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October 17, 2007 01:00 PM

Kristen Bell can expect some hair-raising experiences as a new member of the cast of NBC’s Heroes this season – but what frightens the actress in real life is the singles scene.

“Dating is scary,” Bell, 27, tells PEOPLE while also revealing that she and her boyfriend, film producer Kevin Mann, recently broke up.

Being on her own does offer certain advantages, the former Veronica Mars star also says. For one thing, it leaves time for some healthy introspection.

“When you are single, you’ve got to be accountable,” she explains while enjoying the brand new Elie Tahari boutique inside Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. “You wake up in the morning and go to bed at night thinking about who you really are. It’s good. But dating is scary.”

Should she start to feel lonely, Bell has an entire group of new friends to contend with: the tight-knit Heroes cast, with whom she’s already enjoyed some after-hours fun.

“We went bowling two weekends ago. Jack Coleman organized a big bowling extravaganza,” Bell says. “They are just a really nice group of normal people, and I love them. I couldn’t have imagined a warmer welcome.”

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