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SOU Interview: “Out in the open”

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Frebruary 21, 1995

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After several months on Loving as Dinah Lee, Elizabeth Mitchell admits that she is still pretty unprepared for the changes that stardom has brought… especially her newfound visibility. The actress recounts a couple of amusing incidents when she was spotted looking less than her best. “I was coming out of my building this one morning, and my face was all red because my cat scratched me right between the eyes. And there was a photographer there who snapped my picture!” she says, laughing.

Another time, Mitchell was “greasy” from just working out, and was suffering from a post-facial break-out on top of it… when she was forced to face two fans who approced her while they were all shopping at Urban Outfitters. “Normally, I look bad, but these times I definitely looked worse,” she says, “It’s a good thing I’m not that vain!”

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SOM Interview | The Straitlaced Stripper

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February 7, 1995

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The tantalizing scene when Dinah Lee provided Trucker with a private striptease had Elizabeth Mitchell blushing between takes, even though she’d practiced her routine beforehand with a choreographer. “I toned it down in a major way, plus I got to pick out the underwear,” reveals Elizabeth, who sported heels, stockings, black lace and garter belts. Reassured that the lingerie offered more coverage than a bathing suit, she still ran for cover from the cast and crew whenever the cameras weren’t rolling. “There was a post that I danced around, and between takes, I hid behind it. Brendan (the show’s stage manager) said to me, “Thousands of people are going to be watching you do this. Maybe shyness is not a good thing right now,'” laughs Elizabeth. “I did the whole thing with a good sense of humor.”

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Loving | SOW Interview: Dinah Lee and Trucker: happily ever after?

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February 7, 1995

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Dinah Lee and Trucker: happily ever after?

The discovery that the body in Trisha’s grave is not Trisha effectively ends Trucker and Dinah Lee’s plan to live happily ever after on Loving.

Says Elizabeth Mitchell (Dinah Lee), “The first thing she thinks is, ‘it’s over, I’ve lost him again.’ Dinah Lee loves Trucker in the way where she wants him to be as happy as he possibly can. She’s upset that this is making him unhappy. She can’t pretend things are OK, because they’re not. Her heart is broken. Every day a little something more gets her upset.”

Trucker is torn. He loves Dinah Lee, but feels the need to search for Trisha. Dinah Lee overhears Alex and Trucker talking about Alex searching for Trisha, and she cancels the wedding. Trucker’s response is to take Dinah Lee to a justice of the peace anyway, vowing that they will marry tonight. “He just picks her up and carries her out,” laughs Mitchell.

Unfortunately, Alex and Ava arrive and tell the couple they can’t marry until Trisha is declared legally dead. Mitchell says, “I don’t think Dinah Lee really wanted to do it, anyway. She’s watching Trucker go through all this denial [about the possibility that Trisha is alive]. I don’t think she’s happy about anything, and she wasn’t really looking forward to it.”

Complicating matters is Christopher (Trucker and Trisha’s son), who, this week, asks Dinah Lee if he can call her “Mom.” “She says, ‘Why don’t you just call me Dinah Lee?'” says Mitchell.

Trucker hits the road by week’s end, but he’s bound to be surprised by Dina Lee’s request.

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SOD: Small Interview About Loving

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January 31, 1995

emlov5.jpgWill Dinah Lee (Elizabeth Mitchell) ever forgive Curtis for causing the plane crash? Mitchell responds: “She almost does, because she’s more angry at herself. I think she blames herself for leading Curtis astray. I think she’s blocking out [what happened], and I think she’ll continue to block.”

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Loving | Interview: Runnin’ with the Night

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Runnin’ with the Night

LOVING elizabeth mitchell.jpgThough she’s living in the heart of Manhattan now, Loving’s new Dinah, Elizabeth Mitchell, is a Texas gal at heart. Originally from Dallas, the beautiful actress admits that even though she’s lived in the Big Apple for a while, she still often longs for home.

“My whole family’s (in Dallas) and I’m really family-oriented, so as much as I possibly can I go home,” Mitchell admits. Two activities she especially enjoys in Dallas are watching tapes of Loving with her grandmother, and being able to roam the city as she pleases.

“I was walking down the street (the other) night (in Dallas) by myself at like 1:00 in the morning,” she recalls. “I love to walk; I love to run, and who knows what hour I’m going to do it at. I have so much energy! I like to get it out of my system sometimes.”

Mitchell has had to get used to running at more regular hours in New York, for obvious reasons: “You don’t have any illusions of being safe there.” But even though the actress has had to clip her night owl wings – and may long for some foliage now and then – she says New York is still a great place for a creative person to live; it may be a little more frenetic than Dallas, but, “it keeps you up.”

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SOD Interview | A Liz In Wonderland

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January 17, 1995

A Liz In Wonderland
Loving Welcomes Elizabeth Mitchell To (Dinah Lee) Mayberry

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Elizabeth Mitchell’s new job is keeping her up at night. “Yesterday I went and got my scripts for all of next week, and I was so excited I couldn’t sleep,” laughs the Texas-raised actress who assumed the role of Loving’s Dinah Lee Mayberry last August after Jessica Collins quit to pursue other interests. “I kept thinking, “Well I could do this here, or I could do this, or I could try this.’ It was 2 o’clock in the morning and I was still looking through my scripts.” She feel, she says like “Alice in Wonderland.”

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SOW Amazing Review About Elizabeth’s Performance On Loving

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December 27, 1994

emlov6.jpgLoving: The Aldens’ injuries, illnesses and recoveries dominated the month, but newcomer Elizabeth Mitchell’s performance as Dinah Lee was even more exceptional and enjoyable. We were on the edge of our seats waiting for Dinah Lee to speak in complete sentences, and we weren’t disappointed when D-L triumphed over her stroke and uttered three in a row. Mitchell’s scenes in the institution with Christopher Marcantel’s Curtis were heatbreaking, scary and real. Hmmm… maybe there’s hope for Curtis and Dinah Lee.

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