Melissa Benoist to Make Her Directorial Debut in 'Supergirl' Season 5!

Melissa Benoist to Make Her Directorial Debut in 'Supergirl' Season 5!

Melissa Benoist is moving to the other side of the camera!

The 30-year-old actress will make her directorial debut with the 17th episode of Supergirl Season 5, EW reports.

“I’ve been wanting to direct since Season 3, but couldn’t last year because of scheduling conflicts, so [star] David Harewood did it first,” Melissa said. “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.”

Melissa says that making her directorial debut on a huge superhero show like Supergirl is daunting, but she’s been learning from the best.

“These shows are so massive that it’s not like directing any other show on TV, I would imagine, and everyone has said as much to me. I’m literally trying to be a sponge, and I will learn something new every single day I’m shadowing,” she explained. “It’s just a matter of talking to actors, making sure everyone feels creative and collaborative even though we have these massive constraints with budget and special effects. It’s like a chess game, I’ve realized. You move your pawn one way, and then someone knocks your rook down because you can’t do a certain stunt you wanted to do. It’s all about compromising and trying to be as creative as you can within those boundaries, which is a cool challenge.”

Find out exactly how Melissa Benoist nabbed the lead role in Supergirl here!

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