Heroes' Bell To Get Backstory
Kristen Bell, who plays Elle Bishop on NBC's Heroes, told SCI FI Wire that her character will be undergoing plenty of development this season--and that she may have previously unknown connections to the others. "I actually like where [the writers have] taken the whole storyline this year for everybody, including Elle," said Bell, who will reprise the character, first introduced last season, for 13 more episodes.
Elle is a mysterious young woman who possesses electrical powers and is the daughter of Robert Bishop (Stephen Tobolowsky), the head of the Company, which tracks down people with powers. Because she was left in seclusion for years, Elle appears to be mentally unstable and antisocial. "They're showing more of her human side," Bell said. "She's this vaguely barbaric, unfeeling, antisocial adaptive killer who's coy.
However, she's had some tough decisions to make [over the years, and the writers are] giving her more depth. There are flashback scenes showing that she's intricately woven into people's lives before you met her. She met a lot of [the characters] before she was introduced on the show." A fan of Heroes since her days as the title character on The CW's Veronica Mars, Bell said that she believes the show appeals to people because they "enjoy being challenged rather than [sitting] in front of the TV semi-sedated. It keeps you guessing. It's highly dramatic and fiercely unrealistic, yet presented in a way you can believe. It grabs your attention and won't let go." When asked which of her characters--Elle or Veronica Mars--would win in a fight, Bell laughed.
"In a fair fight, Veronica. In a dirty fight--hands down--Elle," Bell said. "I'm gonna vote for good rather than evil and say Veronica." The third season of Heroes kicks off on Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.