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Honolulu Theatre for Youth – Fan Reports

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“Jen with Elizabeth Mitchell (“Juliet”) and Elizabeth Mitchell’s son (who co-signed several autographs).”

Jen and I had a rare night out yesterday to attend a benefit reading for the Honolulu Theatre for Youth featuring several cast members from ABC’s filmed-in-Hawaii series “LOST“:
Matthew Fox (Jack), Terry O’Quinn (Locke), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Michael Emerson (Ben) and Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet).

I dare say it was the highlight of my year so far.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime event, mixing the stage, primetime television, and a great cause. The reading was organized by Annie Wood — accomplished children’s theatre director, HTY board member, and Cusick’s wife. She’d directed a play for HTY in 2005 when Cusick signed on for a handful of “LOST” episodes. When they found themselves back in Hawaii for a longer term, she threw herself into the local arts community with gusto.

And the actors similarly let loose last night on the stage. Sometimes flawless, sometimes halting and awkward, it was all real. There were no props, there was no pretense, just a bunch of actors and friends having fun together… ably assisted by several HTY players, of course.

Jorge Garcia and Elizabeth Mitchell opened the evening with a reading from an adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” that Wood had brought with her from London. Mitchell sparkled as the wide-eyed mermaid yearning to discover the world above (even as her young son stomped and squealed backstage), and Garcia unsuprisingly charmed everyone as her clumsy, mooning admirer.

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Honolulu Star-Bulletin Interview

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February 9, 2007

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The role of Juliet lets Elizabeth Mitchell balance her TV career with her family life
By Katherine Nichols

Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays Juliet on Lost, phones at the appointed time to apologize. She will have to call back a few minutes later because her 17-month-old son, C.J., is having “a problem.”
As promised, she makes sure he’s OK and calls back five minutes later to chat jovially about her apprehension. It’s Wednesday night, after all, a couple of hours before the seventh episode of “Lost” will air.

Fellow cast members had invited Mitchell to join them for a gathering to watch the premiere, of sorts (it’s the first episode after a long broadcast break). But she politely declined in favor of staying home with her husband and son, and preparing for an early morning start on the set.

“Besides, I’m a little nervous,” she said. “They’re going to be footloose and fancy-free, and it’s my episode!”

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Interview | Two roles, no waiting

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November 7, 2006

Two roles, no waiting | By William Keck

HOLLYWOOD — For actress Elizabeth Mitchell, there’s no escaping babies.
As Tim Allen’s Mrs. Claus, she gives birth to the spawn of St. Nick in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, which opened last weekend to $19.5 million.
As Juliet on ABC’s Lost, she is a fertility doctor closely connected to the children abducted by The Others.

And in her home today, she’s playing mom to C.J., her first child with her stand-up-comic husband, Chris Soldevilla. Like Dad, the 13-month-old appears to be quite the little comic himself. When Mitchell holds out her arms for him to walk to her, he toddles right past her and giggles.
There also are two dogs, two cats and several boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the house, which has been left in shambles after hosting relatives in town for her Santa premiere.
Before posing for the camera, Mitchell, 36, slips on a black sweater, quickly combs her hair and dabs on a touch of makeup.

C.J. was just 5 weeks old when Mitchell began shooting her Santa role as a pregnant Mrs. Claus. The costumes conveniently disguised what remained from the 70 pounds she had gained while carrying C.J.
“Being so womanly and that voluptuous was heavenly because I’ve always been such a stick,” she says in a soft, melodic voice.
“The behind you see in Santa Clause is all mine. I am very low-maintenance when it comes to my look. If it takes me more than 10 minutes to get my funny little face ready, I find it exhausting.”

At the Santa premiere, Allen, who is a big Lost fan, accosted her for inside dirt but was unsuccessful. Tonight’s episode (9 ET/PT) is the last of 2006.
“There’s a really great scene — a jaw-dropper,” Mitchell teases. “When my husband read the scene with me, he said, ‘Oh my God.’ Everything is not what it seems. Pay careful attention to the Juliet and Jack (Matthew Fox) characters. There is one look on Matt’s face that makes the whole episode worth watching.”
An undeniable attraction has been developing between the two as Jack is being kept prisoner in an old dolphin tank as Juliet’s study subject.
She and Fox recently shot a scene for the show’s Feb. 7 return, in which “all hell has just broken loose, and Jack says something that makes her smile — enough to see that there’s something in them that speaks to each other. Honestly, as far as personality types, Matt’s my favorite.”

That February episode also will reveal more about Juliet’s fertility project with flashbacks exploring her past. “She’s going to get in a lot of trouble pretty soon,” Mitchell hints. “I don’t know what’s going to happen to poor Juliet.”

Source: USA Today


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Dallas Morning News Interview with Elizabeth Mitchell About ‘ER’ And ‘The Beast’

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By Manuel Mendoza

PASADENA, Calif. – “I have a boyfriend,” Elizabeth Mitchell says to Angelina Jolie after their characters make love in the 1998 HBO film Gia. “I’m really very square.”
Ms. Mitchell, a Dallas native, easily passes for square. Tall and thin, with curly, shoulder-length tresses, she’s the innocent, all-American blonde. She grew up in Highland Park, for Pete’s sake.

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People Interview About Frequency And Other Projects

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Double Dipping

People May 22 2000.jpgNo one is more excited about actress Elizabeth Mitchell’s current success than her folks down home in Dallas. After a preview of her new film Frequency, “they stood at the theater door, literally accosting people on the way out,” she says. “My dad, who’s very shy, asked everyone, ‘What did you think of the girl?’ ”

For Mitchell, 30, the buzz is spreading like Texas wildfire thanks to Frequency and the TV biopic The Linda McCartney Story (airing May 21 on CBS), in which she plays Paul McCartney’s late wife, a fervent animal-rights activist. “In honor of Linda, I became a vegetarian,” says Mitchell. “My entire youth I ate steak. But now I may not go back to eating meat.”

That strong will was evident on the Frequency set, according to costar Dennis Quaid, who says Mitchell did not miss a beat after breaking her nose during the shoot. “She was positive about the whole thing,” he says. “She’s fantastic.” The daughter of Dallas attorneys, Mitchell launched her TV career on the ABC soap Loving in 1994. “I was a perfectionist; I’d tell the writers, ‘I can’t say this!’…So I got fired.” She bounced back in 1998 with HBO’s Gia, playing Angelina Jolie‘s bisexual lover. Single in real life, Mitchell, who now lives in L.A., hopes for a more traditional love life. “I want kids everywhere,” she says. “I want to eat Häagen-Dazs and get broad hips. If you try to stay young forever, you don’t really live.”

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Venice Interview: Linda McCartney is on the right Frequency

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Linda McCartney is on the right Frequency

 

They say that the true test of a great actor is whether he or she can stand the test of time, giving an equally impressive performance when they’re old and winkled, as when they’re young and beautiful, Elizabeth Mitchell must be relieved because she’s passed the test with flying colors at a very young age.

In the New Line Cinema release, Frequency, Elizabeth plays Julia Sullivan, wife of fire-fighter Frank (Dennis Quaid) and mother to John (played as an adult by James Caviezel). During the course of the film – a supernatural thriller that covers 30 years – Elizabeth goes from a beautiful young mother to a still-spry senior citizen, and plays both with equal aplomb. Pretty heady stuff for the eldest daughter (of three) of two lawyers who was born in Dallas.

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SOW Interview: Return to Mayberry – Loving’s Elizabeth Mitchell

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November 22, 1994

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Loving’s Elizabeth Mitchell

CHARACTER: Dinah Lee Mayberry, Trucker’s fiancée, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a plane crash.

BORN AND REARED: “I was born in Los Angeles, but raised in Dallas.”

FAMILY ALBUM: “I have two parents and two little sisters, who I’m just nutty about. One of them, Kristie, just made 1450 on her SATs. The other one, Kate, is 13. And I have a cat, Thomas.”

BACKSTORY: “I went to an arts high school, kind of like [the school on] Fame, and we had colleges come and watch us perform. From there I was drafted to go to Stephens College (in Columbia, Mo.) I graduated in three years because I doubled up on classes, and I did summer stock during the summer. Then I went to London and did a little Chekhow, a little Shakespeare, and tried to get my voice in order. After that I came home and did some regional theater, got my union cards, did a gig on Dangerous Curves, and then decided I was ready for New York, I moved here about a year ago.”

THE CORPSE HAD A FAMILIAR FACE: “I did a small show off-off-Broadway – Red Channel, at the Theatre for the New City. I also did an episode of The Cosby Mysteries, I played a corpse, but it’s the main corpse. My mom wrote my sister Kate at camp, ‘I think that Liz playing a corpse is an important step forward in her career’?”

QUIET ON THE SET: “My first day was interesting. It was a small scene with Robert (Tyler, Trucker) in the video store. He had seen my screen test, so I didn’t feel like I hade to prove anything. Anyway, at the end of that scene, he picks me up and carries me out – but as he carried me out we ran into a wall I burst out laughing.”

DINAH LEE’S DISABILITY: “Her injuries are problematic for a long time. The brain embolus has created all kinds of memory problems and speech problems, and basically she’s regressed… she’s very childlike. There’s an innocence there that I think is interesting to play, and now that she is beginning to speak a little better, the part is getting interesting.”

MACROBIOTIC MAMA: “I’m macrobiotic. I get my food delivered once a week. They make everything to my specification and I swear it’s cheaper than regular grocery shopping – and I lost 25 pounds [after I went macrobiotic]. I’ve been a stage actress my whole life [so my weight] never mattered; I never thought about being thin. Being macrobiotic changed that and made me eligible for other roles, and that’s nice. I’m into seaweed these days.”

THE WORK ETHIC: “The idea of working is so lovely to me. It was so exciting to know that I got this part, because acting is so exciting to me. It’s a thrill, otherwise I wouldn’t do it. Not to be hokey, but I think life is definitely worth living, whether you’re working or not. For an actor, the character in the thing… it doesn’t matter what medium you’re in, as long as you have something to do.”

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