Following her popular stint on “Lost,” Elizabeth Mitchell is now facing off against aliens instead of smoke monsters on “V.”
‘V’ is a remake of the popular 1980s sci-fi series of the same name. The new show began with its first four episodes last fall, and returned to primetime Tuesday night.
During an interview with CTV.ca, Mitchell, who plays FBI counter-terrorism agent Erica Evans, says she’s embraced her leap from traditional dramatic roles into the heady world of science fiction.
“I’ve always loved sci-fi. And when an opportunity came up to play a lead protagonist woman in sci-fi, I was absolutely thrilled. When I was 7 years old, that was my dream job. So you sometimes have bow to the kid in you,” says Mitchell.
“But as far as it being one thing or the other, I’m — I’ve had such a joyous life playing all kinds of either reprehensible or angelic people, and I hope to continue to do that. I like all sides of the human psyche, so to speak.”
Mitchell has also had a recurring role on “ER” as Dr. Kim Legaspi, and co-starred in “Gia” with Angelina Jolie. Mitchell was born in Los Angeles, raised in Dallas, Texas.
Like the original series, “V” takes place in a modern day world where 29 massive space ships appear all over the globe, hovering above the major cities. However, the twist this time around is that the extra-terrestrial “Visitors” have actually been monitoring Earth for a long time, and have covertly infiltrated human centres of power at every level.
Evans (played by Mitchell) stumbles upon the true reptilian nature and becomes a member of the resistance against the alien presence, all the while unaware that her son Tyler (Logan Huffman) has fallen in love with a V, Lisa, who is played by Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort.
Mitchell has also recently guest starred on “Lost” as the reformed Other Juliet, and will return for another appearance during the show’s six and final season.
“I loved Juliet because she was sneaky. You didn’t know how much power there was [with her]. With Erica, you get a pretty good indication. She’s got a fairly massive right hook, which is nice,” says Mitchell with a laugh.
As for the biggest question of all, Mitchell will admit that she does believe there could be life on other planets.
“I think there kind of has to be. There’s too much space.”
“V” airs in Canada Tuesday nights on /A. Check your local listings for details.