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June 8, 2001

Texan sinks her teeth into role in upcoming ‘The Beast’ Candy Havens Star

Despite being born in Los Angeles, Elizabeth Mitchell considers herself a Texan. She spent her childhood in Dallas, where she attended an arts magnet high school and worked in local theater.

For the past five years, the 31-year-old actress has been working steadily in film and TV in Los Angeles. Some of her more high-profile film roles are in Gia and Frequency. Most recently, she appeared on NBC’s ER. She has two upcoming films, Double Bang and Hollywood Palms.

On Wednesday, Mitchell’s new series, The Beast, premieres on ABC (9 p.m., WFAA/Channel 8). She talks about some of the tough subjects tackled on the show, and her role on ER.

Q: What did you think of all the attention your story line received on ER because you played a lesbian?
A: I was a little surprised. I didn’t really think about playing a lesbian role when I accepted the job. It didn’t matter to me. I was excited to be working with such wonderful people, and it was an amazing experience.

Q: Is it true you fought for this role on The Beast?
A: Yes, she is such an incredible character. She’s a fascinating person with an interesting background, and there are just so many layers to her. Her father was a missionary and her mother died when she was young. She had this very moral upbringing and she has this thing for the underdog. I saw her almost like one of the old-fashioned movie stars.

Q: An upcoming episode deals with the death penalty. Did you find yourself questioning your own beliefs?
A: I think we all did. When you watch it, it doesn’t come out for or against. This man killed his wife and his daughter, which is a horrific thing. Should we kill him? It’s a huge argument. I’m opposed to the death penalty, but if someone touched one of my family members or the people I love, I can’t tell you what I would do. I don’t think we know how we feel until we are confronted with that. I think that is what the show does.

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