Mitchell: Smallville's New Sheriff
Craig Byrne - March 2003
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new face will be coming to Smallville shortly, in the
form of a new sheriff who won't be quite as easy to deal with
as Sheriff Ethan before her. After all, as Jonathan Kent will
tell you, what fun is a TV show without having the law on your
Mitchell will be playing Sheriff Nancy Adams on Smallville
beginning with the April 22, 2003 episode, titled "Precipice."
She took some time out of her busy schedule to talk about her
role, and to get fans a little acquainted with this new Smallville
face. Here's the interview:
What can you tell us about your character?
MITCHELL: Sheriff Adams is just a real down home gal. She
loves being the new sheriff of Smallville. Um, she comes across
as someone whos somewhat skeptical, suspicious. Shes
got a quirky sense of humor. But she really just wants to do
a good job at being a sheriff. I think she has a real faith
in the law, and she gets really frustrated when Clark and Lex
start to take the law into their own hands. Shes got a
warm heart inside a really tough kind of exterior. I think she
wants to be taken seriously. She talks about how the good ole
boy days are over, that she felt the previous sheriff had really
turned a blind eye to a lot of the things that went on. But,
um, I think shes basically just trying to do the best
job she can.
Was there a laugh on the set with the good ole boy line?
Yes, there certainly was. It was a fun moment, cause I
think John had read the script too, but I dont think he
was paying that much attention to it. And so when I actually
got to say the line the first time, the whole cast broke up,
and so did he. It was very fun. Hes a great guy. In fact,
my first scene was that scene, and it was great to start in
the heart of the Kent household. Theyre such warm and
welcoming people. All the cast, the actors, everyone was just
so nice. It made me feel very at home, you know.
say in terms of the character Sheriff Adams, she loves Lanas
And does she like Lana?
Yes, she does. I think she really admires that Lana drop kicks
this bad guy.
Was it one of your best experiences doing television?
say its definitely one of the nicest experiences Ive
ever had. The crew is wonderful. The cast is really friendly
and fun and hard working and its a pleasure to go there.
Its really a pleasure to go to work there. I love it.
Were you familiar with the show at all before you auditioned?
I was. In fact, its a show that I have enjoyed watching.
And its funny, because when I moved back to Vancouver
a couple years ago with my family, and were at the airport,
and theres a long line at customs, we were chatting with
this very nice lady who was talking about how she has to fly
back home every weekend to L.A. because shes doing this
new Superman, and she wasnt sure if it would be a success.
And we were chatting, and we said well, well have to watch
it. Of course it was Annette OToole, and of course the
show is a huge success. So I mentioned that to her the other
day, and she thought it was just a funny coincidence. I remember
it specifically because my son is 11 years old, and he was very
interested there was a show about Superman.
Who did you get to work with?
I got to work with Mr. and Mrs. Kent, Clark and Lana, Lex, Chloe
So you got everybody?
Yeah, I was really lucky. I just finished my third episode yesterday,
and Ive been very lucky. I got to work with them all,
meet them all, and its been a pleasure.
Does your character have any history with the Kents?
I dont know yet. Itd be interesting if she did,
Had you worked with any of the cast or crew before?
Also, the episode "Precipice," my first episode, Dr.
Helen Bryce, who as you know is Emmanuelle Vaugier. She and
I had guest starred on an Outer Limits a few years ago, and
in the new Ann Wheeler movie called Suddenly Naked which just
came out on DVD a little while ago. And Id also worked
with the camera department. Theyre just awesome. Theyre
so wonderful. J.D., and Chris McMullen, on a few other shows.
They do an awesome job. I think Barry Dunleavy and his crew
are just amazing. The look of the show is so great. And also
Id worked years ago with our on-set wardrobe man, Steve.
He had worked with me when I did a Shakespeare, I played Viola
in Twelfth Night, and he worked in wardrobe back then. So that
What was the Smallville experience like for you?
loved it. My first day, I was quite nervous, and I did the first
scene with the Kents at the farm, and John Schneider, Annette
OToole, and Tom Welling were in the scene, and they put
me right at my ease. They were so kind, and encouraging, and
helpful, and wonderful. And the crew - - everyone. Tom Wright
directed and Greg Beeman, the producer, came on the set, and
he chatted a bit about how he felt the character should go,
and it was just a beautiful experience. I love going back. And
its a very upbeat set. People appear to love what they
do. And its just really a fun set to be on.
Do you see Sheriff Adams ever putting Lionel Luthor in his place?
wouldnt that be fun. I think that would be really fun.
Who do you think would win a fight?
Uh, well Ive got the six pack. Ive got the gun.
Lionel probably has nuclear power for all I know, but wouldnt
that be fun? I think she really, really does believe in the
law, and I think she believes thats how things should
be handled, and I think itd be really be fun to see her
up against Lionel.
Maybe we will.
we will, or even because shes always so suspicious of
poor old Clark, you know, whos got - - whos got
only the best of intentions, itd be kind of fun too to
maybe see her get rescued at some point, for herself to be put
in some kind of jeopardy, and have Clark have to rescue her.
Maybe thats a ways down the road, because I think once
she trusts Clark, theres a bit of that conflict that would
What other projects do you have coming up that youd
like to promote?
I just did a guest star spot on the Chris Isaak show. The episode
is called Rivals. That will be coming out in the
Fall. And also one of my pet charities is an organization called
PAL Vancouver (http://www.palvancouver.org).
Its one word. And we are trying to build affordable housing
for people in the entertainment industry here in Vancouver.
Were trying to raise $2.5 million Canadian by the beginning
of May. We have a site in downtown Vancouver. So many actors,
actresses, camera people, technicians, everybody - - they work
14 hour days, they work really hard, and its a freelance
job, so people really go from job to job to job and as they
get older, they might not be in the best financial shape, and
thats what this home is about. Its to help people
in the industry to live in a lovely place when they dont
have the funds to do it on their own.
What previous work in your career are you the most proud
would have to say that I was working many years in reps, in
classical theatre at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, and,
um, where you do a different classical performance every day,
and youd be working six days a week, eight to nine shows
a week, for about ten months. I think just having survived it.
And it was a grueling schedule, but artistically it was just
so fulfilling to be doing that work.
How do you like Vancouver?
I was born in L.A., and I was raised in Vancouver, so I do love
it. Its a moody city, with the rain and the mist and so
on, but I do love it up here.
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sure to watch "Precipice" Tuesday, April 22, 2003
on the WB! Thanks to Camille Mitchell, Eric, and TST-Matt for
making this happen.
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