Southern Star: Elizabeth Mitchell

It’s no wonder that Elizabeth Mitchell feels right at home in Revolution’s post-apocalyptic world: The NBC drama series is filmed in Texas, her native stomping grounds. We sat down with the Emmy-nominated actress to chat about her string of strong female roles (the understated Dr. Juliet Burke from Lost, anyone?), her Lone Star State roots and her real life secret weapons—yoga and green juice.

South magazine: Welcome back to Texas, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth Mitchell: Thank you! I love being here. My parents are in Dallas so it’s great to be close to them.

SM: To get started, tell me a little bit about your character Rachel Matheson, a mother and scientist on Revolutionuj. The show is set in a post-apocalyptic world. How do you identify with the character?

EM: Rachel is a little difficult for me because she herself has such a hard time being the person she wants to be on an emotional level. That’s very sad for her. It’s not dissimilar to people who are highly intelligent but who act like 15- or 17-year-olds socially. I think her intellect is fun—it’s fun to walk around with a brain like that. Don’t get me wrong, though, I’m not a fan of the fact that she kills everyone.

SM: Rachel also saves people.

EM: I think her whole original goal was to save people. That was her identity and it was taken away, and if you’re not the hero then you’re the anti-hero. Everything she does fails. She lost her son. What she’s gone through is almost unimaginable.

SM: Who do you enjoy watching work on set?

EM: Billy Burke (Miles Matheson) and David Lyons (“Bass” Monroe) are very good at stunts. Recently, they went an entire hour sword fighting without stunt doubles or anything. I was on the sidelines cheering, “That was great!” I felt like a soccer mom.

SM: Revolution is filmed in Austin. Do you feel like you’ve become acquainted with the city while working here?

EM: My work schedule is very busy, but I try. I ride my bike places. I have one of those old-fashioned bikes with a basket in the front. I’m the resident dork. When Billy (Burke) sees it, he always goes, “Come on!” It’s funny.

SM: Austin has a lot of hills, so that must be a good workout.

EM: I’m a big believer in working out. The harder a workout is, the more I feel like I chose the right thing to do. I think you have the body that you make. Sometimes it’s fun to make it strong and sometimes it’s fun to make it feminine by eating a lot of cupcakes. I’m in a strong phase right now; six months ago, I was in a cupcake phase.  

Written by Stirling Kelso

Photography by Melis Dainon & Alvin Nguyen