JULIA STILES SLICES INTO DEXTER ACCLAIMED ACTRESS TO APPEAR IN 10 EPISODES OF SEASON FIVE OF SHOWTIME'S EMMY(R) NOMINATED DRAMA SERIES DEXTER(TM) LOS ANGELES, CA June 7, 2010 - Acclaimed actress Julia Stiles has joined the cast of SHOWTIME's Emmy(R) nominated drama series DEXTER. Stiles, who will appear in ten episodes in the upcoming fifth season, will play a mysterious young woman who forms a unique relationship with Dexter (Michael C. Hall) in the wake of the death of his wife. Production on season five begins this month and will premiere in the fall on SHOWTIME. Called "one of the most fearless and talented actresses in Hollywood" by the Los Angeles Times, Julia Stiles has starred in three Shakespearean film adaptations: HAMLET, O, and TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, for which she earned a 2000 MTV Movie Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance and the Chicago Film Critics Award for Most Promising Actress. Other feature film credits include, THE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS, opposite Stockard Channing, SAVE THE LAST DANCE, for which she was nominated for two MTV Movie Awards, and David Mamet's STATE & MAIN. She starred opposite Liev Schreiber in THE OMEN, opposite Julia Roberts in MONA LISA SMILE and opposite Matt Damon in the Bourne trilogy: THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY and THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM. One of the most acclaimed series on television, DEXTER stars Michael C. Hall (Golden Globe(R) and SAG Award winner) as a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami police department who moonlights as a serial killer. The show has received both multiple Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) nomination for best television drama series as well as a prestigious Peabody Award in 2008 and was twice named one of AFI's top ten television series. The show also stars Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren V�lez, David Zayas, and James Remar.
June 7, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST
Holy shit! Can it get any better than this? One of favourite actresses in Hollywood is starring in one of my favourite TV shows.
June 7, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST
We are in agreement on this good sir! Pretty excited about this news. Only I predict Herc is wrong and the show will do something different this season. ...other than the stabby, dead and killer jokes. I'm sure those will continue.
June 7, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST
She'll be a new and interesting love interest for Dexter's sis. Sweet!
June 7, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST
Dexter is barely hanging on as a watchable show. I've never seen a show with such a good premise be such a lame duck. The only thing that would make me happy is Dexter stabbing the fuck out of his stupid wife.
June 7, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST
After the last finale, your hopes are pretty much kiboshed.
June 7, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST
...of sorts for this show. I was incredibly strung up in it by seasons end. Felt like it did back at the beginning of the series.
June 7, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST
Probably helped having a classy fella like John Lithgow bringing his A game with him. Shame Lundy had to go though. A most interesting character.
June 7, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST
She always seems to play the same character with the same limited range of facial expressions.
June 7, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST
MAKE IT SO!!!!!<br><br>It's gonna be really hard to follow up last season, Lithgow set the bar really fucking high. I have a new respect for that man after last season, he's a hell of an actor
June 7, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST
I dunno why.
June 7, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST
Rita's death, but every new season it seems there's always a new mysterious character who forms a unique relationship with Dexter. There was John Lithgow, Jimmy Smits, and that crazy English artist woman. They always eventually find out his secret. How do you put a new spin on them? I say she's a former "Dexter"/serial killer turned good, they'll fall in love and she'll try to "reform" Dexter. Honestly can't see this season going for a sixth!
June 7, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST
She will play a grief therapist/counsellor that Dexter has to see for mandatory sessions so he can "recover" from Rita. She will find out his Dark Secret (TM) and be conflicted about what to do.
June 7, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST
i even find Dunst more attractive...
June 7, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST
I have a feeling.
June 7, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST
Why not "the girl from 'The 60s'"?
June 7, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST
June 7, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST
who cares what she does as long as she gets nekkid! OK, that was crass.
June 7, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST
Pretty sure she's one of those whose said that in the past. Might be wrong about that, though. Anyway, I totally agree with all the kind words about Lithgow and how he elevated last season. Can't be denied. I was bummed out to varying degrees by the deaths of the Trinity (Arthur Mitchell), Lundy and Rita characters. But that's part of what makes me think they're going to go a different direction this season. Less interaction with Rita (obviously). Hopefully no friend that he needs to kill in the next couple seasons. A different dynamic with his sister, for sure, because so much has changed. I like Toadman and MaxCalifornia's ideas regarding Styles character, for sure.
June 7, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST
The show is a real mixed bag for me. I'm not normally interested in serial killer tales but I do find Dexter's story fascinating. On the other hand some of the supporting characters got a serious nail on chalkboard vibe, especially Dex's sister. I don't think it's Jennifer Carpenter's fault... she's playing the character as written, but the character is about as believable a Cop as Charlton Heston is as a Mexican. Laguerta and Masuka are also fairly painful creations. <br><br> Should be interesting though to see where they go with Dexter now that Rita is dead.
June 7, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST
She'll be a love interest. I think the showrunners are too sophisticated for that. Rita's death is too recent. A therapist? Possibly.
June 7, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST
Pretty sure there will be no love interest, it's going to be Dexter dealing with his rage and the very fact that he has feelings of anger in the first place. The body count will more than likely be extremely high. I could see Styles coming in as a CPS-type worker as Dexter withdraws from the kids. Whatever it is, it's pretty much guaranteed to be very dark
June 7, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST
Just as long as they don't maker her out to be the "HOT" nanny where all the guys go ape shit over her. She just isn't good looking, no matter what the Hollywood hype team tries to tell me.
June 7, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST
Reasons: <br> One: the spouse is always the primary suspect. <br> Two: The trinity killer has officially vanished, and the coincidence of his breaking his pattern and killing a cop's wife would be hard for an investigator to swallow. <br> Three: As a forensics blood spatter specialist, Dexter would know how to make it "look" like a trinity killing, and this might make the DA suspicious. This makes for Reasonable Method. <br> Four: Rita was seen by Masuka kissing a neighbor, the same neighbor Dexter punched and warned away from Rita. This makes for Reasonable Motive. <br> Five: Dexter has no alibi: he was off stalking / waiting for Trinity when Rita was killed, then killing and dumping the body in the ocean for hours while Rita lay dead. -- Opportunity. <br> If Dexter isn't Suspect One in Rita's murder, the writers aren't being smart. If he is, then there needs to be a sharp DA on the case, hopefully a sharp, prone-to-be-naked hot DA played by someone like Stiles.
June 7, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST
sorry for any confusion.
June 7, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST
June 7, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST
1. Julia Stiles is intelligent and GORGEOUS and you fuckers saying otherwise can go jerk off to your empty-headed pornstar lookalikes like Megan Fox. She's also a fine actress with plenty of range. Nicky (Bourne) is a far cry from Kat (10 Things), who is a far cry from Desi (O), who is a far cry from Paige (Prince & Me). <p>2. I also lean towards something involving the kids, less so the law. Social worker seems likely. *Maybe* nanny, but that would take too much dramatic pressure off of Dex and this show lives or dies by the pressure it places on him. It also would afford the show an interesting internal conflict for Dex: would the kids be better off without him, and would his life be better without them?
June 7, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST
I must have missed her.
June 7, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST
So she dies in the end? Cheers for telling us that Herc. Thanks very fucking much mate.
June 7, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST
I'm officially a mong boy. I officially apologise for my quick reaction, I missed the word 'predictions'. When it comes to Dexter, I treat it as my sacred cow that cannot be spoiled in any way whatsoever. Again, many apologies to you Herc *backs away whilst bowing*
June 7, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST
you really should read more carefully
June 7, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST
in light of his lordship's previous retraction
June 7, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST
And pick up on Rita's kids having a Dark Passenger and Dexter training them with Harry's Code? Their dad (Paul) was a bastard who is now dead and now that Rita is dead at the hands of a serial killer, will this be enough to reveal the childrens' Dark Passenger too? Not sure if I liked that aspect of the books though, so it might be best to avoid such a scenario...
June 7, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST
I'm more than ashamed of my reaction, but like I said, when it comes to Dexter I'm likely to jump the gun when it comes to spoilers. I'm sure Herc is too smart to do such a thing, so I really should have known better.
June 7, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST
Torchwood is getting another season, and after Children of Earth, I'd love to see what they do next. Apparently, though still produced by the BBC, will air in America on Starz. They also said that they may move the base from Wales to somewhere that "reflects better the global nature of Torchwood".
June 7, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST
You've got to be kidding. Stiles was a big part of all three Bourne films as Nikki something or other. She helped track him and in the third one we found out she was his girlfriend in his former life. AND she was with him for more than half of Ultimatum. HOW could you possibly miss her?
June 7, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST
Literally. Like a triple-fucking cheeseburger or two...
June 7, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST
At the end of last season I removed Dexter from my season pass.<p> So sad to say that. I was in love with Season 1, and felt Season 2 was pretty damn good too. However, Seasons 3 & 4 have just lost me.<p> Thinking back on it Lundy and Doakes really made Season 2 for me (the English girl got irritating). With them being gone, I have less and less of a reason to watch.
June 7, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST
Last season was excellent
June 7, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST
It's sad, I used to really like the show. But they need to find something new to do with the characters, or set up a series finally, a la lost
June 7, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST
Lithgow and the Trinity storyline set the bar pretty high and Rita's death in the finale dramatically alters the dynamic of the show. I don't know what they can do with Stiles, who's always came across as overly impressed with herself and unlikeable IMO, but since she's only contracted for 10 episodes as this season's new, big guest star, I wonder if she'll even be there in the season premiere or step in later. IIRC, Dexter seasons are 12 eps, though they might want to go "Big Love" and shorten the next season so the cast (read: Michael C Hall) can do movies.
June 7, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST
...a love interest. That would be so damn obvious and a retread of what happened in season 2. If you expand the definition of "love interest" a bit to include "close friendship," it retreads the past 3 seasons. I'd like for her to be either a worthy adversary from the start or maybe someone who innocently stumbles into Dexter's web and finds herself in danger for it. There's fertile ground to make the next season great, but it's going to be tough on the writers not to retread what's gone before or keep the suspension of disbelief plausible.
June 8, 2010, 2:54 a.m. CST
She is not attractive at all. No body and a goofy face.
June 8, 2010, 5:32 a.m. CST
but agree, needs and end date. <p> I think 5 seasons of 12/13 eps is almost perfect for most hour long dramas to tell an amazing great story, develop characters and get resolution (see Six feet under and the wire).
June 8, 2010, 5:44 a.m. CST
of having Dexter convicted and jailed for murdering Rita, thus going to jail for a crime he didn't commit. And having some of his friends/family like Deb trying to prove his innocence, while neatly removing the kids from the picture (because they'd be taken into social services.) <p> It's the sort of idea that comes to mind when you think about possible plot lines for 30 seconds. If this happens, it will mean they didn't spend more than 30 seconds on it.
June 8, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST
by Da B-Meister
I've never understood why she gets ANY acting jobs. The girl is FUGLY....and I'm sorry, but aren't females supposed to have breasts? WHERE are hers? She's a terrible actress anyway, she should be off checking people out at Walmart.
June 8, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST
She can't act. Why? Why does she get work?
June 8, 2010, 6:28 a.m. CST
Julia Stiles can't act. They should have got Ryan Stiles to play the nanny instead.
June 8, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST
If this "nanny" is revealed to be a reporter working undercover. That would mean Mr. Morgan has officially strapped on a pair of skis and is searching the Miami waters for sharks.
June 8, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST
definitely the anti-Alba in the brains department.
June 8, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST
how does it feel to troll trolls? YOU ARE PISSING IN A SEA OF PISS.
June 8, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST
Not a fan of this girl myself.
June 8, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST
Let's face it, she looks like she did the 100-yard dash in a 50-yard gym. Can someone get this girl a sandwich and tell her to spend a few minutes in the sun. As for Dexter, totally agree that seasons 1&2 are the tops. Seasons 3&4 have not been must-see television. Season 5 needs to get back on track with someone close on his trail ala Doaks. I think Quinn will be that guy. Remmeber when Quinn caught Dexter out at that club. He already thinks Dex has some sort of double life. With Rita's murder he will dealve deeper. He will slowly convince Debra that there is something odd about her brother. She already suspects something after finding Dex already at Trinity's house when they come to bust Trinity. In a lot of ways, this season would make a great final season. Especially if he is convicted for the one murder he DIDN'T commit: Rita's. Irony.
June 8, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST
If Matrix were here, he'd laugh too.<p> Hope this season's good, I've enjoyed the show since the beginning. Still miss Doakes though!
June 8, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST
would throw her out of bed for eating crackers, right? Oh wait, none of you posers would even know what to do if you found her in your bed.
June 8, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST
anyone here found Stiles in their bed they'd probably cum on the spot and not be able to do a thing with her. As for Dexter... last years season finale disturbed me to no end... I thought about it for days... such a great show that can make you do that.
June 8, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST
She's either going to be Dexter's #2/love interest, his Catwoman or someone who at least accepts what he does, or she's going top appear to be and BOOM she's an undercover. Dexter busted.
June 8, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST
But flat? Get some glasses, dude. She grew up about 8 years ago. Have a look at a picture of her that was taken more recently than 2004. And yeah, she has unusual looks, but "fugly"? Seriously. Something tells me your standards don't gel with your dating pool. What's the next thing? She looks like a teenage boy? Look, "dudes".. your daddy and your male friends WITH normal levels of testosterone do NOT think you're gay. You can date real women now instead of ogling hyper-feminine constructs designed surgically to meet Maxim magazine ideals. You're not proving anything to anyone.
June 8, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST
below are some slight spoilers for season 5 of dexter that made me pretty happy. from ausiello at Entertainment Weekly <br>.<br>.<br>.<br>.<br>.<br>.SPOILERS BELOW<br>.<br>.<br>.<br>.<br> Season 5 will pick up right where season 4 left off - dexter going through the process of dealing with mundane details of a family death, like arranging a funeral, getting the kids dressed, dealing with being a single father now <br><br>season 5 may not feature a Trinity-esque villain - I hope they stick to this one. They want to focus on Dexter and his psychology after having lost Rita <br><br>Dexter will remain single for now - leads me to belive Stiles won't be a love interest. <br><br>Julie Benz (Rita) will be back in the first episode- supposedly she's not coming back from the dead, won't be a spectral visitor like Harry, and she won't be a ghost or anything. Some commenters predict it will be a wedding video Dex watches or something like that <br><br>Stiles won't be plaing a big-bad and likely won't be a love interest.
June 8, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST
With Rita gone, hopefully they can steer away from making him some kind of hero. The final season needs to have everyone know what Dexter is as they're engaged in a manhunt for him (while he toys with them openly). That's the only way to end this show and anything else will be a major let down for me. This next season should be all about setting up that final season with his secret being revealed in this finale.<br /> <br /> I doubt they'll do any of that, opting instead to make him a Disneyfied serial killer, but whatever they do, they need to shake it up. Enough with giving him someone to identify with and work out his daddy issues. It's as predictable as the mole on 24. This show has been in a rut and now is the time to break out and do something very different. In this post Breaking Bad age, Dexter can't afford to rest on it's laurels.
June 8, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST
Sigh, having a hard time dealing with what happens next.<p>My guess? Stiles ends up with the kids.
June 8, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST
We lived happily in my squalid hovel.Did'nt want to wake up...but i did.
June 8, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST
June 8, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST
that quite a few of you are under 15, gay and have zero taste in women or tv shows. Some of you said Dexter jumped the shark during this past season? SERIOUSLY? Are you that fucking stupid? I sentence you to a life of Treme reruns. And you think Stiles is ugly? All of you should eat a big fat cock. This is why no one takes this site seriously, if I was an actress and someone from this backwater broken down velice suitcase site asked me to do an interview I would kick him right in the nuts and run the other way. The only good talkbacks on this site are Breaking Bad talkbacks and Dr Who. Most of the people who reply in those 2 talkbacks have some sort of brains and don't feel the need to trash an actress like this for no reason at all. Seriously Harry close this site down already, its an embarrassment.
June 8, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST
Stiles a better actor than Lithgow? That's insane. I mean I know everyones entitled to an opinion, but speaking as a professional actor/director, I can tell you that I think John's the shit and Julia is just passable.
June 8, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST
Stiles is good no doubt but shes a n00b compared to John Lithgow. The guy is just as good doing comedy as he is doing drama or horror etc. There is no part he can't sell.
June 8, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST
by Super Joker
...dare judge anybody on physical attractiveness or on fucking acting ability. Let's see how attractive/Oscar-worthy some of you fucks hold up reading lines on a giant cinema screen, you egotistical cunts. Everytime I read the talkback threads on this site it's like I've just lifted up a rock and all the scum that lives under it comes out to play before scuttling away.
June 8, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST
by Super Joker
If you think Julia Stiles is ugly, you're probably gay, and if you think she isn't in your league, you are a deluded moron. Just because your mom always says how handsome you are when she catches you masturbating in the basement to one of your fucking X-Men comics doesn't mean you get to say Julia Stiles is ugly, dumbass.
June 9, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST
I'm sure some guys on here are virgin geeks. Does that mean that every actress should be hot to them because they never slept with a woman? This is Hollywood and escapism. The bottom line is, in terms of entertainment industry standards of beauty, Stiles is not hot at all. Beyond that, she has a goofy face and no chest. And yes, I can say I have banged better looking women than her. I could go out to the Mall on a Saturday and find plenty of better looking women than her. <p> The only problem I have with her casting as the big name this season is that it is a big drop off from the awesomeness of Lithgow. I just don't want them to make her out to be a perfect 10 stunner like they did with Dunst as MJ Watson. Especially since Dexter the character has pulled in some true beauties like Rita and Lila the past four seasons.
June 9, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST
How could anyone think otherwise? She's also my (dream) wife so stop it!!
June 9, 2010, 2:54 a.m. CST
I'm in the camp that thinks there's something wrong with her face. But hey, that just means less competition for you, right? <br /><br />You do know that everyone has different tastes in beauty right? That even someone like Angelina Jolie (who apparently can turn some straight women) is not *universally* considered good looking? For some she's too "mannish" or her lips are far too big, or whatever. That doesn't make her detractors gay, anymore than it guarantees the woman is a good actress.<br /><br />Just because you want to bone her, doesn't mean she's talented, funny, smart or interesting.
June 9, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST
Dude thats my fucking (dream) wife your talking about lol. But you are right. To each his own.
June 9, 2010, 5:38 a.m. CST
... for all actors & actresses.<p></p> Only Lauren Hutton was able to pull off the "wtf is up with your TEETH woman??!!??" ... and Julia is no Lauren.<p></p> Remember the final scene in "The Howling"? ... where Dee Wallace's reporter was transforming into a werewolf on TV? ... and the camera did a closeup and a tear ran down her face? ... that's Julia Stiles.<p></p> ... but with fucked up teeth.
June 9, 2010, 5:43 a.m. CST
... made Mick Jagger say: "DAMN! That bitch got some big ass lips!"<p></p> I'd have no problem with Jolie's mutated lips if she'd just ... I dunno ... use some kinda moisterizer on them once in a while because they usually look chapped as hell<p></p> ... of course I'm firmly in the camp that believes she probably fucks like a beast; so lips be damned.
June 9, 2010, 5:49 a.m. CST
by Da B-Meister
....wants to make sweet love to me. Sorry babe, but 400 lb women who sweat just trying to yawn do nothing for me.
June 9, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST
Cromulent:<p> Christensen is the one with the boobs!<p> http://www.buddytv.com/articles/Six_Degrees/Images/Erika-Christensen-2.jpg
June 9, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST
As I recall. Good movie, especially for William H. Macy fans.
June 10, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST
I Love Dexter, but if Michael Weston got onto him, it wouldn't end well for ol' Dex.<p>More Masuka in the next season too, that character may be one-note, but it's a bloody funny note.
June 10, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST
Okay, so maybe you're not into her. I, for one, like that her features aren't standard Hollywood. I like the arrangement of her teeth. I like that her bust is in proportion to the rest of her (she is, after all, waifish). Ordinarily I'm not into the ballerina body type, but it suits her. <p> As for her being "talented, funny, smart, or interesting", I've already talked about her range, which is wider than I think you're crediting. Funny I don't know as she doesn't do many public appearances. She got a degree in English Lit when she could've rested on the laurels of an acting career and she frequently contributes articles to magazines, so I'm pretty sure she's got the smart covered. And maybe she doesn't interest you, but she highly interests me. Sure, some of that is because I'd like to bone her, but I genuinely find the woman interesting.
June 11, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST
I was careful to avoid saying she WASN'T talented, funny, smart, or interesting. Just reminding our fellow talkbacker that when you want to bone someone, it does tend to introduce blind spots and a lack of objectivity. <p> I said I don't like her as an actress, which is just my stated opinion. I didn't lumber in telling all and sundry that she is a crap actress, as if it came from Gods mouth to my ear. (I'll admit, I frequently do that, when it comes to talkbacks related to Tim Kring, Brannon Braga, Michael Bay, etc...) :)
June 11, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST
It seems for a long time all Stiles did was play women who fucked black guys.