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Vicki • June 23rd, 2021
The Transformation Of Melissa Benoist From Childhood To Supergirl

Many people will recognize Melissa Benoist at first sight as Supergirl, also known as Kara Danvers, from The CW’s superhero series “Supergirl.” With her role as the iconic DC hero, Benoist became the first woman to lead a superhero TV series since Lynda Carter in “Wonder Woman,” which ran from 1976 to 1979. It was certainly a long time coming. Now that “Supergirl” is finishing off its sixth and final season, Benoist is likely looking for her next major role or focus in life. She recently started her own production company and has a children’s book coming out called “Haven’s Secret,” which she co-wrote with her sister, Jessica Benoist, and Mariko Tamaki, but there are plenty of different directions she could go.

So how did Benoist get here? Born in 1988, Benoist’s parents got divorced when she was very young, and she spent most of her childhood and adolescence in the small town of Littleton, Colorado. In case her last name doesn’t make it clear, she has french heritage in her family, although her family doesn’t pronounce Benoist in the traditional french way (“The Late Late Show with James Corden”). From an early age, Benoist had an interest in singing and the stage, and clearly, it paid off.

Here’s the transformation of Benoist from childhood to “Supergirl,” and beyond.

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Vicki • March 24th, 2021
Supergirl Showrunner Teases “Life Or Death” Stakes for Kara In Final Season

Supergirl returns for its sixth and final season next week on The CW and while Season 5 ended with Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) appearing to have gained an advantage over the Girl of Steel and her allies, Luthor’s victory won’t last long. Kara Danvers/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) will face off with the villain and according to series co-showrunner Jessica Queller, but saving the world will have life or death stakes for the heroine, something that will have a major impact on the season.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Queller explained that Kara will have to face her mortality in a major way during the first part of Season 6 then put everything she’s learned into her final journey.

“She’s going to really sacrifice her life and put her life on the line to save her friends and humanity,” Queller said. “That challenge, she’s going to face her mortality in a way we’ve never done on the show. That’s really the focus of the first run of seven episodes. It’s life or death stakes for Kara, and it’s very introspective. So, all of the soul searching and taking stock of the past six years will happen in the beginning, and then she’ll put it all into play in the second half.”

From the sounds of the synopsis for the Season 6 premiere, “Rebirth”, Kara’s big sacrifice comes pretty early on. The synopsis reveals that once Leviathan is defeated, Supergirl turns her attention to Lex and stopping him will require her to sacrifice herself but it will also see Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) work with the team to stop him as well and Queller explained that Lena will become a more integral member of the team in Season 6.

“Lena is going to become a more integral part of the Superfriends this season than ever before,” Queller said. “So I think that’s going to be really satisfying and have emotional resonance for her because she’s always kind of felt like an outsider, not just with Kara’s secret but with the whole group. Now she is going to be a full-on insider, so that will change the dynamic for Lena and the group.”

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Vicki • March 6th, 2021
Supergirl Will Return In March When Superman & Lois Goes On A Brief Hiatus

Supergirl is returning way sooner than expected!

The first half of the CW superhero drama’s sixth and final season premieres Tuesday, March 30 at 9 p.m., taking the timeslot usually occupied by Superman & Lois. The recently-renewed freshman drama is going on a brief hiatus because of a COVID-19 related production interruption earlier in the season and will resume its season on Tuesday, May 18, meaning Supergirl won’t finish its run until later in the summer.

Like most shows, the Melissa Benoist-led drama’s previous season was cut short due the pandemic. In the unplanned season 5 finale — which was combination of the penultimate hour plus some of the footage they were able to shoot before the shutdown — Kara (Benoist) and Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) buried the hatchet and teamed up to defeat both Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) and Leviathan. Unfortunately, Lex, with the help of his mother Lillian (Brenda Strong), thwarted the Super Friends’ attempts to stop him.

Back From the Future -- Part Two

While there aren’t concrete details about the season 6 storyline, we do know that David Ramsey will reprise the role of Arrow‘s John Diggle and direct an episode co-written by series star Azie Tesfai — a first for any Arrowverse actor — and supervising producer J. Holtham. During an Instagram Live interview with EW in February, Tesfai opened up about joining the writers room for an episode and collaborating with Ramsey.

“It’s been great, I think, the nuance of not just representing the Black voice, but the Black female voice, and every Black experience is different,” she said. “To have David Ramsey directing the episode… that makes me really excited. Ramsey and I had dinner the other night and just talking about his perspective and experiences; they’re very different than mine. So, I think to have such a well-balanced [group] between me, J., who I’m writing the episode with, and David Ramsey, I think fans will feel really excited and hopefully seen and heard.” She added: “[Episode] 12, in my opinion, for Kelly, is the most epic episode of the season, so I’m excited to get to pen it.”

In terms of what’s in store for Kelly this season, Tesfai said: “The fans have been very vocal about what they want to see for Kelly — and I feel like they know what I’m talking about — and they, especially in the back half of the season, will get everything that they want, and it makes me very excited.”

Supergirl premieres Tuesday, March 30 at 9 p.m., following The Flash, on the CW.

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Vicki • March 5th, 2021
Melissa Benoist Returns To The Set Of ‘Supergirl’ After Giving Birth

Melissa Benoist is back in action!

The 32-year-old actress was spotted on the set of her hit show Supergirl for the first time since giving birth to son Huxley back in the summer of 2020 on Friday (March 5) in Vancouver, Canada.

Melissa was seen suited up in her iconic costume, joined by her co-star David Harewood on the set.

Supergirl is sadly coming to an end: The CW announced in September that the Arrow spinoff will end with its upcoming sixth season. We know so far that this last season will consist of 20 episodes, and will premiere sometime in 2021. Find out more about the show’s ending.

Here’s what Melissa Benoist herself had to say about the show coming to an end.

But don’t worry! She will definitely have her schedule filled after Supergirl wraps up for the final season. Find out what’s coming next for her.

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Vicki • February 13th, 2021
Melissa Benoist Inks Warner Bros. Overall TV Deal
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Vicki • December 27th, 2020 0 comments
Supergirl Poster Teases More Reign In Season 6

The CW teased that Supergirl’s Season 3 rival Reign, played by Odette Annabelle, may return for the show’s sixth and finale season in 2021.

The CW has teased that Supergirl‘s Season 3 rival may return when the show returns for its sixth and final season.

Rumors began to circulate about Reign’s return after the official Supergirl Twitter account shared an image on Christmas Day that featured Samantha Arias/Reign (Odette Anabelle) and Lena Luthor from Season 3. The shot was captioned, “Hopefully the forecast is more snow than Reign this year. Happy holidays!”

Introduced in Season 2 of Supergirl, Reign was a weapon of mass destruction that was bio-engineered in a Kryptonian lab and sent to Earth. Reign was raised as a human named Samantha “Sam” Arias, who was ignorant of her alien origins and had a daughter named Ruby before her dark impulses started to take over.

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Vicki • October 27th, 2020 0 comments
Melissa Talks About Motherhood

Melissa Benoist has been enjoying some quality family time during quarantine as she basks in the glow of motherhood.

The Houston-born actress/singer welcomed her first child into the world last month with husband Chris Wood.

She recently revealed that she’s ‘loving being a parent,’ as she gushed over her newborn son Huxley Robert.

The 32-year-old said Saturday during an Instagram Live with Congresswoman Karen Bass: ‘Oh, man, he’s the best. I am loving being a parent. I love being a mom. He’s such a sweetheart.’

Melissa also said of the baby’s first Halloween: ‘We’ll probably watch movies… It’s a bummer we’re not gonna get any trick-or-treaters, but it’s for a good reason.’

She and Chris, 32, announced Huxley’s birth September 25 on Instagram, writing: ‘Huxley Robert Wood got here a few weeks ago and this little boy is everything’

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Vicki • September 27th, 2020 0 comments
Melissa Benoist Reacts To Supergirl Ending With Season 6

Totally gutted about this!

Supergirl star Melissa Benoist has reacted to the news that the CW show’s season 6 will be its last, saying she’s been humbled by the experience. Benoist debuted as Danvers in 2015, when the show first aired on CBS. She remained the lead through the show’s move over to The CW and took a significant role in the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline during the ambitious Arrowverse crossover. The show has been popular among Arrowverse fans, and as a result, the news of the cancellation is something of a surprise.

Benoist has also had a fairly extensive career outside of Supergirl, first making a name for herself as Marley Rose in Glee and starring in Whiplash and Patriots Day. Ironically, Benoist almost missed out on playing Supergirl by earlier auditioning for the part of Thea Queen on Arrow. However, the audition wasn’t successful, and she ended up claiming the titular role in the Arrowverse’s third show after Arrow and The Flash. Benoist’s portrayal of Danvers/Supergirl has been hailed for its combination of tenderness and fierce determination, with many holding her up as a role model for young girls.

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Vicki • June 16th, 2020 0 comments
Why Supergirl Season 6’s Delay Is Longer Than Other Arrowverse Shows

All of The CW’s superhero exhibits have been delayed till 2021, however Supergirl season 6 is being pushed again till Summer time 2021 for one essential motive.

Superhero followers should wait slightly longer for Supergirl Season 6 than they may the remainder of the Arrowverse exhibits. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the leisure trade, shutting down manufacturing on quite a few tv packages and movie units. It had a significant impact on the Arrowverse particularly, with the manufacturing shutdowns coming simply earlier than Batwoman, Supergirl and The Flash completed filming their newest seasons’ finales. All of those sequence had their last episodes rewritten and re-edited from the finished footage, leading to some drastically totally different endings and main cliffhangers.

The CW determined to delay manufacturing on all of their sequence via the top of the yr, however nonetheless plans to do full season orders for the entire Arrowverse exhibits. A tentative schedule for the 2021 season has been launched, however one sequence was notably absent from the premiere line-up: Supergirl, which has at all times launched its new season together with the opposite Arrowverse exhibits ever because it moved from CBS to The CW in 2016.

Associated: Each Means The Arrowverse Will Be Completely different In 2021

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Vicki • May 26th, 2020 0 comments
Supergirl Star Teases What’s Next For Kara And William’s “Slow Burn” Romance

Supergirl season 5 spent a bit of its time slowly building up a romance between Kara and William, culminating in him putting himself in mortal peril to try and save her in the finale.

It’s been quite low-key, which is something that star Melissa Benoist is really happy about. Looking forward, she hopes that season 6 of the superhero show doesn’t try to ramp it up too quickly. When your character is faster than a speeding bullet, you want to take your time with some things.

Speaking to the folks at TVLine, Benoist said: “What’s exciting for Kara is the amount of possibilities. She’s had quite a bit of time to herself without any love interests, so I think it’s great that there was a possibility at all in season 5.

“I would anticipate it even going into season 6, with complications arising, but I’m glad people are curious. What’s really fun on TV is watching slow burns with romance, so I think people can expect that.”

As well as more episodes of Supergirl, the show also has a spin-off on the horizon called Superman & Lois, focusing on Tyler Hoechlin’s version of the Man of Steel and Elizabeth Tulloch’s Lois Lane.

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Vicki • May 4th, 2020 0 comments
Supergirl – The Missing Link Promo

Vicki • April 30th, 2020 0 comments
Melissa Benoist Explains Why Directing Supergirl’s Lex-Centric Hour Was ‘Daunting’

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Supergirl definitely isn’t complaining about her latest team-up with Lex Luthor.

This Sunday, The CW’s Supergirl returns for the final run of season 5 with a Lex-centric episode that marks Melissa Benoist‘s long-awaited directorial debut. Benoist has been dying to get behind the camera since season 3, but wasn’t able to until now because of scheduling conflicts. Luckily, it seems like it was well-worth the wait because she got to helm an episode that diverges from the show’s usual structure and perspective, which she admits was initially quite daunting.

Cleverly titled “Deus Lex Machina,” the flashback-heavy hour essentially starts on day one of the post-“Crisis on Infinite Earths” world and sheds light on all of Lex’s (Jon Cryer) behind-the-scenes machinations we haven’t been aware of — from manipulating Eve Teschmacher (Andrea Brooks) and his sister Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath), to pitting Supergirl against Leviathan. In other words, it’s very similar to season 4’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” except this time around the criminal mastermind is trying his hardest to keep his Kryptonian hatred in check so that he can focus on defeating Leviathan.

Below, Benoist walks EW through her experience in the director’s chair, working with Cryer, and the challenges of handling such an exposition-heavy episode.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What jumped out at you from a directing perspective when you read the script for the first time? 

MELISSA BENOIST: Considering it was the first time in the director’s chair for me, I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t say how terrified I was. That just went without saying, that I was scared, but reading it also had this thrilling aspect to it because I was going to get to be the one to visualize it and make sure the tone was coming across. I guess only since season 4, we’ve had these episodes that were a departure from the story and took a step back and gave us Lex Luthor’s point of view, and this is one of those episodes. So, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was that I got to be the teller of that particular story for our season, where we recap the entire season from Lex Luthor, Jon Cryer’s eyes. And I was very excited to get to work with him closely in an actor-director relationship. Aside from the initial terror, and wondering whether or not I was capable of doing it, I was so excited and immediately just imagining what I wanted to do and thinking of shots.

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