Melissa Benoist may get to leap tall buildings playing the titular role on Supergirl, but Chyler Leigh (right, with Benoist) is winning raves as Supergirl’s sister, DEO agent Alex Danvers, who is coming to terms with her sexuality via a sweet new romance with cop Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima). Here, the actress opens up.
How has the response been to Alex’s coming out? I’ve gotten thousands of messages and pictures from people telling me their stories. If this isn’t an amazing opportunity to speak to the heart of humanity as a whole and also touch people individually, I don’t know what is.
It’s so rare to see an adult go through this process. (Executive producer) Greg Berlanti said the same thing. What he sees as so pivotal was (her age). He’d come across the story of a married woman who was 77 and had just come to realize she was, in fact, a lesbian. There were no lies or deceit; she’d just never gotten to that place of truly understanding herself.
What’s it been like working with Floriana? I was insistent on being part of the casting process. I had to know we got the right one. Floriana was the second girl to come in, and as soon as she walked in, I knew it was her. I could see her heart and there was something special about our connection. I am just so invested in telling this story the right way.
Why? I found out about this storyline the night before the Orlando nightclub shooting. I woke up to that news and just started sobbing. I thought « My god, we have to do justice to a story that, in real life, affects so many people ». - Damian Holbrook
It’s brilliant actually. The mainstream media tries to do their job; calling out lies, illustrating potential conflicts of interest, and exposing the past of his nominees. But he declares it “fake news,” even while demanding the press do their job. Regrettably, the ignorant and The Deplorables blindly accept – even rabidly parrot – this.
The only official news has become that spouted by Big Brother. The only truth is the “truth” from Big Brother. He threatens that contradiction will be punished. “Alternative facts” quickly become the norm. We are to pay no attention to what was said last week; the “truth” is what they say now. It is true, and has always been true.
Joseph Goebbels would be proud, and George Orwell would be impressed.