Birth Name: Summer Lyn Glau
Date of birth: July 24th, 1981
Birth place: San Antonio, Texas
Star sign: Leo
Eye color: Brown
Family: She has two younger sisters: Christie and Kaitlin. Her father is a general contractor and her mother is a school teacher.
Education: Home schooled by her mother Mari from grades 3 to 12.
From an early age, Summer Glau trained to be a ballerina. Because of her rigorous schedule, she was homeschooled by her mother. Besides traditional ballet, she studied tango and flamenco.
She danced at the Majestic Theatre in shows like Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, The Merry Widow, Peer Gynt, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Paint Your Wagon.
In 2001 Summer was one of the musical's dancers in Selena Forever along with famous latin dancer and actor Jordi Caballero. Selena Forever was done to honour Selena Quintanilla Perez a Mexican American singer-songwriter who was tragically murdered at the young age of 23.
Summer Glau's first television credit was a guest role as a ballerina on the 2002 episode Waiting in the Wings of the television series Angel. She had to do the speaking with an accent and the director Joss Whedon, was very impressed by her performance.
He later cast her in TV series Firefly as the much traumatized River Tam. The series is a space-western that is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, and follows the adventures of the 9 members of the crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship.
When she was first joining the cast, She did not have so much working experience so she didn't know how to read the call sheet, she didn't know how to get ready for a scene. Coming from the dance world, everything was so different for her. I was something Summer used in her portrayal of River "just sort of a fish out of water and someone who didn't quite know how to jump in." Summer's favorite scene in Firefly was in the last episode Objects in Space when River picks up a bransch and it turns into a gun.
The show was canceled after eleven of the fourteen produced episodes were aired. Despite the series relatively short life span, it received strong sales when it was released on DVD and has large fan support campaigns. The Series won an Emmy in 2003 for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.
After the Fireflys cancellation she appeared in several famous series such as Cold Case on the episode "Love Conquers Al" and in CSI in the episode episode What's Eating Gilbert Grissom?. She also had a small part in the MGM feature Sleepover as a Ticketgirl.
The fans of Firefly called the Brown coats rallied and actually got a motion picture. In 2005 Summer Glau got the opportunity to reprise her role as River Tam in the movie Serenity. Serenity or the big damn movie is taking place six months after the events of the last episode of the series. The film was released in theaters in the United States 30 September 2005. Summer played a much bigger role in the movie than in the series and tells the story about the dangerous secrets River is carrying. It was a role that included a lot of action scenes. Being a dancer with such incredible flexibility she was able to do 95% of the stunts herself. A stunt person did the falling. They wouldn't let Summer fall. The stunt person did two of the big somersault/jumping down stairs.
The R. Tam Sessions was leaked on the Internet to promote the movie. It is a series of video excerpts taken from archived footage of counseling sessions with River Tam during her time at the Academy the movies creator Joss Whedon played the interviewer.
2006 she starred in direct-to-video thriller Mammoth. A meteor with an alien life-form crashed into a museum, bringing an eons-old woolly mammoth back to life (Actually this seems more to be a Columbian Mammoth and not a woolly Mammoth like the ones that lived in Sweden). The mad elephant starts going on a virulent rampage, terrorizing everyone in the small town that lies nearby. Special Agents Powers (Leila Arcieri) and Whitaker (Marcus Lyle Brown) need hunt down and kill the mammoth before the entire town will be destroyed. They recruit local paleontologist, Dr. Frank Abernathy(Vincent Ventresca), to help them. Summer Glau plays the Dr. Franks daughter Jack Abernathy that is in mortal danger.
Same year she also starred And in the ABC Family TV movie The Initiation of Sarah that is a remake of a 1978 horror film. Summer plays the "normal" sister Lindsey Goodwin sister of Sarah Goodwin (Mika Boorem) a young woman with mysterious powers "the chosen one" . When the two sisters go of to college they are invited to join the sororities Alpha Nu Gamma and Pi Epsilon Delta, they discover that the two sororities are more than just rivals, they are bitter enemies. Suddenly, Sarah and Lindsey find themselves dragged into an ancient battle between good and evil. Of course it is Lindsey that really are "the chosen one".
In the second season of The Unit she was portraying Crystal Burns, the girlfriend of Jeremy Erhart She has an affair with Mack. When he calls off the affair, she causes major problems for the Unit. Summer related much to Crystal because she is so young. She had a hard time with her character fooling around with Mack. She thought that Crystal and Jeremy's love story was so sweet, Jeremy was her whole life.
Summer Glau played the role Tess Doerner, a paranoid schizophrenic returnee in the second season premiere of The 4400 (episode "Wake-Up Call"), and became an essential recurring character from Season 3.
In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles that debuted January 13, 2008, Glau plays the role of Cameron Phillips, a terminator infiltration unit sent back to protect John Connor and Sarah Connor from Skynet. Her Characters name was a homage to Terminator film franchise creator James Cameron and the producer of the show. The role of Cameron was specially written for her. The director Josh Friedman had previously wanted to cast her in a pilot he wrote four years but she was busy shooting Serenity. Summer first did not want to go to the audition but her mum got really upset and yelled at her "Get your rear end in the car! You're an actress, go and audition"
Many fans was fascinated by the underlying attraction between the two characters John and Cameron that was hinted several times during the show.
In the second Season of the show Summer played two characters: Cameron and Cameron's human model - Allison Young. During episode 4, Cameron suffer of amnesia and has flashbacks to her human model, Allison, a resistance fighter in the future with ties to John Connor. In one scene she plays opposite herself as human and cyborg counterpart. Summer pulls it off brilliantly. In the DVD commentary, the show's creator Josh Friedman and senior producer John Wirth both express how impressed they are with Summer's performance. In 2008 she won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her portrayal of Cameron
Even though the show premiered as a very high rated show with over 18 million people that saw the pilot. The first season was cut short this due to the writer strike and due to bad scheduling the ratings dropped during second season and was put on Friday night death slot. Even after hard campaigning for renewal by the devoted and huge fan-base the show was canceled by Fox.
Summer have said that she would have played Allison mostly and Cameron in flashbacks If the show had been renewed for season 3.
Summer guest starred as herself in episode seventeen of the second season of The Big Bang Theory. Summer said in several interviews that she was not really playing herself and that she would have reacted differently in real life. The Gang was heading to San Francisco. On board the train, they find out that the geek goddess and the ultimate dream girl Summer Glau is taking same train and a debate starts about how to smoothly approach her.
2009-2010 Summer joined the cast of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. She portrayed Bennett Halverson, a programmer responsible for implanting personalities in "dolls" who agree to have their minds temporarily wiped. That works for a rival Dollhouse she has a mysterious past connection to the main character Echo. Bennett is notable for being exceptionally smart, and the dollhouse programmer Topher falls in love with her. In a very brutal scene few people ever will forget Dr Saunders (Amy Acker) shoots Bennett in the head, killing her and splattering the room and Topher with blood. Then she calmly walks away.
Summer played the lead actress Lindsey Forrest in Lifetime movie Deadly honeymoon that aired 25 April 2010. Deadly Honeymoon follows two young Denver newlyweds, Lindsey (Summer Glau) and Trevor Forrest (Chris Carmack). The movie was based on a real story. In 2005 there was an incident on a cruise ship were the husband disappeared and the cause of his disappearance was never solved. The movie gives a speculative answer as to what might have occurred.
Summer Glau was providing the voice for Supergirl in the animated movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. A voice role that will forever earn her a place in the hearts of Supergirl fans around the world. It was released on September 28 on DVD, Blu-ray, on demand and digital download. This was a Summers very first voiceover/animation experience. She loved the experience just working with her voice and could not think of an animated character that she would like to do more. Because Supergirl is amazing.
Summer was cast as the sidekick Orwell in the Super Hero Show the Cape. Orwell or Jamie Fleming (The evil guys daughter). She has been on her own since she was twelve she's a blogger that created her own site as a vehicle to speak the truth to the people in Palm City because she knows what's causing the corruption. The Cape premiered on NBC during the 2010–2011 television season as a midseason replacement NBC cut the total number of episodes to be aired from 13 to 10 as a result of low ratings. NBC only aired the series finale online on their official website.
Summer Glau guest starred on Chuck as the one of Greta and on Alphas as Skylar Adams a rogue Alpha with the ability for inventing stuff nobody ever seen before. She is some kind of super-MacGyver. Skyler returned as recurring character in season 2.
Her most recent roles include Legend of Hell's Gate a western and a nurse who is a possible love interest to a doctor on Grey's Anatomy.
She will also be in Joe Lynch's upcoming The Knights of Badassdom a RPG comedy about a group of LARPers. Summer will play a hot, ass-kicking, intimidating LARPer Gwen. Summer has confessed in interviews that LARPing is indeed dangerous.
Recently Summer Glau was featured in a Music Video by Keith Urban with the very suitable title Long Hot Summer. She was also involved in the Human Preservation Project (HPP) which is an online gaming experience, where people get to play online games and unlock additional story content. This was an advertising campaing for 5 Gum (Wrigley).