Elizabeth Good On ‘The Masked Dancer’ & Being Miss Moth
Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Good was revealed as Miss Moth on ‘The Masked Dancer.’ HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Elizabeth about why she did the present and the way ‘nerve-wracking’ it was to carry out.
Elizabeth Good stepped outdoors her consolation zone in a giant method when she determined to do The Masked Dancer. The 33-year-old was unmasked as Miss Moth in the course of the Jan. 13 episode. Elizabeth made headlines when she was kidnapped in 2002 on the age of 14 by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. She was held captive for 9 months till she was rescued in 2003.
Since then, Elizabeth has spent her life making an attempt to “finish the victimization and exploitation of sexual assault via the prevention, restoration, and advocacy,” in keeping with the Elizabeth Good Basis. HollywoodLife talked with this unbelievable girl about doing one thing completely totally different like The Masked Dancer, her connection to panelist Ashley Tisdale, and her plans for 2021.
What did you wish to do with The Masked Dancer?
Elizabeth Good: So that is method outdoors of any consolation zone I’ve ever had in my complete life. It’s positively nothing I’ve ever performed earlier than. However, the inspiration behind saying sure was truly my grandma. She has been an enormous effect on my life. I did research overseas in London, and he or she got here out and picked me up. We toured around Spain afterward. I’ll always remember that she organized for us to go to those little caves up on a mountainside the place they’d flamenco dancers. They have been making an attempt to get individuals from the viewers to come back up and dance, and my grandma tried to drag me out. However, I wasn’t going up. My sister wouldn’t go up. However, she received up and began dancing. And that was simply who my grandma was. She ended up passing away this previous summertime, proper across the time that the individuals at Masked Dancer requested me to take part. Initially, my first response was simply to say no. However I used to be sitting at my grandma’s funeral, and he or she had truly been dancing when she fell down and broke her hip. It was all downhill from there and a matter of weeks earlier than she handed away after that. As I used to be sitting at her funeral, I used to be crying like an absolute child, however, I used to be additionally laughing so laborious as a result of that was simply who my grandma was. She meant a lot to me. Whereas I used to be sitting on the funeral, I simply thought, you understand, I ought to do that. I stay a reasonably severe life. I work and have devoted actually my life to an extremely severe, sobering trigger. And it’s okay to have a somewhat little bit of enjoyment. It’s okay to do one thing purely for the sake of enjoyment. Truthfully, it was terrifying. In reality, I can nonetheless really feel the adrenaline operating via me proper now simply considering that my finale will probably be airing. However I’m so glad I did it, and my grandma was the inspiration behind doing it.
You might be no stranger to public talking, however, dancing on tv is a completely totally different world. What was it like for you while you have been on stage performing as Miss Moth?
Elizabeth Good: It was terrifying. It was exhilarating. It was nerve-racking. It was simply the entire spectrum of emotion. As a result of, in fact, I wish to do my finest. I type of went into it with this thought that so long as I do know that I do my finest, I gained’t really feel dangerous. Every time the time comes that I’m eradicated, I really feel like I did my finest. I didn’t develop up dancing. I’m not a dancer. I positively reached to this point past my consolation zone. I’m so happy with myself for doing it. I had a lot enjoyable and the choreographers and my dance associate and everybody that I had any interplay with have been truthfully so type and so supportive. They made the expertise such an important expertise for me. I’ll stroll away from it with nothing however good reminiscences and good emotions.
The Miss Moth costume was so lovely. What was it concerning the costume that stood out to you probably the most?
Elizabeth Good: Truthfully, they offered it to me they usually mentioned, what do you consider this? Again then it was simply type of a tough sketch. And I used to be like, certain, why not. However then once I truly noticed the costume in actual life, once I went in for my first becoming, I used to be amazed. It was so lovely, and it didn’t finish there. After the primary time, I believed that each time I noticed it once more, it truthfully received increasingly more lovely. I imply, even as much as the final day that I used to be dancing, they have been nonetheless including extra crystals and extra hand-beading. I want everybody may rise up shut and see it in order that they might actually actually respect the entire expertise and the time that went into creating that. Clearly, none of that expertise or time is mine as a result of I didn’t create it. However the wardrobe crew who truthfully created this masterpiece, it’s so lovely. I really feel like quite a lot of issues in life while you get actually near inspecting you’re somewhat bit disenchanted. With this, there is no such thing as a degree of disappointment. It solely will get higher.
The panelists dished out all kinds of names, however Brian Austin Inexperienced truly guessed you. What was your response in that second while you heard your title come out of his mouth?
Elizabeth Good: I felt just like the clues within the second present… I used to be like, whoa, if this doesn’t give it away wanting saying her title begins with Elizabeth and her final title ends with Good, I don’t know what number of extra clues or hints you possibly can give. So I wasn’t stunned when he mentioned I do know who it’s. Really, I type of thought that possibly Ashley [Tisdale] would have guessed who I’m as a result of she was in Excessive Faculty Musical, which was filmed at the highschool that I went to. She clearly spent fairly a little bit of time in Utah, so I keep in mind initially considering if anybody goes to guess me it’s going to be her. However she didn’t. She was stunned. There was Brian that guessed me, however I wasn’t stunned by the point he lastly guessed me that they guessed me.
The Masked Dancer was filmed in 2020, which was such a loopy 12 months. Now that we’re in a brand new 12 months, what are your plans? You tackle the extremely essential process of advocacy on behalf of survivors, and also you had your Discovering Justice specials final 12 months, so what are a number of the issues on the horizon for you?
Elizabeth Good: These are nonetheless endeavors and targets that I plan to proceed to work on. I’ve my nonprofit, Elizabeth Good Basis, that I’ve spent a lot time engaged on. We’ve got just a few new initiatives that we are going to be rolling out this 12 months. One of many initiatives that we truly rolled out on the finish of final 12 months and can at all times be there’s our We Consider You marketing campaign, and that one might be one of many ones that’s nearest and dearest to my coronary heart. I’ve spoken extensively round america. I’ve been to each state. I’ve met victims and survivors from world wide. And unquestionably, the primary remark that I get is that no person believes me. This marketing campaign is so particular to me as a result of we wish to change how we react and the way we deal with our victims and our survivors. I would like them to know that there are individuals who do care about them and who will imagine them and who will help them. Truthfully, one of many blessings of working on this subject is that I’ve been capable of meet the kindest individuals who truthfully sacrifice their lives to try to make a distinction. I’m making an attempt to assist the survivors. This isn’t a straightforward topic to speak about. It’s not a straightforward topic to come back again to work to each single day. It’s very laborious, so with the ability to meet the individuals who hold doing it, who determined to do it possibly not as a result of they’d private expertise, however simply because they’re good individuals. That’s fairly wonderful. The We Consider You marketing campaign is so particular to me personally. I simply hope that this 12 months as we proceed to push it and attempt to develop it that we actually are capable of promote schooling and alter. For all of the darkish issues that we see on this world, I really feel like this additionally helps me see the great in it as properly.