Last Updated: April 3, 2024
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Net Worth:
$20 Million
Dec 30, 1980 (43 years old)
5 ft 4 in (1.65 m)
Actor, Television producer, Voice Actor, Businessperson
United States of America
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Eliza Dushku is an American actress who has a net worth of $20 million. Eliza Dushku began her acting career as a child. She was discovered at the age of 10 when a casting agent spotted her during a school performance. This led to her landing the role of Alice in the film "That Night" (1992). This was followed by a significant role in "This Boy's Life" (1993) alongside stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. In 1994, she starred in "True Lies" opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.

In 1998, Eliza was cast in the role that would make her a household name, as Faith on the hit television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Her character was so popular that her story arc was extended and then became part of the spin-off series "Angel." Since then, she has appeared in multiple films and television shows, including "Bring It On," "Tru Calling," "That '70s Show," "Ugly Betty," "Dollhouse," "The Big Bang Theory," and "White Collar." In addition to her television work, she has also provided voices for multiple video games, including "Yakuza," "Saints Row 2," and "Fight Night Champion."

Early Life

Eliza Dushku was born Eliza Patricia Dushku on December 30, 1980, in Watertown, Massachusetts. Her father, Philip Richard George Dushku, was a school teacher and administrator. Her mother, Judith Ann Dushku, was a political science professor. They divorced before Eliza was born. Eliza was the only daughter and the youngest of the family's four children. Dushku's father is of Albanian descent. Her mother is of English, Irish, and German descent.

Eliza's family belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She attended Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and she graduated from Watertown High School in 1998.

Dushku began acting when she was in elementary school, appearing in the 1992 film "That Night." She was chosen as the lead after casting agents performed a five-month search. She acted throughout high school, playing supporting roles in such films as "This Boy's Life" and "Bye Bye Love". One of her most memorable early roles came in 1994 when Eliza was cast as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis's rebellious teenage daughter in "True Lies."

Acting Career

After making plans to attend Suffolk University in Boston, where her mother worked as a professor, Dushku's agent asked her to submit a video audition for what would later become "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and she was cast as Faith, halting her college plans.

Because Eliza was still a minor when she began working on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," she had to pursue emancipation to work the production's long hours, which she was granted. She was initially supposed to appear in just five episodes, but her character proved so popular with audiences that she was brought back for the third season, part of the fourth season, and the last five episodes of the series. She also portrayed the character in the spinoff "Angel."

In 2000, Eliza landed another role that would become iconic, in the cheerleading film "Bring it On." Other films from around this time include "Soul Survivors," "Race the Sun," "The New Guy," "City by the Sea," and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back."

In 2003, she starred in a horror movie called "Wrong Turn" and began playing Tru Davies on the Fox TV series "Tru Calling."

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Other notable work includes starring in the 2005 off-Broadway play "Dog Sees God" and a comedy/drama series for Fox called "Nurses." In 2007, she appeared in the films "On Broadway," "Sex and Breakfast," and "Nobel Son."

Eliza appeared in the Simple Plan music video for the song "I'm Just a Kid" and the Nickleback music video for the song "Rockstar." She has also lent her voice to a number of video games.

From 2013 to 2015, Dushku voiced She-Hulk in the Disney XD animated series "Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H." In 2016, she was cast in a recurring role in the fourth season of the Cinemax TV series "Banshee" and in 2017, she had a recurring guest role in the last three episodes of the first season of the CBS drama "Bull," with the option of becoming a series regular in season two.

Fox Development Deal

In 2007, it was revealed that Eliza had signed an exclusive development deal with Fox Broadcasting and 20th Century Fox to develop a television series. One of the projects that came from this deal was the series "Dollhouse" which premiered in 2008 and was canceled in 2009.

Boston Diva Productions

In 2007, Eliza and her brother Nate co-founded the production company Boston Diva Productions. They soon secured the rights to produce an authorized film on the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The film had been under development for over a decade before it was finally released in 2018.

In 2011, Dushku visited Albania with a crew from the Travel Channel and Lonely Planet to film "Dear Albania," a documentary promoting tourism in the home country of her father's family.

Eliza's production company, in association with IM Global Television, was reported in 2017 to be developing Glen Cook's "The Black Company" series of books for a television series, with Dushku potentially starring as 'The Lady.'

"Bull" Firing and Payoff

In 2017, Eliza was hired to be a guest star on the CBS drama "Bull." There had been plans to eventually turn her into a full cast member. Unfortunately, in December 2018, it was revealed that Eliza's time on "Bull" was short-lived after her co-star Michael Weatherly reportedly made inappropriate comments on set.

According to documents from the official mediation, Weatherly was recorded on video making comments about spanking Dushku over his knee, soliciting a threesome, alluding to sexual assault in his "rape van," and other inappropriate remarks. Days later, showrunner Glenn Caron terminated Eliza's expected role on the show despite opposition from studio executives.

Eliza was written off the show after making a complaint to higher-ups at CBS. Those same executives eventually agreed to pay Eliza a $9.5 million settlement, roughly what she would have earned had she stayed on as a full-cast member for four seasons.

Personal Life

Eliza lived in Los Angeles for more than 15 years, though she did spend substantial time back in the Watertown and Boston, Massachusetts, areas before her stepfather died. Dushku was a resident of the Laurel Canyon, California, area for several years.

Dushku dated retired NBA player Rick Fox from 2009 to 2014.

In 2018, Dushku married businessman Peter Palandjian. They have two children together.

Dushku has said that she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and also revealed at a youth summit on opioid awareness that she was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, having begun drinking and abusing drugs at the age of 14. Eliza stated that her addictions were so severe at one point that her brother forbade her from being left alone with her niece, Sofia. At the time of her confession in 2017, Eliza was almost nine years sober.

In January 2018, Dushku went public with allegations of sexual molestation by a "True Lies" stunt coordinator. She was 12 years old at the time the alleged abuse occurred. She further alleged that on the same day an adult friend confronted the stunt coordinator, Eliza was injured during a stunt, and several of her ribs were broken. The implication being that the accident was retribution. The stunt coordinator has denied the accusation of sexual misconduct.

In February 2021, Dushku shared a message of support for Charisma Carpenter about allegations of abuse against "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon, despite her previously positive remarks about Whedon.

Real Estate

In 2000, Eliza listed a home in the Hollywood Hills for sale for $1.85 million.

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