“There’s a tiny bit of masochism in us actors to sort of voluntarily walk down that road,” said Michelle Forbes about her grief-stricken character of Mitch Larsen on the AMC drama series “The Killing.” “It’s such a heightened circumstance…the loss of a child. It’s not a pleasant place to go every day.”
After a 20-year career mostly in guest and supporting roles on a variety of television series, Forbes earned her first Emmy nomination this year. Her TV roles have included fan favorites such as “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “24,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “In Treatment,” and “True Blood.” She competes in the Best Drama Supporting Actress category against last year’s winner Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”), previous Emmy winners Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”) and Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”), previous nominee Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), and fellow Emmy rookie Margo Martindale (“Justified”).
The pilot episode of “The Killing” has been submitted by Forbes to Emmy judges and features the seemingly happy couple of Mitch and Stan Larsen (Brent Sexton) who find out their daughter Rosie is not only missing but actually has been murdered, setting up the investigation that consumes the first season of the show.
In a video interview with senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, she revealed, “As soon as I read that script, I was just really haunted by Mitch, and I felt that I understood something about her grief and pain.” Forbes confirmed that she will be returning for at least a few episodes in the second season as the murder case is resolved.