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.
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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