Laura Vandervoort Talks About Playing a Supergirl Villain


Laura Vandervoort, who played Kara Zor-El/Supergirl on Smallville spoke with Collider about her final season of Bitten, which conveniently allowed her to take on the recurring role of Indigo on the new interpretation of Supergirl starring Melissa Benoist.

In the interview she discusses how she came to be cast and what it’s like to be on the set with another Supergirl.

People are very excited about your upcoming recurring role on Supergirl, which starts with Episode 15 (airing February 29th). How did that come about? Had you been talking to them about doing something on the show?


VANDERVOORT: When the show was airing, I tweeted that I thought it was fantastic and that they were doing a great job. And then, a couple weeks later, I was at an awards show and met one of the executive producers, Andrew [Kreisberg]. He came up to me and said, “I’m one of the executive producers on the show, and we would love to have you, one day, if your schedule permits.” I said, “Just sign me up now and tell me when and where.” So, once Bitten had wrapped and schedules were a little easier to work around, Indigo popped up and they came to us with her. It was intriguing to me, and it’s been a lot of fun to play her.

How much fun is it to play the baddie? Do you just get to have an absolute blast with that?
VANDERVOORT: Yeah! She’s been particularly fun to play because we didn’t really have much time to discuss how they wanted Indigo to come across, so by the time I was on set in my wardrobe, I was just feeling her out in her skin, so to speak. I just started playing and having fun with it and trying strange things that I don’t normally get to try. You can get away with more when you’re a villain because you’re a little mentally unstable. It’s been a true joy, so far. I’ve got a few more to do.

Is it surreal to have played Supergirl yourself, and to now be on the set of a new Supergirl series as the villain to a different Supergirl?
VANDERVOORT: Of course, it’s a little strange, but at the same time, it’s a new show and it’s a different character. It’s not the same Supergirl. She just has the same name and history, but they’re portraying her differently than we did on Smallville. I think it’s great. I think it’s nice to change things up. It is a lot of fun. It’s a wink at the audience when I’m with Melissa [Benoist] in a scene, with everyone knowing that history. It’s great.

Read the full interview on Collider.

Eric Curto
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