This is an interview Elizabeth did last June when she was promoting Dead of Summer and The Purge in New York. This one is only about Lost and the fact that she still meets people who have watched the show for the first time.
“No, it’s ok, it’s a while ago. I’m healed. I’m not really hurt!” LOL! She’s amazing!
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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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There is a new and very cute interview with Elizabeth from Comic Con. She also talks about the Snow Queen, which is one of her best performances and she loves her deeply. So happy about that!
Liz, you really need to give up on this, you know I totally agree with your mom. I told you: you can’t play an evil character. 😀 Kidding, you are capable to play anything you want because you’re so talented but I guess what we all mean is that we can’t really see you as evil, because we know your heart is too pure. <3
This is an interview with Dead of Summer‘s creators. Adam says nice things about the cast and Eddy answers that they wrote the part with Liz in their minds.
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There’s a new beautiful interview with Elizabeth and a clip when she joins Eli Goree’s table (which is so cute). We also found an interview with Dead of Summer‘s creators where you can see Liz in the background. 🙂
We love she tries to predict a show or a movie because that’s what we always do all the time. LOL!
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There’s another video interview from Comic Con. Nothing new beside the beginning of the video since it’s the same table of the previous ones, but she’s always so cute!
Elizabeth Mitchell is used to playing mysterious characters, but camp director Deb on Dead of Summer seems like she could be hiding some especially deadly secrets. After prominent roles on genre shows like Lost, Mitchell knows a thing or two about mysteries that live in the woods. But is she really ready for the supernatural scares of Camp Stillwater?
We’ll soon be learning more about Deb in her flashback episode “The Dharma Bums,” (obviously a Lost refernce) but Elizabeth Mitchell spilled a bit about her character at San Diego Comic Con.
Watch the video below to see what she had to say about working with showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz again, what she’s excited for fans to see, and what to expect from Deb’s flashback episode:
- She talks about the fifth episode, where we learn about the reality of her relationship with Joel.
- We’re now going to see Deb, rather than the perception of her.
- The Deb episode is coming up and it was highly enjoyable for her to shoot. There was a sweetness to Deb that she hasn’t played before.
- Eddie and Adam (the executive producers) were the reason she got involved in the show since they wrote a character for her and offered it to her.
- “I never know if I’m happy or unhappy with a role until I’m done.”
- She found her character in Lost really odd and then as she went along she realized she really liked the character.
- She didn’t know what the arc of her character would be on Dead of Summer but she guessed and wasn’t wrong.
- She doesn’t like to play things too on-the-nose, she likes to play things more subtle.
- Mitchell is excited for fans to see Deb’s backstory. She thinks a lot of her mom when playing this character because they were coming of age at the same time.
- Cricket and Drew’s backstories were her favorites to watch. She talks about Zelda Williams’ commitment to doing a good job with the character and her attention to detail.
- Mitchell talks about how the crew guys didn’t recognize her in the late 60s Deb outfits.
What do you think? Are you excited to learn more about Deb? What do you think we’ll learn in her episode? Sound off in the comments!
Dead of Summer airs at 9pm on Freeform
Source: Buddy TV
These are a few more pics from the event. 🙂 Stunning!
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