The meaning of life... I think the meaning of life is, I think it's love.— Julie Benz
The most floundering Julie Benz quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
I think for me it was a natural transition to move full time into acting rather than figure skating.
I really didn't know who Dario [Argento] was.
I didn't know who Harvey Keitel was. It was a wonderful experience, though.
If you're offered something, you're not really sure exactly what is that they saw in you that they think is the character so it's a little scary, I feel.
I still have people coming up to me, and it was, what, six or seven years ago when that finale aired? And they tell me who they were watching with, what their emotional reaction was, and how they were devastated for weeks about [Rita's death in Dexter].
I only knew basic western trail riding. Nothing fancy.
I actually started, this year, doing some voiceovers. I did some radio spots, and some games.
It's funny, I get really nervous when I audition for voiceovers.
You really have to work hard and apply yourself and by applying yourself and working hard and being diligent, you can achieve success.
Um, and I'm also very proud of my work on George of the Jungle 2.
And I'm not very coordinated, either. Only on ice skates, not in real life.
There were a couple of years where I was skating and acting at the same time.
Oh, well, in Los Angeles everybody is an actor, or a producer, or a writer, or a director, or an agent, or... So everybody understands the hours.
I think Sarah Michelle Gellar has done some brilliant work as Buffy.
Cause at the end of the day, honestly, at the end of the day when you're in your death bed and that's it, I think it's the relationships you've had and the people that you've touched and the people that have touched you that matter.
I think [John Larroquette] did a great job.
I really do. And he's so wonderful and generous to work with.
[Dario Argento] would yell at you in Italian, and I'd have no idea what he was saying. I'd just go, "Okay!". But it was a really great experience [filming Two Evil Eyes ].
I had to do some emergency cram sessions with the dialogue coach on set [of the Punisher: War Zone]. But it was fun, because every actor on that movie had to do an accent, so we were all talking the whole time in our accents.
But I never worked with a northern horse before. They are very different from western horses.
I always say that No Ordinary Family was the show that should've been.
That movie [Jawbreaker] was so much fun to shoot.
We were all in our mid-20s at the time, playing high school students. Which was the point. It was the point of the film to hire older actors to play high school students. But we had a blast.
I read the script [Havenhurst] and I went to bed, but I woke up because somebody had knocked on my door. Or at least it seemed like somebody knocked on my door at, like, 4 in the morning.
When I first started I was always known as The Girl on the Sitcom with the Funny Voice.
I loved playing Darla.
It's really interesting - I wanted to become an actress when I was young because I wanted to do romantic comedy. And I did a lot of comedies very early on, but then my career took kind of a left turn with Joss Whedon, and I discovered that doing genre work is actually more interesting as an actor, because the given circumstances are more extreme. And it really is creatively more challenging.
That's a hard question, because I started skating when I was three, so I don't really remember life before it, and I don't know what it is like not to work hard at something.
I'd always thought that acting was, like, you had to work really hard, you had to change the way you walked, you talked, and all of that. But that's not acting. That's shmacting.
I was sad the show [Payne] only lasted one season.
It was a big undertaking. It'd be fun to revisit, but it'll probably never happen.
I would love to re-visit Darla. I miss her. I really do.
[John Larroquette] is very generous as the star of a show.
He always made sure that if we had a joke that didn't work or something, he'd fight for the other actors.
I remember they did all the makeup tests on me for Darla.
.. Sorry, for "the vampire." I was the test monkey for the vampire look, so I went through numerous variations of the prosthetics and camera tests before I actually got the job.
I just don't think [Payne] was the right time to do it, maybe.
It was timing, not so much that it was executed wrong.
I love doing sitcoms and I love performing in front of a live audience, so [Payne] was a really fun experience.
The hardest thing to do as an actor is to be simplistic, and to just be.
No one ever asks me about Breeze O'Rourke! I did the pilot for[Payne] right after Jawbreaker, or at least right around the same time, and it was an Americanized version of Fawlty Towers. That was the first time I worked with John Larroquette, and it was definitely not the last time.
[Two Evil Eyes] was shot in Pittsburgh, and that's where I was born and raised, so it was really nice to be a part of Pittsburgh film culture.
Playing Amanda [in Defiance] was a wonderful opportunity for me.
She was strong, dynamic, a complete badass, not defined her relationship with a man. She could hold her own. I really loved her.
I remember Gale Gordon was in the pilot [of Hi Honey, I'm Home], and it was one of my very first professional gigs without having an adult take me to the job.
To us marriage is first, everything else is second.
[Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt] pushed me out of my comfort zone [in Buffy The Vampire Slayer ].
Having just read the script [Havenhurst] and then add having seen a ghost, I went to Andrew [Erin], and I was, like, "Okay, I have to do this movie. I just have to! I don't know why, but I just have to do it." And I ended up getting the role.
I love the fans of genre. Genre fans are the best fans. They're loyal, they're dedicated, and they're passionate about the projects. They get it on a cerebral level. Being a part of that culture and that world... It's very gratifying and very fulfilling.
Darla [from Buffy The Vampire Slayer] was where I grew up.
For me, Darla was like going to graduate school for acting. I learned so much with Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt. They encouraged us to make creative choices with our characters.
I originally read for the roles of Debra and Rita [in Dexter], because they didn't know what direction they were going in, and I worked so hard on Deb, because I just wanted to swear. I wanted to say all those nasty words. That was it: "I want to swear on television!".
I was 18 years old when I did the pilot [of Hi Honey, I'm Home], so I was a freshman at NYU, and it was one of my first professional auditions in New York City. And I somehow booked the job. I have no idea how.
I remember reading an interview that Anthony Hopkins had given about how he developed Hannibal Lecter. He said he just looked in the mirror and, I forget exactly what it was, but he looked in the mirror and realized that when he smiled, it looked creepy.
So it's nice to know that Rita had that impact, and it was nice to end a character on a high note like that. But, again, in the moment... I always say, nobody was more devastated than me [from Rita's death in Dexter]!
Working with Dario [Argento] was a lot of fun.
He's a larger-than-life character, and with an Italian accent.
As an actor, it made me realize a really important lesson.
I didn't have to put any spin on the ball as Rita [in Dexter]. All I had to do was speak. And there was such simplicity in that as an actor. With Debra, I was trying to put a square peg into a round hole, and it just didn't work, but in my mind, because I had to work so hard on it, I was, like, "Oh, this is acting!" But that's not acting.
That was one of the reasons I took the role [of Mayor Amanda Rosewater in Defiance] - to be a part of something groundbreaking interested me.