Leap Year fans are in for a surprise—Eliza Dushku, star of acclaimed fan favorite series Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, Tru Calling and films like Bring It On and City by the Sea, is guest starring in on the upcoming second season.
Dushku will recur over three episodes as June Pepper, an eccentric computer hacker turned startup executive. “She manipulates, she steals things, she’s kind of an overall wack-a-doodle corporate espionage chick,” Dushku told Tubefilter in an exclusive interview on set.
Dushku joins guest stars Craig Bierko, Joshua Malina, Julie Warner, Steven Weber, and former Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star Emma Caulfield for Leap Year Season 2. “We hit the guest star jackpot hard this season,” said Executive Producer Wilson Cleveland, who also plays the role of Derek. “All were generous with their time and talent, all came to work, and all of them just nailed it.”
According to Cleveland, the part was practically written for Dushku: “June Pepper is such an interesting character—she’s got that funny je ne sais quirk,” he said. “Yuri and Vlad [Baranovsky] write so well, but she’s got a fairly epic dark side. Anyone familiar with Eliza’s work knows she excels at playing characters who can make you giggle right before she knocks your emotional (and physical) teeth out—and look fierce doing both.”
Like many forward thinkers in Hollywood, Dushku is attracted to the web “becuase that’s where more people are,” she told Tubefilter. “The internet has clearly exploded in the last few years—you can access whatever you want to watch on your iPhones or your Androids. It’s definitely more user friendly and instantly accessible, and there is really creative, cool stuff going on. You get to really play, to really explore, and to have creative license and freedom.”
Leap Year is produced by CJP Digital Media in association with Happy Little Guillotine (the outfit behind Streamys nom Break A Leg) for Hiscox and stars Yuri Baranovsky, Alexis Boozer, Wilson Cleveland, Daniela DiIorio, Drew Lanning, and Rachel Risen. Season 2 premieres June 18th on Hulu, YouTube, and Mashable.