While Mitchell’s character, Erica, had a hell of a first season trying to save her teenage son, fight off alien invaders and, in the process, save the world, Mitchell told AfterEllen.com last week that we haven’t seen anything yet.
Has the show changed at all from Season 1 to 2? How is Mitchell coping with the stunts and action, week after week? And who on the show is suggesting that Erica and the evil alien leader Anna (Morena Baccarin) lock lips? Read on and find out.
AfterEllen.com: Talk to me about the journey from Season 1 to 2. Has there been some fine-tuning?
Elizabeth Mitchell: I think it’s a lot different than Season 1. I’ve been pretty vocal about the fact that I thought, in Season 1, we did too much talking about what we needed to do, and not as much doing what we needed to do.
In Season 2, we’re doing what we need to do and I really prefer that. It’s much more fun to watch. I think it’s a sci-fi show. What I’ve always hoped for is an intelligent popcorn thriller. I’m not hoping for a beautiful Merchant-Ivory film or Anna Karenina. I just want it to be really, really fun and kind of believable at the same time.
AE: In watching the first three episodes of the upcoming season, you’re really kicking butt and taking names. How have you held up with all the physicality of playing Erica?
EM: I trained all summer so I could do it and do it with ease, so it’s been pretty good and it’s always good to outrun the boys! I’ve had a great time and it definitely breaks up the monotony of a 16-hour shoot at night. It’s like kindergarten when you get to go out for recess. That’s what the stunts are! It gives you a bit of a recess.