TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello has gotten the first interview with Kristen Bell since the announcement that she’s joined the Season 2 of Heroes as Elle, a mysterious, sexy, and (probably) dangerous new character who has information about Peter’s supposed death. Information that Nathan or Mama Petrelli will want to beat out of her, no doubt. (Or perhaps not.) The biggest news from the interview is that Kristen has been signed on for 13 episodes, and that won’t necessarily mean the end of her character once the commitment is up.
Here’s what she said about turning down the Lost offer and accepting Heroes:
Obviously, I was in an extremely lucky position. I’ve kind of felt like I’ve been on a sugar high the last couple of weeks. Having any of those options… it still feels surreal. How do you make the decision between [Lost and Heroes]? Basically, being able to stay in [Los Angeles] was a little bit of a factor for me [in terms of turning down Lost]. But I was honored to even be considered by Lost. I really, really was, because I love that show. But I have social relationships with a lot of the people that work on Heroes, through so many random connections. So it was sort of funny that so many of my friends had been working on this show. I spent a lot of time with a few of them at Comic-Con. I was actually sitting on the train [back from San Diego] with Zachary Quinto and Masi Oka and some of the writers were on the train and they were like, “Hey, if you ever want to come on Heroes, give us a call!” And I sort of joked back, “I’d love that!” Later on I said to Zach, “Hey, if they were serious, I would love to work with you guys.” And somehow, somebody made it happen.
Will her character have a power?
Yeah, I do. I have a really awesome power.
Kristen mentions that her character may be in the first part of the season, but she won’t confirm if she will be the new baddie replacing Zachary Quinto, who apparently won’t be so “bad” anymore in Season 2. Or at least, that’s what I got from the interview.
Also, although Kristen is only signed for 13 episodes, the show will leave the possibility of Elle returning open-ended, meaning she may “die” or “leave”, and if she proves popular enough, may come back yet.
And finally, I wonder what kind of power she’ll have that can be called “awesome”? Hmm…
You can read the full interview here.