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Eliza Dushku Reveals Why She Never Got Her Own Buffy Spin-Off

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When Sarah Michelle Gellar hung up her stake seven years ago, there were a whirlwind of rumors about how the franchise might live on with out its blondie beauty.

The most intriguing of the rumors was that Eliza Dushku would reprise her role as the twisted sister slayer Faith in her own spin-off series. That never came to be and a lot of fans were pretty disappointed.

Now, Eliza explains why the show never happened in a new interview, blaming timing and her gut for the demise of the show. She reveals:

“After I finished the show, I’d withdrawn from school and followed up with a couple of films like "Bring It On", but I’d had such an awesome experience working with Joss I was ready to go down that road again. So I met with Joss and Tim Minear and spoke about the potential for a Faith spin-off. But Buffy had just gone on seven years and Joss was really straightforward: he couldn’t play the kind of day-to-day role he had on Buffy – he had his family. I love Tim Minear, I trust him wholeheartedly and it wasn’t that I felt without Joss it wasn’t right, but it was a contributing factor. On top of it, I had just played this character for almost five years, it felt like time to explore a different role. So I ended up making a decision that, though looking back I don’t regret, in hindsight maybe the talks could have continued a bit longer. It’s a question I’ve been asked a gazillion times: ‘Why’d you do Tru Calling and not the Faith spin-off?’ Thing is, even Joss was part of helping me make that decision. He said: ‘I think you have to follow your gut, which is trying something different, and we’ll stay friends so this isn’t goodbye, this is until next time.’”

Yeah, next time didn't work as well as you thought it might have. Should have stuck with doing a Faith spin-off. People would have really liked that.

Course, if someone could kick some sense into the Buffster and get a movie underway, we'd consider that an apology!

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22 comments to “Eliza Dushku Reveals Why She Never Got Her Own Buffy Spin-Off”

  1. 1

    GHETTO!!!! I would have LOVED a Faith Spin-off!!!! Although, Dollhouse WAS DANG AMAZING!!!!

    Joss is a genius, but the networks suck big time. Either way, SARAH NEEDS TO DO MOVIES AGAIN!!!!

    At least she'll be doing American Dad.

    But as for Eliza, she needs to do a lot more too! She's AMAZING!

  2. 2

    BUFFY MOVIE, BUFFY MOVIE, BUFFY MOVIE. Maybe it'll happen one day, but I doubt it. Knowing Hollywood, they'd recast all the characters…

  3. 3

    Who's Eliza Dushbag?

  4. 4

    A Faith spin off would have done quite well in comparison to "Tru Calling!" Faith was her best acting in my opinion. Surprisingly DollHouse was pretty good too.

  5. 5


    Best show ever, motherfuckers!
    I don't blame her for not doing a Faith spin-off but I must say, Buffy blows all these vamp damsels out of the water! Eric and Bill in True Blood? Already happened, folks, on BUFFY except unlike Sookie Buffy could kick the shit out of both of em.

  6. 6

    I LOVED Tru Calling!!!!!

  7. 7

    wouldve been canceled after one season anyway

  8. 8

    what did she do to her nose ? That looks awful.

  9. 9

    Man!~ Faith was my favorite non-scooby character! I would've loved a Faith spin off!! She could have had so many storylines like her underlying physchological habits- that could've been an entire seasons worth of material at LEAST. I could love a Buffy movie!! GOSH. She will always be Faith in my hand.


  10. 10

    Sarah and Eliza Dushku both crapped on their careers. They are both Hollywood horror stories.

    Thomas Chi
    Selling Sex in Hollywood by Holly Vegas

  11. 11

    I loved her on Buffy and Bring it on , she is gorgeous.

  12. 12

    Re: TheMainMan – I agree. Joss is AMAZING! Why is it that the networks rarely support/promote his shows that they deserve? So many of his shows have been cancelled early b/c nobody but his fans have know about them? What, are they using his shows to launder money or something (that was a joke)? For example, WTH happened to "Firefly?" That show was amazing! If Tim Burton Can make a career out of making odd movies and make a career out of making Helena Bonham Carter have a career, why can't anybody get clued into Joss Whedon?

  13. 13

    Re: Starflower11 – We could only hope. Actually, I think most of us WERE hoping. But the original cast is now too old, and I don't think Joss' fans would go for anything else. I also heard that 'they're' thinking of remaking the original movie- Just one of the many theories floating around out there but still, the movie would tank.

  14. 14

    ***I apologize for the multiple comments I will probably leave. I am stuck home recovering and I am bored as sin. Sorry for the drivel.***

  15. 15

    Re: Mad Dog – Why would you say such a nasty thing? If you don't know who she is, IMDB her.

  16. 16

    Re: maxsmom – I think it's just the lighting and the shot … she's always had a bit of an odd one.

  17. 17

    Re: Mad Dog – Oh, and if you're a fan of the movies, she's in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," w/ Ben Affleck & Matt Damon.

  18. 18

    Re: Pimadude – Good point! ANYONE FIGURE OUT WHAT THE HELL "FIVE BY FIVE" IS YET? My husband and I have a theory b/c she's a bit short; when people insinuate something like 'are you okay?' or what's up?' she says "Five by five." Meaning, she's still 5 feet 5 inches. Sort of like saying I still have all my fingers. Just a theory. I think they should make a bumber sticker that says "Five by Five" just to confuse the hell out of people!

  19. 19

    Eliza Doouche and her duds—anything she puts out are destined to fail!

  20. 20

    i would have watched a faith spin off but I've got to say I loved tru calling!

  21. 21

    What we need is a Third season of DOLLHOUSE!

  22. 22

    I did like Tru Calling but Fox sucks balls. Would love a Faith spinoff, and Eliza, honey, you didn't play Faith for 5 years straight. Talk to Sarah about hard work.