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I remember, so clearly, the first time I saw Amanda Tapping in the flesh. It'll be four years this November and I can still, when I think about it, reach out and touch those emotions - as if I keep them in a tiny box by my bed and they're waiting for that day when things aren't so great, when you need a reminder of what a truly awesome moment feels like. And I go there, from time to time, because even though I have had many, many encounters with Ms Tapping since and each experience has always been a rewarding one, there is nothing quite like the moment you experience when you see someone whom you admire, so very much, for the first time.

Yesterday evening, I got to see Elizabeth Mitchell being interviewed at a "Meet the Cast" event at the Apple store in London. If there is one person on the planet who surpasses my admiration for Amanda Tapping, it is the gracious Elizabeth Mitchell. I cursed the ridiculous tears in my eyes as she walked out. In hindsight, it's almost a blessing that we weren't able to say our own personal greetings to the cast of V or shake their hands because I know I wouldn't have been able to hold back my emotion. I'm an emotional human being, I know this, and this was a big deal to me, and I knew that if I were any closer to her than I actually was, I would have cried. Not because I'm hysterical, but because I get overwhelmed when I meet people that I have a great respect for and because I can't often find the words right away, my body translates them into tears.


Watching her being interviewed was surreal - I felt very disconnected from my own brain. Because you imagine - and you know what I mean - what it'll be like. What would it be like to be in the same room with someone you admire so much? With someone who inspires you. What would it feel like?

It feels like God saying "You have forgotten I come with blessings", because I was just thinking (after the Lost finale had aired) that I'd really, really love to see Elizabeth Mitchell in person. And not two weeks later she's in London, sitting a few feet from me, talking about her new show.

The interview itself was moderated by a journalist. He asked most of the questions and during the last twenty minutes opened it up to the audience. I'm going to recall what I can - none of it in any kind order so I hope you don't mind!


Initially what attracted Elizabeth to the show (V) was that the main protagonist was female, as was the main antagonist. Strong women, both mothers and she loves that idea. She spoke extensively about her role as a mother on television and the fact that her character has a teenage son. It's a very real relationship, it's complicated by all sorts of issues that stem from every day life. And it's further complicated when you "throw in an alien who looks like this" she says, gesturing to where Morena is sitting. She really adores Logan (Huffman) and feels very motherly towards him. Every time she has a scene with him she wants to take care of him and shake him at the same time.

She said, on a level, that Erica fails as a mom because she's really trying to make Tyler her friend and Tyler needs something more helpful right now. She (Elizabeth) draws on her own instincts and protectiveness as a mom in playing the role of Erica. It was one of the reasons she took the role (the fact that Erica has a son). She wanted to play a mother.

She describes "V" as an intelligent popcorn thriller.

Elizabeth doesn't worry about any similarities that people may draw between Juliet and Erica. Personally, she doesn't think they're remotely alike but she understands why audiences could see it that way. She laughs "It's still me. And she (Juliet) looks so much like me."

She touches briefly on her previous character: Juliet is really special to her and she loved playing her. Elizabeth understood her, she knew who Juliet was and that some people loved her or hated her and that was great. She feels Erica is the same way and has that same potential. At this point the moderator interjects that people can't possibly hate Erica and Elizabeth responds with "They might. I mean, you hope to inspire one or the other. You'd hate for someone to just go 'eh' ".

Elizabeth was very humbled by the fact that so many people responded positively to her (epic) reunion/re-awakening scene with Sawyer in the Lost finale. And although she didn't expand upon the moment, you could tell she was grateful that it has become a fan favorite moment. Well of course it did Liz, it worked!

We watched a couple of "V" scenes - mostly from early episodes. Watching her watch herself is fascinating, because she reacts as if she's seeing it for the first time - as if she's not watching herself, but some other actor, or some other show.

We watched the scene back in 1x02 when she's in the shower and afterwards she was determined to point out to everyone the state of her knuckles. "Did you see my bruised knuckles?" she indicates. Originally tptb didn't want them shown but Elizabeth pointed out that she (and Erica) had been punching the heck out of things. "Wouldn't they be bruised?" she says. So they kept it in.

Elizabeth does not read blogs/reviews/the internet and so on. She says it's not about not being able to handle criticism, it's just that there are some things you don't need - or necessarily want - to read. She once read that "Elizabeth Mitchell is the most overrated actress in history" and she was like "Really? In history? The whole of history? And how high up was I that I get to be overrated." It actually made me sad when she was talking about this because you can hear and see what a wonderful soul she is and why anyone would want to insite such hateful speech is beyond me. Understandibly, she prefers to stay away from such places now and I don't blame her.


She spoke a little about how nerdy she is and that she loves shows like BSG and Firefly (as she goes off on a brief fangurling tangent over Morena). Have I mentioned how adorable Elizabeth is? She also mistook the interviewer asking about Scott Wolf's almost "slimy" character, for "slutty" which was hilarious because she broke out into that damn infectious grin that just makes everybody smile


When asked where she would like to see her character taken, she almost had to hold herself back from all of her ideas. She laughed and told us she would like to have some sort of romance with both Jack and Hobbes!

She's an incredible listener too. You can see it by the way she engages with people who are talking to her and asking her questions. And she's really honest and open with her answers. She really pierces you with those eyes of hers. Which leads me to when the interviewer opened up the floor to questions. I knew at the start of the panel - purely because I've been to a number of conventions and you kind of get used to the layout - that the lack of any table set-up meant that we'd likely not be able to get anything signed and would very probably not be able to get any closer than we already were. So as disappointing as it may be not to have a personal photo opportunity or to be able to say "Hey" I decided early on, that the next best thing was to make sure that if they opened up questions to the audience, then I sure as hell better try and ask one.

My heart was beating a mile a minute when they opened up the questions. I'd had one in mind but there's a big difference between thinking it and having an opportunity to actually speak it. After the second audience-based question I raised my hand, because I knew if I didn't, I'd kick myself later. And the interviewer looks straight at me and one of the Apple boys comes over and hands me a microphone and Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, and Elizabeth Mitchell are looking at me expectantly. And I'm kind of numb, but oddly calm. My voice doesn't shake like I thought it would and it suddenly occurs to me how perfect this moment is.

What's amusing is I keep trying to remember their answers here but I can't because I was so in awe that they were here and that they were talking to me that my brain has stored this information in some back-up file I can't actually locate just yet. My question was to Morena and Elizabeth, and given that their scenes together are so nuclear and everything that comes out of their mouths is like a double-edged sword, it's really interesting to watch. Where do they see that relationship going and how would they like that to progress in season two.

Now if only my brain would unfog. I will remember eventually, I always do, but often with events like these my mind stores things and they re-appear a couple of days later when I've calmed the part of me that's still bubbling with that fresh excitement.

Right at the end she stood up too fast and fell back into her chair. "It's the shoes" she cries, lifting her leg to show off her gorgeous Louboutins. Then her mic falls off and dangles behind her and in this one moment of adorable embarrassment, you see that gentle dorkiness shining through. It's wonderfully human, because on-screen, we're so used to her grace that seeing that side of her that portrays her adorkableness is an incredibly unique and precious thing to see.

I walked home high as a kite. My sunglasses were still on, thankfully hiding my eyes - which by now were so full of moisture it was a wonder I could see at all, but the grin on my face possibly startled a few Londoners. Perfect moment was perfect. I've always wondered, what it might be like to see Elizabeth Mitchell in person. Will she be as genuine as she comes across in interviews? Will she be as captivating in real life as she is on the screen I tune into every week? Will she be kind, encouraging, supportive? Will I leave this auditorium feeling more humbled, and inspired by her than I was before. The answer to all of these is yes. And no amount of words can do her justice.
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Date: 2010-06-04 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] navras-rheya.livejournal.com
You, my friend, just did this lady justice. This was a fantastic write up and thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Date: 2010-06-04 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Thank you Paul, that really means a lot. I spent about two hours power walking in the park today trying to think about how I was going to put these words down, so thank you for reading!!

Date: 2010-06-04 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scandaloussteph.livejournal.com
Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
This is a beautiful post.

Date: 2010-06-04 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
You're welcome Steph. I always try to capture the moment of the experience to try and make people feel like they were there.

Date: 2010-06-04 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ally88.livejournal.com
aww I almost cried reading this! :')


Date: 2010-06-04 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Aw thanks Ally!!

Date: 2010-06-04 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ugahill.livejournal.com
That sounds amazingly awesome. I've only gotten to experience that one time, with a play I saw Jensen Ackles in. But it's always amazing to see your favorites in person, and find out they're really the awesome people they appear to be.

Thanks for the update and for sharing your squee with us! :D

Date: 2010-06-04 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
It truly is wonderful to see someone you fangurl in real life. Because you don't think that things like this happen, and then they do, and you're blown away by it.

Date: 2010-06-04 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] polly-jorge.livejournal.com
You are a very lucky person. If it was me i would cry each time she spoke LOL.

Date: 2010-06-04 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Lol. I think even for you it would be difficult to cry each time, because Elizabeth would be too busy making you laugh!

Date: 2010-06-04 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sofie-sanctuary.livejournal.com
This is such an amazing post ♥
I'm beyond happy for you you got too see her!!

*big hugs*

Date: 2010-06-04 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Thanks Sof!! I still can't believe I found words for this moment, I shouldn't be surprised really because eventually they always find me. This was super, super special.

Date: 2010-06-04 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunkrux.livejournal.com
So glad you made it and asked a question. :D

It's nice to know what (hopefully) she looks at the audience in smaller settings then she did at Comic Con last year. Bless her heart, I really do think she was way too nervous to risk looking out at the HUGE room filled with fans of hers, Sigourney Weaver, Eliza D & Zoe Saldana.

I'll have to come back after work and look at your pics. :D

Date: 2010-06-04 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Thanks Aunty Sun :D

She certainly appears more relaxed in a larger public setting. I think, for Elizabeth, she's always had this idea that people couldn't possibly be there for her, and that's charming. I think she's getting "used" to the idea that people ver much want to meet her and hear what she has to say.

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Date: 2010-06-04 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] savingpeople.livejournal.com
Thank you for sharing your experience!

One of the things I love about her is how humble she is. I could really learn from that. As talented and as beautiful she is, she keeps it modest and real. That's very rare, especially, in her industry.

Glad you got a chance to see her and ask that question! That could be nerve-wracking, but I'm glad you did because yeah, you would have kicked yourself if you hadn't :)

P.S. I wouldn't be surprised if Hobbes made a move on Erica and Jack finds out about it and gets jealous...and it will be the start of a violent triangle/shipper war. Ugh. I dread it, but I don't doubt it will happen.

Date: 2010-06-04 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
You're welcome.

And you know it is people like Elizabeth who inspire to reflect and to think about the words I use or the actions I take in my own every day existence. She really is one of those people who can teach you about and show you humility.

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Date: 2010-06-04 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hariboo-smirks.livejournal.com
This was just wonderful. I don't even feel the need to write anything up myself, this pretty much said it all.

Date: 2010-06-04 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Ari, I love how you come over to read when you were there yourself! Though, actually, I can understand wanting to live a little bit of it over again!

Date: 2010-06-04 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simplyresume.livejournal.com
This was so wonderful. I'm so glad you got to experience this. Even the write-up almost brought me to tears.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your pictures!

Date: 2010-06-04 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Great now I'm making other people cry lol! *hands you pre-emptive tissues*

I really try, whenever I do these things, to let people feel what it was like to be there. So I hope I did that, and Elizabeth, justice.

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Date: 2010-06-04 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_untilforever/
This is a wonderful review! It was a lovely, lovely evening that I feel privileged to have been at - I gave up trying to write and just posted the photos in my LJ instead. I'm mem-ing this to read again - because you wrote what I couldn't so well!

Date: 2010-06-04 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for stopping by! And you're absolutely right, it was a privilege and such a wonderful experience to have had.

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Date: 2010-06-04 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] colourmayfade.livejournal.com
Oh, man. This such a great post! I can't imagine how lovely it must have been to see them in the flesh. I'm so glad to hear an account from a big fan because you pick up these little things, like the way she watches herself on screen. Loved reading this. ♥ Thank you so much for writing it all down! I hope sometime you'll remember whatever it is that they said to you, but I can imagine I'd be the same way. Too overwhelmed by them looking at me to quite register their words.

She really is one the most adorable people on Earth! Such a dorky smile Love it so much!

Date: 2010-06-04 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Thank you, hun :D I will remember in a few days, I'm sure. My brain is funny like that. It's processing the experience and spits things out intermittently. Right now my brain is stuck in the "OMG Morena and Elizabeth were actually looking at me and talking to me and what is my life that I came to deserve such a moment in awesome". So I have to wait for the spazmodic fangurl to take a hike so the intelligent and more reflective one can come back!

Date: 2010-06-04 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lisa-grey.livejournal.com
Oh God,bb.What you wrote here made me cry.I remember when,last year,Lisa Edelstein came to Rome for the Rome Fiction Fest and i went to see her.She walked on the red carpet and she was not even a meter away from me,and then we all went into the screening room,and she was there with us.And she talked,i even filmed it,but i can't actually REMEMBER what she said because i was basically braindead by then.
I'm so happy you had such an amazing experience.Just being in the same room with someone you truly admire is wonderful.

"I'm going to base this moment on who I'm stuck in a room with. It's what life is. It's a series of rooms and who we get stuck in those rooms with adds up to what our lives are."
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Date: 2010-06-04 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Beautiful quote is beautiful. And so appropriate for me here. I don't mean to make people cry but everyone is constantly coming into my journal telling me I'm causing tears! Lol. It's okay, I know they're the good kind. Or the kind that make people go "damn that was great". I hope...

And even though you eventually recover from your braindead-edness, that memory of what it feels like to see someone who you admire, stays with you forever.

Date: 2010-06-04 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hondagirll.livejournal.com
Oh this is such a awesome post. I'm so glad you were able to go and yay! for being able to ask a question. I do hope you know that it's because of you I have put V on my shows to watch list. I may or may not get to it this summer but after all your fangirling of Elizabeth (and Morena's in it!) I really want to!! :)

Date: 2010-06-04 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
YAY!! I am beyond thrilled you're going to give it a try. The cast has such chemisty and I really hope you enjoy it when you get around to starting.

Date: 2010-06-04 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aetenae.livejournal.com
She's adorable!!! Thank you for taking the time to re-live this moment and share it with us (though I think that "reliving" it wasn't a sacrifice, right? XD).
AND YOU MET AMANDA TAPPING TOO?!?!? That's awesome! I only watched the last two seasons of SG-1, but I really liked Sam.

Date: 2010-06-05 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
You're welcome! I loved re-living it and I also wanted to put it down somewhere that I'll never forget.

And I have had the opportunity to meet/chat with Amanda Tapping a number of times. Possibly more times than I actually deserve! I've had some incredible opportunities when it comes to interacting, as a fan, with Amanda and I feel very blessed to have had these moments.
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Date: 2010-06-05 11:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Thank you so much!!

Date: 2010-06-04 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livefortonight.livejournal.com
What a beautiful review! I love how much thought you put into it. Glad you had an amazing experience, lovely. She's so stunning in the pictures! ♥

Date: 2010-06-05 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
I really, really try - with anything like this - to give the moment its credit. It's why I can never run online and flail right away because it almost becomes so personal that I need to take the time to sit down and go "wow". Then it takes even longer to articulate because I really want to capture what it was like to be there. Even now, I'm having trouble believing I actually wrote this lol.

Date: 2010-06-04 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mfirefly10.livejournal.com
*claps* I love when people talk about fan conventions like this. It's almost as if we all got to be there, too :)

She spoke a little about how nerdy she is and that she loves shows like BSG and Firefly (as she goes off on a brief fangurling tangent over Morena). Have I mentioned how adorable Elizabeth is? She also mistook the interviewer asking about Scott Wolf's almost "slimy" character, for "slutty" which was hilarious because she broke out into that damn infectious grin that just makes everybody smile

And here I thought it wasn't possible to love her any more ♥

Those are two of my fav shows and now I know if I ever get the chance to meet her (yeahright), I'll potentially have something to say to her other than 'omgIworshipyou' :D

Thanks for all the pics & details, babe :)

Date: 2010-06-05 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Meg! Have I told you how happy I am that you're back online? I know I have, but I'm saying it again and I hope you're feeling a lot better.

And you're welcome. I like to give people the feel of what it was like to be there, to make it a little personal, so I'm glad you enjoyed the read!

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Date: 2010-06-04 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fireflies-uk.livejournal.com
Thanks so much for sharing. Beautifully written. She really was wonderful

Date: 2010-06-05 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Thanks, and yes she was wonderful and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to watch her being interviewed.

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Date: 2010-06-05 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jafacakes.livejournal.com
Such lovely post and photos, thank you for sharing it with us :-)

Date: 2010-06-05 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Hey hun, you're welcome!! :D

Date: 2010-06-05 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siobeehan.livejournal.com
I may have had a little bit of that moisture in my eyes reading this that you had after the event, not going to lie...

Thank you for sharing this with us hun, and I agree with everyone else that it's a wonderful write up and is a credit to both EM and you for getting across how fantastic she really is. I can only imagine what it would be like to see her in person, but you've described it so vividly here that I feel like I've got to experience a little part of it too, since I know how much you clearly admire and respect her. I'm so happy that you got to go see her and have such a great experience doing so, and to know that she really is just as amazing as she comes across on screen only adds to the huge amount of love I have for her already.

Oh, and that last block of photos of all her adorable expressions are the best! :D

Date: 2010-06-05 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Thus clearly cementing my reputation for causing people to cry. *hugs you*

Thank you for such kind words. And thank you for being so patient in waiting for me to write them down! I couldn't just be blase about it and spit something out. My brain needed to process the fact that, yes, I really was there and it needed time to translate that emotion into words! I hope that one day, hopefully soon, you will get an opportunity like this one!

Date: 2010-06-05 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cut-thestring.livejournal.com
Oh, ugh, I'm so envious!

This is an amazing post. I'm so happy that you wrote this up, it's making me squee! :D:D ♥ I would've been stuttering like an idiot if I got chosen to ask a question.

... to youtube! (and finding V icons...)

Date: 2010-06-05 11:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
Yay for making you squeee Jen, I'm really glad!!

Date: 2010-06-05 02:36 am (UTC)
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Date: 2010-06-05 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
ROFL! You know, it really was a perfect moment. I feel ridiculously blessed by it.

*hugs you*

Date: 2010-06-05 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phelipa.livejournal.com
Oh man, this whole thing just has me grinning from ear to ear.
I am so, so happy for you (and a teensy bit jealous ;)), what an incredible experience. She seems like such a sweetheart - and she answered YOUR question?! Holy crap. AMAZING.
The fifth picture of her is absolutely adorable but they are all just so cute!
Thanks for recounting your experience!
*squishes* This is SO COOL!

Date: 2010-06-05 11:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
You're welcome! *squishes you back* Indeed, what an incredible experience!

lucky lucky lucky

Date: 2010-06-05 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lormats.livejournal.com
oh let me tell you i'm feelin very very very jealous, good jealous, you are really one lucky girl, it's like a dream come true i imagine, and being sure of how incdredible down to earth and kin elicabeth is must be great, the way you portrait her is adorable and so inspiring, she's an inspiring lady but the way you describes the whole situation it's very damn poetic, it's a shame she doesn't read blogs, cause i asume that if she reads yours she would be smiling a very big smile cause she is far away of being overrated she IS great! and your description of the meeting is just mind blowing :)

Re: lucky lucky lucky

Date: 2010-06-05 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pengyn.livejournal.com
It was definitely one of those moments that you keep with you always, I feel really blessed and honored to have been there. Thank you for such kind words, I really did my best to capture the moment so I'm glad you enjoyed reading it!!
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