V’s Elizabeth Mitchell on Characters, Change and Comics

Stepping straight from ABC’s award-winning series Lost where she portrayed Juliet Burke, Elizabeth Mitchell slipped into the very different shoes of V’s Erica Evans, a women who fights for her home, her family, and for humanity.

When asked about this season’s  explosive finale, Mitchell said, “I think that our first season was so much about setting it up, setting up the playing field, making it all work.  And unfortunately, I think some of that can be kind of dull for me.  You know, the exposition, the this, the that.  Some of it was great and some of it kind of… (shrugs)  But you know, we had to figure it out, we had to find it out.  And now we’ve come to the place where we get to move the ball.  So, I’m excited about that.”

“I’m excited about moving forward, about some of the characters getting more complex, I’m excited about heightening the drama, the romance,  the things that can go horribly wrong.  And I’m really excited about fracturing the characters.  I’m so happy to know that they’re going to be a little bit broken, because that makes people more interesting.  I don’t know if you guys ever read comic books, but you know how it always gets to the best part and it says to be continued? You know the story builds and your like, meh, and then you get to the the last two pages you’re like, this is so … and getting so … and you go, oh come on!  I feel like this [V] right now about [the to be continued].”

And since we were at Comic Con, one of the biggest comic book conventions in the world, we just had to know what comics Elizabeth Mitchell was reading!  “I hate to admit it, but when I was a kid read Archie and Veronica.  Right now we read the Hulk because its my son’s favorite.  So anything to do with the Hulk, even the newer ones where you’re like, who is that guy?  Even the ones where it splits off … whatever.”

And does it stop there?  Not at all!  Mitchell continues, “And then of course, She-Hulk.  We have to read that because my son says she’s hot.  He’s four and a half.  So we were reading that the other night.  He’s four and a half and I read him grownup comic books, and I know this is wrong but I can’t stop because he sees them and his eyes (get big), and he’s like, ‘mom!’  And he says ‘I love that!’  So I figure as long as I have him with me, and they have strong women and he sees me on set, and he loves them…”  I guess when you’re a role modal for strong, feminine characters you can’t be surprised when your children follow suit!

When asked whether she planned on picking anything up at the convention, Mitchell said she’d love to go out on the floor and peruse the comic books, and speculated that if she were in a pair of jeans with her hair tied up, no one would recognize her!  Of course, with highly muscled body guards in tow, the chance at recognition is a foregone conclusion.  Looks like Elizabeth Mitchell’s days of wandering around anonymously might be over, regardless of her apparel.

Before she moved on from our table to chat with other members of the press, Mitchell was complimented on her creating such distinct and different character as Juliet Burke and Erica Evans.  “It was so different taking on a different role and I got really excited about the possibilities of it.  And I feel like that’s what we did in the first season, is we showed what they (the characters) might be.  And I really get to go from there.  As an actor who loves to stretch out a little bit, I’m thrilled.  I hope that it turns out well, but if it doesn’t that’s fine too.  I’m just really excited about about everything.”

And we’re excited to see Elizabeth when V returns this November!

Kristen

Kristen, a freelance writer, has been a part of the Whedonverse Network since 2004 and Managing Editor since 2008.She has contributed news items as well as feature pieces reporting on and exploring the wide, wide world of Whedon and beyond.

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Kristen, a freelance writer, has been a part of the Whedonverse Network since 2004 and Managing Editor since 2008. She has contributed news items as well as feature pieces reporting on and exploring the wide, wide world of Whedon and beyond.

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