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Revolution – Elizabeth Mitchell on parallels with Lost

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Revolution, 111 “The Stand” – Rachel Matheson (Elizabeth Mitchell) ©2013 NBCUniversal Media, photo by Brownie Harris

Best known for her role as Juliet on the phenomenally successful series Lost, Elizabeth Mitchell is once again working for JJ Abrams on his new series Revolution, the #1 Fall show for the year, which resumed its run on NBC last week.

The action/adventure series spotlights a family reunited in an American landscape where every single piece of technology has mysteriously blacked out forever. Now the Matheson family, Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), her Uncle Miles (Billy Burke) and her mother, Rachel (Mitchell) set out to overthrow the militia led by the ruthless Monroe (David Lyons) and his brutal enforcer, Major Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito).

I spoke with Elizabeth about her experience on both Lost and Revolution.

Do you see any parallels between Revolution and Lost?

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Lost 6.01/2 LA X – Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell), the aftermath from Juliet’s detonation of the hydrogen bomb is revealed © ABC

Oh God, yeah. The biggest one I can make, that I don’t hear people say, is that environment is a role, it plays a part in this. I think that was the same on Lost.

Then you have the format of the back story. Those are the two things I think they have in common, apart from the action/adventure.

On the other hand, with Lost the story moved quite slowly. I’ve never seen a story that moves as fast as Revolution.

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Revolution, 101 “Pilot” – Rachel Matheson (Elizabeth Mitchell) ©2012 NBCUniversal Media, photo by Brownie Harris

Eric (Kripke, the series’ Executive Producer) promised it was going to be that way and it is.

I’m shocked, because he’s delivered his promise, which says to me he’s got the whole thing mapped out and he doesn’t have any problems giving away goodies.

He just gives you gifts every week. I think it’s great, he’s got that brain and he’s willing to do that work and I just get to be the vehicle.

Do the cast members know when they are going to be killed on the show?

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Revolution, 111 “The Stand” – Aaron (Zak Orth), Danny Matheson (Graham Rogers), Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos), Miles Matheson (Billy Burke), Rachel Matheson (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Nora (Daniella Alonso) ©2012 NBCUniversal Media

I don’t think anybody knows. I didn’t know when I got dumped from Lost.

I think we all know it’s a possibility, and therefore you have that wonderful Zen mentality, to live for the day.

Do you think you could live in a world without technology?

If my family were all together, sure, because to me family is the world. But they are scattered all over the country, and to have to go miles, days, weeks, months and not know how they are would kill me. That’s my heart, that’s my soul. If we were all in a compound together, I would be great.

I have a wood-burning stove in my house. Our car goes out all the time. I live on an island. My whole family sings and plays instruments and we’re crazy people. It’s fun.

Are Rachel and Miles going to hook up?

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Revolution, 110 “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” – Rachel Matheson (Elizabeth Mitchell) ©2012 NBCUniversal Media

Gosh, I hope so. Look at him. I’m not related to him by blood, so it’s okay.

Has something already happened? They hinted at that.

I think that we speculate a lot and the first two episodes back will answer some of those questions in a nice way.

What’s it like working with David Lyons?

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Revolution, 110 “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” – Rachel Matheson (Elizabeth Mitchell) ©2012 NBCUniversal Media

That gorgeous creature? He’s unbelievably talented, he’s concentrated and he’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. He talks to every single person on the set, he’s kind, he’s gentlemanly.

So he doesn’t stay in character?

No, he’s an amazing actor. I think he’s capable of anything. And he’s not hard to look at!

What did you think of the finale of Lost? I loved it, but a lot of people didn’t like it.

I loved it too. I think we forget that there is mystery in life and it’s joyous that there is. I’m okay with it. I like that.

What did being a part of Lost mean to her? Click here to listen to her answer

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