Hollywood Reporter Interview

June 2013

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Getting serious with Kevin Bacon, Jim Caviezel, Michael Cudlitz, Giancarlo Esposito,  Elizabeth Mitchell and Sigourney Weaver

But, Seriously… All kidding aside, six top TV actors open up about their very dramatic jobs.

Try to guess which of the Following actors once tried to impress a director by jumping up and down on a sofa and barking like a dog. Does it sound like something Kevin Bacon (The Following) might do? or maybe Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest)? How about Michael Cudlitz (Southland), Elizabeth Mitchell (Revolution) or Giancarlo Esposito (also Revolution)? Hard to imagine Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals) doing that, but you never know. Read on to find out the answer to this and so many other questions like how military school made one of them a better actor, and why another thinks “guts” is the most important quality an actor can possess.

When you are approaching a new role, what do you rely on? Research? Personal experience? Instinct?

Mitchell: A lot of it is instinct but i also have a cerebral side, which I try to clamp down because it’s not helpful for an actress. Sometimes it’s better to just react. But I do have a part of me that likes to research. I like to know what this person’s world was. For Revolution, I did a lot of research into people who have been held hostage and also the mind of a scientist.

What types of dramatic roles most appeal to you?

Mitchell: I don’t love procedurals. I’m not good at it. It’s a heck of a lot of lines that don’t have any emotional meaning to me. And I just don’t think I have the kind of skill it takes to do that kind of thing and do it well. Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) is amazing! For me, I love genre because it’s a fantastic situation with real people.