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Kristen Bell Is Superheroically Awesome

Ever since I first heard that Kristen Bell was going to be on Heroes this season, I've been anxiously awaiting more details. Well, yesterday I got the awesome opportunity to chat with Bell on the phone and learn all sorts of things about the funny, gracious lady and her superhero role.

She spilled some beans (but not all of them) about her character, Elle, and she revealed her feelings about certain other cast members. She also chose a superpower she'd want to have if she could obtain any of them. Oh, and apparently she loves America's Funniest Home Videos.

To see what I found out from my call with Kristen Bell, and to check out a scene from the upcoming episode of Heroes in which she makes her first appearance,

On joining the show:
Apparently, Bell was a huge fan of Heroes from the very start, and would discuss the show feverishly every week with her Veronica Mars co-workers.

On her relationships with the cast:
Bell previously knew both Hayden Panettiere and Zachary Quinto before joining the cast of Heroes. She and Hayden met in New York when Hayden was just eight years old, as the two had the same agent. She says even then Hayden was "a lovely little girl. And even then you could tell that there was something so alarmingly special about who she was and what she was going to be able to accomplish as a performer. I've sort of kept up a relationship with her just socially. And having joined the cast now it’s been really nice because I think really good girlfriends are so rare to find in LA, and she’s a really cool honest girl."

Bell went on to say that she and Hayden always joked about playing sisters or friends on a show, but then hinted that their characters on Heroes may not exactly be friendly with each other.

On Bell's character, Elle:

  • Bell says Elle's power is "very cool," and that she's not like the other heroes that hate or resent their powers. "She very much enjoys her power and enjoys the emotional power it gives her over other people."
  • Elle was raised within the Company! One of the things Tim Kring pointed out about Elle was that hers is "in some ways a cautionary tale of what would happen to any of our characters had they lived with their powers their whole life the way Elle had." As Bell puts it, "It's because she was raised by the company and not by a normal family that you’ll sympathize with her. I certainly hope you’ll sympathize with her in trying to understand how her childhood really messed her up."
  • "She has ties to HRG and to Claire. And there’s going to be a very interesting dynamic I think, between her and Claire... I think there’s going to be a deeper relationship there than people are expecting. They’re going to see...maybe some parallels. But she also has ties to Suresh. And she’s a little messed up in the head which makes her really manipulative and always out to get what she wants. She doesn’t have many boundaries."
  • Bell thinks viewers will love to hate Elle at first, when they're "confused about her intentions," but she hopes we will ultimately sympathize with her.
  • We'll see Elle in Episode Five and then not again until Episode Eight. She is signed on for 13 episodes, after which they'll discuss the possibility of more.

On which Heroes person she'd most like to interact with:
"I would like to most interact with — and this is for two different reasons, for on- and off-camera reasons — with Zachary Quinto. Because Zachary Quinto has been a good friend of mine for almost ten years now. I've always wanted to work with him and besides the fact that he’s pretty much the coolest thing because he’s so unpredictable and so downright evil. And it’s almost hard for me to watch because it’s the polar opposite of Zach’s personality because he’s just the kindest, gentlest, most giving person. I would love to see him and Elle face off one day. I think that that would be unbelievable."

On her superpower of choice:
If she could choose one, Bell would have the power of multiplicity. "I think it would be great to be able to multiply myself and cook myself dinner. I’d just be like 'Hey, clean that up,' you know? I’d be so much more happier."

On why she was drawn to the role on Heroes:
Bell compares Tim Kring and Rob Thomas' abilities to tell stories that have hooks that "sink into people," and says both Heroes and Veronica Mars are "really smart shows and they’re a little harder to follow which I really respect. Because when you treat the audience like an intelligent member, you tend to attract intelligent viewers."

On her voiceover gig for Gossip Girl:
"Gossip Girl's been great. And it’s sort of an easy deal for me because it’s not on-camera. And I’ve always dreamt about having a job where I could go and show up in my jammies."
She said jammies!

On her "geeky guilty pleasure":
"I'm always kind of into reruns of America's Funniest Home Videos. That’s my geekiest, guilty pleasure. And I don’t feel guilty about it because it’s an awesome show."

Here's a clip of K. Bell on Heroes:

Photo courtesy of NBC

beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
oh, i'm so jealous of you! what a fun interview! i'm hoping that is Gossip Girl is canceled she'll have time to be on Heroes for more than just the 13 episodes!!
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
I love her! I fell in love with Veronica Mars
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
wallaceo — She actually addressed that issue on the call. Apparently, it was mis-reported and she was never actually offered a role on Lost.
wallaceo wallaceo 10 years
yay! she rocks. although i am surprised that she didn't join lost (my other favorite show)
nimue nimue 10 years
woot woot kbell on heroes.... !! i've been waiting for this ever since it was announced she would be on the show!
Saturn9 Saturn9 10 years
I was so excited to see K-Bell in the promo for next week's show! If we can't have Veronica Mars, this is the next best thing.
ktacce ktacce 10 years
hahah buzz you said jammies too! i love it.
Angelica Angelica 10 years
Fun interview - I'm jealous you got to talk to Veronica Mars!
Orangecrush43 Orangecrush43 10 years
Cant' wait, love her
Karma-Co Karma-Co 10 years
I sooo can't wait! :)
creamytofu creamytofu 10 years
I can not wait, im so happy she is back on tv. Though i am still in remorse over the cancellation of Veronica Mars. I loved that show. Veronica and Logan Forever!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Thanks for letting us learn more about her, Buzz. Great interview! And love the clip, especially her confusion about haggis!
paradisee paradisee 10 years
she is super awesome !!! i love her around Zach they look so cute together
Janners Janners 10 years
There were pictures where she was pointing at a glass and the glass was shattered in the next picture... I could've sword I saw them on this site! Oh, she is just great... anxiously awaiting season 2 of Veronica Mars on DVD!
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 10 years
Could be electrifying.. Can't wait until she's on the show. i miss Veronica Mars!
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 10 years
I love her!
heroic heroic 10 years
A few more days to go! I hadn't even seen a single episode of Heroes until I learned that Kristen Bell was going to be in it. I can't wait!
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 10 years
I love her!!!
emaline emaline 10 years
what a charmer! and i kind of thought that peter's electric shocks he showed off in the irish bar might have come from elle - since that was hinted at in a few interviews. ohhh kristen, cant wait til you're back on my tv :)
genvessel genvessel 10 years
ohmygosh i am SO EXCITED for monday!!!
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
JessNess — She was so mum on the topic of her power! I didn't think to ask if "electrifying" was a hint, though I'm pretty sure she would have dodged that one, too. :) I'm anxious to find out, too!
bhilb bhilb 10 years
Can't wait!
hellosunshine hellosunshine 10 years
I love this girl. I've been waiting for her appearance on Hereos since the first episode of the season. So excitied!
Alleigh Alleigh 10 years
Love her...and can't wait to see her in next weeks episode.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I can't wait to see her on Heroes. Im excited by the fact that she was raised with the Company its going to be a great foil for the others. I heard rumors that her power is "electrifying"- was that hinted to at all. Or is "very cool" a hint ahhhhhh I want to know
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