As Melissa Benoist prepares to hang her Supergirl Cape, the star of The CW’s outgoing superhero drama, acknowledged that the decision to step away from the character who transformed her into a role model for millions of girls was a difficult one.
“It was a huge decision, but I think while everyone was talking and we were able to step back and look at the bigger picture. Everyone involved in the show can say with certainty how proud we are, how far we have come and what we have been able to achieve. in six years. And six years is a great show, “the actress tells ET. “As bittersweet as saying goodbye will be, I couldn’t be happier with what we’ve created.”
Supergirl kicks off its final 20-episode run on Tuesday with a premiere episode that picks up right where last season ended, with Braniac (Jesse Rath) in dire straits after unsuccessfully trying to stop Lex (Jon Cryer). As things get exponentially worse, Kara realizes that the only way to stop Lex is to sacrifice herself. It’s a dramatic shakeup for the show’s swan song, but a Benoist is more than satisfied in her final chapter as Supergirl. “They told me how the series will end and how Kara’s journey will end in the series finale, and I couldn’t be happier with that,” she says.
Benoist talks about the latest season of Supergirl reflects on six years as a superhero and shares advice for Sasha Calle, who will play the DCEU version of the character in the upcoming film, The flash.
ET: Did you have your own personal wishes and hopes for how Kara’s story ends?
Melissa Benoist: I feel very lucky to have been able to do so much with this character over the past six years. So I didn’t really have too many caveats or creative wishes because I feel like a lot of them have been fulfilled. But there was one caveat I had to say: “Guys, Please do not do this. “Just don’t do this and I’ll be happy. And you know what, they’re not doing it. So I’m happy. They told me how the series will end and how Kara’s journey will end in the series finale, and I couldn’t be happier with him. I think the fans will be very happy with him. He does the character justice, at least my reprise of her on our show. So I’m really happy with the way he’s ending.
Supergirl It has covered some really important personal moments for you. How does it feel to say goodbye to the character right now at this point in your life and career?
Oh my gosh, I feel like a kid back then. Essentially it was. I was 25, 26 years old, and not only have things in my career changed, but personally, my life has changed as well. A lot happens in six years and staying with the same character all that time is a truly unique experience. Sometimes I almost feel like I was really challenged and pushed to become the person I am now because of the circumstances of the show and filming and how difficult it can be at times. The pressure is there. But also the joy is having that pride and seeing it move young girls and being the role model that she is as a character and carrying that with me. I feel like I’m still in the thick of it, and I’m talking to myself in five years; I can probably reflect on it a little better. But with that said, it’s amazing to look back over the past six years and see how much has changed. I think the rest of my cast would agree with me. I don’t want to speak for anyone, but it feels like a great sense of accomplishment because making television is not easy to begin with, especially a superhero show.
Has your relationship with your character changed due to your own personal growth as a person in these six years?
Of course. Essentially, I feel like I’ve grown up with it. Now I am 30 years old and I am a mother and I feel that I understand my strength, not physically, but my strength as a woman much better than six years ago. I have a confidence that I feel I could never have found if I hadn’t played this character just knowing what I deserve as a person and in relationships, and it taught me a lot, not just being the leader of the show, but the character in general. What she stands for and always fighting for what is right, and leading with her heart and compassion and finding her family and holding on to life. All of those things continue to resonate in my personal life and they always will.
Have you found yourself trying to make every moment on and off set your last?
Oh, completely. Sometimes it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the middle of the day, but I’ll say that every time we finish an episode, sometimes this season, a lot of the directors returning this season have been with us from the beginning or very long. at the beginning of the season 2 series. Some of these directors will finish an episode and there will be like, “Oh my gosh, that’s it. That’s my last time.” Those moments struck differently. In general, we are all really trying to be present and enjoy each other’s company and really enjoy creating this last season together. The pandemic had put everyone in that mental space anyway to be present. I’m grateful and happy to work overall, but because it’s the last season of course. We are all trying to have a good time laughing. Love each other as hard as we can before it’s over.
The show has also been one of the most politically minded shows in the Arrow-frequently referenced current events and verse and what is happening today. Does it feel good that you saw us go through the last administration?
Yes. In fact, I never thought of it, I hadn’t thought of it that way. That this past administration ended and now we will also leave, but it is something appropriate. I have always felt that our program was the strongest when we lean on it. My favorite season we’ve done so far was season 4, where we really focused on the feedback. This season will be no different. This will be inspired by real world issues, both the Black Lives Matter movement and how some people felt powerless due to the circumstances in which we all live with the pandemic. Those are issues that we are going to address. The producers and showrunners have always done a very good job of trying to reflect that and trying to address what empowers people and what our show’s heroes can do to set an example and use their platform.
Talk a bit about the last season here. The first episode doesn’t skip a beat as it picks up right where things left off last season. How would you play the last season?
It was supposed to be our season finale last year. We had some work to do, but I think fans can definitely look forward to seeing real-world issues and our heroes grappling with things that relate to what we’ve all faced and been experiencing and dealing with in the past year. I think of Kara’s journey specifically, there is a lot of discussion about the power and abuse of it, and its limits from within this year. Kara is always dealing with it as an alien and a Kryptonian with the kind of powers she has on Earth, but both our villains and our heroes will make decisions because her power is almost limitless. So where do you draw the line, I think, is the question we will ask ourselves this year?
Sasha Calle was recently cast as the Supergirl of the DC movie universe. Any words of wisdom for her as she prepares to don her cape? And what do you think is the legacy of your time as Kara and Supergirl?
You know what? I have no words of wisdom because it is something very personal. All I can say is that I can’t wait to see her version of the character, and she and I have texted on Instagram. I approached her when she got the news in the video When she found out she got the part, which made me cry, because I felt that and this part, she seems perfect for him. I think staying true to yourself and playing this role is the best thing you can do. I have no doubt that she is going to do that. I feel like that’s what makes me the most proud, is that I have never committed myself to playing this role, what I really felt she cared about and what we were saying to the young girls. What we represent was always at the forefront of my mind in every line I said and in every step I took. Every heat vision I did, every icy breath I blew, always came back to this. This is for young girls. I did it as the first female superhero show since Wonder Woman, but Sasha will make it as the first Supergirl to be a person of color.
What will you miss the most?
See my friends in the cast and crew. Of course I will miss the cast. And you know what, I’ll miss the suits. I will miss flying. Those green screen days. It is like the magic of a movie. It always felt great. I will definitely miss it.
Supergirl premieres Tuesday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET / PT on The CW. For more information, see below.
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