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Creator: Summer Glau

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Summer Glau is a classically trained ballerina who broke into acting in 2002 with a guest spot on Angel (playing a ballerina). Her career has primarily been composed of active women and damaged girls in science fiction and fantasy series.

Her first role (the aforementioned Angel guest spot) got a standing ovation from the cast and crew after recording her single scene of dialogue, and critical reviews for her performance as River Tam and Cameron have been overwhelmingly positive. However, she has yet to get much mainstream recognition as her roles have largely been reserved to TV shows and films that failed to perform on the business end.

Now with her own wiki.

Tropes commonly associated with Summer Glau.

  • Brainy Brunette: Quite a few of Summer's characters have above-average intelligence, such as River, Bennett, Orwell, Skylar, and even Cameron.
  • The Cast Showoff: Expect her to do a few ballet steps in any show she is in.
  • Ceiling Cling: Done without any special effects.
  • Dance Battler: Literally. She is a classically trained ballerina.
  • Dawson Casting: Summer has frequently been cast as characters who are either teenagers or supposed to be teenagers. She is in her thirties, but can pull off the teenage appearance with almost unnerving ease.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Summer has tendonitis in her heels and arthritis in her toesnote , so shoes actually are painful for her to wear. She has said that boots, specifically cowboy boots, are more comfortable for her.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    I have a scar on my face from when I was shooting. I was at a shooting range and a shell flew back and burned my face, so [director] David Nutter let it show all through the pilot [of The Sarah Connor Chronicles], and if you watch you can see it all through the episode. I thought that was great because she is supposed to be human[-like]. — from IF Magazine.
  • Mean Character Nice Actor: Despite playing killer robots, psychopaths, and other assorted crazy characters, she is frequently described as one of the nicest people in Hollywood.
  • Older Than They Look: She's 33, but you'd be forgiven for believing she was at best in her early 20s.
  • Old Shame: Her first acting roles were in some commercials from the late 90s/early 00s. However, these commercials were for specific affiliates in Texas and California, promoting local businesses, thus it's very hard for anyone to find copies of these commercials. Summer has said herself, "This is a good thing."
  • One of Us: Summer is a big fan of science fiction movies, and is also a DC Comics fan.
  • Phrase Catcher: After an infamous incident of Summer screwing up her lines during the filming of Firefly, the other cast members - most notably Nathan Fillion - took to yelling her name as an expletive whenever anything went wrong. Nathan is rumored to have taken the tradition on to his succeeding shows including Drive and Castle.
  • Waif-Fu: Her "River Tam beats up everyone" scenes from Serenity are almost as well-known as the movie itself. Despite her tiny frame, Summer Glau is pretty well-trained in multiple martial arts disciplines. When called on to convincingly beat up people several times her size (like in the aforementioned scene) she requires No Stunt Double.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Before she met up with Joss Whedon, she was almost a Power Ranger, saying she was the second choice for Power Rangers Wild Force note 
    • She also tried out for the role of Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand. For her audition, she recited a scene Joss Whedon wrote for Kitty during his run on Astonishing X-Men.

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Alternative Title(s):

Everything Is Better With Summer Glau

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