Buffy Star Slays Box Office Rivals
Eliza Dushku scoffs
at rumors that she's being groomed to replace Sarah Michelle Gellar
as the star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer should the actress eventually
make the full-time leap to films. Dushku, whose own movie career got a
major boost over the weekend with the first-place box office finish of
Bring It On, tells TV Guide Online that there is only one Chosen
"Sarah is one of the hardest-working
women I know," says the actress, who plays Buffy's arch nemesis, Faith.
"It's such a hard job and I could never see myself having the patience
to do that kind of a show. I mean, Sarah's there all the time working harder
than anybody else. I kind of have ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder]."
Still, Dushku is looking
forward to what series creator Joss Whedon has planned this season
for her backstabbing alter ego, who when last seen had turned herself in
to authorities. "I always joke with Joss, 'I've jumped off a building,
gone into a coma, been in jail. If you can find a really witty and great
way to bring me back, then I'll come back,' " she says. "So far, he's lived
up to his end."
Dushku's affinity for
high kicks and left hooks on Buffy should have come in handy for
her role as a reluctant cheerleader in Bring It On. But the actress
points out that "actually, the moves are really different. The only thing
they have in common is that [they both] take a lot of energy and a lot
of hard work."
As it is, Dushku - who
will don pom poms again in the upcoming film The New Guy - explains
that she didn't have a lot of experience in the "rah rah" department to
begin with. "When I went in for my audition, they said, 'So, do you know
any cheers?' I was like, 'Cheers? No!' I grew up with three older brothers.
So I was never very cheerleaderish. I was doing things like playing touch