As we told you about a month ago Elizabeth is on the cover of the September/October issue of “Where Travel DFW” Magazine. You can see the pages with her below. 🙂 The interview has been already posted last month, but in case you missed it, you can check it out at this link.
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This is a very beautiful interview with Elizabeth about her family and Dead of Summer, read it all below! 🙂 Oh the pic is a never before seen still from the pilot.
Talking Texas with ‘Dead of Summer’ Star Elizabeth Mitchell
By Jaimie Siegle on 08/16/16
Wise, bubbly and full of laughter, Hollywood veteran Elizabeth Mitchell—known most recently for “The Purge: Election Year” and 1980s-era summer camp horror TV series “Dead of Summer”—is as gracious and level-headed as she is talented. We caught up with the Dallas native to talk about channeling her former summer camp days in the Texas Hill Country, her foray into acting and what she loves most about coming home.
The “Dead of Summer” finale airs this month on Freeform. How do you think audiences will react to the final episode?
I’m so lucky because I just finished reading episode nine—and it’s the most terrifying episode of TV: Nonstop action, twists and turns … after reading [the script] it is by far my favorite episode; it’s scary, sad and challenging because it’s like a mystery or puzzle you’re trying to figure out.
You played a villainous snow queen in “Once Upon A Time” and in “Dead of Summer,” you’re a mysterious summer camp leader with a few potential dark secrets. What interests you about these types of roles or characters?
I think I’m drawn to strong women. As my mom would say I have a “do-no-harm rule” and I try to walk softly, [but] when it comes to people [or characters] who have these obstacles or things in their lives that they can’t get out of their way—I find their drive so fascinating and interesting; I think maybe I’m [also] drawn to the adrenaline.
As a Camp Longhorn alum, did you draw upon anything from your camp experience for your role as Deb in “Dead of Summer”?
I feel like camp is such a coming-of-age thing. I don’t know if I always loved it [laughs], but it did some great things for me; at the end of it I was strong, tan and ready to take on the world! My last year I gained an understanding of leadership, which I learned from watching counselors and camp directors; [there was] no coddling, and that part was really interesting. In “Dead of Summer” I think I kind of took from that idea, but with Deb I had the obstacle of someone who is incredibly emotionally invested in the camp, which isn’t always the best because you’re thinking more about yourself and your own motives.
What’s been the best part about filming “Dead of Summer”?
Well, the 80’s are great, and so the music is great! I like the characters I’m working with; they’re neat kids and I love seeing how dedicated they are. Even the crew says they can’t wait to “be back at camp” … Everybody gets a little bit more relaxed and people eat their lunches by the water. I find the woods really comforting. The lights they put up at night make our campsite incredibly beautiful.
At seven, you made your debut on stage at the Dallas Theater Center. What sparked your interest in acting at such an early age?
My mom was an actress when she was younger, so I think it was her love of the art form then her putting me through theater school. I was such a dorky, funny little kid, but then being on stage I felt like, ‘this makes sense to me; this is a world that I understand.’ I always felt at home there and was drawn to the other actors. I found the community to be so incredible—so different than the people I’d met with my parents (both are lawyers)—friendly, inclusive, creative. Eventually I’d be sneaking into shows and watching the actors work; it felt magical to me.
How would you describe the essence/culture of Dallas, and what do you love about coming back?
It’s so vibrant! My mom has a little studio and works downtown (she’s an incredible artist), and the town has really flourished and changed since I was a kid—the arts, the food. And the people are friendly and fantastic! I like the wide open streets, running at night, all the little boutique hotels … and you get a Texas welcome!
Do you travel home to Dallas often to visit your family?
I try to come back every few months. I love seeing my parents, love to hang out in Mom and Dad’s backyard and I love to go to Javier’s, one of my all-time favorite places! (I always order the chicken nachos.) Then, I’ll usually go run White Rock Lake with my dad, who runs with these group of guys They say they’re slow so it should be easy for me to keep up, but they’re lying! I work out and run for three months beforehand … but they’re super sweet and never call attention to it.
Javier’s is a classic. Any other restaurants you’d recommend?
You’re going to hate me [laughs], but El Fenix, On the Border (on Knox Street)…basically Tex-Mex! Also Toulouse (also on Knox) and Rockfish (in Mockingbird Station).
Do you have any advice for visitors about what to do and see or where to go in the city?
Go get out and get around! Go to Greenville [Avenue] and listen to live music … [or visit] Klyde Warren Park, the Dallas Museum of Art, White Rock Lake and Deep Ellum.
How would you describe your own personal style, as well as the fashion/shopping scene here in Dallas?
I am, on most days, in boots and a belt, but I soften it a little bit with cashmere or cotton. It’s great to go to lunch at Neiman’s and watch them do their fashion shows. There’s some gorgeous fashion and great designers in Dallas that my mom knows about—RioRitz on Routh Street (the owner has great style; not horribly expensive but super cute), Asel Art Supply, E.G. Geller (shoes), NM Last Call, NorthPark Center, the “last call” sales at Stanley Korshak and The Shak in Crescent Court. Mom is a fantastic shopper and always looks amazing.
Are you working on any new or upcoming projects?
I do the strangest thing: I work for six months and then I’m a full-time mom. Given that “The Purge” and “Dead of Summer” came out at the same time, I’m probably just going to be a mom now. It’s good to have balance. I’m always grateful for work but I try to live a full, well-rounded life, as honored as I am to have had the opportunity to do this kind of work at all.
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Sorry for making you wait so long for the video, but we wanted to write about it and it took us some time because there were also a lot of news about Liz to post and we needed to get some sleep. 😛
When we met Elizabeth we brought her some gifts. Stefania gave her the bag with some of them. She opened it and noticed something for CJ and she was happy about it but put it away because he was out with her boyfriend when we arrived. She probably wanted to meet us alone first. How sweet!
Then she took the book with your messages.
It was a project we made for the WSC, we never forgot about this, guys! We know how much important was for you to give her your messages!
We reprinted the book last year with messages/photos/fanarts by her fans only.
We know some of you weren’t here when we created it, we’re so sorry we didn’t have the time to make it again because we only had a few days to organize our trip so it was impossible.
Anyway Elizabeth was very happy about the book, she opened it, she read the introduction we wrote (we’ll post a photo of it below so you can all read it), she even leafed through some pages and saw some of your messages and photos. She was so full of joy for it and she had a big smile on her face the whole time.
We wanted to do something funny so we signed the book with our names. When she saw that, she got so excited and exclaimed “I have your signatures!!!”. Words can’t express how adorable she was!
We recorded this video at the end of the dinner. She thanks you all for the book. Watch the video below, she’s so amazing!
Liz hugged all her gifts and showed them to her boyfriend and about the book he said that she will have something to read that will make her smile. Yes!!!
We’ll tell you about the other gifts in another post, because this one was for you! 🙂
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UPDATE | Read more at this link.
UPDATE (July 24) | Elizabeth is so much more than what you think. She made us feel at home and took care of us. We still can’t believe how grateful she was, she always tells us beautiful things for what we do with the site, but hearing that in person is just so mind-blowing. And she was so moved by the book and the other stuff we gave her (details soon)… by the way her boyfriend said that she’s gonna read the book and your messages will make her smile. That was what we wanted! Haha he knows her so well!
It’s impossible to express how much grateful we are for what she did for us and how grateful we are for her in general!
We are going to Coronado today as Liz suggested because it’s beautiful. We’ll leave tomorrow and we’ll tell you more as soon as we get back home.
We miss her so much already! <3
We just had the most amazing three hours of our life thanks to this flawless human being.
This picture is from a video of Liz talking to you, lovelies! We’ll post it as soon as we get back home.
We gave her the book with your messages and she loved it so much, she’ll keep it in a very special place in her house! 🙂
We’ll tell you more about this incredible experience asap! In the meantime you really need to know that this woman is just more than you can expect, her sweetness and her kindness are beyond words.
She is such a down to earth person that she’s even introduced her family to us. <3 CJ is the smartest and the cutest little guy and her boyfriend is really really nice, he made such a good impression on us. 🙂
That’s all for now!
Oh Elizabeth gives the best and tightest hugs ever!
We will never forget! <3
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This is really one of the most lovely interview with her. Elizabeth is so genuine and so true and we couldn’t be more proud to be her fans. The story about Robert De Niro is so unexpected and it’s so beautiful what she said about meeting people who have a strong reaction. Well we are really emotional here and don’t think we could make it alive or without looking like total dumbs. LOL! 😛
In Search Of Elizabeth Mitchell
Where does the Emmy-nominated star of Lost find herself right now?
BY REBECCA HARDIMAN
So, the actress Elizabeth Mitchell went to audition for a role in Meet The Parents years ago. “Robert De Niro and I were supposed to read together,” she tells me, already starting to laugh. “He walked into the room and I burst into tears.” Mitchell giggles, which she does frequently and with abandon. “You have to understand: I had never met a celebrity before. I had no idea. Who knew they were actually real! So there went that audition…to put it very lightly. But he was really nice about it, lovely, kind, you know. I was mortified and humiliated and for years I wouldn’t even talk about it! But, it’s given me a lot of compassion because now when I meet people and they have a strong reaction, I tend to have that feeling, like, ‘Oh hey, I get it, I really get it.’”
The Emmy-nominated star of ABC’s ratings behemoth Lost as well as other television hits including NBC’s Revolution (another of J.J. Abrams’ creations) comes across, immediately, as self-effacing, tough and wise, though that’s not how she describes herself. “I’m insanely nerdy and goofy,” she says. “I couldn’t be goofier. I’m going to reserve being cool for my 90s because if I try to go for cool now, it’s going to close a lot of doors for me!” Another infectious bout of laughter follows.
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They asked Dead Of Summer cast what decade they would absolutely love to live in and Elizabeth said right now because otherwise she wouldn’t have CJ. That’s so sweeet! <3 Watch the video!
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