Speaking in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Benoist confirmed that she will be directing an upcoming Supergirl season 5 episode. It’s something that she has been wanting to do for some time so now that the opportunity is here, she’s ready to take it on:
“I’ve been wanting to direct since Season 3, but couldn’t last year because of scheduling conflicts, so David Harewood did it first,” the actress told EW. “I just felt really drawn to it for a couple of seasons now, just because you know the show so well, and you get to know the character, and the world, and the tone of the show so well that you can’t help but envision certain scenes in a certain way. I want to play with that.”
Benoist’s schedule was especially crammed last season — she started production later than some of her fellow cast members due to her Broadway gig and because of that, she had to play a little bit of catch-up. She has been preparing to direct for some time by shadowing some of the show’s veteran directors and studying the craft. It’s something that any actor-turned-director wants to do in order to ensure that they deliver the most awesome product imaginable especially since it’s incredibly difficult to director yourself. Very few actors are able to wear both caps at once, but if anyone can it’s Melissa.
Harewood became the first cast member of Supergirl to direct, but some other Arrowverse actor/directors include Tom Cavanagh and Danielle Panabaker from The Flash and then also David Ramsey over on Arrow. Melissa is the first lead to take on this role, and we imagine that it’s harder for lead actors to take on the role since they have the busiest schedules as actors on the show. It’s likely that it will probably be a lighter story on Kara than some other episodes for the sake of making the job work and give her the best experience behind the camera.
Kudos to the Arrowverse and also Warner Bros. TV for continuing to allow actors on their shows this sort of opportunity. We’ve seen over on Supernatural and within the world of The Vampire Diaries / The Originals how accommodating they’ve been when it comes to actors taking on this role.
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