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Elizabeth Mitchell stars opposite Allen. Her past credits include the mother in Frequency, Molly in Nurse Betty, and her breakthrough performance in the HBO production, Gia, opposite Angelina Jolie. She is widely known for her role as Dr. Kim Legaspi on the NBC series ER. Mitchell became involved with the project through the desire of the director. “Michael came to me, which I thought was a surprise-it’s not my usual fare. I didn’t think that I was in any way big enough. I do little movies.” Mitchell plays the role of the principal, and obviously the possible love interest of Scott Calvin [Tim Allen].
She plays it sternly and often disturbingly tough, as though she was dealing with students from Dangerous Minds. “My boyfriend was holding my hand and I swear to you he let it go. When I was playing it I thought I was just being exacting and kind of tough. Maybe I have an evil side I’m not aware of,” Mitchell said.
She has a deep admiration for Tim Allen after spending endless hours with him on the set. “I realized you’re really only as good as the person with you. And Tim is so funny,” she said. “Everything I do in that movie is just reacting to him and trying not to laugh, and in some cases trying not to cry. He actually has the ability to be truly genuine and amazing.” Mitchell was not always a star of the screen. “Money was always a problem. I worked every temp job you could possibly work,” Mitchell recalled. “I’m also a huge believer in education. I was educated up the wazoo before I actually started to work professionally.” An understatement if anything.
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