NEW YORK — In a new interview with Variety, Elizabeth Mitchell — who stars in Netflix’s Outlander — says she’s excited to play a character who “was never meant to be a woman.”
“It’s so important that people don’t feel like they have to conform to the ways of their society,” Mitchell told the publication of the first-season series, which premieres in theaters this Friday.
“Outlander is very much about being yourself.
It’s about embracing who you are.
So I’m excited to be able to play that character.”
While Mitchell is a newcomer to the role, she’s known as one of the more popular characters in the series, and the actress admits her character, known as the “Siren,” is a key player in the story.
“The Siren was a huge character in the show, and I loved playing her,” she said.
“She was such a great character.
She was so complex.
She had a lot of emotions, and she was a powerful force.”
As for why she’s so excited to reprise her role, Mitchell said she’s “still figuring it out.”
“When you’re working on something and you see the world change, and you’re learning about things and things are changing, you start to feel like you can’t do it anymore,” she explained.
“And I’m still figuring out how to do that.
It still takes me awhile to get used to doing this new thing.
So yeah, I’m definitely excited to do it.”
The series — which is set in a medieval England where women were forbidden to travel or marry and were forced to hide their sexual desires — follows Elizabeth’s mother (Kate Winslet) as she tries to navigate her family and the changing world.
Mitchell said the series is about the “proud women of that era, who were still very independent.”
“They were still able to be themselves, which was very interesting for me to see,” Mitchell said.
She also mentioned that the series could be a “good thing” for women in general.
“I think it’s a really good way to show a woman being independent, being a woman,” she noted.
“Because women are going to continue to be the minority, but I think that is a really powerful thing for women to be seen as independent.”
The star also praised the show’s director, Ian McShane, who has been “a tremendous voice for women.”
“I’ve seen him work on all the films and TV shows I’ve ever done, and he’s such a wonderful actor,” Mitchell remarked.
“He’s a great director.
I’ve been so lucky to work with him.
It was an amazing experience for me.”
The show, which stars Joanna Froggatt, Diana Rigg, Aidan Gillen, Maisie Williams, Iain Glen, Ciarán Hinds and Ewan McGregor, also stars Sophie Turner, Anna Paquin, Jack Gleeson, Downton Abbey creator and executive producer Julian Fellowes, and British-born actress Rosamund Pike.