and video games.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Eliza Dushku is the youngest of four children and the only daughter of her parents, Philip Richard George Dushku and Judy Dushku (née Rasmussen). Her father was born in Boston and is of Albanian origin. His parents hailed from the city of Korçë, while her mother, who is of Danish, English, Irish, and German ancestry, was from Idaho. It’s worth mentioning that her parents had ended their marriage before Dushku’s birth.
Growing up, Dushku and her three brothers were raised as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, due to their mother’s affiliation with the religion. Dushku attended the Beaver Country Day School located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts before graduating from Watertown High School.
At the age of ten, Dushku caught the eye of casting directors. After a five-month search, she was selected to play the lead character, Alice, in the 1992 romantic drama movie That Night. In 1993, Dushku was cast in the role of Pearl for the drama film This Boy’s Life, appearing alongside award-winning actors Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio. The year after, she played the adolescent daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action spy flick True Lies.