Julie M. Benz is an American actress. A former figure skater, she competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her skating partner David Schilling, and finished in 13th place. When a stress fracture ended her skating career at age fourteen, she decided to try acting. She is best known for her role as Darla in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and as Amanda Rosewater on Defiance. She played Rita Morgan on DEXTER, for which she won the 2006 Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress and the 2009 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.