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Vanity Fair: Why Melissa is the “Annie Hall of Superheroes”

Vanity Fair: Why Melissa is the “Annie Hall of Superheroes”

Why Supergirl Star Melissa Benoist Is the “Annie Hall of Superheroes”

Melissa Benoist was four years old when her aunt put her in a church play she was directing. It was the logical thing to do, considering that Benoist was acquainted with Singin’ in the Rain by age two—“My grandma popped it in for me”—and at age three arranged her stuffed animals in the living room, the audience for a show she then put on. “I just loved the feeling of performing,” the 27-year-old charmer says, “of using my imagination to take me somewhere else.”

Born in Houston and raised in Denver, Benoist acted in community and dinner theater throughout high school and then moved east to study musical theater at Marymount Manhattan College. Sophomore year she switched to straight theater. “I fell in love with 19th-century Russian plays. I fell in love with Shakespeare, with Shaw and Coward.” Since graduation, in 2011, however, television and movies have claimed the actress, and no wonder—this woman puts her heart in her eyes. She was the love interest in the surprise hit Whiplash and joined the cast of Glee in Season 4, playing adorable Marley Rose. “It definitely felt a bit like school,” she says of her Glee experience. “I learned the process of this kind of acting, how things run, how chaotic it can be, and what kind of different muscles you have to flex.”

Flexed muscles, literally, are on the agenda of her current endeavor. Benoist stars as Supergirl in the CBS series of the same name. Executive producer Greg Berlanti has called her character “the Annie Hall of superheroes” and said Benoist is the reason he went ahead with the show. The fit does seem ideal. “Interestingly and simultaneously,” Benoist says, “I’m growing up the way she is and learning the same things: how to be a woman, how to own my strength.” And then there’s that costume. What does Benoist like best about it? “The cape. It’s a really light leather, with silk on the inside. It’s so easy to flourish a moment with a cape.”

Benoist wears a dress by Valentino; shoes by Gianvito Rossi; jewelry by Logan Hollowell. Photograph by Dewey Nicks. Styled by Zoe Costello; hair by Luke Chamberlain; make-up by Jamie Greenberg; manicure by Nettie Davis, props styled by Abraham Latham; produced on location by Shawn Merz.


“Supergirl” Gets Full-Season Order From CBS

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Supergirl! CBS officially picked up the series for a full season.

CBS has ordered seven additional episodes of “Supergirl,” the network announced Monday.

The order provides a full season of 20 episodes for the freshman drama that launched on Oct. 26. “Supergirl” currently averages 11.2 million viewers per episode and a 2.8 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to the most current Nielsen estimates.

“Supergirl” stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, the Kryptonian cousin of Superman. Kara initially avoids using her powers, but decides she cannot stand idly by with evil afoot. The series also stars Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh andJeremy Jordan with David Harewood and Calista Flockhart.

Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The show is based on characters from DC Comics.

CBS has now given additional episode orders to all four of its new fall series — “Supergirl,” “Life in Pieces,” “Limitless” and “Code Black.”


“Supergirl” Stages “Glee” Reunion

Supergirl Stages Glee Reunion, Casts Blake Jenner as Kara’s [Spoiler]

She’s got the flying thing down pat, but how is Supergirl at deflecting a severe blast of déjà vu?

CBS’ rookie drama has tapped Melissa Benoist’s former Glee co-star-turned-real-life husband Blake Jenner to join the cast as a potential new love interest for her character, Kara, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Jenner will portray Adam Foster, a handsome stranger from Cat Grant’s (Calista Flockhart) past whose arrival in National City tests Kara and Cat’s relationship like never before. At the same time, Adam and Kara form a very unexpected connection.

This reunion should prove especially satisfying for those Glee fans still bitter that Benoist and Jenner’s respective characters Marley and Ryder — who joined the show in its fourth season, enduring an off-and-on romance — didn’t end up together at the end of the series.

Jenner is set to appear in multiple Supergirl episodes, the first of which is slated to air in early 2016.


Melissa on Embracing Her Superhero Legacy and Taking Flight

News/ Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist on Embracing Her Superhero Legacy and Taking Flight

Forget all the think pieces and essays you read about CBS’s Supergirl and what it means for the TV landscape. It’s Melissa Benoist‘s turn to tell you what she hopes to accomplish with the show and her titular super role.

“I just would like her journey to be something that any person could relate to and/or be affected by and inspired by. I think part of the draw of the comic book genre is that it is a way to escape and be inspired by something and be something greater than yourself: A strong being that can accomplish the unthinkable,” Benoist told E! News. “But also what I love about her is that she struggles and the ebb and flow of her life is really human. I just hope that people can relate to it.”

Supergirl is now three episodes in and in production on episode 11, but seeing Benoist take flight still hasn’t gotten old (for fans and crew members alike).

“One of the camera operators came up to me…I think we were in episode eight or something, so we had a bunch of episodes under our belts. He came up to me on one of the green screen days and said, ‘You know, I’ve seen you do this so many times now, but it’s always exciting. It’s always really exhilarating to see you on the camera and look at a girl who looks like she’s flying,'” she said. “It does feel that way every time we do it. ”

Keep reading for more on what she’s learned from playing the superhero, what it’s like to meet kids in costume, fighting with her hero, Laura Benanti, and more.

There were all these videos of you doing events with all these young girls. Did any of them say anything to you that really stuck with you?
I put some capes on the girls. It was cool to see, some of them were even kind speechless after watching the pilot and putting the capes on them, I could see the change in their demeanor. They were just excited and kind of in awe that they got to wear a Supergirl cape. But that’s kind of been the general response. Especially if I’m wearing the suit and I am around a young girl, I just see more the effect than any of them saying anything to me. They usually get really shy. [Laughs.]

What have you learned about yourself from playing Kara and Supergirl?
This job is really teaching me things. It’s forcing me to confront a lot of my fears in terms of confrontation and what that means and how you exhibit strength and power as a woman, but doing it with grace and kindness. That’s mostly what I’ve learned from Kara. And she’s insatiably hopeful and positive, even when things feel hopeless. She always has a silver lining in her mind. She always finds a way. That’s part of how heroic she is. I definitely feel like that’s inspired me. I don’t know if I apply it to my day-to-day life, I don’t know if I’ve really gotten a knack for that yet, but it’s definitely inspiring.

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“Supergirl” DC Collectibles Statue

Supergirl Stands Tall Thanks to DC Collectibles Statue

Supergirl doesn’t hit TV screens for another week and a half, but she’s already flexing her merchandising muscle. DC Collectibles, a division of DC Comics, is unveiling a statuesque tribute to Melissa Benoit’s exuberant new hero, set to make her CBS debut later this month.

Sporting the same Colleen Atwood-designed red and blue costume from the TV series, the gorgeous, highly detailed 12.5-inch resin statue won’t go on sale until May 2016, giving fans plenty of time to save up for the suggested retail price of $130.00.



Melissa Set To Feature in a Screen Gems Film

‘Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist, ‘Outlander’s Sam Heughan Set For Screen Gems Love Story ‘Oxford’


EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has set two of the hottest stars on television for its feature film Oxford. Melissa Benoist, who’ll soon be starring as the title character in the CBS fall series Supergirl, will team with Sam Heughan, who plays the male lead role of Jamie Fraser on the Starz hit series Outlander. Oxford has a script by Allison Burnett, and Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing.

Soon after arriving at Oxford U, an American Rhodes Scholar student falls for an arrogant teaching assistant who is quietly fighting terminal cancer. When she finds out the reason he is so standoffish, they make the most of each day, traveling the world together. Aside from Supergirl, Benoist’s recent films have been The Longest Ride and Whiplash. Burnett previously scripted Underworld: Awakening for Screen Gems, as well as Gone, Fame and Untraceable.

Benoist, who next appears in Billy Boy and Lowriders, is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit. Heughan is repped by UTA and in the UK by United Agents. Burnett is with Paradigm.


Behind the Scenes of “Supergirl”


Have you seen the various behind-the-scenes photos of Supergirl star Melissa Benoist hanging around in her costume? There she is walking her dog, who she loves so much. And here she is talking on her iPhone, and being so great at it! Also, she eats a Super-shield cake in one shot! And the best (so far): Here she is leading a group of mini-Supergirl (Scouts) for a stroll while cradling a puppy!

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Melissa Gives Girl Scouts a Tour of the “Supergirl” Set

Girl Power! Melissa Benoist Gives Girl Scouts a Tour of the ‘Supergirl’ Set

Sometimes even superheroes need some help to save the world!

Melissa Benoist, the star of CBS’ much-anticipated Supergirl, led a set tour for a group of Girl Scouts on Friday.

The scouts were even ready to help Supergirl, donning red capes atop their scout uniforms. Talk about being prepared!

The 26-year-old actress shared an adorable photo of the visit. “The Girls Scouts of Oklahoma dropped by National City today…” she captioned the Instagram post.

The Super Girl Scouts of Oklahoma dropped by National City today… #girlscouts

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A follow-up snap showed Benoist’s new mini superhero squad smiling and hugging the leading lady. “… and I’m pretty sure we had a good time,” she shared, complete with a smiley face emoticon.

…and I'm pretty sure we had a good time ? #girlscouts

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This fall, Benoist will soar onto TV screens as Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, more commonly known as Supergirl, breaking up the superhero boys’ club that’s currently seen in Arrow, The Flash and Gotham.

“I think everybody is ready for it,” Benoist told ET about having more female superheroes on TV. “It’s important to have femininity in this genre. It’s her point of view, living through her heroics, and balancing her day-to-day life with it. I think it is relatable.”

At ET’s Comic-Con suite last month, Benoist also explained why Supergirl will be an important role model for young women. “In a way, Kara is discovering herself right now when we meet her in the pilot,” she said, “and I’m glad that I get to show girls that you can do anything you want to do.”