Missy Peregrym, <EM>Heroes</EM> Missy Peregrym, Heroes

With Nathan's election looming, you can bet that Linderman's secret weapon — "illusionist" Candice Wilmer — will play a big part in the outcome of tonight's Heroes (9 pm/ET, on NBC). TV Guide spoke with the woman behind Candice's many faces: 24-year-old Canadian actress Missy Peregrym.

TV Guide: If, like Candice, you could make yourself look like anyone, who would it be?
Missy Peregrym:
[Laughs] I'm a huge fan of Celine Dion, so probably her.

TV Guide: And if you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
[Laughs] I would love to be able to transport. Not back in time or anything like that, but go wherever I wanted to go, whenever.

TV Guide: How would you describe Candice?
I really think she's incredibly independent [and] self-sufficient. She doesn't have many alliances at all. She's savvy and not afraid of very many things. I can say she has a lot of respect for Linderman. She really trusts him. She believes him and what he stands for. She's definitely an advocate of his plan.

TV Guide: You've played good girls — like Jackie in Life as We Know It — and troublemakers, like Haley in the 2006 gymnastics movie Stick It. Do you have a preference?
I prefer a character that is strong but also vulnerable to the normal temptations that a girl/woman would go through. I'm kind of a tomboy. It's more natural for me to be a goofy, jeans-and-T-shirt gal than to be the pretty dress-up-all-the-time [woman] wearing high heels. Candice has dressed me. This is the first time I've played something where I had to act seductive.

TV Guide: Speaking of tomboys, did you do the stunts in Stick It?
I did do some. We trained for four months, six hours a day, and it was tough. Your body has to be in incredible shape to do the simplest things. The four months only allowed us to have the foundation of the basic moves. My stunt doubles were unreal.

TV Guide: Your résumé includes Dark Angel, Andromeda, Catwoman and a stint on Smallville. Are you a sci-fi or comic-book fan?
When I was growing up, we used to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation all the time. It was on at 7 pm and my family would watch it after dinner. So I guess a little bit. But the only comic books I was really a fan of were Archie comics!

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