Yeah, we were disappointed, too. That plucky little "Fame"-singing Veronica Mars star, Kristen Bell, is so busy headlining one of TV's best shows (or "Best. Show. Ever." as Buffy overlord Joss Whedon recently put it) that Insider had to settle for e-mailing our list of questions to her, then waiting out the weekend — and all day Monday and half of Tuesday, but who's counting? — until her answers hit our in-box. Did Neptune's finest play nice? Or did she treat us like spam? TVGuide.com went all out to make the most of the electronic exchange (which was filtered through Kristen's people, folks, so no harassing me for her e-mail addy).
TVGuide.com: What R U wearing right.... Oops. Sorry, wrong window. Let me start by, um, thanking you for taking the time to do this.
Kristen Bell: No problem. I'm glad to be here! (I mean via e-mail.)
TVGuide.com: Since we're e-mailing here and all, I have to ask, Are you nearly as "wired" as tech-savvy Veronica?
TVGuide.com: So we couldn't have done this over a webcam?
Bell: We could try, but I would have no idea how to use it! I don't trust myself with expensive machinery!
TVGuide.com: As Season 1 wrapped up, were you like, "How will we ever match, let alone top, the Lilly Kane mystery?"
Bell: Though Lilly Kane seemed unstoppable, I had no doubt that the brilliant minds behind the show would come up with something new to keep people hooked.
TVGuide.com: Is it true that backstage at the Emmys, Donald Trump asked you who was at the door, Logan or Duncan?
Bell: Actually, he wanted to know where I got my leg warmers.
TVGuide.com: Now that life's great riddle has been answered, what are people pestering you about?
Bell: All people want to know is "Duncan or Logan?" I think it depends on the day!
TVGuide.com: What was that noise?
Bell: [No response]
TVGuide.com: Never mind, it was just your cat tipping something over. When the news broke over the summer that UPN wanted some changes for Season 2, were you at all concerned that perhaps the show would lose its "certain something"?
Bell: I didn't know they wanted to change the show. I knew they wanted to keep up with other shows in its genre and to constantly improve, which I think we have done.
TVGuide.com: But how psyched were you when CBS aired repeats over the summer. A vote of confidence, right?
Bell: CBS airing the show did great things for us. We were so psyched. Our ratings went up this year because of it!
TVGuide.com: For you personally, how is this season different from the first?
Bell: There are so many new characters on the show, I don't feel like I have as much on my shoulders. I am having a lot more fun this year. Much less pressure.
TVGuide.com: Now that Big Dick's been busted for real-estate fraud, is Charisma Carpenter's little Mars visit over? We were so looking forward to a Cordelia-Willow reunion next time Alyson Hannigan stopped by.
Bell: You're not the only one who wants to see a Cordelia-Willow reunion. Don't worry, it's coming....
TVGuide.com: Besides Kendall, Mars has added such characters as Steve Guttenberg's politico and his daughter, Jackie and, last week, Wallace's pop. Will we meet anyone else new in the immediate future?
Bell: This year is full of new characters. You'll get to know a lot of Neptune's twisted families.
TVGuide.com: You, like TV Guide's very own Mike Ausiello, are a Smurf fan. He wants to know what your reaction was to the Belgian antiwar ad in which they're annihilated by bombs?
Bell: The Smurfs were annihilated?! Poor li'l fellas!
TVGuide.com: Of all the films you've done, including those yet to be released, which are you most jazzed about?
Bell: I am excited to see Pulse, a film I shot in Romania. It was really freaky to film. I think it is going to scare me, even though I know the story.
TVGuide.com: There is that noise again.
Bell: [No response]
TVGuide.com: Hey, before I forget, what did it say inside the fortune cookie that Duncan gifted 'Ron on her birthday?
Bell: It was a coupon for one free foot rub.