‘Heels’ Star Kelli Berglund Reveals Season 2 Hopes After Crystal’s Win: She’s ‘Freaking Out’

There’s a brand new DWL champion on the town! The closing moments of the ‘Heels’ season finale noticed Crystal on high. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Kelli Berglund, who broke down Crystal’s triumphant second and extra.

Crystal took cost and ended up as the brand new DWL champion within the Heels season finale. With Jack and Ace on the bottom after a brutal battle within the ring, Crystal climbed the ladder and snatched that championship belt. Considering she began out as only a valet, that is an unimaginable achievement for Crystal.

So the place does Crystal go from right here? Kelli Berglund informed HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that Crystal’s doubtless “freaking out” slightly bit. She admitted that Crystal’s win will likely be an “adjustment” for everybody in season 2, and he or she additionally needs to study extra about Crystal’s troubled household. Read our Q&A beneath:

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Kelli Berglund as Crystal on ‘Heels.’ (STARZ)

Crystal’s the brand new champion! What was your response once you learn that within the script? I really feel like initially of the season, Crystal was in all probability the final individual we might have anticipated to be on high.
Kelli Berglund: I find it irresistible for that cause. We’ve been rooting for Crystal this whole time and we need to see her win, however I don’t assume we ever anticipated her to be the one climbing the ladder, which is why it’s such a shock. It was such a shock to me once I learn it. It made me cry. It was thrilling. It felt like a full-circle second for her. Even now, each time that I watch the episode it nonetheless will get me. I nonetheless cry as a result of on the day after we filmed it, I used to be crying as I used to be strolling up there, climbing up that ladder, and snatching the belt. It was a really overwhelming, emotional factor for Crystal and for Kelli, so it was by far one among my favourite issues that I filmed this season.

Where do you assume she goes from right here?
Kelli Berglund: It’s actually attention-grabbing, I’ve thought of this loads. I feel a part of Crystal is panicking as a result of she completely simply stumbled into the highlight. She wished her second, however I’m unsure she wished it to occur in entrance of hundreds of individuals by accident. She did the fitting factor by saving this match as a result of it will have been a catastrophe for them if anyone didn’t step in after they had been beating one another up and ruining the tip of the match, however I feel that she is aware of she’s been on this place for thus lengthy and checked out a sure manner and needs to be acknowledged, however that is simply taking an enormous leap into one thing else. So I feel simply as a human, she’s freaking out slightly bit. What does this imply? By technical phrases, snatching the bell signifies that she is now the champion. So does that imply they should type a ladies’s league for her to have the ability to wrestle? Could she wrestle the blokes? I’m unsure what it means. I feel it places her able of management, which I feel is de facto cool, and doubtless a place of equal respect with a number of the others right here like Jack Willie, perhaps Ace. Ace simply may be pissed off he didn’t get the bell. But it’s sort of a query mark, and it’s going to be an adjustment for each single individual on the dome going right into a season 2.

We’ve seen over the course of the season how Ace can’t actually deal with not being the focal point, not being the face. We see him stroll out on the very finish of the match. Do you assume he may ever be actually joyful for Crystal?
Kelli Berglund: I’m unsure. I feel he can, and I like that we see a friendship and this type of damaged relationship looks as if it’s on its method to being mended earlier than they ever exit. When she reveals up as Bunny Bombshell, he’s all about it. Before they exit, they try this little fist bump like they’re on this collectively and need to be cool and need to be on good phrases. But I feel primarily he’s simply so offended together with his brother at this level. I feel Crystal’s simply concerned by affiliation. It’s probably not her fault, however particularly coming from this excessive of he thinks all the pieces’s all good to then discovering out what Jack did to him, that simply sends him right into a spiral. That’s why he begins beating him up for actual. He’s simply fed up. He was so excited to get the belt, so I’m positive part of him is de facto upset. If I needed to guess, and that is extra of an Alexander query, I feel his feelings and his anger, and his frustrations actually lie together with his brother at this level.

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Kelli Berglund and Alexander Ludwig on ‘Heels.’ (STARZ)

Obviously, it’s slightly bit extra sophisticated as a result of they’re brothers, however is there part of Crystal, who could also be scared to belief Jack?
Kelli Berglund: I feel so. I feel there’s quite a lot of heavy trauma and toxicity between the 2 of them simply due to what they’ve handled with their father. That’s weighing on each of them closely. Jack looks like there’s quite a lot of strain on him to maintain the dome working and ensure Ace is okay as a result of Ace is simply sort of off the rails on a regular basis. But I feel previously, Crystal has recognized that these persons are human they usually’re coping with their feelings and that’s why she hasn’t actually mentioned something. She’s been sort of within the background as a result of she is joyful to be right here. She doesn’t need to make anybody upset, however she additionally is aware of her place and needs primary respect, which is why I feel generally she challenges it as a result of she needs to see how a lot she will be able to get away with, which doesn’t appear to be loads ever. But we see a pleasant little bond beginning to type between Jack and Crystal all through all these episodes the place it’s like, okay, perhaps we’re on the trail of you may see me as an equal, you may acknowledge my concepts are sensible and that I do know what I’m speaking about. So I feel that can undoubtedly be expanded. I imply, there isn’t a cause to have a look at Crystal and assume that she doesn’t know what she’s speaking about as a result of she’s confirmed herself so many instances. I feel she simply respects them as individuals and that they’re coping with loads, however there comes a degree the place you may cope with this trauma and this heaviness by yourself, after which it begins affecting the individuals round you in a extremely, actually destructive manner. I feel we’ve seen that with these two brothers in the way in which they deal with one another, the way in which they deal with Crystal, and the way in which they deal with different individuals and their enterprise. I feel Crystal’s not going to be as afraid in season 2. I feel she’s going to face up for herself slightly extra.

Wild Bill and Crystal turned essentially the most unlikely duo. How did you react once you noticed Wild Bill was going to truly sh*t his pants? 
Kelli Berglund: I do love this bizarre little Crystal-Wild Bill factor. I feel he sees loads in her, which she does actually recognize, although he’s such a shit present. He’s anyone acknowledging that she has expertise, and I feel at first he was simply doing it to piss off Ace and Jack and attempt to get underneath their pores and skin as a result of that’s simply what he does. But there’s that second in episode 5 the place none of these guys are round and we’re on the autograph signing and these youngsters ask for an image with Bill. He’s like, “No, Crystal’s going to get on this, too. She’s gonna be a star.” And then he has that entire dialogue along with her earlier than she decides to go off-script. He was in all probability tried to stir sh*t up, however that ignited one thing in her. It’s bizarre, trustworthy, playful, insane when the 2 of them are collectively. I don’t assume she has any drawback standing as much as Bill, which I feel could be very humorous. But she’ll put up with this only for the sake of being part of this group, so no less than he opens the door for her. In methods, he protects her and needs to showcase her. I feel when he does really sh*t his pants, she’s like, okay, we’re not going to make a giant deal out of this. It’s going to be superb. I’m saving you guys. Bill received’t be in there. We’re making an attempt to assist one another. That’s what I assume she signed up for being his valet, although a part of her hates it. She’s like, you already know what? I’m going to be Bunny Bombshell. It’s going to be nice. I’m going to help my wrestler. That’s what valets do, after which it simply will get loopy.

Where would you wish to see that dynamic go? I really feel prefer it’s virtually a father-daughter-type relationship. 
Kelli Berglund: It does virtually really feel that manner, particularly as a result of we don’t know Crystal’s backstory. We don’t actually know the place her household lives. I feel it’s fairly clear that her dad and mom aren’t very current in her life. We have quite a lot of loopy characters on this city and on this present. I feel he could possibly be an actual catalyst for some success for Crystal now that she has the belt. We’re not fairly positive what which means. Is crystal prepared for all this success? Does she need to go on to a bigger league and be on TV. Maybe Bill may also help with that. That glimmer of acknowledgment and figuring out that she has expertise actually means loads to her, which is I feel it affected her so closely for her to go off-script. That’s the primary time she heard something like that apart from from Bobby and her mates. To get her that enthusiastic about herself, and he or she rightfully deserves to really feel enthusiastic about herself, it’s in all probability very overwhelming for her as a result of she’s been caught on this place of simply being within the background and being a valet. Maybe this can drive her to make some poor selections after getting her so labored up. Maybe she’ll act on impulse probably as a result of Bill’s not one of the best affect. I’ll say that we really feel for Bill in a few of these episodes. He is a human, he does have emotion, and I feel perhaps this fatherly factor is introduced out due to Crystal. They deliver out good issues in one another.

Do you’ve gotten some other hopes for season 2? I’d like to know extra about Crystal’s backstory.
Kelli Berglund: That is truthfully primary on my listing. I’ve written a few of these issues down simply to speak with our producers about, simply potential concepts. Number one, and I feel that is the case with quite a lot of characters on the present. I need to understand how they received right here. I need to know their backstory I feel it’d be actually attention-grabbing to do a deep dive on Crystal. Just in the way in which that I’ve pieced it collectively in my head, with out figuring out too many particulars as a result of I simply didn’t, I feel she in all probability comes from a damaged household. Maybe her dad and mom handled alcohol. She talks about it with Jack within the automobile how her mother’s ingesting gin on a regular basis, so I’m positive that was problematic between her and her household. She in all probability has to step up and be the grownup and include her feelings and get herself by life, which is why she’s so contained in season 1 and we see her have a grip on her feelings more often than not. I feel that in all probability comes from that. I need to know when she received into wrestling, why she received into wrestling. Is this one thing she was watching on TV? She mentioned she’s been going to the dome since she was little. But why did she begin doing that? Also, I’d love for her and Willie to be this feminine energy duo. I really feel like we’ve seen Crystal in a really feminine versus feminine state of affairs, like her versus Trisha, her versus Willie in a roundabout way extra in direction of the start of the season. We haven’t seen her actually set up a friendship with one other feminine, so whether or not that’s Willie, whether or not that’s a brand new woman that comes into the dome to be a feminine wrestler, that’s one factor I’d like to have in Crystal’s manner and see how she handles it.

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