May. 1st, 1972
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Julie Benz's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
2008 - Saw V
2008 - Rambo
2008 - Punisher: War Zone
2006 - Kill Your Darlings
2005 - Bad Girls From Valley High
1999 - Jawbreaker
1997 - Inventing the Abbotts
1997 - As Good As It Gets
1996 - Black Sheep
Guest TV Roles
Born in Pennsylvania, Julie Benz's father is a Pittsburgh surgeon and her mother is a figure ice skater. The family settled in nearby Murrysville, when Julie was two, and she started ice skating at age three. She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her partner David Schilling, coming in 13th. Her older brother and sister, Jeffrey and Jennifer, were in the 1987 U.S. Junior Champions in ice dancing and competed internationally. When Benz was 14, she had a bad stress fracture and had to take time off.
By 1989, with her figure skating career over, Benz turned to acting and got involved in the local theater where she got a role in the play Street Law. Her first movie role was a small, credited, speaking part in in the Black Cat episode in the 'Dario Argento' 'George A. Romero' co-direction horror flick, Due occhi diabolici (1990) playing in one scene alongside 'Harvey Keitel'. A year later, she got a role on a TV show called Hi Honey, I'm Home (1991).
After graduating from high school, Benz entered New York University to study acting there. After graduation, Benz moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her career and landed some small roles in movies and TV shows including a guest appearance on Married with Children (1987) and in the 'Aaron Spelling' TV pilot Crosstown Traffic (1995).
In 1996, Benz auditioned for the role of Buffy in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), but lost out to 'Sarah Michelle Gellar'. However, she was offered a small role as a vampire girl in which she did such a good job that her part was expanded to a few more episodes in playing the vampire Darla. With that, Benz's career had finally taken off. She reprised her role as Darla in the Buffy spin-off series Angel (1999) for two years and has had several small roles in various film productions. She also had a small, but memorable, role playing a receptionist in the movie As Good as It Gets (1997).
Even after her role on Angel (1999) wrapped up, Benz continued to find work on television in playing many guest staring roles in numerous popular TV shows from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), to Supernatural (2005), to playing the lead and supporting roles in various made-for-TV movies. Most recently, she landed another notable role on the TV-cable series Dexter (2006) playing Rita, a troubled divorc�e and lover of the title character played by 'Michael C. Hall'.
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- Her favorite vacation spot is Tuscany.
- She is the girlfriend of the Vice President of Marketing for Warner Bros. Television Rich Orosco (2008).
- Has a dog called Bamboo.
- Her favorite charities are Lupus LA and U.S. Campaign for Burma.
- She dyed her natural blonde hair to brunette for the film _Punisher: War Zone (2008)_ (qv).
- Was once ranked the number 12 ice skater in the United States. Julie has lost two roles to 'Sarah Michelle Gellar' (qv). The first was the role of Kendall Hart on _"All My Children" (1970)_ (qv). The second was the role of Buffy on TV's _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv).
- She was originally cast to play the character "Ellie Sparks" in the un-aired pilot of the TV show _"Glory Days" (2002)_ (qv).
- She collects antique things from every country she visits. Her favorite is a emerald ring she found in Knoxville, Tennessee.