Well, that's just not the case, says 29-year-old Stiles. UsMagazine.com reports she released the following statement on Thursday: "I have absolutely nothing to do with the split between Michael and Jennifer. We are good friends and enjoyed working together."
"This is a personal matter between them, and we should respect their privacy. Although I too prefer to keep my private life private, I felt compelled to dispel the rumors I was somehow the cause for this matter," she concluded.
Julia Stiles is one of those actresses, it seems, that divides people. Those of us who love her love her for her deep voice, her strange beauty (flat face and down-turning mouth) and her off-beat choices ('10 Things I Hate About You,' the 'Bourne' series, and now 'Dexter'). Those who don't like her point out -- rightly I suppose -- that she's monotone, odd-looking, and makes bad choices ('The Prince & Me,' 'Mona Lisa Smile').
Whatever you think of her, it's hard to imagine another actress who could deliver in the role of Lumen Pierce, Dexter's latest partner in crime. For one thing, she has experience playing the no-man's-land of emotional intimacy without physical intimacy.
In her role as Jason Bourne's girl Friday and as the untouchable Kat in '10 Things,' she has been a romantic lead where romance is off the menu. It's a key element to the developing relationship between Dexter and Lumen. Like Rita, she's recovering from trauma, but her trauma is fresh and horrifying -- sex is clearly even further from her mind than it was from Rita's on those early dates with Dex.
According to the release, Stiles will appear in 10 episodes, with an official premiere date yet to be announced.
'Dexter' season 5 returns in September.
As previously reported, the new season will also see the return of Julie Benz, whose character was killed in the season 4 finale. Benz is reportedly scheduled to appear in the premiere episode.
This will mark Stiles' first major gig on the small screen. She's perhaps best known for her roles in films like '10 Things I Hate About You' and the 'Bourne' trilogy.
Hot on the heels of news that Julie Benz (Rita Bennett Morgan) is coming back for the season 5 premiere, it's been announced that Julia Stiles ('The Bourne Ultimatum') may be joining the cast of 'Dexter'.
According to the Ausiello Files, sources close to the show have revealed that Stiles is in "advanced talks" to play a major role in the fifth season. What that role may be is under wraps for now, but it seems unlikely that she'll be playing a killer.
Referencing John Lithgow's turn as the Trinity Killer in season 4, executive producer Chip Johannessen said "We're not going to have a single Big Bad this season. We don't want to try and top John Lithgow, so we're going to change up the forces that Dexter's going to be dealing with."
But though Mol didn't exactly fade into obscurity (she earned kudos for her eye-opening turn in the indie 'The Notorious Bettie Page' and co-starred in ABC's short-lived 'Life on Mars'), neither did she become the huge success the industry predicted she would be. What happened? Was it luck, timing, bad choices or simply a case of too much hype? Whatever that case, Mol's casting got us thinking about other "Almost It" girls that Hollywood left behind about as quickly as it tried to make them mega-stars.
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