SDCC 2019: 'Supergirl' season 5 will see Alex and Kelly figure out their relationship amid dealing with chaotic situations [Exclusive]
Chyler Leigh and Azie Tesfai, who play Alex Danvers and Kelly Olsen respectively on ‘Supergirl’, were in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and the actors have revealed some details about how Alex and Kelly’s relationship will be explored moving into Season 5.
For a superhero show, CW’s ‘Supergirl’ has a lot of great romantic subplots and the relationship between Alex and Kelly is one of the more popular ones. The couple shared a kiss in Season 4 after initially starting as just friends. It was an important step in Alex’s character development, especially after her engagement with Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) fell apart.
MEA World Wide (MEAWW) caught up with Leigh and Tesfai at SDCC 2019 for an exclusive interview where the actors revealed that the characters will be taking their relationship “one step at a time.”
“This is all about taking things one step at a time,” Leigh explained. “And not trying to just dive face-first into something that’s crisis/emotionally driven because last season, towards the end, there was so much going on and Kelly got thrown into the mix really fast and really heavy that I think it almost could have, if it wasn’t handled as well as it was, could have just become something that seemed very forced but instead, we really wanted to find the dynamic and the baseline of a great friendship."
"So once that kiss happened it was Alex making that move because she’s looking forward to moving forward and wanting to do it in a way that (since this is only her second time having a relationship really) she’s not walking in wearing her heart on her sleeve just to be torn apart," she added. "Thankfully, she found somebody that is so grounded and so thoughtful and kind and caring that it really was something that was based on support. So this season is kind of like between the two of them really figuring out how to make the dynamic work amidst very chaotic situations. It’s never safe, it’s never just dull.”
“Just when you think it is cozy and nice something happens,” Tesfai chipped in. “Always.”
“So it’s never going to be easy,” Leigh continued. “It’s just finding the balance of how to stay connected, stay real and stay honest which is very difficult to do in any relationship so that you can kind of handle when a crisis hits.”
“And being vulnerable,” Tesfai added. “Which in this world, it’s really hard to.”
The cast of ‘Supergirl’ includes Melissa Benoist as the titular hero Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Leigh as her sister Alex, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen/Guardian, Tesfai as James’s sister Kelly, David Harewood as J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, and April Parker-Jones as Colonel Haley.
'Supergirl' Season 5 will premiere on October 6 at 9 pm on CW.