We recently learned that Smallville actress Laura Vandervoort would be heading to CBS’ Supergirl. The actress formerly played Supergirl on the hit CW series about Superman, and while she obviously won’t be reprising the same role on the freshman CBS drama, the upcoming gig will playfully wink at her own role in the Supergirl universe. Recently, Laura Vandervoort explained how she feels about about being back in the Supergirl universe. Here’s what she had to say in a recent interview:
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.
Laura Vandervoort recently spoke with Collider about her upcoming guest stint, but what I enjoy most about her attitude is her willingness to go with the flow and use the popularity that came with her CW gig as leverage to stay relevant in the TV world. After all, the timing worked out great. Her series Bitten was cancelled in December. Season 3 has already been filmed and is airing, so Vandervoort had some free time on her hands. The actress says when she met executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, she expressed interest in the new series, and the gig just landed in her lap.
On Supergirl, Laura Vandervoort is set to play Indigo, a brand new character in the Supergirl universe. We don’t know a ton about who she will be playing, but we do have a few details, including knowing that Indigo will actually be a living computer, who is described as “strong-willed” and is thought to be a bit more of a baddie than a good guy. Since Laura Vandervoort often plays the heroine on TV, this should be an interesting gig for the well-liked actress.
Laura Vandervoort obviously isn’t the only actress who once played Supergirl to pop up in CBS’ own Supergirl. In fact, Helen Slater, who portrayed the character in the fondly remembered 1984 movie Supergirl, has also popped up in a couple of episodes of Supergirl, playing Kara’s adoptive mother Eliza Danvers. (She also appeared in a couple of episodes of Smallville.) So, clearly the writers and creators enjoy nodding at the characters history on the screen.
Vandervoort’s gig on Supergirl will be recurring, and she’s set to first pop up on the series in Episode 15, which will air on February 29. You can catch new episodes of Supergirl on Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET, only on CBS. In addition, you can check out what else the networks have coming up with our midseason TV premiere schedule.