Tomorrow has finally come for the Girl of Tomorrow, Melissa Benoist.

After six seasons, a network change, and multiple crossovers, Supergirl fans will finally say goodbye to Benoist’s on-screen alter-ego Kara Danvers when the sunny CW superhero drama’s two-part series finale airs in a couple weeks; however, the show’s star already said her goodybe to Kara Zor-El two months ago when she wrapped production on the series in Vancouver. Now, she’s back home in Los Angeles with a shorter haircut; preparing to release of her new children’s fantasy book Haven’s Secret (out now), which she co-wrote with her sister Jessica and Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl: Being Super); and developing projects under her overall deal with Warner Bros. TV. Despite all of these exciting changes, closure on Supergirl still feels elusive.

“I don’t think it’s really set in,” says Benoist, 33, in an interview with EW at the Hollywood Roosevelt in early October. “I definitely felt a different kind of closure when we wrapped on set, very bittersweet. I felt all the emotions you could feel in the last two weeks of shooting that show. But I think once the final episode airs, and I know that I really don’t have to go back up to Vancouver to shoot, that’s when it’ll probably set in.”

It’s easy to understand why she still feels connected to both the show and character: Supergirl has been a major part of Benoist’s life for the past six years. Originally developed for CBS — where it aired for one season before joining the rest of Greg Berlanti‘s Arrowverse shows on the CW in season 2 — the series follows Superman’s do-gooding cousin as she juggles her responsibilities as National City’s hero and as a reporter at CatCo magazine. Despite the many crises Supergirl and her Super Friends have faced, Benoist has never lost sight of the fact that the series is ultimately about Kara reconciling her human and Kryptonian sides, and Benoist went on a similar arc herself. While the silly and quirkier aspects of Kara’s personality came very easily to Benoist, the superheroic confidence and fearlessness did not.

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