Melissa Benoist on Supergirl and her power suit
Actress-singer Melissa Benoist has always been a sci-fi fan, so getting to play Kara Danvers, the equally powerful cousin of Superman from the Krypton planet, on the Supergirl series is a “dream come true”.
The 27-year-old former Glee actor tells us more about Supergirl, which won the New TV Drama award at People’s Choice Awards 2016, and is set for its Indian preimere on Monday.
Your first time with the Supergirl suit.
I felt like I was on top of the world. It’s impossible not to feel this internal shift of strength and bravery. When I put it on, there’s a transformation almost to the point where I don’t recognise myself.
What do you like about it?
I grew up as a dancer, so the costume feels like the leotard and tights that I wore when I was a ballerina. What’s impractical is the fact that mine has a corset, which is sometimes a pain.
Did you try to bring some grace from your background as a dancer to the stunts?
Of course. When you look at Superman, he’s a very solid character – but I like the idea of bringing fluidity to Supergirl, and a sense of femininity to her strength.
Comic books you enjoyed as a kid.
I wasn’t much of a comic book reader until I started college. I loved Michael Keaton as Batman, though. I grew up on those movies.
Favourite superhero TV show.
I quite enjoyed Lois & Clark.
Dean Cain, who played Superman in Lois & Clark, is your father in Supergirl…
It’s crazy. He is such a nice guy, too. I couldn’t be more blessed.
Would you agree that Supergirl is a story about identity and being comfortable with your power as a woman?
Women are complicated, multi-faceted creatures. We are flawed and that’s one thing that I love about Kara. She is constantly messing up. It just shows that no one has it all figured out.Premieres on July 25. 10 pm on Zee Café
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