Meet Cristine Rose of 'Heroes'
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Cristine Rose Is Mother of 'Heroes'
When fans meet actress Cristine Rose, who plays the Machiavellian Angela Petrelli on NBC's Monday series "Heroes," she says they sometimes don't get what they expect.
"What I've gotten is that people seem surprised that I seem so nice and cheerful, as opposed to this rather brooding, evil, manipulative woman. My friend that I've known for decades said, 'I've just never met her, Angela. Who have we been entertaining all these years?'"
As to whether this friend or others takes a step back after seeing Rose indulge her darker impulses as Angela, Rose quips, "No, but they handed me money and asked me to stay away. 'Please don't darken our doorway again.' 'But Christmas...' 'No, please, just stay away.'"
In the superhero drama, Angela has three sons: politician Nathan (Adrian Pasdar), who can fly; former nurse Peter (Milo Ventimiglia), who can do all sorts of things, some of them quite dangerous; and adopted-out Gabriel, a k a Sylar (Zachary Quinto), who can also do dangerous things, including sucking powers out of superheroes' brains.
"They're just heartache, heartache," Rose says of Angela's boys. "They've really missed the mark as far as a mother's dreams. Obviously, she's not shy about trying to do away with them as necessary -- one bullet to the head."
"I've played murderers, wacky next-door neighbors and mothers a lot," Rose says, "and so to be able to play regular, major scenes opposite people my age has been a lot of fun."
We also ask stars about their favorite things. Here are Rose's answers:
- Film: "My favorite film and book of all time remain, after decades, 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' Harper Lee's story is perfect in its depiction of evil versus good, hope, the triumph of love and the promise of change. My favorite film documentaries include 'Seven Up!,' 'When We Were Kings,' 'Harlan County, U.S.A.,' 'Hoop Dreams,' 'Grey Gardens' and 'The Thin Blue Line.'"
- Books: "I am drawn to books documenting true-life struggles for survival and justice. A few that remain seared on my brain are Elie Wiesel's 'Night,' Art Spiegelman's 'Maus: A Survivor's Tale' and James Neff's "The Wrong Man: The Final Verdict on the Sam Sheppard Murder Case.' I love stories that chronicle the achievement of, or, at the very least, the demand for justice."
- Music: "As for music, I love much, but I'm a sucker for balladry and classic rock. Examples: James Taylor, 'New Moon Shine'; Neil Young, 'After the Gold Rush'; Marc Cohn, 'Marc Cohn'; Bonnie Raitt, 'Nick of Time'; Paul Simon, 'Graceland'; The Band, 'The Band'; Steve Winwood, 'Back in the High Life'; Bruce Springsteen, 'Human Touch'; Tim Buckley, 'Goodbye and Hello.' Does this list date me, or what?"