Part of “Old Info And News”
April 23, 2007
Lost at sea
Leaving the island behind, the stunning actress goes nautical and dishes on her hit show and Angeina.
Lost star Elizabeth Mitchell was never a model, but the statuesque actress sure looks like one as she tries on clothing and hangs on a yacht for OK!’s photoshoot in Marina Del Rey, California The 5-foot-9 beauty, who plays Juliet Burke, one of the mysterious “others” on the ABC drama, love wearing the ’60 nautical-inspired clothes.
The longtime film and TV actress, 36, who was raised in Dallas, got her first big break as Angelina Jolie’s lover in 1998 TV movie Gia. She played another lesbian role on ER from 2000 through 2001. Since then, she’s best known for playing Tim Allen’s wife in The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Excape Clause.
Now, she’s living in Hawaii and enjoying being part of the ensemble cast of Lost.
Here, Elizabeth tells OK! about the show and life with husband and their 1-year-old son, Chris Jr. (C.J.)
How do you feel about your Lost character?
I’m thrilled and excited that they put a complex, intelligent woman….on a big TV show. I’ve been in love with Juliet since I first read her. She’s not a mystery to me. The character and why she does the things she does intrigues me.
What can you say about upcoming story lines?
I know some of the answers that [fans] don’t. There’s a mind-blowing twist coming up for my flashback. My husband actually let out a scream when he was reading one of the scripts.
Do you hang out with the Lost cast much?
It’s not one of those shows where there’s a lot of down time. [Once], Jorge [Garcia] brought in a card table, and we all played cards. Jorge made the game up… it was a real party that night. I think there was fairly active use of a fart machine.
How do you stay in shape?
Yoga. Walking. To be hones with you, I don’t think about it that much. [My son]C.J. weights 35 pounds, and he loves to be picked up, so I would imagine I probably do a couple thousand curls a day.
I do eat a lot of really healthy things – unprocessed food, as many fruits and vegetables as I possibly can, and lean proteins.
What’s your favorite piece of clothing?
My lucky shirt [refers to a striped blur and white cotton oxford she’s wearing]. My best friend and I found [it] in our New York apartment when we first moved there. We were like “Some rich guy threw out this great shirt!” As soon as we found the shirt, our lives started getting a lot more interesting. So…we trade it off. We both have worn it for 13 years now.
What was your worst fashion moment ever?
I was a teenager in the ’80s – I don’t know if I’ve had just one! [laughs] I had a black bandage dress with cutouts, like Madonna. In Dallas, it was big frizzy hair and bangs. We used Aqua Net, and if it got wet, it smelled like wet dog.
How big a priority is fashion in your life?
I don’t really have time to go shopping, but, when I have a chance to, I love Christian Loubotin and Jimmy Choo shoes, hells (which makes everyone laugh because I’m so tall). I have no problem walking in them. I’m into the Catherine Deneuve style, that clean-edged kind of look. Dolce & Gabbana makes a couple suits that I’m crazy about. Phillip Lim has great little slip dress, and, of course, I love Armani. I’m still completely fascinated by Ralph Lauren because he tends to do upscale casual so well.
Tell us about your husband, Chris.
He’s an actor. He teaches, and he performs with an improv troupe called The Edge. I’m a workaholic slob and he’s pretty laid-back and can keep things together. I’m a terrible cook; he’s a wonderful cook. He’s funny and expressive, and I tend to be more of a reader and spend a lot of time alone. He makes me laugh like crazy, and he gives me the most wonderful gifts, like a book every week of the year.
What’s your son like?
He has wonderful comedic ability. He’ll stand just talking to you and then all of a sudden face-plant in the sand and get up and laugh. He takes a myriad of tumbles throughout the day, mostly with complete safety.
What was it like working with Angelina Jolie in Gia?
She’s so easy to work with and such a pro and incredibly kind, so working with her was a dream. In Gia, [my character] was a straight woman who fell in love with Gia for obvious reason, because she was captivating.
Have you guys stayed in touch?
We’d check in with each other every once in a while just because – she’s just a great person to know, if you get to talk to her. I can’t imagine anyone better. But we really just mainly worked. I don’t usually spend a lot of social time with the people I work with because I find that it takes always from the role.