The second part of my Dollhouse interviews was with Eliza Dushku, who plays Echo, one of the dolls, or Actives. She played Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Tru on Tru Calling, as well as many other shows and movies. Here’s what Eliza had to say about the new show! (There are a few spoilers, so beware! Nothing major, though!)
In the first 3 episodes, Echo has an asthma attack, is hunted by a client and is wiped in the middle of a mission. Can anything else go wrong?
“Anything and everything at any given time [going wrong] is sort of the point, I think. We’re dealing in real situations and that’s why we have our handlers there, to hopefully protect us from the bad, but yes; each show I think that sort of thing is going to go down because it’s obviously not a perfect system and it’s not a perfect world.
[Later on in the season] I enter a cult of the blind cultess and they send me in with cameras implanted into my eyes and some things go down there. I can tell you that there’s upcoming contact with Agent Paul Ballard, who is Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica), and there is going to be some charged stuff in those episodes.
[As for the interaction between the dolls], the dolls are starting to have these memories and develop these little flickers of self awareness and recognize one another and remember things from engagements. Of course, that’s considered a glitch in the Dollhouse system and that’s where all hell breaks loose. That’s kind of where the show expands and that’s where it gets interesting to me.”