Jul. 24th, 1981
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Summer Glau's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2005 - Serenity
2004 - Sleepover
Guest TV Roles
Nurse Emily Kovach
Glau was born in San Antonio, Texas, where she grew up with her two younger sisters (Kaitlin and Christie). She is of Scots-Irish and German descent. Her mother is a school teacher and her father a general contractor.
Glau received a scholarship to a ballet company and was home-schooled from grades 3 to 12 to accommodate her ballet training. Glau was classically trained as a ballet dancer and also studied tango and flamenco. After a broken toe ended her dancing career, Glau later moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue a more active acting career.
Glau's first television credit was a guest role as a ballerina on the 2002 episode "Waiting in the Wings" of the television series Angel. There she caught the eye of director Joss Whedon, who later cast her in his critically acclaimed but short-lived TV series Firefly as River Tam, a role she reprised for the show's feature film sequel, Serenity. Glau previously auditioned for the role as a Power Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force before meeting Joss Whedon.
Glau appeared on the episode "Love Conquers Al" of the TV series Cold Case. She had a small role in the film Sleepover, in which she played a high school senior named Shelly. She also appeared in the CSI episode "What's Eating Gilbert Grissom?", and the second season of The Unit; portraying Crystal Burns, the girlfriend of Jeremy Erhart.
In 2006, Glau played Tess Doerner, a paranoid schizophrenic returnee in the second season premiere of The 4400 episode "Wake-Up Call", and became a recurring character from season 3 onwards. She also starred in the science fiction film Mammoth. Glau was cast in the ABC Family TV movie The Initiation of Sarah.
In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a series that debuted January 13, 2008, Glau played the role of Cameron Phillips, a Terminator infiltration unit sent back to protect John Connor and Sarah Connor from Skynet. The seventh episode of the series, "The Demon Hand", included several scenes in which Glau (in character as Cameron) dances ballet. Glau also guest starred as herself in the 2009 episode "The Terminator Decoupling" from the second season of the CBS situation comedy The Big Bang Theory.
On August 26, 2009, it was confirmed after much speculation that Glau would be joining the cast of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse for at least two episodes in the early part of the show's second season. She portrayed Bennett, the programmer for a rival Dollhouse.
On March 12, 2010, it was announced that she would be joining the cast of NBC's The Cape in a leading role. In June 2010 she was confirmed as the female lead in the horror comedy film Knights of Badassdom.
On July 11, 2011, Glau is cast as Skylar Adams, a recurring alpha and mother to Zoe Adams, and a former acquaintance of Dr. Rosen and Nina.
Glau voiced Kara Zor-El in the DC Comics original animated movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.
She has been involved in a number of charities, such as B.C. Women's Hospital & Health Centre Glau is an animal lover and has shown support to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, where she hand-painted a decorative pet bowl that was later sold on eBay to raise funds.
Glau became a vegetarian in 1995, but, in 2005 she stated that " by the end of shooting Serenity I was eating steaks". Glau has trained in multiple forms of martial arts, including kung fu and kickboxing.
- Summer appeared at the Armageddon Pulp Expo in Auckland, New Zealand in October 2006.
- She had not actually seen the Terminator movies, before being cast in _"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (2008)_ (qv).
- She loves to watch cooking shows.
- Auditioned for the role of "Kitty Pryde" in _X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)_ (qv) and had even asked 'Joss Whedon' (qv) (who was writing Marvel's Astonishing X-Men comic book at the time and whose ideas contributed to the plot of _X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)_ (qv)) for assistance in preparing for the part. Ultimately, the role went to 'Ellen Page' (qv).
- She is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
- Ranked #8 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list (March 2008).
- Her favorite television show is _"Brothers & Sisters" (2006)_ (qv).