Happy birthday, Eliza Dushku! The actress turns 36 today.
Born in Massachusetts, Dushku was raised by her parents Philip and Judith. Alongside her three brothers, Dushku began acting at the age of 10 after she caught the eye of casting agents. In 1993, the young actress got her big break in This Boy’s Life alongside Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.
As Dushku began to look into college, the actress was trying to pursue drama as a full-time profession. Before she could begin attending Suffolk University in Boston, she was cast in the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Faith Lehane. The powerful, complex character acted as a foil to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Buffy Summers. Dushku stayed on the series beyond her intended arc and even joined the show’s spin-off, Angel.
After Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dushku appeared in projects like Bring It On and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. In recent year, the actress has diversified her talent to cover voice acting and stage roles. She has voiced characters for games like Yakuza, and Dushku was thrust back into the world of Joss Whedon when she joined the cast of Dollhouse. Most recently, fans have seen Dushku provided her acting talents to shows like Hulk and the Agents of SMASH where she played She-Hulk.
Happy birthday, Eliza Dushku!