- Sam McPherson is responsible for this interview.
Robin Weigert is an actress who portrayed Juliet's sister, Rachel Carlson, who played a major role in two of her flashback episodes, "Not in Portland" and "One of Us". The interview was conducted over email, and was posted on August 24, 2008.
Lostpedia: How did you come to be on Lost?
I came to be on Lost partly because I know some of the show's writers. I think it was Carlton who first thought of me for Rachel, because I carry myself a bit like Elizabeth Mitchell does in real life, so bear a bit of a resemblance to her. Some of the other characters I've played on TV or in films have been character parts that have involved physical transformation, so the resemblance wouldn't necessarily have been so apparent to people who didn't know me personally.
Lostpedia: Do you watch Lost? If so, are you a casual viewer or a more serious fan?
I'm a huge fan of the show. I watched the first season in a giant binge, one rented DVD after another. It was absolutely addictive. I've followed the show ever since, and thought this last season may well have been the best so far. We know these characters so well now and the writers and the actors keep delving deeper and deeper. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Lostpedia: What was it like working with Elizabeth Mitchell and the rest of the Lost cast and crew?
I adored working with Elizabeth Mitchell. She's a generous, kind woman who loves acting. I've rarely met an actress more thrilled to be doing exactly what she was doing, who had such a powerful sense of being in the right place at the right time, and it was a pleasure to be around her.
Lostpedia: Are there any interesting stories from your time on set?
Lostpedia: What is your opinion on Juliet's story?
I find the character of Juliet fascinating. The audience spends many episodes wondering if her desire to get off the island has so distorted her ethics that she would be willing to do anything to get a ticket home. Though my part on the show was a small one, I think the relationship between Rachel and Juliet is an essential key to understanding Juliet's motivations, and is one of the main reasons the audience first learns to trust her. The devotion Juliet shows towards Rachel in that one episode allows the audience to sympathize with her need to return home. Also, once the audience understands that Juliet is fundamentally motivated by love, it also becomes plausible that her behavior can change drastically once that love attaches itself to people on the island.
Lostpedia: Do you think that Juliet will ever be reunited with Rachel and Rachel's son, Julian?
I hope that Juliet and Rachel are reunited, but have no idea after this season's finale if Juliet will ever make it off the island. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It would be a beautiful scene to play and, because I'm such a fan of the show, I can feel even now, in the pit of my stomach, just how emotional that scene would be.
Lostpedia: What acting work have you been doing since your time on Lost? Do you have anything planned for the future?
Though I was briefly on another series, much of the work I've done since Lost has been in movies, many of them yet to come out. In Charley Kaufman's new movie, "Synecdoche, New York" I play a tattooed German stripper named Olive, daughter to Phillip Seymour Hoffman's character, Cayden. In "Winged Creatures," which stars Forrest Whitaker, Dakota Fanning and Kate Beckensale, I play a mother whose son witnessed a terrible act of violence and who feels helpless to bring him back. I just finished two movies, one called "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" in which Julliane Moore and I play lovers, and another called "My One and Only" in which I play Renee Zellweger's sister. I'm waiting to hear about a possible recurring on another one of my favorite TV shows. Don't want to jinx it by saying what it is, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed...
Lostpedia: Would you appear on a future episode of Lost if asked?
I would do another episode of Lost in a heartbeat.