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Supergirl's Melissa Benoist Discusses White Privilege & Says This 'Isn't the World I Want' for Her Child

Supergirl's Melissa Benoist Discusses White Privilege & Says This 'Isn't the World I Want' for Her Child

Melissa Benoist is getting candid about the Black Lives Matter protests, as well as her white privilege.

The 31-year-old Supergirl star, who is pregnant with her first child with Chris Wood, spoke out on her Instagram on Saturday (May 30).

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“I have struggled with the words to use, I thought words didn’t belong in this fight, that I didn’t have the right to talk about the issue of privilege of being white, because I didn’t have lived experience of being a person of color in the United States. I’ve felt helpless in not knowing how to take action. I was afraid of messing up, of saying the wrong thing. No more. I made a promise to a friend of mine this week that I would not be silent anymore, that I would stand in solidarity with my voice and my actions, not just my heart. That’s not just a promise to him. This burden is too much for black people to bear alone anymore. I am beyond ashamed that they have had to for so long,” she wrote.

“I’m about to bring a child into this world, and this isn’t the world I want him to know. I want to be a part of a generation that actually ensures change, so that my son’s generation does not have to endure this kind of heartbreak, so that his generation will know the truths of white privilege and how to combat it. His parents will educate him as best we can while we simultaneously educate ourselves.”

Last year, Melissa bravely opened up about this experience.

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Melissa Benoist Opens Up About Her First Time Directing

Melissa Benoist Opens Up About Her First Time Directing

Melissa Benoist is dishing on what it was like stepping into the director role for the first time!

The Supergirl star directed the most recent episode of her show, which aired last night (May 3).

“Considering it was the first time in the director’s chair for me, I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t say how terrified I was,” Melissa told EW. “That just went without saying, that I was scared, but reading it also had this thrilling aspect to it because I was going to get to be the one to visualize it and make sure the tone was coming across.”

“I guess only since season 4, we’ve had these episodes that were a departure from the story and took a step back and gave us Lex Luthor’s point of view, and this is one of those episodes. So, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was that I got to be the teller of that particular story for our season, where we recap the entire season from Lex Luthor, Jon Cryer‘s eyes,” she added. “And I was very excited to get to work with him closely in an actor-director relationship. Aside from the initial terror, and wondering whether or not I was capable of doing it, I was so excited and immediately just imagining what I wanted to do and thinking of shots.”

Melissa added how being an actor influenced her approach in directing.

“Well, I think, just innately, we approach the script a certain way just without even thinking about it. Thinking about tonally what emotions are there or what is driving a character, our objectives and our goals. But more than that, just for this show specifically, I feel like it’s become a second skin and I’ve spent so much time with the characters, not just the ones I play,” Melissa said. “So it’s almost a little unfair because since day one, I’ve just seen how each character’s arc has progressed and changed, and grown. So that really informed my approach to it all. And really we all just want to tell good stories, and that was my main focus the whole time.

Melissa Benoist & Husband Chris Wood Are Having a Baby!

Melissa Benoist & Husband Chris Wood Are Having a Baby!

Huge congrats are in order for Chris Wood and Melissa Benoist! They are expecting their first child together!

“A non-canine child is coming to our family very soon!!! 😱😆😭 @christophrwood has always been an old dad by nature but now he’s going to be a real one,” Melissa captioned her photo on Instagram. The pic features her pups, plus her and Chris holding baby photos!

Check out the last photos we have of Melissa from the Supergirl set back in December.

Chris and Melissa got married just a few months ago in September of 2019. Congrats to the happy couple on the wonderful news!

Melissa Benoist & 'Supergirl' Cast Hit 100 Episode Milestone!

Melissa Benoist & 'Supergirl' Cast Hit 100 Episode Milestone!

Melissa Benoist takes the center spot in this group photo of the cast and crew of Supergirl at their 100th episode celebration held at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on Saturday night (December 14) in Vancouver, Canada.

The 31-year-old actress was joined at the event by current and past co-stars including Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Katie McGrath, Andrea Brooks, and Elizabeth Tulloch.

Also in attendance were Melissa‘s husband and former cast mate Chris Wood, cast members Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, Julie Gonzalo, Staz Nair, and Azie Tesfai, as well as Executive Producer Greg Berlanti, President of Warner Bros Television Peter Roth, and CW Network President Mark Pedowitz.

Supergirl‘s 100th episode will be season five’s upcoming 13th episode, which is set to air in February 2020.

In case you missed it, check out what happened in part three of the Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover!

35+ photos inside of the cast of Supergirl celebrating… More Here! »

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Melissa Benoist Makes Startling Announcement as Kara Danvers on 'Supergirl' Set

Melissa Benoist Makes Startling Announcement as Kara Danvers on 'Supergirl' Set

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

Kara Danvers is tired of hiding!

It looks like she’s revealing exactly who she is in these set pics from the Supergirl set.

Melissa Benoist was seen showing off her super suit underneath her clothes to a crowd of reporters while filming for the series in Vancouver, Canada on Monday (December 2).

It looks like there are some huge changes coming to the series with the reveal and we can’t see what is going to happen!

Don’t forget, the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event between Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and Batwoman, will kick off THIS Sunday, December 8th.

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Chris Wood Shows His Support For Wife Melissa Benoist Following Her Domestic Violence Reveal

Chris Wood Shows His Support For Wife Melissa Benoist Following Her Domestic Violence Reveal

Chris Wood is opening up and sharing all his support for wife Melissa Benoist, following her eye-opening video describing the domestic violence she went through in a previous relationship.

The 31-year-old actor, who once starred with Melissa on Supergirl, shared a message on social media for Thanksgiving (November 28).

“Happy Thanksgiving! I’m going to kiss my wife and hold her tenderly. All day. And every day. How do YOU show love? #IStandWithMelissa,” he posted on his Twitter account, using the hashtag many fans and stars trended to voice their support.

If you didn’t know, Melissa revealed in an emotional video on Wednesday (November 27) that she is a survivor of domestic violence, and detailed the abuse she experienced in a past relationship.

You can also see more messages of support that Melissa has received from other celebrities.

Celebs Send Support for Melissa Benoist After She Reveals She's a Domestic Violence Survivor

Celebs Send Support for Melissa Benoist After She Reveals She's a Domestic Violence Survivor

Celebs are speaking out with support for Melissa Benoist after she bravely came forward as a survivor of domestic violence.

The 31-year-old Supergirl actress has Hollywood rallying around her right now and the amount of love she’s receiving from around the world is so inspiring to see.

Melissa‘s Supergirl co-stars Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, and Jeremy Jordan are just some of the many celebs who have spoken out with messages of support. Famous friends of hers have already shared messages as well.

Other stars like Dove Cameron, The Good Place‘s Jameela Jamil, and more have also written tweets in support of Melissa and her bravery.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline can help victims and survivors of domestic violence. If you or someone you needs help, please call 1-800-799-7233.

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