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Elizabeth Mitchell: Sci-Fi mom | Interview

You know her as Juliet on “Lost.” Now she also stars in ABC’s new show “V.”

On TV, Elizabeth Mitchell’s characters have been hardened, introverted and sometimes down-right mean. But a quick chat re-veals Mitchell’s sweet, jovial demeanor.

“At some point down the line, I’d love to do something like a sitcom,” says the 39-year-old actress who has been in the business for 16 years. “I love to laugh and joke around, so I think it would be something that would fit me.” In the meantime, she seems to do well in the drama department: She has gained lots of fans as the enigmatic Juliet on “Lost” (and is set to return for next year’s sixth and final season), and now she’s starring as Erica, a single mom and FBI agent who has to resist an alien in-vasion in “V,” ABC’s remake of the 1980s cult series. “I’m a hard-core sci-fi nut, so both of these shows really get me excited.”

Mitchell is a dutiful mom onscreen as well as off; she has a 4-year-old son, C.J. Because “V” films in Vancouver, she has been more able to focus on tend-ing to family duties, errands and assorted meetings around her Bainbridge Island, Wash., residence.

But that isn’t to say she doesn’t bring work home. Mitchell has watched new episodes of “V” with her husband, actor Chris Soldevilla, who doesn’t exactly have a geek’s penchant for spaceships and malevolent aliens. For Mitchell, “V” “has enough to marry a sci-fi lover and a not-so-much sci-fi fan together over popcorn,” she says. “When you watch it, it makes your adrenaline pump a little bit.”

Between her role on “V” and playing “Lost”‘s Juliet (who was last seen in May’s season finale falling down a shaft and detonating a hydrogen bomb), one would think that Mitchell must be a bit of an action junkie herself. But she says that isn’t really the case.

“Honestly, I am a stone-cold nerd,” she says. “I pretty much read, play chess and drink wine. I do love trail running, which can be a little bit of an action sport, if you want it to be.”

Juliet is an enigmatic doctor on “Lost”

  • She’s fighting to get back to someone she loves.
  • Juliet has a kind of shifting loyalty bred of necessity.
  • Her heroism: Juliet is, at times, heroic in spite of herself.
  • Her emotions: Lots of anger and rage bubble below the surface.

Erica is a do-gooding federal agent on “V”

  • She’s fighting to keep her world and her child safe.
  • She’s intensely steady and loyal to her job and son.
  • Her heroism: Erica has chosen a heroic path her whole life.
  • Her emotions: Her husband left her, but she isn’t world-weary (yet).

Source: USA Weekend


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Interview | Elizabeth Mitchell Fights An Alien Invasion In ‘V

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Elizabeth Mitchell Fights An Alien Invasion In ‘V

The actress talks about battling aliens, her time on LOST and her love for FIREFLY and STAR TREK

Elizabeth Mitchell has in a few short years become one of ABC’s flagship complex heroines. As Juliet Burke on LOST, she went from untrustworthy Other to self-sacrificing love of first Matthew Fox’s Jack, then Josh Holloway’s Sawyer, finally detonating a bomb at close range to save her friends. Now the L.A. born, Texas-raised actress is trying to save the world from an alien invasion as FBI Special Agent Erica Evans on ABC’s remake of V.

Like many viewers, Mitchell was familiar with the original Eighties edition of V. “I watched it as a kid. It stuck with me – I had such a wonderful time watching it as a teenager with my parents,” She says. “And I loved the escape of it. I mean, who doesn’t love to escape now and then?”

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Elizabeth Mitchell on Motherhood: Better To Be a Parent, Not a Friend

As her future on the hit show Lost was recently put into question with the season finale’s cliffhanger, Elizabeth Mitchell has turned her attention to ABC’s new pilot V, in which she plays a Homeland Security agent whose son is being used as a pawn by aliens. Fortunately, actress — a mother herself in real life to Christopher ‘C.J.’ Joseph, 4 next month — was able to easily relate to her character’s desire to protect her child.
“They say that when you have a child, for the rest of your life your heart walks around outside of your body,” she tells Celebrity Baby Blog.
“I don’t think you really experience that until you see it, until you have it. I feel that way with my son. He walks around and I’m like [gasps]. I don’t do that with him because I want him to be strong and vibrant and happy, but in my mind I’m the worst case scenario mom.”

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