V star Elizabeth Mitchell plays FBI-agent-turned-alien-resistance-leader Erica Evans. When she's not fighting off evil Visitors (V's) in hand-to-hand combat, Erica's secretly poking around an alien compound in New York City for clues to reveal their sinister plans for Earth.
"I'm a big fan of sci-fi and a big fan of action. I love how strong the women can be," Mitchell says. "I've got a lot of sisters, so I really enjoy having strong women out there."
And Mitchell isn't alone. V's November 2009 premiere attracted nearly 14 million viewers, making it the second-most-watched series premiere of the season. "There is so much that's scary about our world right now. I think that it is really fun to kind of let your mind take off, go on a little fantasy flight," she says. "That's what I loved about [science fiction] when I was a kid, and that's what I love about it now."
Mitchell credits early science fiction series for making characters like hers possible. "I always think back to Star Trek and the fact that sci-fi has really elevated," she says. "Sci-fi is where a lot of us get to do our classics, where we get to do a lot of our massive archetypes, where we get to do a lot of our tragedy. And I kind of enjoy that about it."
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