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Up Close with the "Shiftiest" of NBC's 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? Peregrym: [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.

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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 hugefan of Celine Dion, soprobably her.

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

TV Guide: How would you describe Candice?
Peregrym:
I reallythink she's incrediblyindependent [and] self-sufficient. She doesn'thave many alliances at all. She's savvy and notafraid of very many things. I can say she has alot of respect for Linderman. She really trustshim. 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 Haleyin the 2006 gymnastics movie Stick It.Do you have a preference?
Peregrym:
I prefer a characterthat is strong but also vulnerable to the normal temptations that a girl/woman would gothrough. I'm kind of a tomboy. It's more naturalfor me to be a goofy, jeans-and-T-shirt galthan to be the pretty dress-up-all-the-time [woman] wearing high heels. Candice hasdressed me. This is the first time I'veplayed something where I hadto act seductive.

TV Guide: Speaking of tomboys, did you do the stunts in Stick It?
Peregrym:
I did do some. We trainedfor four months, six hours a day, and it was tough. Yourbody has to be in incredibleshape to do the simplest things.The four months only allowedus to have the foundation of thebasic moves. My stunt doubleswere unreal.

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

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