Zombies, Sweaters and Polygamy: The 10 Big Questions for Mirelle Enos
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Mirelle Enos is fast becoming the screen's go-to lady for brooding, intense, driven women. As Detective Sarah Linden in AMC's , "The Killing" she embodies the show's sense of quiet dread, while appearing opposite Brad Pitt in "World War Z" she believably defended her family and transformed herself into a zombie-killing machine.
We spoke with Enos on the phone from her home in Los Angeles, on the occaision of World War Z's release on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Q: What did you learn from your time fighting zombies?
A: I learned in a situation like that, you just have to keep the people you love close and run as fast as you can.
Q: You've said it was terrifying kissing Brad Pitt. What kept you awake more, that or the thought of the world being conquered by zombies?
A: Definitely the zombies. It's so funny, I was making a joke about that and it's the thing that follows me around everywhere. But zombies are much scarier than Brad.
Q: Would you be a zombie for Halloween?
A: I don't think I can go there, but it would be funny to dress my baby as a zombie. Although she has her heart set on being a bunny, so maybe we can make her a baby zombie bunny.
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Q: How do you put zombies and murderers aside after a day at the office?
A: It helps keep my real life more normal and balanced. I get to exorcize all that in my work. At home, I'm grateful for my sweet family and peaceful existence. Acting is a focused place to get the demons out and then you realize you can just be happy.
Q: Why do you get cast in these intense roles?
A: I don't know. I'm little - 5'2", 100 pounds wet and a pretty positive person. But I have the ability to empathize with people whose lives are more complicated than mine. So even when I'm playing these dark people I still have the hope for some kind of good to shine through. So I think that tension actually makes for a complex performance. At least I hope so.
Q: Are people shocked that you're only 5'2"?
A: Yeah. They see this silly grin and how small I am and I'm totally goofy and they say, 'Who are you?'