Whatever Happened To Eliza Dushku From 'Bring It On'?

Cheer before Cheer.

I’m calling it: the 2000 flick Bring It On is one of the best movies I’ve seen in the last few decades. It’s sassy, it’s dramatic, it’s fun, and it was everything we imagined competitive highschool cheerleading to be and more.

Having binge watched the Netflix documentary series Cheer, I now know that Bring It On isn’t all that accurate after all. However, it did star many of our fave noughties stars including Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, Jesse Bradford and how could we possibly forget Eliza Dushku!?

The majority of the Bring It On cast have gone on to star in major films and TV shows, but I personally haven’t heard much from Dushku – who played the tough new girl and the Toro’s most skilled gymnast, Missy Patone in the film.

So whatever happened to the Bring It On cheerleader with attitude to boot?

Eliza Dushku started acting in films when she was just 13 years old alongside big names like Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold Schwarzenegger. From 1998-2003, Dushku starred in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, before landing the role of Missy Patone in 2000’s Bring It On.

Dushku encountered her next big role on The CW show Dollhouse which ran for two seasons from 2009-2010 and later voiced the characters on various series and video games. In 2017, Dushku revealed she was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.  

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In 2018, Eliza Dushku revealed that she had been molested by stunt coordinator Joel Kramer when she was 12 years old on the set of True Lies. Kramer denied the accusations.

True Lies.

In 2019, she received a $9.5M settlement from CBS after she was fired from the TV series Bull when she accused co-star Michael Weatherly of inappropriate behaviour. 


Late last year, Eliza Dushku welcomed her first child with husband Peter Palandihan. The now 39-year-old continues to act as CEO and founder of her company Boston Diva productions and serves on the board of directors of the THRIVEGulu organisation dedicated to survivors of war.

Eliza Dushku has encountered her fair share of ups and downs over the years, but has had an incredible career spanning over 25 years. BRB while I go back and watch Bring It On for the 50th time. 

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The 'To All The Boys' Sequel Did What Festival Lineups Failed To Do

Fans are already obsessed.

If you frothed over To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before as hard as I did, you’re going to want to stock up on tissues because the sequel, To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You has just dropped on Netflix.

The film picks up where it left off with Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky continuing their relationship. However, a spanner is thrown into the works when she is reunited with John Ambrose, another recipient of one of her letters.

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The To All The Boys sequel is already receiving lots of love on social media and has even racked up a score of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes after just one day of release. 

Apart from drawing audiences in by reflecting the often awkward and uncomfortable moments of dating during highschool, the TATBILB franchise is also making an effort to improve representation and gender equality in film and TV. 

The film’s soundtrack, which is already receiving plenty of praise online, heavily features female artists including MARINA, BLACKPINK, Gordi, Tegan and Sara, Anna of the North, Nina Nesbitt, Sasha Sloan and Charlotte Lawrence and more.

It’s a similar story for The Bold Type, a TV series that only use artists that identify as woman or non-binary on its soundtrack.

These decisions to create more gender equality in the music that underpins our favourite TV shows and movies couldn’t have come at a better time. This week, fans took to social media to highlight the lack of female artists on the 2020 Reading and Leeds Festival lineup

Out of the 92 names billed on the poster, only 20 are women. The Instagram account @lineupswithoutmales has also highlighted the lack of female representation in festival lineups, even here in Australia.

Gender equality isn’t the only cause TATBILB has been fighting for. It is also hailed as the first mainstream teen romance to feature an Asian-American lead. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lana Condor – who plays Lara Jean in the film – said, “As a young girl, I never got to see a Cinderella moment where the girl looked like me.”

“This is the most important part of the story for me is being able to represent our community. It’s creating a space for Asian-Americans to tell their story and have a moment.” In another interview with Variety, she also acknowledged that the industry still has a long way to go, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

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Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ Has So Many Stars It’s Basically The Milky Way

The trailer just dropped.

The first official trailer for Wes Anderson’s new film The French Dispatch has just dropped and fans are already blown away by its star-studded cast.

According to IMDb, the film is a “love letter to journalists” and is “set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in ‘The French Dispatch’ magazine.”

It sounds like a classic Wes Anderson tale, but the most exciting thing about The French Dispatch has to be the celebrity lineup. The film stars Saoirse Ronane, Timothee Chalamet, Elisabeth Moss, Léa Seydoux, Cecile de France, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Willen Dafoe, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Liev Schreiber, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Rupert Friend and Benicio Del Toro. 

That’s a lot of star power in one film.

Many of the famous faces in The French Dispatch have previously appeared in Wes Anderson films. Tilda Swinton and Edward Norton have appeared in three of his films, including Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs, Willem Dafoe has been in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Grand Budapest Hotel and Adrien Brody was in The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

However, it’s Owen Wilson and Bill Murray who have proven themselves true Wes Anderson muses. Wilson has starred in seven Anderson films and Murray has been in eight of them.

It’s exciting to see next generation stars like Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet continue to make their mark on the idiosyncratic and detailed world of Wes Anderson – and it’s equally-as-comforting to see his favourites return for what I’m sure will be another hit.

The French Dispatch hits cinemas in Australia later this year, which gives us just enough time to re-watch Wes Anderson’s other classics.

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