V’s Elizabeth Mitchell Would Like Erica to Win. For Once!
IGN talks to the global Fifth Column leader about upcoming deaths, hooking up with Hobbes and working with O.G. V alum Marc Singer
US, March 14, 2011 March 14, 2011 March 14, 2011
On Tuesday, March 15th, it all comes to a head on ABC as V is set to thrill us with an explosive Season 2 finale that promises alien sex, hostage taking, death and destruction. With “Mother’s Day” fast approaching, we here at IGN spoke with series star Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays FBI Agent/Global Resistance Leader Erica Evans, about losing characters from the show, hooking up with Hobbes and working with O.G. V alum Marc Singer!
IGN TV: What can we expect from Erica Evans in the finale?
Elizabeth Mitchell: What can we expect from Erica? Well, I’m actually enjoying the trajectory that Erica’s on. Just continuing to press forward. I always have this analogy of people that I like and it’s, “If they can’t go through the door then they find a window and if they can’t through the window they bust through the wall. And I feel like she’s doing that with Anna right now. I feel like Erica’s doing everything she possibly can to win. And that’s a fun thing for me to play and hopefully a fun thing for people to watch.
IGN: So you’re liking the new harder-edged Erica?
Mitchell: Yeah, I am. I mean, I think it’s the way it has to be and I’m absolutely thrilled that it was what they decided to do. I think sometimes protagonists in any kind of action adventure sci-fi series can sometimes be the most benign of all the characters and I feel very lucky that that’s not how it’s turned out. I feel like she’s taking on some qualities that make her intriguing to me to play.
IGN: It’s well known now that not every character is going to make it past this finale. Are you sad to see these actors leave the show? Are you sad to see them go?
Mitchell: I am sad to see these actors go. You get really close with each other. We work really long hours and I know you hear this from everybody but it’s a close set. You know I was a casualty on Lost and a couple people were before me and so I’m certainly familiar with the feeling that goes along with it. But it’s never easy. It’s never easy to realize “okay, I don’t get to play with you anymore. I mean, from a purely selfish perspective. And it’s never easy for someone to say, to tell you, “This is the end of the road for your character.” But normally it’s done for good reasons, so they say. And I think sometimes that it’s interesting that characters go and then you miss them so much that they come back! [laughs] I guess I have somewhat of a Lost mentality about that. Anything is possible. So it doesn’t really feel like a death is a death is a death.
IGN: Especially on a sci-fi series. Deaths don’t have to be permanent.
Mitchell: Right. Anything is possible. So it doesn’t really feel like a death is a death is a death.
IGN: We’re all crossing our fingers for a third season pickup for the show. Where would you like to see Erica go in Season 3?
Mitchell: Well, I’m really enjoying where she’s at right now and where she’s been going since episode six, so I’d love to see her continue to go down that road. And I’d like to see her win. For once. [laughs] I mean, maybe it’s just me but I would like to see her be effective. And I would like to her continue to be determined and forced to make insanely impossible choices. And what that kind of life can do to a person. And how it shapes a person. All of that is interesting to me as an actor so all of that would be really fun. I’d love to work with all these people again. I really treasure them.
IGN: Were you surprised by the Erica/Hobbes hook up?
Mitchell: Yeah, when I read it. But at the same time, I felt like we’d been building to that. We’d been going down that road I guess. She was being so reckless and it was getting to be so much that when you put man candy in the room then I guess that has to happen. But I’m good with it. I liked it. I felt like it worked, and I don’t usually like anything. They’re both two very very wounded people. And she doesn’t know all of the things that he has done. You know, like kill her husband and such. I was intrigued by it. It’s always fun to engage in something that might be morally questionable for your character.
IGN: Marc Singer, from the original V, is in the season finale. What was it like working with him?
Mitchell: Oh, I loved working with Marc so much. He is such a gentleman. Just a lovely actor. He comes in and he’s just the man. He knows what he’s doing. He’s very tall and he’s from Texas. And I came in with my high heel boots and he was like “Ahh. Yeah, looky you.” [laughs] But he’s good. He’s got it.