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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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Variety: “Mitchell could have a shot at a Globe for her acclaimed perf in “V.””

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Golden Globe StatueThese are just a few of the new TV shows that are making a run for this year’s gold. The performance of these newbies will be closely watched since the Globes is the first awards show to give them a shot at being honored. But it will be tough to break through the competish. Last year’s Golden Globe faves are still going strong. They include such smallscreen behemoths as “30 Rock,” “Mad Men” and “In Treatment.” That said, the new crop is young, ambitious and, most important, awards-worthy.

“V,” ABC
Classic Precursor: “V” is take two of the popular 1983 cult sci-fi miniseries “V.” Lizard-like aliens once again try to control mere earthlings.2
Why It Has a Shot: Elizabeth Mitchell of “Lost” stars as the tough FBI agent fighting off the bad guys. Mitchell, with one win and two noms for supporting actress, could have a shot at a Globe for her acclaimed perf in “V.”
If Not the Big Ones: Award-winning producer Kenneth Johnson of the “Alien Nation” franchise is nicely positioned for a Globe win. So, too, is Alan Tudyk (“3:10 to Yuma”) for his role as Mitchell’s fed partner, Dale.
An Upbeat Opinion: Matt Roush, TV Guide: “A rip-roaring twist on the alien-invasion scenario, this is a reinvention of the popular 1980s miniseries-turned-series. ‘V’ nicely exploits the unease in a world of next-door terrorist cells and mob-mentality zealotry. ‘V’ may not initially dig as deep as ‘FlashForward,’ but there’s a juicy urgency to all of the interpersonal and intergalactic melodrama, with plenty of action and surprising reveals.”


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V | Two New Reviews

Oh, and the other best part was seeing Elizabeth Mitchell get to kick more ass and be extra-competent, taking down the shooter (fake though he was) with awesome professionalism, and then sneaking into the Visitors’ Big Brother room. If this show proves, once and for all, that Elizabeth Mitchell deserves more roles as a butt-kicking action hero, that will be a great accomplishment by itself.

And it’s hard to argue with the fine cast (Elizabeth Mitchell as a tough FBI agent

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V The Series | Review

We’re only a few episodes in but I’m into V for the long haul (which means waiting until Spring of 2010 for the second half of the season.) I’m enjoying the pace of the reveals, I like the characters a lot and I see Visitors everywhere I look. I think this show is so fitting for the climate we live in today, even more so than when the original was made. The idea of sleeper agents among us, living next door, ready to turn on us at any moment. No one is safe and I really feel that from Elizabeth Mitchell’s character. I’m also very intrigued by the idea of a priest as one of the story’s main heroes. Religion keeps cropping up in all of my favorite shows and that, I believe, is also a sign of the times.

V gets an A


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V: The invasion begins | Review

ABC’s new show, ‘V’, proves to be a sci-fi hit


ABC has already produced a slew of successful new series this season, and the network can now add the Tuesday night sci-fi drama “V” to that list.

Based on the 1983 miniseries of the same name, the show revisits the idea that there are life forms on other planets, but instead of us finding them, they find us. As the “visitors” – commonly known as “V’s” – arrive on earth in massive hovering pods, they disguise themselves in human skin. There are about 30 total pods, which the V’s call “the motherships,” covering every major city in the world. The show follows the mothership over New York City.

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