For anyone who has ever attended a convention, you’ll know that there are certain events that you do not want to miss. For me, it was attending the Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh panel during C2E2 – Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. However, after seeing lines for both stars grow to outrageous numbers upwards of 500 in line for autographs and photo ops, it became very evident that to avoid a lengthy wait time for the photo ops, I’d have to leave the panel a few minutes before it concluded. Thankfully, Joe was on hand to cover the entire panel and here’s a few of the highlights! – Steven
I. Chyler Leigh
Chyler Leigh got a lot of attention from fans today at the panel as she talked about her character Alex Danvers and her past TV experience which included such series as That 80’s Show and Grey’s Anatomy.
II. Musical Episode
During the fan Q&A portion of the panel, a fan brought up a musical episode. Both Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh both have musical backgrounds and Melissa played Marley Rose on the hit TV series Glee. Leigh and Benoist loved the idea and said they would be interested in doing an episode in the form of a musical. When Benoist brought up DC villain The Music Meister, the fan mentioned Neil Patrick Harris as a guest star being he had provided the voice for the villain in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
III. Diversity and Girl Power
The audience at the panel and the questions they asked showed how far-reaching Supergirl‘s appeal has become. There were men, women and children of all ages and races in the audience who were fans of the show for a wide array of reasons. Benoist told a story when she was filming how young children would be drawn to her when in costume. One little girl ran up to her, hugged her and would not let go. Benoist interacted with the girl who kept looking at and touching the “S” glyph. Supergirl the show and Supergirl the character deliver a message of hope and never giving up on yourself or who you want to be. The host of the panel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Clare Kramer, let a group of young girls deliver the final questions of the Q&A session.
IV. Hard Work and Dedication
Supergirl may only be one hour long when it airs on CBS, but many long hours go into making an episode. Benoist and Leigh both touched on how grueling the process could be. Benoist recounted how the death of Astra scene was shot overnight in rainy conditions and she was feeling ill. Leigh said filming one episode can take over a week with shoots ranging from eight to twelve hours going from dusk until dawn. It is truly a testament to not only these two talented women but the entire cast and crew of Supergirl who make the show such a hit.
Supergirl airs Monday nights on CBS at 8 PM ET. Check your local listings.
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