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Eliza Dushku, citizen of the world

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It's hard to slow Eliza Dushku down. At 28, the actress reckons she's been to 30 countries, including, most recently, a trip to Uganda to meet with former child soldiers attempting to reintegrate themselves into society. But even when she's sitting still, as she was yesterday with boyfriend Rick Fox at the Capital Coffee House on Beacon Hill, Dushku's mind is elsewhere. "I'm wearing my green today," said the "Dollhouse" star, showing solidarity for Iran's Green Revolution. "It's a bra, but that's OK." Dushku, who grew up in Watertown, has been in town shooting "Valediction," a psychological thriller in which she plays a temptress. (The target of her affection? A married man played by "Chronicles of Narnia" actor Ben Barnes.) "On paper, it's 'Fatal Attraction' and 'Black Widow,'" she said. "But when we shot it, Ben's character was more redeeming." Dushku is returning to LA today to begin work on season two of Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse," and to get cracking on a biopic of famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Her company Boston Diva Productions is producing, and the actress's brother Nate is set to star. "We're working with the Mapplethorpe estate and Patti Smith is interested," said Dushku. (It'll be the first feature from "DiG!" director Ondi Timoner, whose most recent film "We Live in Public" bowled over the actress and her baller boyfriend.) Is Eliza intimidated to be producing? "I've been in this business now for 18 years, I've taken some notes," she said. "I can't settle for showing up and looking pretty." We may see her again soon: She just read for the part of a tough-talking Charlestown chick in "The Town."

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