Ali Larter: What's Ahead for Tracy?

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Ali Larter could fill up the cast of Heroes all by herself.

By our count, this actress has already portrayed four different versions of Niki Sanders. On this week's episode, we learned that Dr. Zimmerman apparently created multiple models of the same individual. But each one has different powers and is unaware of her duplicates.

Color us intrigued... and a bit confused.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Larter shed some light on her story line:

Can you hint at what's to come for Tracy?
The interesting about her is, instead of being stricken by this ability [to freeze things] that she has, she becomes kind of in awe of it. And kind of excited by it and fascinated by it at the same time. She's pulled out of her world and has to find different ways to figure out her life and figure out why these things were happening to her. So she's kind of on this journey of understanding who she is.

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How does that differ from Niki's journey?
I think Niki hated it. She was afraid of hurting people. It put her in jeopardy of losing her child. She wasn't able to control it, whereas Tracy is a completely different being in that way. She doesn't get stricken with fear. She would find ways to use it or manipulate the situation.

How much is Tracy a part of everything going forward?
I've done a ton of work with Adrian Pasdar this year. And this next volume that we're going into, which is called Fugitives, will kind of take us all out of our comfort zones.

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PS ... I wonder if dead Nikki is now an alter-ego for Tracy, the way dead Jessica (and that other sex-tart personality) was an alter-ego for Nikki. Or better yet, imagine a multiple-personality disorder where there are potentially dozens of alternate versions in her head and each one has a different power. Now THAT would be a killer idea for Ali's role Peter Petrelli had his ability to absorb different powers, but with Larter's character you'd never know which personality was going to surface.


Why the f--- does NBC keep showing an advertisement for Heroes in which Ali's character is clearly shown levitating in the air. Her current character (Tracy) has the power to freeze things, not to fly. Another continuity fluke?


What are the 4 different versions of Niki???
I thought it was only Niki, Jessica, and now Tracy.

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