‘Supergirl’ Aspires To Empower Women, On And Off Screen
CBS’ new series “Supergirl” recently took it’s maiden flight this week—and for executive producers Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg, and Sarah Schechter it was a perfect opening to present “Glee” star Melissa Benoist’s superlative side. Read on to know more details.
Variety reports that Benoist carries the character effortlessly, even as alter ego, Kara. First, let’s get acquainted with our heroine. Kara, is a good-mannered assistant, who is keeping her superpowers under wraps from media magnate Cat Grant, played by none other than Calista Flockhart (“Ally McBeal”, “Brothers & Sisters”).
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“When we first saw her, she was exactly who we saw in our heads and our hearts … and then we had to go through this extensive process of seeing other people and being in love with someone already,” Adler said.
According to Schechter, “You start knowing her in your head and you start writing to her, and she’s just a tremendous soul and we’re so excited to bring her to everyone. “She’s incredibly likable and we talk a lot about Annie Hall as a reference, but when she puts on Colleen Atwood’s costume… it’s the way she holds herself.”
“It’s really something to behold to see her become that hero, and the way people respond to her, and to see her with kids whenever she meets them. She has that heroic quality and I think it comes from a really positive place. I think she takes the responsibility very seriously, just like Kara does.”, said Kreisberg, who has adequate and legitimate knowledge with eyeing actors and their heroic potential, as demonstrated by his work on The CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash”. Kreisberg likens Benoist’s natural climb to that of “Flash” star, Grant Gustin.
Benoist was able to work with with Gustin on “Glee” and declares that she hasn’t had ample chance to ask “The Flash” for any heroic wisdom and tips, since their paths rarely cross outside of work. “I think every time we see each other we’re just like ‘this is crazy!’ It’s hard not to be in awe of it, especially when our generation grew up with these incredible movies that were action movies with a lot of heart and this wonderful acting in it, ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Star Wars’” she said.
One of the most substantial characteristics of the series for Benoist, as well as with the producers, is the level of female empowerment both on and off screen. “We have the most gender-balanced room I’ve had the privilege of being in,” Adler said. “It’s ethnically diverse; it’s a really lovely, talented room.”
“Supergirl” has also engaged female directors, involving Karen Gaviola and Jamie Babbit. According to Benoist, she can sense the distinction, having a woman at the helm. “There’s definitely a different energy and I feel it even when I’m learning stunts. I think women talk to each other differently; we understand each other in a way that men don’t, and there’s a patience and a communication that’s different.”
Berlanti divulges that fairness and variety are a company-wide objective for each show that develops from his drawing board.
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