Eliza Dushku Interview

by admin on February 4, 2009

Eliza Dushku interviewed by DW Scifi:Dollhouse

In Dollhouse, the ‘dolls’ are chosen to be imprinted with various identities, and when they’re done with one job, the memory of that identity is erased and replaced with a new identity on the next job. Is the premise of the show a metaphor for being an actress?

An actress and a young woman. I think in our society today there’s this constant pressure on men and women, but especially young women. Every day you’re being pulled in all directions and trying to figure out who people want you to be, so I think there’s a parallel.

In addition to being the star, you’re also executive producer on Dollhouse with Joss Whedon. How do you divide your jobs?

I have a hat in my trailer. It’s my producer hat and I put it on when Joss wants to talk about all things producorial (laughs). It was the kind of thing where we’re in this together and we’re really a team in what we’re doing, and he cares how I feel about things. He’ll come into my trailer and say, “Okay, Eliza, put your script down and put your producer hat on and come out here, I want to talk to you about something [regarding the production],” and so he really has included me in that way.


Have you had to do much physical training for the show’s action scenes?

I’m working out with a trainer, a good friend. I think he makes real good women’s bodies. He doesn’t go for über-skinny, but he doesn’t go for really bulked up – he tailors everyone’s bodies to be strong and functional. He has it down to a science.

So, to sum up, how would you describe your experience of working on Dollhouse with Joss Whedon?

It’s one day at a time. We have an awesome team of writers. People are excited. My confidence and my enthusiasm and my excitement have only gotten more fierce. It’s like a dream to be working with someone who has such a serious soul and such as serious voice, and he knows what he is saying and what he is creating and how important and how relevant it is.

And Joss is a liberated, clever guy. He wants people to think that he is super-cynical, but he is not at all. He has this view of the world that I feel is so extraordinary, because nothing is black and white. He can play in that grey area and with good versus evil so spectacularly that every script and every piece of material that I get from him is a joy.

Source: dwscifi

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