Did you see the original pilot before signing on, or did you want to come into the role cold?
Elizabeth Mitchell: I had actually seen the pilot before they offered it to me and thought it was so good. Andrea and I actually worked together on Lost, and thought she was wonderful. It's never fun to replace someone because you always think it must be terrible, but a mutual friend said she's totally fine with it. She couldn't be more graceful.
Insider.com: When you watched the show, what were you drawn to with Rachel?Elizabeth:
Actually, at first, I was drawn to [showrunner] Eric Kripke. He's so unbelievably approachable and kind and easy. I think we speak the same language. He called me and we had a long talk about what he was thinking, where he thought the show could go, what he thought I could bring to the role and it wasn’t so much a "You Do This!!!!!" He was very much saying, "I think this would be great for you." I fell for Eric before I even fell for Rachel, because she was only a glimmer at the time. They weren't quite sure where they were going to go for her – if she was going to be a small role or a big role, they just didn't know. So the conversation was the beginning of shaping her journey...http://www.theinsider.com/tv/55417_Eliz ... index.html