Current project: Playing the love interest of a closet serial killer in “Dexter,” the Showtime hit also seen on CBS.
She’s reading: “The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists,” by Neil Strauss.
It’s about: True story of a writer who spends two years undercover perfecting the art of picking up women – and discovers along the way that suave one-liners are no match for real conversation.
What Benz says: “Basically, it starts out with all these guys, they’re kind of run-of-the-mill, average guys, and they’re not good-looking. They really want to learn how to meet women. But then the more that you read it, the more you go wow, it’s kind of a sad, depressing story. Their goal just becomes how many women they can pick up, and not about having any type of connection. It really becomes a game. They get lost in it. Their work suffers. Their life suffers.”
On the upside: “Now, no one will be able to pick me up, because I know the game.”
Julie Benz, who co-stars in the upcoming sequel film Punisher: War Zone, told SCI FI Wire that she plays the wife of an FBI agent who is murdered.
“The bad guys are after her, and the Punisher tries to save her,” Benz said in an interview. “She’s a single mother now, who lives with a young daughter. And she’s definitely tougher than Sarah [Benz’s missionary character in Rambo]. She’s got some guts to her.”
In War Zone, Benz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter) plays Angela opposite Rome‘s Ray Stevenson, who play Frank Castle/the Punisher. The film also stars The Wire‘s Dominic West as Jigsaw, Doug Hutchison as Looney Bin Jim and Dash Mihok as Detective Soap.
“It’s directed by Lexi Alexander [Hooligans],” Benz said. “It’s one of the first times I’ve gotten to work with a female director. I was very excited about that. Also, for me, I get to do my first accent. I’m doing a New York accent.”
War Zone also marks Benz’s first comic-book movie (like its predecessor films, War Zone is based on the Marvel Comics franchise).
“To be a part of a comic-book movie was very exciting,” Benz said. “And it’s also headed up by Ray Stevenson and Dominic West, who are both actors whose work I’ve admired.”