Don’t get me wrong: I have nothing personal against Eliza Dushku. Sure, she ruined a couple of good seasons of Buffy for me and her tweets hurt my brain, but I heard good things about Dollhouse before it was canceled? And, you know, live and let live. But what I really want to know is why a B-actress with no discernible social media skills is headlining Twiistup, an L.A. tech conference whose other speakers are all actual, you know, famous entrepreneurs and investors.
The best part of this whole story (other than “Why?”) may be Eliza’s profile for the event, which is 20 times longer than anyone else’s, including Owen Stone, the “#1 Advisor on the Internet.” Here’s her whole spiel, in its entirety:
Eliza Dushku continues to maintain her leading lady status in Hollywood with roles in a number of prominent film and television projects. She completed the second season of Fox’s “Dollhouse,” a series created by Joss Whedon on which Dushku also serves as a Producer. In the series, she stars as ‘Echo,’ an agent or “doll” who has had her memory wiped completely clean so that she, along with the other dolls in the Dollhouse, can fulfill the wishes of well-paying clients by being imprinted with a personality of the client’s choosing.
Dushku’s talents extend far beyond acting. In addition to serving as a producer on “Dollhouse,” she is currently producing a biopic through her production company Boston Diva Productions. The film called The Perfect Moment, is based on the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death in 1989. She has brought on two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, Ondi Timoner to direct and produce alongside her.
Dushku also co-starred with Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman in Bottle Shock, a drama about the birth of the Napa Valley wine country. Additional past film credits include The Alphabet Killer, in which she also served as an Associate Producer, Nobel Son, Wrong Turn, City by the Sea opposite Robert De Niro and Frances McDormand, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and the hit cheerleading film Bring it On opposite Kirsten Dunst, among others.
Dushku has also had a very successful television career, starring in a number of hit series with cult-like followings. She first starred as ‘Faith Lehane’ on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” a slayer much more troubled than the main character ‘Buffy.’ Though initially planned as a five-episode role, the character became so popular that Dushku stayed on for the entire third season and returned for a two-part appearance the following season. The remainder of her original story arc was played out in the first season of the spin-off “Angel.” Repentant and rededicated, ‘Faith’ returned in a number of later episodes of “Angel” and “Buffy.” Following these roles Dushku starred in the series, “Tru Calling” in which she played ‘Tru Davies’ in yet another powerful female role. Additional television credits include guest starring roles on “That 70’s Show” and “Ugly Betty.”
The daughter of an Albanian-American administrator father and Danish-American professor mother, Dushku was raised with ambition in her blood. At the early age of 10, Dushku was discovered by casting agents for the lead role of ‘Alice’ in the film That Night. In 1993, Dushku landed the role of Pearl alongside Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in This Boy’s Life, a role that caught the attention of many in the industry. The following year, she starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies, opposite Paul Reiser in Bye Bye, Love and alongside Halle Berry in Race the Sun.
In addition to acting and producing, Dushku is involved with a number of charities, including Camp Hale in Boston and 10,000 Girls School in Kaolack, Senegal. Earlier this year, she traveled to Uganda helping bring awareness to the country. Dushku lives a very active lifestyle and recently completed her first triathlon finishing with a Bronze medal. Dushku resides in Los Angeles.
There is literally not one reference to anything involving technology in that entire biography. So what is Eliza going to talk about at Twiistup? We hope it’s an hour long lecture on how to tweet about organizing your closet, dating old guys, and road rage.
Update: We have the answer! Eliza will be speaking about Twitter, on behalf of the service Ad.ly for which she is a client. Ad.ly hooks brands up with celebrities so they can get money for tweeting about products. Which is still better than tweeting about how you don’t need help tweeting.