Memories From the Set

Elizabeth Mitchell Revisits Lost, Gia, Revolution, V and Other Roles, Teases Her Dirt-y Dead of Summer Secret

On Freeform’s Dead of Summer, which follows the eerie goings-on at a summer camp that has seen better (or far worse?) days, the lovely Elizabeth Mitchell surely is playing the responsible, reliable adult, right?

Er, maybe not.

As seen during the premiere of the freshman series (airing Tuesdays at 9/8c), which featured at least one dead body, an extremely suspicious fire and multiple false alarms, Camp Stillwater’s owner, Deb Carpenter, at one point unearthed a mysterious box from the middle of the forest, which she then spirited away to her room. What sort of secrets is Deb of all people hiding?

“I found out what’s in there a little earlier on [before getting to the actual reveal], because the writers wanted me to know what it was…,” a cryptic Mitchell tells TVLine. “But I do know what’s in there.”

Viewers, though, will have to wait until Episode 6, which delivers Deb-centric flashbacks. “They used me for a lot of it, which I thought was hilarious. I guess they put the camera far away and put Vaseline on the lens of something,” Mitchell laughs. “And then for the super-younger me, they used [Vancouver-based actress Tiera Skovbye], who is breathtaking. I told her, ‘I did not look like you when I was 19!’ It made me cry happy tears. ‘That’s what you think I looked like? Awesome!'”

In the more immediate future, Mitchell says to keep an eye on Deb’s dynamic with HandyCam-toting Joel, played by Eli Goree (“They’re really interesting”) as well as her relationship with Amy (fellow Once Upon a Time alum Elizabeth Lail). “Deb is protective of Amy, who is so good and struggling to find herself.”

Lail isn’t the only former castmate Mitchell reunited with on the Freeform drama; V alum Charles Mesure is hiding behind that bushy mustache, and sans his Aussie accent, as Sheriff Heelan. “He looks completely different, doesn’t he?!” the actress marvels. “I went around [with his picture on my phone] like, ‘This is what he looks like,’ and all of the girls were like, ‘Oh!’ He’s doing such a good job.”

All told, Mitchell describes Dead of Summer as “nostalgic, sweet, creepy-scary fun” — though with an emphasis on the “creepy-scary,” seeing as Dave-the-gardener will be far from the latest corpse to surface. (Subsequent seasons would be set in different years with new characters, meaning there are bodies to spare.) “There are a lot of fatalities,” she assures. “Nobody’s safe, and that’s what makes it fun.”

Know what else is (very) fun? Mitchell revisiting her previous TV roles, including her first primetime gig, her seduction at the hands of Angelina Jolie, a memorable Lost run and others. Press play below for the self-described “tall and awkward” actress’ special video version of “Memories From the Set.”

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  1. Kevin K says:

    Enjoy Elizabeth Mitchell’s work on LOST and Revolution.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      I loved her in Frequency, along with POI’s Caviezel and Dennis Quaid. Great work, and catch it everyone that missed it!

  2. ScottJ says:

    Charles Mesure does not have a British accent. He grew up in Australia and all his early work was either there or in New Zealand. His natural accent is an Aussie one.

  3. florianques says:

    She seems incredibly lovely and down-to-earth, that’s nice to see!

  4. Dennis says:

    Awesome interview, she is so lovely and I will def. be watching this show!

  5. bluji says:

    I originally came across Mitchell’s work on V and absolutely loved her there (and on Revolution, and on OUAT, and on DoS… sad I haven’t seen Lost). It’s a pity she hasn’t landed a role on something not so short-lived since Lost because she’d be a joy to watch on a bigger role!

  6. The first thing I saw her in was the Jennifer Love Hewitt Party of Five Spin-off Time of your life.

  7. Cory says:

    I first saw Mitchell on Running Scared and then Lost. One of my favorite all time actresses. She is incredible. I’m shocked she isn’t getting more lead roles because she’s better than many who are.

  8. rahajicho says:

    Just once, I would like an Elizabeth Mitchell led show to last for at least four seasons.

  9. DR says:

    Ummmm, what about ER?

  10. Boone says:

    Love Liz Mitchell. She was great on Lost, V, Revolution and Once Upon A Time. Can’t wait to see more of her on Dead of Summer.

  11. Lisa says:

    Yea i dont think its a secret that many people like myself are only tuning into dead to see her. Shes a very subtle wonderful actress and seems to be such a genuine person in real life too. I realy hope she has a lot of success she deserves it

  12. Dan Lalonde says:

    I hate video articles that dont recap it.

  13. Blondage says:

    She is charming and lovely. I really enjoyed that video of her!