Julie M. Benz (born May 1, 1972) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Darla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (1997-2004) and Rita Bennett on Dexter (2006-2010), for which she won the 2006 Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress and the 2009 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has also starred on the series Roswell (1999-2000), Desperate Housewives (2010), No Ordinary Family (2010-2011) and A Gifted Man (2011-2012). Her film roles include Jawbreaker (1999), The Brothers (2001), Rambo, Saw V and Punisher: War Zone (all 2008), The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) and Bedrooms (2010). Benz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father is a surgeon in Pittsburgh. Her mother was a figure ice skater.