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Melissa Benoist Is Super Sensational—And These Photos Prove It

Photography by Christopher Ross | Illustration by Christopher David Ryan

Melissa Benoist is the strongest, savviest, and most sophisticated supergirl in the universe.



Whether pummeling her way to planetary peace on Supergirl, or rocking out on Broadway as the young Carole King, Melissa Benoist is a multi-hyphenate force.

Director of Photography Christopher Ross captured The CW star, aka Kara Danvers/ Kara Zor-El—for the July-August 2018 issue of Watch —and the results are out of this world! See this kick-ass cover girl slay in these striking photos—including web-exclusive bonus images—plus learn fun facts and interview tidbits about Melissa Benoist.

Supergirl returns Tuesday, March 30 at 9/8c . Stream next day free, only on The CW!

Star bright

Melissa Benoist sits on a stylized playing card bench.

Photography by Christopher Ross | Illustration by Christopher David Ryan

Fun fact: Before landing in Supergirl, Benoist starred as Glee's singing and dancing Marley Rose.

Character study

Melissa Benoist wears a sheer transluscent blue top.

Photography by Christopher Ross

"What I find the most interesting about playing Kryptonians is that they're so squeaky clean. Be it Clark Kent or Kara Danvers, they're so all-American that sometimes you want their moral compass to stray a bit, for them to have a dilemma." — Melissa Benoist

Carrying the torch

Supergirl's Melissa Benoist wears a purple top and a sheer white transluscent skirt.

Photography by Christopher Ross. Illustration by Christopher David Ryan.

As Benoist's character Kara Zor-El's badass side edges further to the fore, comparisons are being made to Lynda Carter's iconic Wonder Woman.

Sporting chance

Supergirl's Melissa Benoist wears a star patterned blouse in front of a purple tinted starfield.

Photography by Christopher Ross. Illustration by Christopher David Ryan.

Kara's hyper-athleticism, confesses Benoist, is not a talent she herself can claim: "I still can't even catch a ball to save my life."

Word nerd

Melissa Benoist sits on a styized playing card bench.

Photography by Christopher Ross

Fun fact: Benoist is a fan of The New York Times Crossword. "Monday's the easiest one," she encouragingly informs our writer.

Song bird

Melissa Benoist.

Photography by Christopher Ross | Illustration by Christopher David Ryan

During this summer's filming hiatus, Benoist is doing a two-month stint on Broadway, starring as the young Carole King in the hit musical Beautiful.

Practice makes perfect

Melissa Benoist.

Photography by Christopher Ross | Illustration by Christopher David Ryan.

Benoist says that David Harewood, Supergirl's Hank Henshaw, inspires her on many levels—and cites his turn as Othello at London's Royal National Theater as a testament to his stellar acting skills.

The world's a stage

Melissa Benoist wears a sheer transluscent blue top.

Photography by Christopher Ross

In Kara Zor-El's complicated relationship with love interest Mon-El (Chris Wood), Benoist also finds Shakespearean echoes. Mon-El is from Daxam, "which I guess you could relate to Romeo and Juliet's Montagues," says Benoist, "and she was a Capulet, on Krypton."

Bright lights, big city

Melissa Benoist.

Photography by Christopher Ross | Illustration by Christopher David Ryan.

Benoist grew up in Littleton, Colorado, and moved to New York to attend Marymount Manhattan College, where she majored in theater arts. Soon after graduating from college in 2011, with a few onstage gigs under her belt, Benoist auditioned for her fate-changing role in Glee.

Strange magic

Melissa Benoist.

Photography by Christopher Ross | Illustration by Christopher David Ryan.

Exposure to New York's grittiness, says Benoist, was a revelation: "Just because you might not be happy doesn't mean you're not inspired or fulfilled or stimulated."

Welcome to Canada

Supergirl's Melissa Benoist sits wearing a shiny dark purple top and red striped velvet skirt.

Photography by Christopher Ross

Fun fact: Supergirl films in Vancouver, British Columbia—a city Benoist has come to love.

Role calling

Melissa Benoist.

Photography by Christopher Ross | Illustration by Christopher David Ryan

Feeling a responsibility to the young women who watch the show, Benoist explains that while Supergirl's scripts pass through many hands, she too has a say in her character's behavior.

Aspiring to inspire

Supergirl's Melissa Benoist wears a purple top and a sheer white transluscent skirt.

Photography by Christopher Ross

"We all, especially the women on the show, feel really special to be a part of it, and every day we have conversations about what we're saying to young girls, and what we're teaching them." — Melissa Benoist

Supergirl returns Tuesday, March 30 at 9/8c . Stream next day free, only on The CW!

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