The beautiful Eliza Dushku started her prolific career as vicious slayer Faith on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and she stole the world’s hearts with her sass and indifference. She was mean and obstinate with a preference for leather and pissing Buffy off.
Eliza appeared on Buffy for 20 episodes before moving on to another iconic role in Bring It On, the cult classic teen cheerleader romp with Kirsten Dunst. In the film, she played another bad girl, with some amazing gymnastic skills.
She’s been a TV favourite for a very long time, who can forget Tru Calling and Joss Whedon’s severely underrated show Dollhouse?
Anyway, Eliza has been busy with other things since her Faith days. She had a recurring role on Cinemax’s Banshee until it was cancelled last year. She was busy on the campaign trail, pushing for popular democratic nominee Bernie Sanders.
She’s also been staying close to her roots, her father is from Albania and she often visits his home country, posting amazing videos and pictures to her Instagram for her 432, 000 followers to enjoy. She even produced a documentary film about one of her visits called Dear Albania.
The best part about this petite powerhouse is her charitable heart; she is heavily involved with the THRIVEGulu organization (The Trauma Healing and Reflection Center in Gulu), an organization dedicated to helping the survivors of war (including former child soldiers) in Northern Uganda.
So she’s gorgeous and giving, we feel like stupid potatoes.
We only have a couple wks left on our @THRIVEGulu @Crowdrise, friends & fam! This year's #crowdfunding was/is especially exciting as we have a generous new #THRIVE "angel" who offered to MATCH DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR RAISED up to $18k for a total of $36k for my 36th Birthday! This organization, founded by my dear mother, Judith Dushku & incomparable stepfather, James R. Coleman, is as close to our #hearts as it gets. #MamaJudy and #PapaJim have created a lifelong legacy in #Gulu, #Uganda helping our brothers and sisters there who endured the most traumatizing horrors under international war criminal/rebel Joseph Kony. Children were abducted, subjugated, raped and either slaughtered or forced to become child soldiers/killers themselves- by the tens of thousands. We have traveled to & worked with these communities going on 7 years now, at #THRIVEGulu: our trauma healing and rehabilitation/reintegration center, which we built from the ground up, and any support/donations you can contribute today will allow us to continue this important life-changing work there!! For those who have already contributed: WE THANK YOU! Gulu thanks you. For those who have any questions/reservations: please feel free to ping me/comment & I'd love to share more with you about the specific work we're doing & how your support/donations can help! With deepest #love, #respect, #solidarity & #gratitude, Eliza #onelove #one🌎🌍🌏 *pictured here with our wonderful THRIVE Ugandan program director, Alal Dora Single, and my dear sister, Rose in Gulu🌹💞👭 **to donate👉 click the link in my IG bio above❣️
Up next for Dushku? A thriller called Eloise with Chace Crawford coming out this year.
Keep kicking ass Faith, oh sorry, Eliza. We’re huge Buffy fans, what can we say?
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.