Newest Heroine: HeroSite Interviews Missy Peregrym
Missy Peregrym made her first appearance on Heroes
in the February 26 episode, "Company Man."
However, it wasn't until the March 5 show, "Parasite,"
that we learned what exactly Candice Wilmer was capable
took some time out of her busy schedule to participate
in an interview with us here at HeroSite.net. Here's what
she had to say:
my agents told me I had an audition for Heroes,
I was incredibly excited," she reveals. "Not
just because it's a great show, but also because I had
with some of the same people on Smallville."
Missy felt unsure about her success with her first Heroes
audition. "I can truly say that my first audition
for them was one of my worst performances.... I literally
left my sides on the table in the waiting room because
I thought I would never need those again. I called my
manager and told him I was awful in the room and we were
just going to have to move on."
her surprise, Missy received a call for another reading
for Heroes. "I got a call and had another
reading on Monday," she explains. "I felt that
it had gone a little better this time around and was just
grateful for a second chance. After sweating for a week,
I received the call that I had gotten the job. I was ecstatic!"
Beeman and Jeph Loeb have been great to work with again,"
Peregrym says. "They are always approachable and
helpful with questions I may have regarding my character
and a lot of fun on set." In addition, Heroes
reunites Peregrym with Mark Warshaw, the man responsible
for last year's Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles
webisodes. "I look forward to doing some more crazy
things with him this year," she says.
Wilmer made her first full appearance in "Parasite"
and already she has impersonated both Simone Deveaux and
Sandra Bennet. However, Missy feels a little bad about
some of Candice's actions in that first episode. "It
was such a great episode, but I will say I personally
felt bad for HRG when Candice set him up. After all he'd
been through with his wife, and for them to FINALLY connect
and be honest with each other, I take him down."
also addresses the sexual tension in some of the scenes,
where it almost seems like Candice is trying to flirt
with Mr. Bennet. "Candice definitely doesn't have
a problem using her sexuality to make people feel uncomfortable,
but when it comes to HRG, I think the tension lies in
the fact that she's not afraid of him," she says.
feels it is important for both actors to be around when
Candice is morphing, because they both have to simulate
the action. When the others are playing their characters
while being impersonated by Candice, it adds a new level.
"I think they get to have a little fun with these
scenes, because they always get to play their character
a little more mischevous than usual at some point,"
Peregrym has already been seen on the series with Greg
Grunberg, Jack Coleman, Eric Roberts, and Ashley Crow;
look for scenes with Ali Larter and Hayden Panettiere
in her character's future. Even with only a few episodes
behind her, she has already had some fun memories on the
set. "There was a scene that I had with Jack and
Hayden, and I was having a hard time remembering the order
of my lines," she reveals. "Sometimes when I'm
having issues, I'll make my line into a song and do a
little dance move. Again, wish I was kidding. For the
rest of the scene, Hayden wouldn't stop singing my line
and pulling a dance move right before filming. I had a
hard time staying straight and not laughing before I walked
into the room."
seen every episode [of Heroes] before auditioning, and
feel honored to be a part of it now," Missy reveals.
As with every fan of the show, there are certain characters
that particularly jump at her. "I really love watching
HRG's scenes because one minute you're sure he's the most
evil man on the planet, and the next you're overwhelmed
by this great love for his daughter, Claire, and you find
yourself pulling for him. Sylar creeps me out, but is
so enticing. I still want to believe that he can have
for her own character's intentions, Missy is as in the
dark as the fans of the show are. "I don't
find anything out, until I read the first draft of the
episode," she reveals. "I learn as I go along,
which can be difficult sometimes when you want to know
more information like background, or explanations for
but it also makes it exciting. I feel like every character
on this show has the ability to do good things with their
powers but also have temptations that would encourage
them to use them for selfish reasons."
hope [Candice] keeps us guessing as to who she is, and
what her motives
are," Peregrym says. "The writers do a very
good job of this, so I trust that
whatever happens, it will be incredibly interesting!"
length of Candice Wilmer's Heroes stay is at this point
unknown. "I'll be here as long as they'll let me
stay," she laughs. After working on several short-lived
TV series such as Life As We Know It and Black
Sash, doing Heroes was an exciting change.
"Of course it feels great to join a successful show,
and to work with strong, creative people," she says.
"I have to say, I was very excited to join Heroes
and not have to worry about getting a pilot, then
waiting to see if it got picked up, THEN waiting to see
the ratings, THEN wondering if you even have a chance
at staying on the air. It's really stressful to be on
a new show because you never know what's going to happen."
Heroes, I just have to worry about being killed off,"
for any final words she has about the Heroes experience,
Missy has a message for the cast and crew that she has
worked with. "I just want to apologize to the cast
and crew because every time we have to film my scenes,
it takes FOREVER because of the special effects. If I
was better at my power, I would speed things up,"
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