Boston Herald, May 18 2010

Fame is not an alien concept for ‘V’ star Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell is a seasoned warrior.

She battled Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) on “Lost” and fooled the Dharma Initiative. Now the actress is picking a fight with something not of this world on ABC’s “V.”

The first-season finale airs tonight at 10:02 on WCVB (Ch. 5). The network has picked up the show for a second season.

“It is a huge night for us. They have pulled out all the stops,” Mitchell told the Herald during a recent telephone interview from her Bainbridge Island, Wash., home. “There will be casualties on both sides, which is good, but at the same time is heartbreaking.”

In tonight’s episode, Mitchell’s FBI agent Erica Evans finally confronts Morena Baccarin’s devious alien Anna.

Until now Erica has watched Anna recruit humans to her cause.

Mitchell said taking action before now would have been a suicide mission for Erica.

“Even this is pretty risky,” said the 40-year-old mother of one. “We go into this not knowing one way or another.”

Mitchell couldn’t offer more details, other than to say that there will be an alien birth and some characters will turn out to be different than previously thought.

“The stakes are high, the relationships are defined. I am a sci-fi nut. I like it to be really good and really active,” she said of tonight’s action-packed show.

And as with “Lost,” the lithe beauty does her own stunt work.

“I might be a control freak. My stunt double is fantastic, I don’t know why I don’t let her do it,” she said.

“When I did go into acting, we were trained to do all our own fighting. I was basically trained to miss,” Mitchell said. “Everything I love to do, all of Shakespeare, which I love, had an aspect of violence and high drama.”

No wonder she was so popular as “other” Juliet Burke on “Lost.” As ABC’s prized drama comes to a close, Mitchell said she trusts “Lost” writers and producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse’s vision. (Even if they did kill off Juliet at the start of the season.)

“I’m always surprised by (the episodes), which is really nice,” said Mitchell, who recently filmed her last scene. “They have this way of doing things where you think that’s the way it should be.”

So in the end, who should Juliet be with (even if only in the flash-sideways continuity), Jack or Sawyer?

“I’ve always been fairly on the fence about that,” Mitchell said. “I always felt like Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) had fantastic chemistry. It was such a thrill for me watching them work together. (But) I really enjoyed Juliet with Sawyer. She was peaceful.”

Source: BostonHerald