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Elizabeth mitchell v “There are these visual reveals that, for me as a geeky science-fiction fan, are kind of huge,” said Mitchell, whose character, unlike most Earthlings, thinks the “Visitors” are up to no good. “For Erica, it’s gotten grittier and more tortured — she’s going against all the things she believes in” as she assembles a human resistance movement.

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Elizabeth Mitchell on ‘V,’ ‘Lost’s’ Juliet and a burning question

Elizabeth Mitchell said in a recent interview with another publication that she was surprised that “Lost” fans mourned the death of Juliet.

What? Over the course of three seasons, Juliet had become one of the show’s most compelling characters. Still, Mitchell was surprised at the sadness at Juliet’s demise?

“I was really surprised!” Mitchell said when I asked her about that in a recent interview.

Mitchell said that in her acting process, she focuses on integrity and making sure that “I believe what I’m saying and how I’m behaving.”

“I never, ever think about, ‘Will someone like it?'” Mitchell said. “If you think about that, you get into all kinds of trouble. I just created the character based on what I think is true. I was completely shocked that what goes on in my brain might be interesting someone else.”

Though she had a lot of sympathy for her character, Mitchell said she thought Juliet had some prickly qualities. The enigmatic doctor wasn’t exactly warm and outgoing like Hurley, but as played by Mitchell, who gave her a great deal of depth and shading, she was certainly compelling.

“You wouldn’t necessarily want her as a friend but you definitely wouldn’t want her as an enemy,” Mitchell said of the character.

Even though Juliet could be ruthless, I noted that I always saw a core of pain, compassion and selflessness in her. To me, she was always thinking about how to protect those she cared about or how to save her ill sister.

“That’s who I felt she was,” Mitchell said. “She loved who she loved, yet she was able to do things without remorse. … She just continued to be a hero despite herself. She probably surprised herself as much as anyone.”

So does Mitchell have a message for “Lost” fans who are mourning Juliet?

“Oh my God, yes!” she said. “Thank you, thank you, thank you so much. It’s because of you that I got to play this beautiful, amazing, complicated woman. I can’t believe she was embraced by you. And I firmly believe that because fans embraced her, that’s the reason I got to play her” for as long as she did.

Juliet and Erica, Mitchell’s “V” character, are decidedly different, she said. “Juliet is so still. I knew exactly who she was all the time,” Mitchell said. “Erica is so messy, she so much more human. She’s more like me.”

Erica, who is leading the resistance against the Visitors in the ABC drama, has “a tremendous amount of personal demons,” Mitchell added. “She’s not that great with talking things out. She’s like a guy — she just wants to do stuff and she tries really hard.”

I noted that part of the appeal of “V,” for me anyway, was the prospect of seeing two complicated, smart, devious or heroic (depending on your viewpoint) women engaged in a very tricky, high-stakes battle. (Look here for much more on the Tuesday return of “V.”)

“That’s what drew me to it, 100 percent,” Mitchell said. “I gave the script to my friend Evangeline [Lilly], we were down on the beach and I was waiting for her reaction. And she finally said, ‘Oh my God, they’re going to make this? It’s with these two women and they’re going to sell that?’ It was incredibly exciting.”

Mitchell is a major genre fan and though she had seen it when it was first on, before she began working on the “V” reboot, she re-watched the entire 1983 miniseries again.

“I would never do anything without completely researching everything, that would feel disrespectful to me,” Mitchell said. “I was always impressed with the script — the words were just so good. The way the paranoia was wrapped up in the parents’ seeing their children in the [Visitor-supplied] uniforms and parents being unable to trust their kids. I thought it was delicious.”

And taking a production break in the middle of the “V” season didn’t present a problem, she said. “I have a four year old, so it’s never hard to take a break,” she said with a laugh.

“In a way, it was such a crazy thing to come into doing this show after working on ‘Lost,'” she added. “I think it was wonderful for me to be able to take a step back and figure out what I really wanted to do and how I would create this person. I don’t feel like we lost momentum — it was more like, we built excitement to go back to work and we were rested and ready and really charged up.”

And now….

There’s an obvious question I had to ask Mitchell when I interviewed her.
DO NOT read on unless you want to know the answer to that question.
DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU WANT TO SEE INFORMATION ABOUT “LOST.”

THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING.

(And by the way, Mitchell said that she had the OK from ABC to briefly talk about this situation. “It’s already out there,” she said, and indeed it is, via this story and possibly others.)

I asked Mitchell whether ….

Juliet would be returning to “Lost.”

Yes, she is. In fact, Mitchell was about to board a plane to Hawaii when I spoke to her by phone. She said Juliet would be in at least one episode — possibly more, but she wasn’t sure. All her Juliet scenes were to be filmed in one chunk, and she wasn’t sure if those scenes might end up in more than one episode.

“You know how it is, they play it very close to the vest,” Mitchell said.

I semi-jokingly asked if Juliet would die for a third time when the character returns (she appeared to die in the Season 5 finale, only to die in Sawyer’s arms in the Season 6 premiere).

Mitchell laughed.

“I actually said that — I said, I don’t want to come back and die again,” Mitchell said. “So hopefully, they listened. We’ll see.”

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