Supergirl‘s Melissa Benoist has often said that one of her motivations for taking on the lead role in the CBS live action comic book adaptation is to inspire younger generations of girls and show them that anything is possible. Now, it looks like that’s exactly what she’s doing, even before the series pilot has aired.
Ms. Benoist led a troop of Girl Scouts on a tour of the Supergirl set on Friday and the girls were so excited that they came dressed in their own bright red Superhero capes, according to Entertainment Tonight. Melissa was so impressed by the Girl Scouts and their excitement over the coming Supergirl series that she shared a picture of herself and the Girl Scouts on Instagram.
“The Super Girl Scouts of Oklahoma dropped by National City today… #girlscouts,” was how Ms. Benoist captioned the photograph.
The first picture, showing Melissa posing with all of her super friends, was followed up by a group hug between Benoist and the entire troop of Girl Scouts. The caption, summing up everyone’s feelings about the Supergirl tour, came complete with a smiley emoji.
“… and I’m pretty sure we had a good time,” Ms. Benoist said.
When Supergirl airs this fall, the series will break through a male-dominated superhero franchise, most notably seen in Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham, and Benoist is confident her new superhero will be a success.
“I think everybody is ready for it,” Melissa said of introducing female superheroes to television audiences. “It’s important to have femininity in this genre. It’s her point of view, living through her heroics, and balancing her day-to-day life with it. I think it is relatable.”
Ms. Benoist said her Supergirl character’s experiences will provide an important role model, especially to young girls just beginning to see the world and looking to find their places in the world.
“In a way, Kara is discovering herself right now when we meet her in the pilot,” Melissa said, “and I’m glad that I get to show girls that you can do anything you want to do.”
Melissa also promotes the message that Supergirl will promote strong positive vibes in a world that constantly bombards society with negativity and violence, reported Access Hollywood.
“[Supergirl] speaks for hope and bravery and positivity and kindness, and shows that you can be strong without hurting people and without aggression and force,” Melissa said. “And I just think the message is so clear and pure … It’s time for something like that. Some clarity and some positivity.”
The Supergirl premieres Monday, October 26, on CBS.
[Featured image: Melissa Benoist courtesy of CBS/Supergirl]