‘ The Supergirl suit unlocks a part of me I didn’t realise was there’
“I don’t know if there’s a good explanation for the lack of female superheroes on TV. I don’t think it’s acceptable really. There have been some really successful versions of strong women on TV, with Lynda Carter ( Wonder Woman), and you know you’ve got Hunger Games and things like and I just think people are ready to see a really strong woman … with superpowers! I think the word to describe (the show) is uplifting. What I love about Supergirl is that it’s a show for everyone – it’s got romance, and has really funny moments, and quirky and eccentric moments, and then really dark moments as well. It never gets too gritty.
This season is (my character Supergirl’s) crash course in being a superhero. She’s come out to the world and now she’s got to be who she really is with her powers, and that’s not always as easy as she thinks it’s going to be.
“(When) I got the job, that’s when I started training. In the three months of auditioning it was just going in to the creative team, going into the studio, and going into the network and auditioning over and over and over again, and dying my hair so they could see what I looked like as a blonde.
In one of my auditions, (creator) Greg (Berlanti) said, ‘I love the quirkiness, I love how nervous she is when she’s (Supergirl’s alter ego) Kara Danvers, it makes for a stronger switch to Supergirl’.
The suit definitely unlocks a part of me that I guess I didn’t realise was there. The first time I put it on I was so excited. There was no self-consciousness. It just surpassed my wildest imagination about what it was going to look like and it’s such an iconic symbol and colours altogether that putting it on was pretty exhilarating.
I can relate to (Supergirl’s overnight fame). She has the safety of anonymity still when she’s Kara Danvers, but I can relate to that kind of intimidating feeling of ‘Oh well, this is people everywhere paying attention’ .
My favourite power of hers is that she can fly, so I am doing that quite a bit. It’s really fun (hanging on wires) for the first six hours and then it starts to hurt!
I know people really want it (a crossover between Supergirl and Berlanti’s other shows Arrow or The Flash) and I think it’d be such a fun thing if it’s possible … I think that’s something that would be amazing.”
SUNDAY, 7.30PM, FOX8
With Andrew Fenton