Two Hollywood players meet up for a Gouda pizza at the Ivy and end up with a hot new show. It sounds like the set up for a joke, or worse yet, a cliche, but what can you do? This is LA and that is exactly how a Dollhouse, Eliza Dushku's newest Fox vehicle that premieres February 13 at 9 p.m., was born.
In this joint brainchild, Eliza plays Echo, a memory-free "active" in a futuristic lab where "handlers" send her and others out on assignments ranging from the violent to romantic or even sexual. Once each mission is completed, those memories are erased, leaving the actives free to enjoy the gym, the meditation center and the coed showers of the spa-like Dollhouse.
"It's perfect for me, because I've always been pretty ADHD and I'm always a different person," Dushku laughs. "It's a personality playground. I get to put on a different skin and play around."
She means that figuratively, but also literally.
"Putting on the same costume every day? No matter how much you love it when you pick it out, you're hating that outfit half way through," she cringes. "I can't imagine being on 24. They have to live with that for the whole season!"
"That's part of what's cool about the mystery: It's about who knows Echo is remembering and who doesn't; and if someone starts to catch on, is he going to share that with others? Will she be destroyed? That's where the drama kicks in," Dushku says.
"I don't want to say I'm Joss' 'muse,' but I have a crazy life, myself," Dushku admits. "This summer, I spent two and half weeks traveling around Iran. It was incredible and eye opening. I was elk hunting in October last year. Then I was car racing. I do all these things and call Joss to tell him about it. Then my mother, who's an African politics professor, is telling him about different political things and I share that with him, too. We incorporate everything into the story. The more creative flexibility we have, the more we get to play."
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