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John Ary From Austin Comic Con 2012: Eliza Dushku!!


John Ary here with another Q&A from last weekend's Austin Comic Con.  
Today Eliza Dushku discusses her favorite persona from Dollhouse, taking the character of Faith from Buffy to Angel, watching her Tru Calling costar Zach Galifianakis bomb nightly on Canadian comedy stages, and a curious no comment on Joss Whedon's new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.

We have one more Q&A to share with you tomorrow featuring the most fit man at the con, Lou Ferrigno.  For more video news, reviews and interviews subscribe to the AICN Youtube channel and follow me on Twitter.


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  • Nov. 1, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    No, no... just no

    by BlueLando

    She's just not very good, and certainly shouldn't be co-lead of a Marvel TV show.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    If Dushku ISN'T in S.H.I.E.L.D...

    by The Reef

    I will eat my hat. Wheedon love will show the way.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    id love to diddle her doodle hole

    by Adam D. Kline

    papa spank!

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    How cool is she!

    by olo

    Really, funny and patient, specially with some of the more creepy fanboys/girls. Must be a blast to hang out with. Audio is in a bad need of a fix though, intro is too loud, John Ary is not centered and not loud enough, Dushku's interview is terribly clipped, most of that is really very easy to fix but very irritating the way it is now. But wow, how cool she is in this clip.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Great editing on these. Thanks for that

    by happybunni

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    I just don't get it...

    by MattDomville

    Maybe she's like black licorice or olives. To me, her personality and acting are repellent, but maybe she's an acquired taste.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    She has haters now?

    by schlockthemonkey

    When did this happen? She's grerat, darn you haters!

  • Not terrible, but really limited in range.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    @schlockthemonkey I hated her..

    by Aidil_Afham

    I hated her before it was cool to hate her.. Now its too many haters, i'm gonna like her..

  • All you johnny-come-latelys with your ''Oh I've totally hated her forever'' schtick. You kidding me? I'VE hated her forever, my FRIENDS have hated her forever, and believe you me, you, sir, are no forever-hate-her-er.

  • The sperms in my balls are full of haterz..

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Give me a quart of that Eliza Doosh-juice!

    by BeanGrud

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    She's great

    by Redmantle

    I would love to see her in SHIELD, or anything for that matter. Loved Dollhouse, didn't watch Tru Calling, though, didn't like the writing. But she's fun and sexy, and a good actress.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Rick Fox is pouring the coals to her nightly!

    by R Howell

    She squeals with delight everytime he hits a "buzzer-beater"!

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Oh, God, I actually called it?

    by Bill C.

    Eliza in 'SHIELD,' that is (about three talkbacks ago)..."no comment" COULD mean she's simply in negotiations, though, but still...

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    If Buffy herself, SMG, isn't in SHIELD...

    by jim loder

    ...which would be damn perfect for her...I'd love to see Elisha in it. Both would be great casting. Hell, if HYDRA were to be a big part in the series, Eliza would make a great Madame Hydra!

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Been a Whedon fan from the get-go, love Eliza, but

    by Kremzeek

    Please don't let her take a lead role in SHIELD. She was awful in Dollhouse (the only Whedon show I don't like). She's a decent actress, but she can't take on any role that requires superb emotional depth. And the Marvel universe so far has delivered characters like that in spades. She didn't have the acting chops to make me believe she was a "different person" in Dollhouse--and that killed it for me. I just didn't believe it. I can't see her as any Marvel character (or even on par with the other actors in the series). I just don't think she has the skill. Sorry, Eliza. =\

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    How do you pronounce Dushku?

    by Smerdyakov

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I think it's "doosh-koo."

    by Bill C.

    I could be wrong, though.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Dushku Got Lazy As An Actress And Obviously Quit Studying

    by Media Messiah

    She was great as Faith and was ascending as an actor, but then came Dollhouse, and other projects, and it was like her soul was stolen and replaced by an imposter? Suddenly, that great devilish, deeply empowered, and self-assured spark was gone in her, replaced by a Hollywood party girl? Making matter worse, Dollhouse was a series that had a good concept, even a great one, but that concept wasn't properly fleshed-out...or well thought-out, and that killed the show. They clearly were trying to make it up, as they went along, but for a show to work at its best, it is smart, especially if you are dealing with a high-concept genre show, to have its stories mapped-out as outlines for a full season ahead of time, with a full story-arc, or even a beginning to end story-arc over 5 seasons, so the producers and writers know where the story is going, and if the story needs to be fxed...or amended, well ahead of production. It is clear that Dollhouse was just rushed into production with just a sketch of an idea, without its creative team bothering to figure-out, who was who...character wise, what their motivations were, or why, and why we should care, or even if it would be of immediate interest to the audience. A real shame, for as I have said in the past, the series should have been about a hive of Jason Bourne like agents who are freed from their mind prisons as slaves to the government, by Echo who awakened from the brain-washing program--working from her position in the inside, to bring-down the secret organization, the Dollhouse, which enslaves her and the others.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    @Redshirt_24: You Got The Pronunciation Of Her Name Right

    by Media Messiah

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    @media: Great post. Agreed

    by Kremzeek

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah the Rick Fox thing doesnt help.

    by dahveed1972

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    So maybe talent isnt the issue. Nm.

    by dahveed1972

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    I was at that Austin Comic Con, met her briefly...

    by qweruiop

    ...and yes she is definitely all that. She's so beautiful in person. If you thought she was gorgeous in movies just wait until you see her in real life. Even though she wearing some ungodly grandma sweater she still looked amazing. It took a while to get through her autograph line but she was still so nice and gracious to anybody meeting her. I even got a fist bump from her when I told her that I had voted early, which she seemed to really like and immediately fist bumped me. If you ever have a chance to go to a nearby comic con and she's in it see her! I promise you won't regret it.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    team faith ftw! spike as quicksilver. willow as scarlet witch.

    by vulturess

    wes as dr strange. boreanez as... piece of wood.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    faith always bothered me

    by ghoulstock

    i know that sort of became the point of the character, that she was damaged goods and all, but she just really got on my nerves after a while, and after that brutal/badass final fight between her and buffy, I really think buffy should've just killed her once and for all. instead they did the whole "oh she's just in a coma" thing and kept finding reasons to bring her back, and they kept finding ways to say "No, she's really not a bad person!" even though by the end of her arc on Buffy she was pretty damn evil.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Her performances in Bring It On & The New Guy

    by schlockthemonkey

    Makes her totally forgiven in my books.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    qweruiop and 'liza, sittin' in a tree

    by spacehog

    K-I-S-S-I-N-G. qweruiop is in LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUV you guys!

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    by KP

    I love all things Whedon, but Eliza is not a good actress. Saw her in an off-Broadway play. Same.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Michelle Ryan for Shield

    by rakesh patel

    saw her from bionic woman in cockney and zombies. needs another shot. let her keep her british accent. ( not cockney)

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    oh and Eliza Dushku i like her

    by rakesh patel

    i think dollhouse took too long to get into the game. the last half of season 2 was when they got their act together but it was too late.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Rick Fox bangs her

    by Joe Jones

    She must relax easily.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    I love Eliza Dushku! She's great!

    by wtriker1701

    Nothing else matters!!!