Velvet-voiced Elizabeth Mitchell is always a pleasure to watch on-screen or onstage owing to her smart role choices. Most people know and love her as Dr. Juliet Burke on “Lost” and as Erica Evans, humanity’s best hope against reptilian invaders, on “V”; but she’s also made an impression as Angelina Jolie’s lover in “Gia” and with supporting roles in “Nurse Betty,” “The Santa Clause 2,” “Running Scared” and “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.”
In “Answers to Nothing,” an ensemble drama opening this Friday, Mitchell plays a woman desperately trying to have a baby with husband Dane Cook, even though she suspects he is cheating on her. Mitchell chatted with us about her premonition before she got this role, how she felt about Juliet’s death on “Lost,” what would have happened on “V,” and how reaching out and touching Angelina Jolie helped land Mitchell’s first film role in “Gia.”
Kate, your character in “Answers to Nothing,” lies to herself to remain happy. When she accidentally sees a suspicious text message on her husband’s phone from another woman, why doesn’t she say anything?
Kate doesn’t say anything — it’s almost like she knew — but I felt pretty devastated when I read it. She wants the baby more than anything. I think she has a window of time to do everything she wants to do. She’s 40 and she has a small period of time to have this baby. They’re in line to do in utero, which is thousands and thousands of dollars. I think you get to a point in life, which is not healthy, where you just keep saying you’ll deal with it later. They keep getting so separate from each other.
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