Date of publishing: 26th
Creator of Heroes, Tim Kring
has graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts
in 1983. He got his start as a screenwriter writing
for the TV show Knight Rider. One of his earlier projects
was Misfits of Science, which, like his later project
Heroes, featured superpowered humans as a main theme.
Best known as the feisty, young detective-in-training,
Veronica Mars, on the critically acclaimed UPN series
of the same name, actress Kristen Bell
was a bona fide triple threat – gifted at comedy,
drama, and musical theater. She plays "Elle"
a new mysterious character in the second season of
The Scifi World had the opportunity to take a part
on a press conference with both of them. Here is the
full report of this conference.
how did it work out that you are doing this wonderful
to begin with, did you reach out to Tim Kring, did
the show reach out to you and were a fan of the show
even before the opportunity came up?
Kristen Bell: I was a huge fan of the show, I watched
it from it’s premier episode and I joked with
the writers that Heroes was always the water cooler
conversation while at Veronica Mars on set and they
said that in many of their writer circles Veronica
Mars was their water cooler conversation when they
were working at Heroes. I certainly put feelers out
there during Comic Con and let them know what a fan
I was of the show, with the secret hopes that one
day I could be a part of it and then it was the ultimate
flattery when they came forward and said we might
have something for you to do.
Tim, can you talk about the
Matt, Mohinder, Molly family dynamics, and the importance
of those relationships for the rest of the season
and touch on Wes and Claire?
Tim Kring: Well in our show the kind of secret about
our show is that it really is about the relationships
and really about the characters. So we always try
to focus all of our stories by filtering them through
that idea. But you know on our show things change
and things morph and become very complicated and different
as you watch. One of the hallmarks of the show is
nobody is really who they seem to be. So in terms
of Wes and Claire I’m sure there are a lot of
questions the audience has as to whether Wes is ultimately
good for Claire or not, and you know we will just
have to say tuned. As for Mohinder, Matt and Molly,
we wanted to sort of do in a way our own version of
My Two Dads, a kind of domesticated life for these
two characters we saw circling each other all last
year. And one of the interesting things that’s
happening this season is the joining of different
characters that we never saw last year. Mohinder and
Matt is certainly one, Matt and Nathan, last night
and Suresh and H.R.G., Claire’s father is another
one and so it’s a continual quest to try and
shake things up.
Kristen Bell’s role written with her in mind
or did you create the character and then go you know
who’d be good for this?
Tim Kring: The character was created before we cast
Kristen. We had been taking about this character for
a while and thinking about the character for awhile,
but when you do cast and actor, especially one you
are familiar with their work and that has as much
personality as Kristen has, you try to tailor that
character a little closer to who the actor is. So
it’s hard to know when one starts to influence
the other, certainly the character was created and
conceived long before we cast Kristen.
was it difficult or intimidating for you to join a
cast that had been working together since the shows
beginning and had already gelled and had their dynamic,
was it hard to jump into that and be a part of it?
Kristen Bell: There was anxiety and nerves certainly
but nothing about it has been hard. They are some
of the nicest people that I have ever worked with
and having had social relationships with a few of
them and sort of heard through the grape vine what
a great job it was. Not just a excellent show but
really fun to be a part of and ensemble that really
supports each other. And I think to find that many
good people in one setting is really hard to find
but clearly that speaks to, you know what comes down
through the grape vine, starting with Tim. Every time
you join a different job or different show is kind
of like changing schools, like when you are in high
school, that kind of anxiety, is everyone going to
like me, is this going to be fun, am I going to do
well. And the warmth that I was greeted with was like
I was starting a school that all my friends already
Kring: Let me just add to that one of the
interesting things that should be noted here that
there was this kind of circle of people around Kristen
and the show Heroes and all these common relationships.
Kristen had known several of the cast members and
some for years and years with real long term relationships
with these people and some of the writers on the show,
so she was already like part of the family by the
time we cast her.
I wanted to ask about the danger of over population
and if you never kill anybody are people going to
start if you are crying wolf too often, particularly
with Peter surviving a nuclear explosion. Is there
a danger that you have too many characters and that
you really need to kill people more often?
Tim Kring: Yes, on a show like this you have to be
able to fold people in and fold people out, so the
audience should fully expect to see characters leaving
in the near future.
has it been fun playing this new, mysterious character?
Kristen Bell: Oh it has been so much fun! I have
been crossing my fingers and hoping that I would get
a job soon where I can play a character as Tim likes
to call it ‘a little off’ or perhaps didn’t
have the shiniest and brightest intentions and I think
the depth that they have written this character Elle
is so conflicted and sort of comes across as such
a victim, it’s so much fun to play with.
can you tell us if you have any connection to Peter
Petrelli and whether or not your character works for
the company on the show?
Kristen Bell: Well I will probably have Tim guide
me through this one.
Tim Kring: You can answer that, that’s fine.
Kristen Bell: I have a lot of information about Peter’s
past. Want to help me out on this one Tim.
Tim Kring: we introduce the character and she is
looking for Peter Petrelli and I think one can assume
that she finds him.
what exactly inspired the show and in that vane, do
you have favorite superheroes or superhero stories
that might have acted as inspiration?
Tim Kring: Well there really not any superhero stories
that inspired the show. The show was inspired by wanting
to do a large ensemble drama that tackled some issues
I felt were on everybody’s mind. And that was
that this world is a very complicated and dangerous
place and in need of help, and in need of help from
us who are all ordinary. And trying to think about
what it was that could speak to that. And in many
ways a regular cop show or a medical show just didn’t
seem to answer those questions in a large enough way,
which led me to the idea of superheroes, and that’s
sort of where it came from.
Tim looking at some of the
credits that you have done, you started doing an episode
of Knight Rider episode and episode of Misfits Of
Science, but then everything else is pretty much drama.
So do you see yourself as a science fiction person,
like a fan or did you just trying to develop a show
that’s good that just happens to be science
Tim Kring: I’m not particularly a science fiction
writer, although I co-created a show called Strange
World a few years ago, but what draws me to an idea
almost always is the character and how to put a character
in a certain amount of drama that makes it compelling.
The scifi elements of the show are really just a vehicle
to tell dramatic stories about characters going through
extraordinary things and on an extraordinary journey.
Clearly the scifi elements are enticing to a certain
audience and that was intriguing to me as well to
capture that audience.
Bell exactly how did you get to be so cool?
Kristen Bell: (laughs) Oh well, I don’t think
that I’m that cool. I try to be nice and enjoy
what I’m doing, I guess. I have been really,
really lucky and I stay grateful for that every moment
and I hope that comes across, because I love what
I do and I want to keep doing it.
Tim Kring: And you also hang out with really cool
people and that’s how you are cool.
Kristen Bell: I do! You know what that is how I’m
cool, cause I have such cool friends, I have the coolest
do you have any predictions for 2008 either for yourself
or in general, could be anything that comes to mind,
for the next year? Something you maybe looking for
in the world or your life?
Kristen Bell: Well I one thing I try to stay with
is too not think too far ahead and I try to live moment
to moment just in general. I’m fairly spontaneous
and impulsive and I really don’t know what inspires
me until I read it, as far as projects go. So it’s
sort of difficult for me to say, I just hope that
I’m happy with what I’m doing. I hope
that I’m still involved with Heroes, because
I’m having such a great time right now and that
I can’t get it off my mind, how much fun it’s
been I mean. I have two movies coming out one in January
and one in May and I certainly hope they are wildly
successful and that people enjoy them and that I just
keep having fun.
else you are looking forward to in general in the
world in 2008?
Kristen Bell: in general in the world? I don’t
know peace maybe, kind of always hoping for that.
Kristen can you tell us a
little bit more about your character, are there any
other origins that you can reveal, her secret origins,
her secret power, her name?
Kristen Bell: Her name is Elle. I can’t reveal
her secret powers, you’ll have to watch next
Monday, but it’s a very cool power. She has
ties to H.R.G. and to Claire and there is going to
be a very interesting dynamic I think between her
and Claire as far as what is and what is not. There
is going to be a deeper relationship there then people
are expecting and their going to see maybe some parallels
there. She also has ties a little bit to Suresh and
she’s a little messed up in the head which makes
her manipulative and always out to get what she wants.
She doesn’t have many boundaries, which is what
I think is the really interesting part about playing
this character on this particular show because the
whole first season has been about these fairly good
natured people trying to embrace these confusing abilities
and being very conflicted as to how they should be
using them. Elle is not that way at all, she very
much enjoys her power and enjoys the emotional power
it gives her over other people.
Tim Kring: Let me add to that a little bit. One thing
we will say is that this character is tied to this
company that we have been talked about this last year
on the show, that one that Claire’s father was
involved with. One of the ideas is that this character,
Elle’s character was raised within the company
and 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 that Elle has.
a little about the reconstruction with Matt Parkman’s
character, especially with the change of his family
dynamic, and his wife, will she ever come back into
the story or has he really just gone through a complete
reconstruction of who he is?
Tim Kring: We will see the wife again, shortly, but
there is clearly a mystery as of now, there won’t
be within the next couple of episodes, as to what
happened in the intervening four months from the end
of season one to the beginning of two. But clearly
he went from a man who was with his wife and expecting
a baby and living in LA to a many who is living in
New York and not living with his wife, so something
happened in that intervening time and we will find
out about it. But yes we will see the wife again.
we know that Heroes is a show where even the actors
don’t get to know a lot about where the characters
are going, it sounds like you actually do have a lot
of information, but coming from Veronica Mars which
was another mystery show, do you have a way of approaching
these characters where you might not know the ultimate
point of the arc?
Kristen Bell: Yes, actually that
is one thing that we struggled with a lot, all of
the actors and I have some to the conclusion that
it’s just all about trust. And I’m giddy
when I say it, I was a little lucky that when I was
picked for the character, Tim let a few cats out of
the bag, which is exciting but certainly nothing I
would never repeat. Ultimately I think when you are
working on a show that is centered around a mystery
that is of such vital importance, that you have to
trust as an actor and as long as you are asking what
details do I need to know, what should I be showing
as far as me being an actor and being able to tell
the story adequately and foreshadow and things like
that. And other then that you just have to trust your
creator, writers and director, that if you weren’t
giving enough or they needed to allude to something
then they’d tell you, it’s just got to
be all about trust.
Kristen can you talk about
your relationships with the cast before joined, Hayden
recently said she had known you since she was eight
years old and does that impact the way you and character
of Claire get along?
Kristen Bell: I have known Hayden since she was eight,
we met in New York, we had the same agent, I was substantially
older then she was. I was just starting college and
met her and she came to some of the plays I did in
New York and she was such a lovely little girl. 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. Even at eight
years old you could tell, it was right before she
did Remember the Titans, she was so great in and I
just socially kept up a relationship with her. Having
joined the cast now it’s been really nice, because
really good girlfriends are so rare to find in LA
and she is a really cool and honest girl and so we
have sort of become closer because of the show. We
always used to joke about trying to play sisters or
friends in a project, we might not be either of those
in this show but it’s still fun to get to work
you just achieved success moving over to Heroes, looking
back from your current position, what is the one thing
you fondly remember or miss about doing stage craft
review theatre in high school?
Kristen Bell: What I missed the most is the audience
as a participatory member of the production. When
we were at stage crafters we would make the set and
it was a comfortable circle of friends because growing
up in the theatre I was never much for sports, because
I was always about 50lbs. but when I joined that first
theatre group I found my first really core group of
friends and I really miss being on the live stage
and get the immediate gratification of seeing the
audience laugh, cry or you know emote at all.
have you had a chance to catch your former co-star
Jason Dohring in the show Moonlighting and if get
to keep in touch with any of the former Veronica Mars
Kristen Bell: We do actually keep in touch, a lot,
I just came back from breakfast with Ryan Hansen who
played Dick Casablancas and Joaquin Sedillo who was
our D.P. we went to breakfast this morning. I have
not caught Jason’s show but I have been TiVo’ing
it and Tim’s been keeping me pretty busy and
I have not caught up on all my TiVo yet, but it’s
funny how many people from Veronica Mars are working
on Moonlight right now. There is a substantial portion
of the crew, and Jason and some of the A.D.’s.
Everyone got along really well on that show as well
so we are all pretty supportive of each other’s
careers and we’ve maintained those friendships.
Tim a specific question about
last nights episode and about the photo of the twelve.
Will we be seeing more of the five we are not aware
of yet, have we already met some of them, and will
you be using some of the same actors from the photograph
for those roles as they show up? And can you confirm
whether or not Joanna Cassidy was one of the actors
that was standing there?
Tim Kring: Yes on almost of those accounts, we will
be seeing the people in the photo and I think all
of them will be the same ones. Which I just have to
tell you the photo has got a life of it’s own
because logistically it was so difficult to actually
come up with this photograph that’s used now
and refers to things that are shot well in the future
here, it was very difficult to get that all lined
up. But yes the photo is accurate as we can make it
and it did look an awful lot like Joanna Cassidy in
with the possibility of a writers strike or certainly
of the contract lapsing later this month, what kind
of an impact has that had on the writing and production
for you guys?
Tim Kring: Well to be really honest, it has not had
a lot of impact. We like everyone else assumed a strike
would be well after our season ended so we never really
prepared for it. The fact that we were a little ahead
of other people, we started production a month earlier
then most people has been mistakenly interpreted that
we were doing it because of the strike, when in fact
it is that we are doing 24 episodes this year. And
since our show is so much more complicated production
wise then almost any other show on TV we just needed
the extra time. So once that train starts rolling
there’s not a whole lot you can do about it,
you can’t speed it up and you can’t really
slow it down. So in reality the strike doesn’t
have a lot of effect, it clearly will have a tremendous
affect if it happens, but in terms in what we have
done up until now, no not really. I wish I could have
are not banking scripts or anything like that at this
Tim Kring: No, you can only write them as fast as
you can write them and we are already moving at such
a pace that we can’t really accelerate the process
for a strike.
Heroes has such hard core fans that want to know any
leaks to the story lines, how have you tried to keep
quiet about storylines and has anyone come up to you
wanting you to leak anything?
Kristen Bell: Yeah, of course, everybody, even among
the cast, everybody is always asking everybody else
who has more information and unfortunately going into
it, maybe because I had a big ole smile on my face
or maybe they can sense it, but I had a substantial
amount of information and all the other cast members
sort of tried to pick it out of me. But I think that
I did a pretty good job of just smiling through it
and knowing that I was lucky enough to be told a little
bit of where my character was going or at least know
her first arc. You know it’s hard, because when
you have secrets, of course you want to spill them,
but you have to realize how important it is and how
vital it is to keep them secret, and that it keeps
your job, and that its kind of fun when you know a
little more information then anyone else.
not excepting bribes or anything?
Kristen Bell: Oh I didn’t say that. (laughs)
Kristen how do you expect
your Veronica Mars fan base to react after seeing
this more sinister character on Heroes after seeing
you for three years as the a character that was this
real go getter and always fighting for the little
guy and do you get to interact with them a lot?
Kristen Bell: well one thing I will say about Veronica
Mars fans is that they are extremely interactive,
whether they are on a street corner or on a blog,
they are definitely interactive. I hope everyone has
fun with it, honestly I’ve been having a blast
with it. It’s a little deeper character work
when you have really figure out someone’s intentions.
Because I don’t even think evil characters are
evil, they always think they are doing something right,
and its to get to that sort of conflicted, what’s
the difference between right and wrong kind of point,
which is fun and cool to work on as an actor. I hope
everyone is going to have fun with it. I love rooting
for the under dog, but it’s also a lot of fun
to play a character that is a little crazy.
it was widely reported that you were offered a recurring
role on LOST as well, why did you decide to be on
Kristen Bell: Well I think the facts of the situation
is that the media might have gotten a little ahead
of themselves, because I had been spoken too about
possibly doing a role on LOST, but I was not actually
offered one. That certainly would have been a wonderful
opportunity, but I think that I have been such a fan
of Heroes from the very beginning that this would
have been the dreamiest situation I could have possibly
thought up for my next job. So when Tim came forward
I sort of pounced on it.
how do you guard against a little bit of fan frustration
setting in, because the plot seems to be getting more
and more complicated and we seem to be further away
from answers then we were three episodes ago. Also
at what point in the season can we expect the foray
to Canada that you have spoken of before?
Tim Kring: We actually are not a show that tries
to keep answers away from the answers. Out feeling
on it is that, no answer is so precious that we can’t
tell the audience what it is. That being said there
is a certain amount of fun with drawing things out
that it keeps your interest. But our show changes
and morphs all the time. One of the things that we
did this season that we didn’t do last year,
last season we had one volume and it was called “Genesis”
and it happen to be 23 episodes long. So one of the
things we found by the end of the year, we were dragging
a tremendous amount of story that had to be paid off
in that final episode. Which made for an episode that
the expectations were so high, and you know it’s
hard to meet everybody’s expectations, so this
season we are going to have multiple volumes. The
first one is called “Generations” start
with episode one of this season and ends with episode
eleven. Where every question that is raised will be
answered so that it’s one complete volume, but
then sling shots us into the cliff hanger that takes
us into the break and into another volume. If people
are feeling the frustration of wanting answers, I
think they usually say they want answers but they
really enjoy the idea of following the mystery and
watching the twist and turns. As for Canada, the show
takes that turn in I think two episodes from now.
the story line about Micah’s new family going
to focus more on him and Monica then Nichelle Nichols
character, does she get more play as the story arc
progresses and has the cast now become jaded to meeting
Star Trek cast members?
Tim Kring: Nichelle Nichols will
be in support of Dana David’s character for
a while, but I think was can look for around mid season
for that character to emerge in it’s own right.
As for the cast being jaded to Star Trek its not really
our intention to bring people on from that show, in
a strange way it has been an odd coincidence that
both people that have walked in to read for both the
character of Kaito Nakamura and for the character
of Monica’s grandmother have both been from
that show. You know it has been a lot of fun for a
certain segment of the audience to see that, but clearly
there aren’t that many others we can tap into,
so as of now we are leaving it at these two.
Kristen with the rise of
shows like Chuck and a sudden emphasis on geek subculture,
as a female geek icon that is both beautiful and brainy,
what are your geeky guilty pleasures?
Kristen Bell: Oh wow my geeky guilty pleasures?
Certainly Comic Con would be a geeky guilty pleasure.
I think the geekiest of all my pleasures at Comic
Con is I definitely try to around and get pictures
with every single person who dresses up. Because the
people that come in full costume, just fascinate me,
absolutely fascinate me. And what’s even more
fascinating is that if I was to come in costume like
dressed as a Strom Trooper, I would kind of expect
the fact that people are going to want picture of
me. And most the time when I ask them for pictures
they are like so “alright, just make it quick”
like its so frustrating for them. (laughs) And it’s
so fascinating to me because its like “well
dude you are the one who came in costume so don’t
get angry with me”. My geeky guilty pleasures,
certainly having done Fanboys, anything Star Wars
is now sort of wonderful and fascinating to me and
the fact that I’m sort of still learning and
of course all my friends are fan boys. It’s
not so much that I’m not typically going out
on my own, as much as I’m learning from them
and I have been so embraced by this community that
I love it. I’m coming into my own as a fan girl
and seeking things out. Like the new Beverly in Los
Angeles had a double feature the other night of Tron
and The Last Starfighter so was like I kind of need
to see that, at least once in my life as that seemed
like such an awesome double feature.
TV shows are you watching right now?
Kristen Bell: Hmm what’s on my TiVo? Pushing
Daisies I love and I do of course support and watch
our NBC line up of Chuck, Heroes and Journeyman. I’ve
watched The Office since it started which I love and
I love the BBC, I watch a lot of BBC shows, I don’t
watch all that many American shows. I really like
Little Brittan and I’m excited that is coming
out on HBO and League of Gentlemen, although I’m
always kind of into reruns of America’s Funniest
Home Videos, that’s sort of my number one. That’s
my geekiest guilty pleasure, right there and I don’t
feel guilty about it because it’s an awesome
how long can we expect to see you on Heroes and would
you be up to a more long term commitment or something
where you could come back periodically?
Kristen Bell: Funny that you should ask, I would
be up for that. I think that this has been a great
relationship so far and there was no hesitancy with
entering as far as becoming a main part of the show,
just more like well from both ends it was let’s
feel each other out and see how you fit into the show
and if you’re happy and it’s been a great
relationship so far so I will one of the ones with
my fingers crossed that I won’t get killed.
you know how many episodes you will be on this season?
Kristen Bell: Right now I think I’m signed
on for thirteen, which quite certainly it’s
at the discretion on how it fits into the major plot
line, you know they could use me or I could just sit
on the sidelines, but quite frankly I hope they use
me because I’m really having a good time. And
then at the end of the thirteen we’ve decided
to have a powwow and sit down and see if it makes
sense for me to continue.
Kristen you are really a
fantastic actress and you can pick an choose about
doing any platform, what is it about doing television
and Heroes in particular that attractive to you creatively?
Kristen Bell: Well what attracted me to Heroes was
that when I caught the season premiere it was just
so engulfing, it’s like I couldn’t think
about anything else. I mean when I’m telling
you it was the water cooler conversation, I’m
not kidding, like when we would come into Veronica
Mars and the entire camera crew would be stand around
and be like “ yeah but did you see what happened
last night and did you see who Claire’s father
is”. There are hooks that people are able to
sink into when telling a story that Tim has mastered
and I think Rob Thomas mastered, for the much smaller
but certainly avid viewers that we had on Veronica
Mars. It makes you want to be involved and I think
they are also really smart shows and 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. The medium for
me the difference, I mean I really love and miss theater,
film is so much fun as well and it’s a little
bit more like camp, because you are usually on location
for a couple of months that you get really close with
then it’s kind of like the end of the summer
syndrome. With TV I really like the sense of security
and I like the sense of family, I mean I like knowing
who I work with. I work in this business because I
like performing and I also really like the creative
relationships and I think coming to work with people
that you love and being able to see them on a daily
basis is a really special thing. Not that many people
get to absolutely love what they do and I’m
lucky to one of those people.
you mentioned at Comic Con that you had an announcement
where you wanted to harness the power of Heroes fan
base towards something good and you would be making
an announcement in the future months, do you have
anything to add to that?
Tim Kring: You know I do, but we are a hair to early
premature. Just to clarify it became very important
to me to tap into what is a very large fan base of
people that were not used to being tapped by any philanthropic
or charitable ideas, just because of the demographic.
So I just saw a tremendous opportunity there with
the people who felt a connection to the show and the
message of the show, the message of interconnectivity,
message of hope and a message of healing and healing
the world. There are a few things that we looking
at internally of aligning ourselves towards with some
various organizations. That I think we could really
have a unique way of doing an internet based, web
based movement on the fan base, the Heroes fan base.
I promise you in the very, very near future we are
going to start to talk about it, but right now I really
can’t talk about it this second.
Kristen Bell: See, see is why it’s so cool
to work for him, see, that’s what I’m
Kristen how is it working
for you doing the voiceover for Gossip Girl?
Kristen Bell: Gossip Girl has been great. I have
known Josh Swartz for a little bit and was sort of
happy when they wanted me involved in it and it’s
sort of an easy deal for me because it’s not
on camera and I have always dreamt about having a
job where I could go and show up in my jammies. So
that’s kind of what it is, but I love and support
Josh and it’s been a lot of fun.
you going to be that Gossip Girl in fact?
Kristen Bell: I don’t think I will ever make
an on camera appearance.
it seems like with past episode you are starting to
really move the plot forward and narrowing the focus
to a few key story lines. Can you talk about balancing
the desire to catch people up or bring new people
in at the start of the season to getting on with it?
Tim Kring: I think you very much hit the nail on
the head with that. You know one of the problems with
starting a season you pretty much have to start everything
pretty much at the same time, or at least that’s
that impulse. And on a show like ours where there’s
a lot to cover it can get a bit cluttered but we have
now settled into a pattern of telling fewer stories
and I think this allows for a more deeper experience
within the show and each one of these stories. But
one of the pressures becomes the balancing act of
people coming in and people sitting out, so not everybody
can be in every episode. Par of what happens on any
show where you enter into a relationship with your
viewers where you teach them how to watch your show
and they teach you what they seem to be responding
too. So for us I think we are in the process of teaching
the audience how to get used to the idea that not
everybody is going to be in each episode. Last weeks
episode was a great example of it, we didn’t
have Hiro, Mazi’s character or Milo’s
character, Peter Petrelli and others, in the episode.
Those were two big story lines we have followed from
the very beginning of the season. And you watched
that episode last week and it was compelling and intriguing
and I don’t think that you really missed seeing
them for one episode, as you know their stories will
pick right up where they left off last time.
you played Veronica Mars, considered joining the cast
of LOST and now you are on Heroes, so in other words
you seem to be attracted to cult shows, so can you
comment a bit on that and also have you ever had any
bizarre or funny run ins with what can be assumed
to be some pretty nerdy fans?
Bell: the thing about cult shows for me is
that I would so much rather be on a show that people
are wildly obsessed with and watch because they can’t
not watch it, than be on a show people just turn on
because its on prime time television. I think that
the whole reason that as a performer and as creator
of a TV show you want people to invest in your project,
you want people to love it not just like it. And as
far as the coolest fans ever, which are some of the
ones that I have run into. I mean they can get really
intense; I’m not going to lie, the one thing
that is different about those fans because they are
so invested more times then not, when they see you,
there are tears coming and they don’t really
know what to do with themselves. Because it’s
not just oh there’s a person I watch on a television
show, it’s like that’s the person I follow
and am deeply invested in and there is a lot of shaking,
sweaty palms and tears, but it’s precious, you
you think of any particular episode the funniest or
Kristen Bell: With a fan? Wow, well not really because
they are all kind of funny and bizarre, but at the
same time lovely, because they are coming up to you
because they support you.
soon you are going to appear before millions of people
world wide and you are not playing a teen, (yay) is
that a relief to you and do you hope that your Veronica
Mars fans with move on with you?
Kristen Bell: Yeah I certainly hope so, because I
think that I have always played about ten years younger
then I am, which is a major blessing just even in
real life. My family is very petite and I have a young
looking face and good genes I guess, I’m thankful
to my parents. That being said as an actor you know
there are certain things I’m going through in
my own life in my late 20’s and experiencing
and that is what you draw upon in you acting. I hope
that I will be accepted as playing closer to my age,
I know that I still look a lot younger but I’m
thankful to sort of be out of teenageville a little
bit. I don’t dislike it at all, I have just
had my fill of it, I’ve had a lot of it.
you said you have been a fan of Heroes for quite some
time, so just wondering of all the characters on the
show which would you like most to see Elle interact
with and if you could steal on their powers which
one would it be?
Kristen Bell: Ooh good question!
I would like to most interact with, for two different
reasons, for on and off camera reasons, with Zachery
Quinto, because Zachery Quinto has a been a good friend
of mine for almost ten years now and I have always
wanted to work with him. Besides the fact that he’s
pretty much the coolest thing, because he is so unpredictable
and so down right evil and it’s almost hard
for me to watch because it is the polar opposite of
Zach’s personality. He’s just the kindest,
gentlest and giving person and I would love to see
him and Elle face off one day I think that would be
unbelievable. Stealing powers, well I don’t
know about stealing anyone’s power, but the
one power that I would like to come up with, as that
is the question the cast gets most often, like “what
would your superhero power be?” . I have thought
long and hard about that and I think my would be multiplicity,
because I think it would be great to multiply myself
and cook myself dinner or be like hey clean that up.
Because I always like if there were more of me I could
get so much more done and I’d be so much happier.
Kristen can you talk a little
bit about working on Fan Boys and Forgetting Sarah
Marshal in your film career?
Kristen Bell: Two of the best experiences
of the two years of my life. Fan Boys because it was
a lot of friends involved in it and that really introduced
me to the world of fan boys which I now love and respect
so much. You know it was a bunch of Star wars obsessed
guys and I was the only girl in the movie and we had
so much fun, I can’t wait for it to come out.
And plus there was a lot of people that cameoed from
Star Wars, like Carrie Fischer and Billy Dee Williams,
and it was a great experience and certainly to be
a part of this at this point is kind of a dream come
true and I’m happy call those people my friends
and I hope to be one of the improv artist they draw
upon in the future that can be a part of more of his
films. It was a great experience.
you were Veronica Mars for so long, do you really
miss playing her or were you ready to move on?
Kristen Bell: Oh I miss her soo badly. I do I miss
the crew and I miss the writers and I miss actually
playing her. There’s a certain ease that you
get, you know when you have been on a job for while
and you just feel like it clicks, when you have a
character like that that you have worked with for
so long, there is a certain part her that is a little
bit her and she’s a little bit you and it’s
not only easy after awhile, but it’s really
you have spoke to us about the moral ambiguity and
a little bit about the mental health status of Elle,
could you tell us a little bit about her strengths
as a character?
Kristen Bell: Oh wow, determination and she’s
a very fierce and intense personality, when she want’s
something, she wants it and she wants it now, which
I think is really good when you are working of the
good guys and is really bad when you are working with
the bad guys. I think that is kind of what she will
ping pong in between. She has an inability to decipher
between right and wrong, that’s what makes her
so interesting, she always thinks what she is doing
is right. But it is because she was raised by the
company and not by a normal family that you will sympathize
with her, I certainly hope you’ll sympathize
with her in trying to understand how her childhood
really messed her up. And then hopefully she can get
a little bit of redemption.
Kristen is there a particular
up coming episode that you are very excited about
that we should watch out for good Elle stuff in?
Kristen Bell: Yes, unfortunately it might be a little
bit of a tease because I start in episode five and
then I’m not in six or seven, which is sort
of, part of the mystery, at least that’s what
I’m saying. Episodes of eight and nine have
a lot of Elle, they expose her storyline and a few
of the storylines completely revolve around her. The
shooting of eight and nine was really great for me,
I had a lot of stuff in eight and nine and so I sort
of have to hold out myself to be able to see eight
and nine and sort of really see how the character
reads as far as interacting with all the other storylines.
there has been talk of rob continuing Veronica Mars
in comic book form, between that and the environment
you are in now, any aspirations to get in there and
maybe write and issue or two yourself?
Kristen Bell: If he invites me? If rob invites me
to go mow his lawn I’ll consider it. (laughs)
I have heard rumors of that, yes and I certainly hope
it comes to fruition. I know Rob is a very busy man
and rightfully so, but yeah I would not being opposed
to being involved with that at all.
this character of Elle, will be a character that fans
will love or that fans will love to hate?
Kristen Bell: I think that she will go backwards
in that area, I think that initially they will love
to hate her while they are confused about her intentions.
But I think that the more you find out about her the
more, well I don’t know because I don’t
how it will read, but I hope that the more you find
out about her and the deeper you go into her, the
more you will sympathize with her.
fun who is your favorite superhero?
Kristen Bell: I like the little pixie girls, I think
because I can relate, I mean it’s great to love
like She Hulk, that’s big and dominating but
for me it would be like Harlequin or Wasp from Avengers,
something like that I can relate to, something I feel
I can accomplish.
you were saying how on the Veronica Mars was the water
cooler topic, have any of your former cast mates have
prodded you about your new role?
Bell: Oh my God every single one of them.
Every single one of them! We were talking about it
this morning, because I was having breakfast with
Ryan Hansen who played Dick Casablancas, and he of
course was asking all the questions. We watched last
night and every one was texting me and was really
excited. The editors and Tim sort of really made it
a big deal at the end of the show that I was coming
on and I was so flattered. But our whole crew watched
the show, so I get a lot of text messages, and I kind
of like to hold it over their head, I’m not
going to lie. It’s kind of exciting to say “well
why don’t you just watch” and they are
like “Arrggghh! Kristen!”.
they have not seen anything of your new role?
Kristen Bell: No, only the preview
from last night. (Wednesday Oct. 17th)
everybody at some point imagines what it would be
like to have a superpower, what’s it like portraying
a superpower on screen?
Kristen Bell: You know what, with
out having the digital effects people, and with out
seeing it right away, because it looks so easy on
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