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Elizabeth Mitchell Starring in “Significant Others”

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significant others stills (7).jpgSIGNIFICANT’ MOVES: “Party of Five” creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman have set Scott Bairstow, Eion Bailey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Weatherly and Elizabeth Mitchell as the stars of “Significant Others,” their new series creation produced by Columbia TriStar for the Fox Network.

The ensemble drama, which has a six-episode commitment, begins shooting Dec. 4. Fox will launch it in March.

The best known in the young cast is Bairstow, who starred in the Warner Bros. film “Wild America” and the “Lonesome Dove” syndie series. He will play one-third of a triangle of best friends, with two guys carrying a torch for their galpal. The other sides of the triangle are played by Bailey and Garner (she co-starred in the indie “Washington Square” and will be seen in the Woody Allen-directed “Deconstructing Harry”).

Weatherly, who just finished Whit Stillman’s “The Last Days of Disco,” plays Bailey’s brother, who in the pilot spontaneously marries Mitchell, the ex-girlfriend of his brother.

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L.A. Firefighters | Interview With Elizabeth

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LAFirefighters elizabeth mitchell.jpgElizabeth Mitchell (Loving) finds herself putting out fires on the home front in the new Fox series L.A. Firefighters. Her character, Laura Malloy, is a schoolteacher who is uneasy with her husband’s dangerous job as a fireman.

“She’s strong woman who is totally confused right now,” say Mitchell. “She’s crazy in love with her husband, Jack (Jarrod Emick), but he is constantly gone, and she is always afraid is going to die. She’s a mothering person who’s always wanted a mothering-type life and she doesn’t have one.”

The actress is used to the Sturm und Drang – she was on a soap, after all – but the on-location shooting schedule and single-camera technique have taken some getting used to.

“I enjoy it, but it is very hard. One day I had to burst into tears about 100 times, ” she recalls. “It was for three or four different shots of one scene, so that was really fascinating for me. On the soap you did the same scene once, maybe twice and only three times if you were really bad.”

“Being outside is weird, too,” Mitchell continues. “It’s physically a lot harder than soaps because you’re awake longer and on the set longer. All my stuff is done on location. We’ve shot on a beach and on a playground – even our bedroom is on locations!”

These bedroom scenes are pretty steamy, thanks to the hunky Emick, who made a name for himself on Broadway (including Miss Saigon and Damn Yankees, for which he won a Tony) before heading west.

According to Mitchell, “All the women on the set were saying ‘My god, where did he come from?’ Our first scene was a love scene, by the way. I had never met him before, but he is delightful. He’s a strong actor, and he’s right there with you in every scene.”

Mitchell keeps in touch with her former Loving co-stars “in a roundabout way, through different members of the crew.  Everyone is so spread out these days, but sometimes I’ll see someone and it’s great.”


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Elizabeth Mitchell leaving Loving

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April 11, 1995

sod 41195.jpgHow will Elizabeth Mitchell leave Loving behind?
Elizabeth Mitchell (Dinah Lee Mayberry)

When Trucker (Robert Tyler) went off in search of Trisha (Noelle Beck), sources on the set speculated that Dinah Lee’s days in Corinth were numbered. They were right. Mitchell will leave the show for storyline-dictated reasons, confirms a spokesperson for Loving. At press time, the rep could not provide Mitchell’s last air date.

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SOM Interview About The Poland Spring Commercial

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April 4, 1995

pscom.jpgAh, sweet misery!

Here for the first time, Elizabeth Mitchell (Dinah Lee) reveals a secret she’s been harbouring for the past two years. In order to land the still-airing commercial for Poland Springs water, Elizabeth fibbed to producers about knowing how to cross-country ski. Since she had downhill skiing experience, she figured she could wing it with the help of a how-to-book – and it worked!

“But little did I know that they’d get us up at 4 in the morning and have us ski for nine hours,” recalls Elizabeth. “We did that for two days, and at the end of each day I was dying.” While the rest of the cast and crew went out barhopping, Elizabeth stayed behind in her hotel room nursing her aching muscles. “I was sitting in the bathtub going ‘Oh my God,’ I was in so much pain.” But the agony was evidently worth it. “I made a nice amount of money on it,” smiles Elizabeth.

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Loving | SOM Interview: “Cry Me A River”

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March 21, 1995

som 32195.jpgCry me a river

Elizabeth Mitchell (Dinah Lee) was so drained after crying her eyes out over Trucker’s depature that she couldn’t bear shedding one more tear. Unfortunately, technical foul-ups required her to repeat the plaintive performance six times! “I got upset and said, ‘Why do we have to do this again?'” confides Elizabeth. “I felt so bad for yelling, but I couldn’t take it anymore.” She was particularly saddened that the crew, “the nicest guys I’ve ever met,” bore the brunt of her explosion. “I wasn’t upset with them in particular, just a the world,” she says with great sincerity. “So the next day, I baked everybody brownies and said I was sorry.” Her co-workers appreciated the peace offering and tried to wipe away her embarrassment. “They gave me a hug and told me not to worry about it. But crying a lot is hard and can be really draining after a while.”

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Loving | SOM Interview: “Softening the blow”

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March 7, 1995

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Elizabeth Mitchell rarely disagrees with wardrobe’s selections for Dinah Lee, but she recently voiced an objection due to the extreme emotionality of the upcoming scene. On the day Trucker was leaving Dinah Lee to go off in search of Trisha, Elizabeth was slated to wear black outfit with black suede boots. “I thought Dinah Lee should be wearing something soft because it’s all so sad,” says Elizabeth. “I very rarely put my foot down, but I wanted things to be right.”

She approached the costume designer about changing her outfit to a white peignoir, and the costume designer discussed her suggestion with the powers-that-be. A compromise was reached, and Elizabeth was given a pretty pink night-gown to wear.

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