TCA 2009 Interviews

Elizabeth Mitchell and Morena Baccarin talk about the upcoming sci-fi remake.

August 20, 2009 – One of the series IGN TV is most excited about this fall is the new version of V. Like in the original 1980s miniseries, the science fiction story finds alien “Visitors” arriving on Earth, with a message of peace – but hiding their true purposes, not to mention their true, green scaled skin. The strong cast includes two women who come with their own passionate fanbases – Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell and Firefly‘s Morena Baccarin.

I recently had the opportunity to speak to both of the actresses, who play two very different characters – though both are certainly strong women.

Mitchell plays Erica Evans, an FBI agent whose character quickly gets involved in the Visitors actions on several personal levels, and investigates whether there might be cause to join a resistance movement. Coming off of playing the initially ambiguous Juliet on Lost, Mitchell said of Erica, “I think what I liked was the out and out fact that [Erica] was a hero. The people who do what she does are heroes to me. I love that she’s a mother and I love how emotional she is. She doesn’t guard her emotions as much and I kind of like that. To be able to turn that on and seeing how it feels, I think it might be really interesting. Plus, she’s tough and I love, love, love tough women.”

Playing Mitchell’s FBI partner is another Firefly alum, Alan Tudyk. While he and Baccarin don’t share any scenes in the pilot, Baccarin said they had “exchanged some emails” discussing their excitement over V.

Mitchell had previously let it be known she adored Tudyk, and laughed when that was mentioned to her, replying, “I love him! I know, I really love him! I told him that when I met him. He came in the dressing room and I go, ‘Hey, I love you!’ And he’s like, ‘Okay…’ He’s so quick. He’s so clever. We improv’d a lot of our stuff in our scenes. We worked so well together. He’s so funny and articulate and good, that to me, sharing screen time with him was such a pleasure. I just watched him.”

So given the true appearance of the Visitors, will we see Baccarin sporting green, lizard like skin soon? Mitchell certainly endorsed the idea, exclaiming, “I want to see Morena as a lizard! What does she look like under all of that gorgeous skin?” When I joked that she probably looked like a particularly sexy lizard, Mitchell replied, “Probably! She must be! She has to be. Don’t you think she’d have to be a pretty lizard? I mean look at her, you can’t take your eyes off of her.”

In the new V, Mitchell’s character’s teenage son becomes very intrigued by the aliens – especially when he meets a particularly attractive female Visitor played by Smallville‘s Laura Vandervoort. Asked if this storyline could lead to a new version of that birth from the original, Mitchell said, “Maybe, maybe. I’m not sure. Although I’m pretty excited about it! To see who’s going to be that ‘star child’ or whatever… that’s awesome!”

Source: IGN (Full Article)

Elizabeth Mitchell said that she watched the original series on television when she was a child. “I did watch the show when I was a kid,” she said. “I think I was about 13. I was allowed to watch an hour of television with my parents. I really liked it. I liked the escape of it, and I liked the entertainment of it. It was a fun night for me. We kind of made a celebration of it, and I hope that other teenagers will do that with their parents. It’s something that kids don’t do as much anymore. Oh, my God, I sound like I’m 80. (Laughs.) But, yes, I did watch it back in the day.”

“You found like the prettiest girl you could possibly find,” Mitchell chimed in, “and you’re going to make her eat a rodent!”
“We asked her if she had any problems with rodents,” said Peters, “and she said, “No.” That was her fault.”
“I don’t mind holding them,” joked Baccarin.
“That was before she got the part,” joked Morris Chestnut. “Now she cares about it.”
“Actors getting a part will say anything,” joked Mitchell.

As for Alan Tudyk, who guest stars in the pilot as the partner of FBI Agent Erica Evans (Mitchell), the producers said that he’ll be back on the series in some capacity. (Mitchell herself said of Tudyk: “I love him. I want him, love him.)

For Mitchell, V is the opportunity to play a character very different than the ones she’s played thus far in her career.
“I’m always surprised, always grateful, and always giggling a little bit,” said Mitchell about getting to play a full-out hero. “So I hope to continue to feel that way. I loved my role on Lost. I thought it was incredibly rich, and I enjoyed every minute of playing it. And I really thought I was going to take a break in between doing that and doing this and doing the bit of Lost that I had left. And I have to say that my manager called and said that Morris [Chestnut] had read the V script and that he really liked it. So I thought, ‘Well, if he liked it, then I should read it.’ So I read it, and I really did fall in love with the character. And I called over one of my best friends, and I had her read it, and she also fell in love with the character.”

“I like playing a traditional hero,” continued Mitchell. “I don’t think I’ve ever done it before, and I think it’s big shoes to fill because we’ve had some amazing heroes. I did a panel with Sigourney Weaver, and she said she always chooses male roles because she felt like they are meatier. But this indeed started out as a woman in this incarnation, and then, in the previous one, I believe it was a man. So I’m incredibly excited, and I do feel like it’s a lot, and I’m hoping to step up to it. ”

Source: Televisionary


Press Tour Diary: ABC’s ‘V’ reboot | by Michael Ausiello

5:21 pm: Mitchell confirms for the umpteenth time that she will be returning to Lost. “I am going to be traveling to Hawaii for Lost more than once,” she says. “I can’t say whether Juliet is alive or dead, but as with all things on Lost, it will be tricky.”

Source: EW (Full Article)

The New V Will Arrive Sooner

Elizabeth Mitchell plays the FBI agent at the center of the series, who quickly begins to realize the Visitors have ulterior motives from the peaceful image they project. The actress said she was quickly drawn to the script, adding, “I really did fall in love with the character. I like playing a traditional hero. I don’t think I’ve ever done it before!”

Source: IGN (Full Article)

Cast: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Lourdes Benedicto, Morena Baccarin and Scott Wolf.

Question to Elizabeth Mitchell about Juliet: “Did you kaboom yourself with the bomb on LOST?” Elizabeth Mitchell: “I’ll be travelling to Hawaii multiple times.”
“I can’t say if I’m dead on LOST or not. You never know.”

Elizabeth Mitchell loves Alan Tudyk and got absolutely giddy about the question. “Everyone’s [characters] going to stay in their own lives..instead of being on the run from the invading army.” Question to Elizabeth about her role as a strong female character: “Always surprised. Always grateful. Always giggly.” Elizabeth likes playing a traditional hero.

Source: TV TANGO (Full Article)


Elizabeth Mitchell’s days on “Lost” aren’t over just yet.

In the closing seconds of the Season 5 finale of the ABC show, Elizabeth’s character, Juliet, appeared to detonate an atomic bomb in an attempt to reboot the island’s timeline.
But at Saturday’s ABC Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, Calif., to promote her new show, the retooled alien invasion drama “V,” Elizabeth said she’s got a lot of filming still left to do as “Lost’s” Juliet.
“I will actually be back on ‘Lost.’ I am going to be traveling to Hawaii more than once,” she said of the show’s production location. “It did seem I kaboomed myself with a bomb. I don’t think it’s going to be that way. So we’ll see how that plays out.”
However, she wouldn’t say what her appearance would mean.
“I can’t say whether I’m dead or not,” she said. “But as in all things in ‘Lost,’ it will be fairly tricky.”
In the meantime, Elizabeth will star in “V” alongside Scott Wolf and Morena Baccarin, beginning Nov. 3.
The sixth and final season of “Lost” begins in early 2010.

Source: Hollywood Access

Yesterday at the ABC TCAV roundtable discussion, Elizabeth Mitchell confirmed that she’ll be appearing on LOST in the upcoming season, most likely for more than one episode. During the discussion, she stated: “It did seem that I kaboomed myself with a boom…I don’t think it’s going to be that way. I am going to be travelling to Hawaii more than once, because my [V] producers said it’s okay.”
It’s good to know she’ll be along for more of the ride on the island (or off?) next season. Whether she went “boom” or not, the character of Juliet grew even more during the Dharma days, and her chemistry with Josh Holloway (Sawyer) was impeccable, with her acting performance gaining the accolades of LOST fans everywhere.
What we don’t know is if the two will be reunited, or even if they’re in the same temporal or physical location.
In other TCA news, it was announced that the premiere of V will be moved up to Tuesday, November 3rd at 8pm. Whether this correlates with or frees up Mitchell for additional episodes of LOST is unknown as shooting for the inaugural season of V is expected to begin in two weeks and wrap up in early January.
I would suspect we’ll see Juliet on LOST more during the waning episodes of the series, perhaps culminating in the reunion we all hope for? Only time will tell.

Source: TV Overmind

Elizabeth Mitchell is a lead on ABC’s V, but she told reporters on Saturday that she will indeed return to her role as Juliet on Lost, though she appeared to have died in a nuclear explosion at the end of the fifth season.
A journalist at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif., asked if she’d indeed “kaboomed” herself.
“It did seem that I kaboomed myself with the bomb,” Mitchell said. “I like that word, anyway. I don’t think it’s going to be that way. I am going to be traveling to Hawaii more than once, so we’ll see how that plays out, because my [V] producers have said it’s all right, so that’s good.”
Call it synergy: ABC says she can be on both of their shows. It sounds like a guest spot on Lost‘s sixth and final season, though. “Yes, I will actually be back on Lost,” she said. “I can’t say whether I’m dead or not, but as in all things in Lost, it’ll be fairly tricky.”
Later, she told a group of reporters: “I really love half of it. As in all things with the writers, I know that the half that I’m like, ‘Really?’ is the stuff I’m going to be like, ‘That was the best thing I ever did!”
Lost returns in early 2010.

Source: SciWire

With sci-fi reboots all the rage, ABC is updating the 1984 miniseries V about an alien invasion of Earth.
In the show, which debuts Nov. 3, Lost star Elizabeth Mitchell will play an FBI agent trying to figure out what weird mysteries lie beneath the skin of the “Visitors,” aliens that have thrown earthlings for a loop by promising peace, love and understanding of advanced technologies.
“I really fell in love with this character,” said Mitchell at a Saturday press conference in Hollywood. “I like playing a traditional hero.”
Mitchell, the Lost star who said she watched the original V when she was a kid, referred to her recent appearance on the “Wonder Women: Female Power Icons in Pop Culture” panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego last month when talking about the alien-fighting FBI agent she plays in V.
“I did a panel with Sigourney Weaver and she said she always chooses male roles because she felt like they are meatier,” Mitchell said. “In the previous version of V, I believe my character was a man, so I’m excited and hoping to step up to it.”
V also features Morena Baccarin (Serenity) as Anna, leader of the Visitors, along with Scott Wolf, Morris Chestnut, Logan Huffman, Joel Gretsch and Laura Vandervoort.
Will Mitchell fall victim to the Visitors’ charms? First she has to finish her gig on Lost. When last seen, her character Juliet Burke was presumably getting blown to bits during the Season 5 finale.
“I am going to be traveling to Hawaii more than once,” Mitchell said. “We’ll see how that plays out. I will actually be back on Lost. I can’t say whether I’m dead or not, but as in all things in Lost, it will be fairly tricky.”
V debuts Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

Source: WIRED  (Full Article)

Elizabeth Mitchell will be coming back to Lost. She knows how & why but can’t say. Also, in totally unrelated news, she liked my pedicure. – AmyTVGal Twitter

Just got to hang out with Elizabeth Mitchell for a bit before we start up intvs again. I will say again, I have a girl crush on her. Awesome- NatalieAbrams (from E!Online)

“Always surprised. Always grateful. Always giggly.” Elizabeth Mitchell answer to a question about playing strong female character. – TVTango