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Summer Lyn Glau (/ˈɡlaʊ/; born July 24, 1981) is an American actress best known for her roles in science fiction and fantasy television series; as River Tam in Firefly (2002) and its continuation film Serenity (2005), as Tess Doerner in The 4400 (2005–2007), as Cameron / Allison Young in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008–2009), as Bennett Halverson in Dollhouse (2009–2010), as Skylar Adams in Alphas (2011–2012) and as Isabel Rochev / Ravager in Arrow (2013–2014).

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television Series

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Glau was born in San Antonio, Texas, where she grew up with her two younger sisters Kaitlin and Christie. She is of Scots-Irish and German ancestry.[1] Her mother is a schoolteacher, and her father a general contractor.[2] Glau received a scholarship to a ballet company and was homeschooled from grades 3 to 12 to accommodate her ballet training.[3] Glau was classically trained as a ballet dancer and studied tango and flamenco. After a broken toe ended her dancing career,[3] Glau moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue an acting career. Career[edit]

Glau at CollectorMania 2007

Glau's first television credit was a guest role as a ballerina on the 2002 episode "Waiting in the Wings" of the television series Angel. There she caught the eye of director Joss Whedon, who later cast her in his critically acclaimed but short-lived TV series Firefly as River Tam, a role she reprised for the show's feature film sequel, Serenity. Glau previously auditioned for the role of a Power Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force before meeting Whedon.[4] Glau appeared on the episode "Love Conquers Al" of the TV series Cold Case. She had a small role in the film Sleepover, in which she played a high school senior named Shelly. She also appeared in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "What's Eating Gilbert Grissom?", and the second season of The Unit, portraying Crystal Burns, the girlfriend of Jeremy Erhart. In 2006, Glau played Tess Doerner, a paranoid schizophrenic returnee in the second-season premiere of The 4400 (episode "Wake-Up Call"), and became a recurring character from season 3 onwards. She also starred in the horror comedy film Mammoth. Glau was cast in the ABC Family TV movie The Initiation of Sarah. In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a series that debuted January 13, 2008, Glau played the role of Cameron Phillips, a Terminator infiltration unit sent back to protect John Connor and Sarah Connor from Skynet.[5] The seventh episode of the series, "The Demon Hand", included several scenes in which Glau (in character as Cameron) dances ballet and in the same series, Glau also played the human doppelganger of Cameron, Allison Young appearing in two episodes: "Allison from Palmdale" and "Born to Run". Glau also guest starred as herself in the 2009 episode "The Terminator Decoupling" from the second season of the CBS situation comedy The Big Bang Theory.[6] On August 26, 2009, it was confirmed after much speculation that Glau would be joining the cast of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse for at least two episodes in the early part of the show's second season. She portrayed Bennett, the programmer for a rival Dollhouse.[7] On March 12, 2010, it was announced that she would be joining the cast of NBC's The Cape in a leading role.[8] In June 2010, she was confirmed as the female lead in the horror comedy film Knights of Badassdom.[9] On July 11, 2011, Glau was cast on Alphas as Skylar Adams, a recurring alpha and mother to Zoe Adams, and a former acquaintance of Dr. Rosen and Nina.[10] Glau voiced Kara Zor-El in the DC Comics original animated movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.[11] Personal life[edit] Glau has been involved in a number of charities, such as B.C. Women's Hospital & Health Centre[12] Glau is an animal lover and has shown support to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles,[13] where she hand-painted a decorative pet bowl that was later sold on eBay to raise funds.[14] Glau has trained in multiple forms of martial arts, including kung fu and kickboxing.[14][15][16] Glau is married to actor Val Morrison. In January 2015, Glau gave birth to a girl, Milena Jo.[17] She gave birth to her second daughter in October 2017, Sunny Isabou.[18] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2004 Sleepover Ticket girl

2005 Serenity River Tam

2006 Mammoth Jack Abernathy Television film (Syfy)

Initiation of Sarah, TheThe Initiation of Sarah Lindsey Goodwin Television film (ABC Family)

2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Kara Zor-El/Supergirl (voice) Direct-to-video

Deadly Honeymoon Lindsey Ross Forrest Television film (Lifetime Movies)

2011 Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy, TheThe Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Maggie Moon

2012 Help for the Holidays Christine Prancer Television film (Hallmark)

2013 Inside the Box Sophie Short film

Knights of Badassdom[19] Gwen

2015 Dead End Franck's wife & Fugitive Short film

Television Series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2002 Angel Prima Ballerina Episode: "Waiting in the Wings"

2002–2003 Firefly River Tam 14 episodes

2003 Cold Case Paige Pratt Episode: "Love Conquers Al"

2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mandy Cooper Episode: "What's Eating Gilbert Grissom?"

2005–2007 4400, TheThe 4400 Tess Doerner 8 episodes

2006–2007 Unit, TheThe Unit Crystal Burns 7 episodes

2008–2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Cameron / Allison Young 31 episodes (as Cameron), 2 episodes (as Allison Young)

2009 Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory Herself Episode: "The Terminator Decoupling"

2009–2010 Dollhouse Bennett Halverson 4 episodes

2010 Chuck Greta Episode: "Chuck Versus the Fear of Death"

2011 Cape, TheThe Cape Jamie Fleming / Orwell 10 episodes

2011–2012 Alphas Skylar Adams 4 episodes

2012 Grey's Anatomy Nurse Emily Kovach 2 episodes

Scent of the Missing Sedona Pilot

2013 Hawaii Five-0 Maggie Hoapili Episode: "Kekoa"

2013[20] NTSF:SD:SUV:: Olivia Frampton Episode: "Comic-Con Air"

2013–2014 Arrow[21] Isabel Rochev / Ravager 9 episodes

2014 Peter Panzerfaust[22] Wendy (voice)

Sequestered Anna Brandt 12 episodes

2016 Castle Kendall Frost Episode: "The G.D.S."

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Production Result

2005 SFX Award Best Actress Serenity Won

2006 SyFy Genre Awards Best Actress/Movie Serenity Nominated[23]

Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress Serenity Won[24]

2008 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Won (tied with Elizabeth Mitchell)[25]

Scream Award Best Actress in a Science Fiction Movie or TV Show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Nominated[26]

Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Action Adventure Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Nominated

Teen Choice Award Choice TV Breakout Female Star Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Nominated

2009 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Nominated

Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Action Adventure Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Nominated

References[edit]

^ "Summer Glau – About her career – Summer-glau.net Interview". whedon.info. April 16, 2007. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ "Summer Glau Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ a b Robinson, Tasha (February 24, 2008). "Summer Glau Interview". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ Huvane, Chris. "Hot Summer". GQ. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ Goldman, Eric (February 8, 2007). "Serenity Comes to Sarah Connor". IGN. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ Johnston, Rich (June 11, 2010). "SCOOP! Summer Glau Plays A LARPer In Joe Lynch's Knights Of Badassdom". Bleedingcool.com. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ "Official - Summer Glau joins Dollhouse season two!". Archived from the original on August 30, 2009. Retrieved 2013-07-08. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ Porter, Rick (March 12, 2010). "Summer Glau joins NBC's 'The Cape'". Zap2it. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ "'Terminator' Hottie Summer Glau Battles Heavy Metal Demons in 'Knights of Badassdom'!". Bloody-disgusting.com. June 11, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ "Alphas – 1×07 – Catch and Release". summer-glau.net. August 2, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2011.  ^ Sands, Rich (June 28, 2010). "First Look: Summer Glau Takes Off As Supergirl". TV Guide. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ "Online Auction – Bears that Care". Archived from the original on March 10, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-31. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ "Supported Causes". summer-glau.net. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ a b "Dance of the telepathic space assassin". Daily Telegraph. London. October 1, 2005. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Summer Glau Talks About "Serenity"". About.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. CS1 maint: Unfit url (link) ^ "Summer Glau: Serenity's psychic reveals all". Empire. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ Vanne, Chris D. (January 26, 2015). "Summer and Val Welcome Baby Girl! Congrats to the New Parents!". summer-glau.com.  ^ Vanne, Chris D. (October 30, 2017). "Summer and Val welcome their second child". summer-glau.com.  ^ "Movie held hostage: 'Knights of Badassdom'". Archived from the original on March 24, 2013. Retrieved 2012-09-08. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ "NTSF:SD:SUV – 3.01 Sneak Peek And Synopsis". summer-glau.net. July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.  ^ Ng, Philiana (July 10, 2013). "'Arrow' Recruits Summer Glau for Major Season 2 Role". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 10, 2013.  ^ "PETER PANZERFAUST IS ON THE MOVE". Archived from the original on April 30, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-01. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ "Firefly, Harry Potter Sweep Genre Awards". Airlock Alpha. October 1, 2006. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ "Past Saturn Awards: Film Awards: Best Supporting Actress". Saturn Awards. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ "Past Saturn Awards: Television Awards: Best Supporting Actress". Saturn Awards. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2013.  ^ "Scream Awards 2008 Nominees". movieguys.org. October 15, 2008. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 

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Awards for Summer Glau

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Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress

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Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television

Justina Vail (1999) Jeri Ryan (2000) Jolene Blalock (2001) Alyson Hannigan (2002) Amy Acker (2003) Amanda Tapping (2004) Katee Sackhoff (2005) Hayden Panettiere (2006) Summer Glau / Elizabeth Mitchell (2007) Jennifer Carpenter (2008) Julie Benz (2009) Lucy Lawless (2010) Michelle Forbes (2011) Laurie Holden (2012) Melissa McBride (2013) Melissa McBride (2014) Danai Gurira (2015) Candice Patton (2016)

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