Be En­ter­tained!

Ac­tress Melissa tells us about her heroic role and more! us about her heroic role and more!

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Move over, Su­per­man, there’s a fierce fe­male crime­fighter lead­ing the charge on TV! Melissa Benoist plays Kara Dan­vers (aka Su­per­girl) in the beloved su­per­hero se­ries, which is now in its fourth sea­son. The blonde beauty sits down with

Woman’s Day to talk pol­i­tics, Broad­way and girl power ...

You of­ten work 15-hour days on Su­per girl, but you also man­aged to squeeze in a star­ring role in the Broad­way show Beau­ti­ful dur­ing the hia­tus. Sounds ex­haust­ing! How do you cope?

I can keep it up be­cause I truly en­joy what I do. I’m very for­tu­nate and lucky to have the op­por­tu­ni­ties I’ve been given. Broad­way was my child­hood dream be­fore tele­vi­sion or movies came into play. I don’t think I ever would have for­given my­self if I didn’t do it.

This sea­son of Su­per girl delves deeper into pol­i­tics and jour­nal­ism. How do you feel about that?

All the he ideals that Kara car­ries as a su­per­hero, she’ll also carry y into her jour­nal­is­tic work, es­pe­cially cially with what she’s fac­ing g this sea­son. We’re go­ing to ex­plore xplore the idea of how fear is s the en­emy. There are peo­ple ple in the show that she’ll fight with in hand-to-hand com­bat bat be­cause it’s Su­per­girl, but fear ear is the big­ger op­po­nent. Jour­nal­ism nal­ism can fight that.

How w do you feel about Ruby Ro see join­ing the DC Comics uni­verse as Bat woman?

Per­son­ally, on­ally, I’m re­ally ex­cited to see e Kara in­ter­act with Bat­woman. woman. In the first three sea­sons ons of the show, Kara’s had a num­ber of quippy lines about t Bat­man. We’ve seen lit­tle mo­ments ments where she’s given her opin­ion on the iconic male char­ac­ter, ac­ter, so I’m ex­cited for her to o meet Bat­woman and see how they get along. It might t be re­ally funny.

Th et rans gen­der su­per hero Dream er, am er, played by Ni­cole Main es, n es, is in­tro­duced into the show in sea­son four.

How does it feel to be part of such a pro­gres­sive show?

I am so proud to be a part of this move­ment and Ni­cole is the per­fect voice for us. I’m re­ally ex­cited that she’s go­ing to be given a voice to tell these sto­ries. And I’m thrilled and be­yond hon­oured that I get to be a part of that story. She’s go­ing to in­spire a lot of peo­ple.

What’ s your mes­sage to fans?

I would to say to them that you can be a su­per­girl and a su­per­hero by just be­ing who you are. You don’t have to do any­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary to be an ex­tra­or­di­nary soul. I wish some­one had said that to me when I was lit­tle.

Melissa is ex­cited to see how her char­ac­ter gets on with Ruby Rose’s Bat­woman (above left) and is proud that the show is in­tro­duc­ing a trans­gen­der su­per­hero, played by Ni­cole (above).

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