Chyler Leigh and Floriana Lima reveal they’ve been blown away by just how important their characters’ romance has been to viewers struggling with their own sexuality in the real world.
“We’re just really humbled by it, very proud of it,” Lima, 36, told PEOPLE at the 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, where The CW series was nominated for best dramatic TV show for its story featuring Leigh’s character, Supergirl’s adoptive sister Alex Danvers, realizing her long-denied attraction when she encounters Lima’s police detective Maggie Sawyer.
“There was no way we would have known the impact that this would have had,” Leigh, 34, explained. “We definitely wanted it to be a strong representation, and that’s why we’ve thought so hard about it and wanted it to be beautifully done, so I’m just really happy with the writers of Supergirl, who have really brought this to life.”
“People are so used to just the cut-and-dried comic book kind of storyline,” says the actress. “The great thing about Supergirl is that we’re reaching a lot of social issues [and] we’re doing it in a way that is recognized by people who love the comic book lore and that kind of stuff … For us to be able to take that on in that environment, and like kick people’s a–, and give a peck on the cheek and just say, hey, I’m finding out more about me because of you. It’s a love story, and it’s beautiful.”
The true nature of Alex’s sexuality was a surprise to Leigh, who learned of the plans a few weeks before the plot was introduced into the series when her producers’ sat her down for the big reveal.
“They’re like, ‘So this year Alex is going to be gay,’ ” says Leigh. “I was like, ‘Wait – what?’” She quickly became very invested in telling “the story of somebody who later in life, finds somebody that literally just turns their life upside down, but in the most wonderful way. They create such a vulnerability towards each other that it’s authentic. One of the greatest compliments that we get is the fact that it’s so realistic. Here we are representing a healthy, growing lesbian relationship, which you just don’t get to see. Not very often, at least.”
If you were to look for a character who has grown so much from falling in love with her significant other, look no further than Temperance Brennan. She exemplifies the term “character growth”, and her changing views on love, sex and relationships comprises one of the many different things that has made her one of the best (IMO, THE BEST) character in the history of television. This gifset only touches on a small part of her character growth over the years, because she has truly grown in every aspect of her life, and I have loved watching her grow and truly flourish all these years. She also makes me believe that it is possible to find true love, and not completely change yourself and your morals for the other person, as when the time comes, nothing else will matter except for the person standing right beside you. Like always, and like they always will.
It completely baffles me how Eva Green didn’t win any awards for her performance in Penny Dreadful. Vanessa Ives is probably one of the best written and most captivating characters on tv, ever. Eva’s work on this incredible show should have been recognised, not just by critics but also by a wider fanbase.
Caitlin Snow is one of the best, and yet underestimated, characters on TV, let me tell you why.
She’s a hell of a doctor, she’s a scientist, she very very smart and brilliant, she always comes up with solutions, she saved people asses more than once without taking credits for it. She’s a hero, she was a hero way before she got her powers.
But she’s also cold by nature, she doesn’t open up about her feelings, she can think straight without letting her emotions get in the way.
She lost her husband, twice. She got together with a villain who played with her feelings, who kidnapped her and treated her like she belonged to him. She managed to escape from him, by herself.
She is broken, but not by her powers. They broke her, life broke her and still look where she is, she tries so hard to fix herself without looking for help.
She’s broken, but she can fix herself because that’s what she’s doing for all her life and she will keep doing it.
She’s broken but not lost.
All of that in a female character. That’s so important and makes me so proud of her.
I want Caitlin to be treated like she deserves, her character needs more consideration.
Their Importance: Cece is probably one of the best portrayals of an Indian character that I’ve seen on TV. Most of the portrayals I’ve seen have been incredibly stereotypical - characters are uptight, awkward, and have thick stereotypical accents, and aren’t often shown in a positive way. However, with Cece we have a character who is Indian, and this isn’t stereotyped. Instead, when they show her background, it is done in a casual - and in my opinion - often realistic way. Her wedding/engagement is shown to honor her culture (along with her husband Schmidt’s Jewish traditions), she’s shown wearing saris at special occasions, and it’s shown as just a part of her character. This is small, but she’s also a model and to see a desi who’s not in a medical/engineering/lawyer profession is amazing; as we (and stereotypical portrayals of us) tend to focus on that a lot.
She’s also shown to be LGBTQIA+ - when she meets her ex, Reagan, the two explain that they were together about 10 years ago, and they have a friendly relationship afterwards. Cece never explicitly states her sexuality, but knowing that there is a queer Indian character on tv makes me happy. As a bi Indian, I cling to both Indian and queer characters, and to see one who is both queer and Indian - and is treated like every other character and not a stereotype - makes me feel more validated myself.