Eliza Dushku: Dollhouse is “Cool, Hot and Different”

by admin on December 5, 2008 · 1 comment

Wow, hot on the heels of my post yesterday, TV Guide hit me with more actual Dollhouse content to blog about. This really is the season of goodwill! In their interview with Eliza Dushku, the Dollhouse actor-stroke-producer talks about her new movie, Noble Son, and dishes some info on what we can expect from Dollhouse. Here are the Dollhouse-worthy bits (Some mild spoilers follow):

TVGuide.com: Turning to TV, how are things looking for Fox’s Dollhouse? [The sci-fi thriller stars Dushku as Echo, an “Active” who has covert mission-specific personalities imprinted on her.]
Dushku: Awesome. We have all these rumors going around [in the wake of a production stoppage], and yet we’re on Episode 7 out of our initial 13. We’ve made some changes.

TVGuide.com: Hey, it’s totally fine to stop and catch your breath and do things right.
Dushku:Completely. And we feel like we’re in an awesome groove. The scripts are tight and exciting, and we’ve definitely upped the action. Initially, we were doing a lot of set-up, and Fox and Joss decided that we needed to have the some of the payoffs come sooner. As a result, I sashay to work every day! I know that sounds crazy, but I love it. I’ve played probably twenty-some different characters in the past couple months, and every one is a thrill. I’ve been riding motorcycles and deer hunting, I had a Muay Thai fight scene with a 6-foot-5 cop, I went river rafting, rock climbing…. The whole gamut.

TVGuide.com: When we spoke at the summer TCA (watch video), you told me you were bringing some “skills” of your own to the table. But it sounds like you’ve added a few.
Dushku: Yes, my “mad skills.” [Laughs] Joss and I have been good friends over the years, and one of the things we laugh about is how I live a crazy life and am in 10 places at once. I’m a bit of a storyteller, so I share all these things and he puts them in the show. He joked at Comic-Con that this show is a bit biographical.

TVGuide.com: Should your and Joss’ fans be worried by Dollhouse‘s Friday time slot?
Dushku: We’re in the age of DVR, man. People watch what they want to watch, and we feel confident that we’re going to bring [existing] fans and welcome new ones. The show is extraordinary. It’s cool and it’s hot and it’s different. It’s nice being paired with Sarah Connor Chronicles as a sort of female empowerment night. It takes a little bit of the pressure off [versus airing on Mondays], with 24 coming on after two years. I think the time slot gives us time to come on, air all of our shows and hook people. And I truly believe it will.

TVGuide.com: You obviously had certain expectations and things you were looking forward to with Dollhouse. But now that you’re well into filming it, what has surprised you about the show?
Dushku:I’ve obviously played a lot of strong characters, but Joss, from the very beginning, said, “I also see a lot of vulnerability, and different shades of you that others maybe haven’t seen.” So I get these scripts and they’re different for me. We had this joke where Joss put me in a ’40s up-do and it totally threw me off. It just threw me off. [Laughs] He said, “Eliza, I have you figured out. Your comfort zone lies in your hair, and I’m going to take you out of your comfort zone as much as possible. I can throw you off a building or dump you in a river or have you get hit by a truck, and none of that fazes you. But a ’40s up-do sends you spinning. So get ready, honey — I’m going to take you for a little adventure!”

The age of DVR indeed. As is often the case, the people will largely decide whether the show is successful or not. Although we shouldn’t take for granted the fact that the producers, actors, and Fox also have to live up to their end of the deal and make a quality show that viewers can invest in. I’m positive about the possible DVR opportunity that Dollhouse has, but just like Echo’s memory, DVR’d programme schedules can be erased.

That said, it’s good to read that the scripts are tight and exciting. I also hope to see some of these “mad skills” I’ve been hearing a lot about since blogging Dollhouse.

AshMay June 7, 2009 at 3:29 am

😀 i love dollhouse!! keep it up!!

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