Julie Benz (born 1 May 1972) is an American actress. A former figure skater, she competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her skating partner David Schilling, and finished in 13th place. When a stress fracture ended her skating career at age fourteen, she decided to try acting. She is best known for her role as Darla in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and as Amanda Rosewater on Defiance.

She played Rita Morgan on DEXTER.

In response to her character being killed off, Julie Benz said the following:

I was shocked because I loved being a part of the show. I loved playing Rita. I loved working with the cast and the crew and the writers. So it was quite shocking but I got over the initial, "Oh my God, I just lost my job," you're able to see it from a storytelling standpoint. It was aggressive storytelling and it needed to be done in many ways.


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