Speaking to Entertainment Weekly columnist Michael Ausiello, Whedon said that he was far ahead of fans who have been calling for the 27-year-old actress to appear on his show, which was recently and controversially renewed for a second season by its parent network, Fox. “If anybody thinks [bringing Summer onto Dollhouse] hasn’t occurred to me already then they have not met me,” said Whedon. “I mentioned it to her before [Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles] was cancelled. I was like, ‘You know, we should get you in the ’house.’ But first we have to come up with something that works.”
The problem so far has certainly been finding a role suitable for Glau, whose two high-profile roles to date have been as a merciless killing machine in Sarah Connor, and as a brain-damaged young woman in Firefly, another Joss Whedon show. “Summer would be perfect to play an active, but she’s done that [type of role] a lot,” he said about including her in the series. “I’d rather see her play someone who talks too much. The most fun I have is when I get somebody who’s good and comfortable at doing something, and then I make them do something else.”
Apparently, Whedon isn’t the only one thinking this way either: “Summer said to me, ‘I would like to play a normal girl before I die of extreme old age.’” Dollhouse will return for its second season later this year on Fox. The first season is currently airing in the UK on the Sci Fi Channel.