What Would You Miss Most Without Electricity?

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article
on August 26, 2013
Revolution - Season 1
Brownie Harris/NBC Billy Burke as Miles Matheson in NBC's "Revolution"

I know the power is back on in TV’s “Revolution,” but I was curious: Did the cast ever talk about what they would do without power in their lives?
—Diana Keasler, Canaan, Conn.

According to Billy Burke, 46, who plays Miles Matheson, in the first few months of making “Revolution,” the cast members talked about that topic a lot.

“It was a big part of everyday conversation, all the what ifs,” says the native of Bellingham, Washington. “The reality is that you never really know what you would do, but you start to realize how much you do rely on it. We are so reliant on power and technology for everything. It does make you think about, ‘OK, if that was all gone, what do I really care about?’”

What Burke says he really cares about is recorded music. As someone who also plays, not being able to listen to music is the thing he is sure he would miss the most.

“I can do without a television or a telephone, I think. As long as I surrounded myself with the people that I cared about, the communication thing would be all right with me. But, it would suck, not having recorded music.”

Also, “When I come home, if I couldn’t open the refrigerator and find something cold in there, I’d be pretty pissed off.”

Fellow cast member Elizabeth Mitchell, 43, who plays Rachel Matheson, admits that as a mother, she sometimes imposes a blackout on her kids.

“I take away electronics all the time, but I always have,” says the Los Angeles-born actress. “I don’t love it. I understand that it’s prevalent, but I like us to look each other in the eye. But, once that genie is out of the bottle, it’s almost too late. That’s all they want to do. But I think about personal interaction. I spent my childhood outside. We’d come home, and my mom would be like, ‘Out! Out! Out!’ And we’d be like, ‘Sure, OK!’”