This is a translation from a French version.
Can you talk about your character?
Elizabeth Mitchell: “Carine (Strand) is an investigator for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the first two episodes and at the end of the second episode she will be the leader of the group.”
The shows become more and more international, what about your work?
EM: “There is an appetite for more international shows. There is more room to make your voice heard. There is a desire to be global and tv reflects that. This is really exciting! I work with people from all around the world and I have never really experienced that before. On our set there are about 5 – 7 languages simultaneously. For me it’s fascinating! The places where we film and the people we work with are fascinating.”
Are there differences between filming a show in USA and Europe?
EM: “It becomes more and more the same. However, it is slightly different filming in Europe: they put more emphasis on the characters. There’s a bond between two worlds so that is nice for me. It is intriguing!
I think I would have never made “procedural” show because I would never have been so intrigued. My character is complicated and grim. Frank Spotnitz really took care of that aspect”
Is season 3 a reboot?
EM: “There is a physical aspect. We changed the set and the people, except for Dorn and Sebastian who are both in another place. You keep the idea of Crossing Lines but the rest is new. There isn’t a continuity with the previous stories.
So this gives a feel of innovation. It is always the same promise with new characters and it’s also a new angle. We spend more time in the courtroom, the story is more solid. Most of the time every episode has its own plot but sometimes the story continues in the following episode.
The characters are different and there is a new team. That makes the show look new.
It’s kind of a season where the problems are repaired. It has a similar promise but the design, the look, the director of photography, how to perform are different. Watching the promo you can realize there is something powerful in our director of photography and the way of filming. You notice that if you watched the first two seasons.”
Will be there a new French character in the series?
EM: “Oh my God, I hope!”
Did you enjoy playing the Snow Queen on Once Upon A Time?
EM: “Oh My Snow Queen! I had a great time playing this role. She is a broken person. I love her terribly. It’s great to be a fairy tale character, you can do everything. “
Her end is not really easy?
EM: “She appears to be a benevolent person and I like that. Although I enjoyed being an antagonistic, it’s really enjoyable to be wicked. I did not know it would have ended like that. The writers came to me and told me she was redeemed in the end. I said ‘Oh really!’. Nobody sincerely believe she was bad. This is the key.”
We’re really excited. It’s my first time. I’m thrilled that I’m having a great time. I get to work with Goran. I’m lucky! You know, I love my strong women. They’re my favorites. And they are all strong in different ways so as long as I can keep doing that I’m satisfied.
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MIP TV Interview
Studiocanal – backed producer Tandem Communications in Cannes with series three of Crossing Lines, a fast-paced thriller based around a fictional European police unit tackling cross-border crime. The new series is penned by Frank Spotnitz and features two new cast members: Goran Visnjic (ER) and Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost).
Visnjic told MIPTV News: “It was really appealing for to work with Frank and (Tandem president) Rola Bauer. It was also an opportunity to work alongside the great Donald Sutherland, who plays Michel Dorn of the International Criminal Court in all three series.”
Mitchell’s work to date has mostly been based in the US. But the prospect of filming in Europe for four months didn’t worry her: “It was really intriguing to work in so many news places. I was also excited by the fact that my character hadn’t been fully developed when I first spoke to Rola and Frank. That was an opportunity for us to develop her beyond broad strokes.”
Spotnitz was not involved in the first two series. Explaining his decision to write series three, he said: “There are so many exciting stories to be told about crime in Europe, so it’s been a great project to work on.”
Bauer said Sony’s AXN and Sat1 were continuing to back the show. She added: “We are moving into a new era with Crossing Lines and are elated to have Goran and Elizabeth. And it was great to involve someone of Frank’s calibre.”
Translation from French
Elizabeth, an American in the series, so it sells better in the USA?
Elizabeth Mitchell: Actually, Carine Strand, the character I play, is Swedish-American. She joined the team of the ICC (International Criminal course) because it feels an almost divine mission to save the world.
How is working with Donald Sutherland?
EM: Fan-tas-tic that!
Translation from French
Liz: “Working in a series like that it’s like working in a US series”.
Liz: “New Location.”
Frank Spotnitz: “Season 3 is a reboot of the show.”
Rola Bauer: “We keep the DNA of the series.”
CANNES: The prospect of working with Donald Sutherland was one of main reasons Elizabeth Mitchell and Goran Visnjic joined the cast of Tandem Productions’ Crossing Lines, the stars told World Screen Newsflash at MIPTV today.
STUDIOCANAL is launching the third season of the European crime drama to international buyers at MIPTV this week. For the new season, Tandem enlisted Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) as executive producer. Visnjic, known for his long run on ER, tells World Screen that when Spotnitz and Rola Bauer, CEO and partner of Tandem, spoke to him about the series, they hadn’t locked in details about his character. “They gave me broad strokes and said, Now we can talk about it, we can create a character together.”
Mitchell, whose TV career includes memorable roles in Lost and Revolution, says of Spotnitz and Bauer, “They’re incredibly collaborative…. I was worried about being in something that would be thought of as a procedural, because I thought I’d be bored. What they’ve done here is crafted some really interesting characters.”
Visnjic says he been “immensely enjoying myself with things I’ve never done before. A couple of days ago they blocked the streets of Prague and let me loose with an Alfa Romeo turbo diesel. I was like a kid in a candy store!”
Spotnitz says that for the third season, “We wanted to honor everyone who has loved the show for the past two years, but we also wanted to bring it new life, new characters. It’s more of everything that is great about the show.”
Bringing some freshness to the series was important, Bauer says. “If you have a chance to do a third season and you’re fortunate to get that production greenlight, then you want to give your audience something that they’re familiar with and love, and attract a new audience. You want to keep everyone curious about what the story is going to be and then turn it slightly upside down—but not completely. You want to keep the DNA of the show, but with everything that is out there in terms of TV today, if you’re going to a third season, you need to springboard into something more ambitious and different.”