It took an onscreen kiss with Brad Pitt to put this actress’ name on everyone’s lips.
Viewers might recognize Mireille (pronounced “mee-ray”) Enos from playing the driven lead detective on AMC’s “The Killing,” doubling as twin sisters on HBO’s “Big Love” or her Tony-nominated turn in the 2005 Broadway run of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
But after two decades in show business, the stunning actress’ film debut in “World War Z” on Friday is set to finally make her a star — and her five-second kiss with onscreen husband Pitt already has tongues wagging.
Not that she’ll dish any details.
“I’m not going to answer that question,” says Enos, giggling. “It definitely wasn’t a hard day at work, but he’s married, and I’m married.”
That hasn’t stopped him before (we hear you, Team Aniston), but Enos, 37, swears that Pitt was the consummate — yet still charismatic — professional.
“It was lovely. He is just really a normal, warm, wonderful guy,” she gushes. “But we were all artists showing up and telling a story — the best story we could.”
Enos plays Karin, who barely escapes Philadelphia with her husband (Pitt), a United Nations employee, and two daughters after a zombie pandemic overruns the globe.
The strawberry blond star’s first blockbuster role became much more personal after she gave birth to her first child right before filming began in 2010.
“This movie was the first movie I did since becoming a mom, and it made it so visceral,” she says. “The girls in the movie are just these lovely, beautiful girls, and we all really bonded. I had to just try to keep those girls safe, and then I was running home at night and taking care of my own baby.”
The kids brought her and Pitt even closer together. Their scenes making pancakes for the girls or playing 20 questions in the car are how you picture a regular day in the Brangelina villa.
“He’s wonderful,” Enos says. “He’s a family man. He understands the dynamic of family, and so it felt very easy to play that with him. As long as I focused on those girls, everything fell into place.”
Escaping from hordes of ravenous undead monsters was more challenging — especially since Enos had never even seen a zombie movie before catching a “World War Z” screening.
“It was really scary!” she says, recalling a particularly suspenseful stairwell scene that even freaked her out.
“I’m such a dork,” she laughs. “I had already seen it, and when I saw it in London a second time, I still screamed louder than anyone else.”
But Enos doesn’t let fear crack her character’s cool exterior. Similar to her tough-as-nails investigator in “The Killing,” mama Karin is all business when protecting her family in the film.
“She’s a tough girl. She was never written to be a damsel in distress,” Enos says.
Karin fends off zombies and sets off flares alongside her husband with gusto. In fact, she’d take a page from her character’s script in a real zombie apocalypse. “Stick together, and run as fast as you can,” she advises. “Keep moving.”
Escaping from hordes of zombies was more punishing than filming a TV series. “I was covered in bruises, but it was really fun,” she says. “When you’re being chased by these really big guys, it really motivates you to run fast!”
Now her career is also off and running. She has three more films on the horizon, including the thriller “Queen of the Night” with Ryan Reynolds and Rosario Dawson, and action flick “Sabotage” with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
There’s also room for a possible “WWZ II,” although she’s almost as mum about that as she is about kissing Pitt.
“Nothing is definite, but there is definitely the potential for a sequel,” she teases. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”
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