Date of Birth : May 1st 1972
She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her partner David Schilling, coming in 13th. Her older brother and sister, Jeffrey and Jennifer, were the 1987 U.S. Junior Champions in ice dancing and competed internationally. When Julie was 14, she had a bad stress fracture and had to take time off. Her ice skating career over, Julie turned to acting and got involved in the local theater where she got a role as an extra in the movie Street Law. Her first speaking movie part was a small role in the Black Cat episode in the Dario Argento/George Romero co-direction horror flick, Due occhi diabolici (1990) playing alongside ‘Harvey Kietel’ . A year later she got a role on a TV show called “Hi Honey, I’m Home” (1991). After graduating from high school, Julie entered New York University to study acting there. After graduation, Julie moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her career and landed some small roles in movies and TV including a guest appearance on “Married… with Children” (1987) and in the Aaron Spelling TV pilot “Cross Town Traffic”.
In early 1997, Julie auditioned for the role of Buffy in the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997), but lost out to Sarah Michelle Gellar. However, she was offered a small role as a vampire girl in which she did such a good job that her part was expanded to a few more episodes in playing the vamp Darla. With that, Julie Benz’s career had finally taken off. She also had a small, but memorable, role playing a receptionist in the movie As Good As It Gets (1997).