Julie is best-known for her lead actress role on Showtime’s 2-time Golden Globe (2009, 2010), 2-time Screen Actors Guild (2009, 2010) and 3-time Emmy-nominated (2008, 2009, 2010) series “DEXTER” as the title character’s beloved wife “Rita Bennett.” Benz won a 2006 Golden Satellite Award for “Best Supporting TV Actress.” “Dexter’s” cult following continues as Showtime just wrapped season five of the infectious series.
Benz then joined ABC’s smash hit “DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES” for a multi-episode arc as Robin, a stripper with a heart of gold and a Masters degree in education. When Susan (Teri Hatcher) offers Robin her the chance to transition into a more legitimate career, she jumps at it and ends up having a love affair with Wisteria Lane regular Katherine (Dana Delany).
From 2010-2011 Benz starred in ABC’s fan favorite “NO ORDINARY FAMILY” co-starring Michael Chiklis from FX’s “THE SHIELD”. The series centered on a seemingly normal American family who one day finds that they have developed superabilities. Benz played Chiklis’ wife, a scientist who develops a power for superspeed.
Benz also starred in cult-classics such as “BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER,” “ANGEL,” and “ROSWELL,” and Steven Spielberg produced alien abduction miniseries, “TAKEN”, and has never been one to shy away from the challenging roles. She also made several special guest appearances on hit TV shows such as “SUPERNATURAL,” “CSI” and “LAW AND ORDER”.
On the big screen, she continued her streak as “Eunice Bloom,” reuniting herself with the original cast playing the only female lead in the highly-anticipated sequel to the cult-classic “BOONDOCK SAINTS”, “BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY”. She starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in 2008’s most-gruesome action film, “RAMBO IV”, and darkened her hair to play the vengeful blue-collar wife of a murdered cop in “THE PUNISHER: WAR ZONE”. Though her rise as a cult-favorite heroine has won the hearts of many thrill-seekers, don’t forget to add her to one of the most successful chillers in the “SAW” series, “SAW 5” as one of JigSaw’s latest victims. Benz also had a great turn with Jack Nicholson in “AS GOOD AS IT GETS” and starred with Rose McGowan, Pam Grier, Judy Greer and Rebecca Gayheart in the cult hit “JAWBREAKER”.