Elizabeth Mitchell plays Juliet
Lithe, blonde-haired and possessing understated beauty, Elizabeth Mitchell climbed ever slowly up the Hollywood food chain to become a more widely recognized and accomplished actress. Starting with a breakout role in the made-for-cable movie "Gia" (HBO, 1998), Mitchell developed into a steady - albeit obscure - presence on screens both large and small.
With her ability to make a living as an actress secure, Mitchell began searching for higher-profile roles that would help move her to the next stage of her career. As luck would have it, she landed the role of Mrs. Claus in "The Santa Clause 2" (2002), propelling her into the limelight and leading to a villainous starring role on the hit series, "Lost" (ABC, 2004- ).
Born on March 27, 1970 in Dallas, TX, Mitchell knew at a young age that she was going to become an actress. She landed her first role at 7- years old when she appeared at the Dallas Theater Center in "Alice in the Looking Glass." Later in life, she attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, an arts magnet school in Dallas. She graduated in 1988 and moved on to Stephens College in Columbia, MO to continue studying her craft. Though she wanted a stage career in her hometown, Mitchell instead began performing in regional and summer stock theater in Missouri and Iowa.
She later crossed the Atlantic Ocean to study Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy in London, an acting school composed of students from around the world who study with some of Britain's more accomplished thespians. For her part, Mitchell excelled as Rosaline in the Bard's comedy "As You Like It."
Returning to the States, Mitchell got her first regular television role, playing Dinah-Lee Mayberry on the now-defunct daytime soap "Loving" (ABC, 1982-1996). Because of her Shakespearean training, Mitchell took her role very seriously, driving the writers and producers nuts with her constant script changes. She was fired after four months. Mitchell went back to the stage as an understudy in Edward Albee's off-Broadway production, "Three Tall Women."
She soon appeared again on television in an episode of "The Sentinel" (UPN, 1995-99) before landing a regular role on the short-lived drama, "L.A. Firefighters" (FOX, 1996). As the unhappy wife of a charismatic fire captain (Jarrod Emick) whose commitment to his work has earned his crew's respect, but has harmed his marriage, Mitchell was saddened to learn that after only seven aired episodes, "L.A. Firefighters" was cancelled. The actress bounced back with an episode of the once-popular "JAG" (NBC, 1996-2005), playing a fighter pilot facing court martial after being accused of fraternizing with a married enlisted man.
If the film "Gia" helped boost her profile to people in
the entertainment industry, her next role - playing Mrs. Claus in
"The Santa Clause 2" - helped make her a recognized public face,
giving the actress plenty of opportunity to explore more