Julie Benz Bio: Age, Height, Movies, Net Worth
- Name: Julie Benz
- Year of Birth: 1972
- Occupation: Actress
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: White
Julie Benz is an American actress who rose to fame for playing Darla in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.”
She is also known as Rita Bennett on the television series “Dexter,” which earned her a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 and the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009.
Julie Benz age
Julie Marie Benz was born May 1, 1972, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the U.S., to a surgeon father, George Benz, and a figure skater mother, Joanna Marie.
Julie grew up in Murrysville, where she attended and graduated from Franklin Regional High School.
Like her mother, she soon began ice skating and competed in the U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her skating partner David Schilling in 1988.
The pair, however, finished in 13th place. Due to a stress fracture in her right leg, Julie had to take time off ice skating at 14.
As a teenager, Julie was often told by an acting coach that she would never succeed.
According to the actress, this motivated her to be better, proving the acting coach wrong.
After graduating high school in 1990, she was accepted into New York University, where she studied acting and graduated in 1993.
Immediately after graduation, she moved to Los Angeles.
Julie Benz movies
After the end of her figure skating career in 1989, Julie became involved in a local theater where she participated in plays.
Although her film debut happened with a minor role in “The Black Cat,” she was later cast in the T.V. show “Hi Honey, I’m Home! In 1991.
A role soon followed this in an episode of “Married… with Children” subsequently, she was cast in Hang Time, High Tide, Step by Step, and Boy Meet World.
Julie was cast as herself in “Diagnosis: Murder,” where she acted as a top figure skater, showcasing her figure skating talent.
After that, she played Christy in the television film “Heart Adrift.”
She subsequently got her first lead role as Julie Falcon in “Darkdrive.”
In 1966, Julie auditioned for the role of Buffy Summers in the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” but ended up with the part of the vampire Darla, and her character was supposed to end in the pilot episode.
However, it got extended to a few more episodes. Her performance was well-received, which helped increase her career and popularity.
She was later guest-starred in “The Big Easy” and later in “Fame L.A.
In 1997, Julie had a role in the short spoof film “Eating Las Vegas,” the following year 1998, she landed a recurring role in the T.V. show “Ask Harriet,” portraying the role of Joplin Russell, followed by guest-starring on “Conrad Bloom” and “The King of Queens.”
That same year Julie also made films of her own, “Jawbreaker” and “Dirt Merchant.”
Subsequently, she landed a lead role as Payne in the T.V. sitcom “Fawlty Towers.”
In 2000, Julie reprised her role as Darla for the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off series “Angel” and took over the part of Ursula in “George of the Jungle 2.
She was also the lead character of “The Long Shot” and a voiced character in Miranda Keyes for the video game “Halo 2.
In 2005, she played Danielle in the film “Bad Girls from Valley High,” followed by a lead role in the Sci-Fi Channel original film “Locusts:
The 8th Plague”, she subsequently made appearances in Supernatural, CSI: Miami, Law & Order, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
In 2006, Julie was cast as the lead cast in the television film “Circle of Friends” and subsequently became a cast of the T.V. show “Dexter” as Rita Bennett.
She later made an appearance in the popular Saw horror franchise, Saw V, playing the lead role of Brit. In 2008, she co-starred in the fourth film of the series “Rambo.”
In 2009, Julie played the lead cast in “Kidnapping Caitlynn,” written by her friend Jenny Mollen.
That same year, she had a lead role in “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” as Special Agent Eunice.
It was soon followed by a recurring role on Desperate Housewives as Robin Gallagher.
Then, in 2010, ABC announced Julie as the lead cast, portraying Stephanie Powell in the drama “No Ordinary Family.”
Finally, in 2015, she landed a recurring role in the CBS series “Hawaii Five-O” as Abby Dunn.
Julie Benz husband
Julie Benz was married to actor John Kassir on May 30, 1998, and the couple got divorced in December 2007.
In 2011, the “Dexter” actress got engaged to Rich Orozco, dating in 2008.
In a Mexican-themed wedding in honor of Orozco’s root, they later exchanged their marriage vows on May 5, 2012, in Los Angeles, California.
Julie Benz is currently worth $6 million, this amount gotten from a successful acting career.
Did Julie Benz undergo plastic surgery?
Over the years, Julie Benz has faced scrutiny about her physical appearance.
There have been speculations that the actress underwent breast augmentation, laser surgery, Botox, and lip fillers.
However, these rumors have not been confirmed or dismissed by Julie.