Heroes: Kristen Bell on the Strike
Joining her writers, the actress talks to IGN from the picket line.
December 11, 2007 - Outside the main entrance to Universal Studios today the writing staff of Heroes were joined by fans from the show, as they walked the picket line during the ongoing Writers Guild strike. Also there to show support and walk with her writers was Kristen Bell, who plays the villainous and troubled Elle on the series.
Bell may have only joined the series a few months ago, but she clearly has made a strong and highly positive impression on her colleagues, as Heroes creator/executive producer/writer Tim Kring and co-executive producer/writer Jeph Loeb greeted her warmly before they walked the picket line together with the fans. Loeb even joked that later that afternoon, he and Bell were going to get married.
During her time joining the picket line I spoke to Bell about the strike, its effect on Heroes and her thoughts on the situation.
IGN TV: You've got fans out here today walking with you. In general, have you found that they are very understanding about why the strike is happening at this point?
Kristen Bell and Heroes writer Jeph Loeb on the picket line outside Universal Studios
I think people are trying to understand. I mean it's a little confusing to everybody when anybody goes on strike. They always think they're making inappropriate demands, but I think in this case word has gotten out enough that the writers are just looking for some fairness.
IGN TV: Did you have many conversations with the writers on Heroes as the possibility of the strike grew more likely?
Oh my gosh, yeah. It was like anxiety 24/7. We were all just sad, because we knew it was coming and it was the lesser of two evils. It was nerve-wracking for everyone. Nobody wanted it to happen; nobody wanted it.
IGN TV: What was it like when the strike began and you were still filming?
Obviously we were all very much in support of the strike, so there was a little bit of anxiety when you had to cross the line. But we looked at it like it was written prior to this and we were simply honoring our commitment to what they had already written. And then after that, I think we've all stayed pretty strong with the fact that everybody's now going to be supporting the writers… Because we have no scripts!