Tuesday night was a pretty special episode for Chyler Leigh who portrays Alex on The CW‘s Supergirl. She’s joining other Supergirl veterans such as star Melissa Benoist and David Harewood in stepping up to direct on the show. Chyler Leigh is opening up about what all of that is like and I’ll have some quotes a little lower for you! Join me in congratulating Ms. Leigh, in her directorial debut!
The episode she directed is actually the second half of a two-part episode titled “Flashback”. This episode has Nia Nal A.K.A Dreamer (Nicole Maines) and Brainy (Jesse Rath) go back in time all the way to 2009. The reason for the trip is the pair is looking for a way to save present-day Kara, who is trapped in the Phantom Zone. Comicbook.com got to chat with Leigh, who revealed she’s been wanting to direct for a long time.
“You know, it was actually pretty early on,” Leigh said when asked when she knew she wanted to direct an episode of Supergirl. “To be honest, this was the first time in my career where I really felt like, being part of something from its inception, you know, and really watching and studying very close, I found myself studying from the get-go. It almost seemed like it was just kind of second nature and just being a part of the process and watching the growth and seeing how things were done and kind of making like little suggestions along the way.”
Leigh then went on to say, “I never obviously stepped on anybody’s toes, but if we ever had like new directors that were coming in, they, you know, I was always kind of like… they’d ask me for the lay of the land and I was like ‘Okay, cool. So, let me tell you.’ But I’ve been kind of collaborating the whole time and also watching very closely. And I was just like, I would love to be able to help be a part of storytelling without having to do it on camera and to really encourage everybody else to tell their story. It’s kind of just something that came very naturally. And then I was like, ‘You know what, I really want to take this on. I think I could do this. I think I’ve got a pretty good enough understanding of how to get this done’. And you know just all the technicalities but also the nuances and so that’s kind of been in my brain for a long time.”
She also went on to speak about if Benoist and Harewood offered her any advice for her directorial debut. They didn’t, but instead offered her words of encouragement.
“David’s you know, for him, he was like a lot of it’s about transitions from one thing to another. But Melissa, hers was more like ‘hey, just be confident. You already know what you’re doing. She was like, ‘You’ve already been part of directing the show for so long,” Leigh said, “just be confident in it and just go with your instincts.’ And that was kind of more encouragement than it was any kind of advice because everybody has their own process. Everybody does it differently.”
You can catch Supergirl on Tuesdays on The CW, though it will be going on hiatus soon!