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Don't be misled by her performance in Ice Cold Blood - actress Karen Mitchell has a funny side too
If you've had the privilege of watching actress Karen Mitchell take on the recurring role of Detective Allison in the popular NBC crime drama "In Ice Cold Blood," or perhaps in the role of Sally opposite Scott Pirlo ("Adore," "The Pitch") in the thriller film "Fearless Game," it would be easy to imagine that she's mostly suited towards more dramatic roles. Mostly, because she's just so darn good at playing them.

From her roles as murderer Tracey Grissom in the series "Deadly Women" to Catherine, the key character who oversees the war that the series "Nameless: Blood and Chains" revolves around, Mitchell is well-versed when it comes to playing strikingly serious women on screen. But that's definitely not where her capacity as an actress ends, she happens to be a supremely skilled comedic actress as well. Unfortunately for audiences, she's been so busy shooting the Ice-T led series "In Ice Cold Blood," the upcoming films "The Blue Diamond Movie," "New Hope" from Shatterproof Films and the series "Starship One," that she's had to momentarily set aside her comedic gifts and focus on the more dramatic roles she's been cast in.

In between shooting all of her powerful, dramatic and sometimes overwhelmingly tense roles, Mitchell did recently find the time to shoot the series "S.L.U.T.," aka "Sex Loving Union Traveller," produced by Bubamara Ladybug Inc. A comedy series from award-winning actor and writer Rain Fuller, who gained international attention for the series "Two Refugees and a Blonde," "S.L.U.T." is all about reclaiming and redefining what it means to be a 'slut' in modern society. A cross between Netflix's "Lady Dynamite" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the series follows a woman who's open and proud of her sexuality-- and all of the backlash that ensues as a result.

Mitchell says, "It was an exciting opportunity for me to dive deep into a character that is unlike anything I've played before. I was incredibly excited about the challenge of bringing her to life."

In the series Mitchell takes on the critical role of Jennifer, an uptight Beverly Hills mom with a sharp attitude and wit, who takes offense to all of the outrageous behaviour that unfolds around her. Mitchell's character is a key catalyst for many of the show's laugh out loud comedy moments, and her timing is perfect.

"S.L.U.T." writer and producer Rain Fuller says, "Karen was so much fun to work with! She brings such great energy to set and her comedic timing is just awesome. I can't wait to work with her again!"

Considering that Mitchell has been performing since her youth and that in the past decade, has become an internationally sought after talent, it's not all that surprising that her skills extend to comedy. She's trained hard to make it to where she is today, and over the course of her career she's taken on a plethora of other comedy roles that prove her knack for the genre.

Earlier in her career the actress impressed Australian audiences with her performance as Megan in the satirical comedy series "It's a Dole Life" where she acted opposite Paul Berenger from the award-winning film "Two Fists, One Heart." The series follows seven unemployed Aussies and one jaded public servant and all the hilarious nonsense that ensues as they convene for weekly meetings at the unemployment office, which is ran by Mitchell's character Megan.

"My character runs the office where everyone gets 'the dole', or government benefits. It's such a rarity in Australian television to do comedy, so I jumped at the chance," recalls Mitchell. "Australians and New Zealanders especially responded to Megan, and followers write to me all the time on social media telling me how much they laugh at the show."

Though Mitchell acknowledges the rarity of doing comedy in Australia, "It's a Dole Life" was by no means her only comedy series in her home country. Whilst living in Australia Mitchell also took on a key role as the 'Mum' in an episode of Skit Box Comedy directed by Al Morrow of Jungleboyz.

Led by comedians and actresses Sarah Bishop, Adele Vuko and Greta Lee Jackson, Skit Box is One of Australia's most recognized female comedy troupes. They've been featured on The New York Times, Buzzfeed, NBC's The Today Show, InStyle, Glamour, Perez Hilton, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan and many more. They were also recently named on Mamamia's list of Australia's Top 10 Female Comedians and Junkee's list of 8 Australian Women Killing It in Comedy. Many actors won't hesitate to admit that comedy is arguably the most challenging genre to perform in, but for Mitchell it's a natural fit. The fact that she was taped to take on a critical role in the series and perform alongside Australia's best comedic actors says a lot about the diverse nature of her craft.

Some of the other comedy projects Mitchell has performed in over the years include "Aging Gracefully," "Greg," "The Final Year," "Love That Car" and "Serendipity." Her flair for comedy  combined with her ethnically ambiguous look has also led the actress to be tapped to play the lead in numerous commercials, such as those for the National Australia Bank, the Cheesecake Shop and more. In fact, many of these clients even waited for Mitchell to return to the country just so they could shoot her in their commercials.

Mitchell explains, "They felt my ethnically ambiguous look is a great way to sell, as people read their own ethnic background into my look. I'm looked at as just an American or Australian, yet I can be viewed through the eyes of Italians, Greeks, Spanish, French, Lebanese etc.. as if I was from their country."

From her diverse talents to her ethnically ambiguous look, it's pretty clear that there are few roles that Karen Mitchell can't play, assets that will assuredly keep her working for decades to come.  


 

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