Cast Trivia - Mira Furlan
- She was born and raised in Croatia, and was a hugely successful actress there. She received all of her country’s highest acting awards, for both stage and film.
- She’s often been called “the Meryl Streep of Yugoslavia.”
- During the Wars of Yugoslavian Succession, she did her best to oppose a war in which neighbors were killing each other, and appeared in productions in enemy nations. The result was a terrible media campaign to vilify her, including many death threats. In 1991, she and her husband came to the US as refugees. She didn’t return to Croatia for 11 years.
- She has one son, named Marko Lav Gajić, born in December 1998 in L.A.
- She’s also a talented singer and released an album in 1999 called Songs From Movies That Have Never Been Made.
- She has been credited in over 25 films as the lead role.
- Mira and Michael Emerson share the same birthday (September 7th), though she is a year younger.
- She occasionally wrote a column for a Croatian magazine.
- In the mid-90s, Mira starred in a futuristic American science fiction show called Babylon 5. Because she had to wear prosthetic makeup on her brow, her eyes now tear up easily around bright lights - such as camera flashes.
- When she auditioned for Lost, she was only expected to be in one or two episodes. But at the show developed further, her role was greatly expanded.
- It was rumored that she asked to be written out of Lost, but she has firmly denied this, saying that she loved playing Danielle and wanted to see more of the character’s story.
“It was wonderful to work with Naveen, especially with him, and I had a little chance to work with Terry O’Quinn, who is one of the most wonderful actors in existence. It was nice.”
“Danielle was a very complex character, and that evolved over the life of the show. When we first met her, we think she is this very savage woman, but as we get to know her in her struggle, we begin to empathize with her quite a bit and we find out that she is one of the few characters without a checkered past, one of the pure characters if you will.”