Benz in the driver’s seat again

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JULIE Benz ( Dex­ter, pic­tured with Gra­ham Greene and Grant Bowler) re­turns to her genre roots in pay-TV SF chan­nel’s De­fi­ance, be­ing fast-tracked to Aus­tralia from the US. The former star of Buffy The Vam­pire Slayer and An­gel plays the mayor of De­fi­ance, which sits atop the ru­ins of St Louis in the near fu­ture. Benz was drawn to the De­fi­ance script be­cause of its strong fe­male characters. ‘‘They’re all forces of their own,’’ she says. ‘‘You don’t see that very of­ten.’’ She says strong fe­male characters are more of­ten found in fan­tasy and sci-fi than in main­stream drama, which is why she’s of­ten drawn to such projects. ‘‘It gives an op­por­tu­nity for women to be more bad-ass in many ways,’’ she says. ‘‘I was spoiled early work­ing with Joss Whe­don on Buffy and An­gel and play­ing Darla. Ev­ery day I had to make some fan­tas­ti­cal el­e­ment be­liev­able.’’ Even so, Benz is re­lieved to play one of the hu­mans on De­fi­ance, if only for the rel­a­tively brief time she has to spend get­ting into make-up. ‘‘I’ve had my fair share of pros­thetic work in my life­time. You reach an age where you’re ‘you guys can do that’,’’ she says, ges­tur­ing to her co-stars. ‘‘I’m per­fectly happy show­ing up for my hour hair and make-up call.’’

– ROB OWEN De­fi­ance: Thurs­days, 9.30pm, SF chan­nel.

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