Sasha Calle Talks ‘The Flash,’ ‘Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow’ & More – Interview
The Flash is now playing in theatres, and one of the film’s brightest spots shines in the form of Sasha Calle’s Kara Zor-El, a.k.a. Supergirl.
Prior to being cast in The Flash, Calle played a main role in the popular soap opera The Young and the Restless as Lola Rosales from 2018 to 2021. But then it was time to dawn the red cape, and during her screen time in the film, she made a huge impact–even if we all would have benefitted from seeing more of her.
I had the amazing opportunity to speak with Calle about joining the world of DC-based films, putting on the Kryptonian suit for the first time, what interactions with other DC characters would she hope Kara would have, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow and the importance of the character to her.
Check out the full interview with Sasha Calle below:
When I asked Calle about how it felt to put on the suit for the first time, the actress expressed her gratitude and thanks for being able to play the role. She said, “I mean, the suit, in general, there’s just so much pride and joy and honour. I love Supergirl deeply, and it’s a constant pinch-me moment. Even being here with you today and talking to you. It’s like, ‘Okay, I’m here.’ But it’s a lot of love, you know?”
With many superhero films out in the world today, it’s very common to see the actors picking up comic books related to their characters and doing research for their roles. However, Calle revealed to me that when she first got the part, director Andy Muschietti told her that she shouldn’t research–at least, not yet. Calle shared, “So the first thing Andy told me was to not research anything. Which to an actor, that is a wild thing because we constantly want to research. But he was like, ‘Stay put; no research.’ But I was like, he, he he! I’ve already seen the Supergirl TV show, you know? I’ve seen the Flash TV show. There was a lot of what that TV show does, which I think is really cool, is that it really tells us a lot about the world; it really informs us. And so I knew a whole bunch already.
“But then when I got to London, and we started getting immersed, and my hair was cut, and the suit was being built, I was allowed to start researching little by little. And I started reading comics. Until this day, I walk into a comic book store, and I ask for a Supergirl comic; where the section is, and I walk in, and I read it. I’m constantly learning about her. You know, the cool part about comics is that, you know, we have a multiverse, and then we get to experience multiple versions of this character. And it’s a constant discovery. It’s so much fun.”
As Calle brought up the multiverse, I had to know what interactions she would like her version of Kara to have. Calle was candid in saying she would love for her Kara to interact with Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, sharing that seeing the Wonder Woman film back in 2017 was something that inspired her to know she could take on a role like Kara herself. Calle said, “So I saw her, and this is why I say representation matters because I saw a woman, a very powerful woman, on the big screen. And when I saw her, I was like, ‘So I also can do that. And that’s what I want.’ And I cut a little photo of her on a green screen with the suit, and I put it on my vision board.”
During our conversation, Calle spoke about Tom King’s Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow comic book and how it was one she picked up and loved immediately. Speaking of the story, Calle said, “She’s not like your typical hero. She’s really just, like, trying to process like you and me on a day to day. Like, gosh, she should probably get therapy as well, you know? She’s just trying to figure things out, which is incredible. But I just, I hope–I want people to see all of her, right? I want her to excel. I want people to experience all of that. And I think that comic book is really, really cool because you do experience her grief and kind of like her motherly instinct in a sense, and her protectiveness, and her care. And I have a Great Dane. I love my Great Dane deeply. And her relationship with her dog is really beautiful. So yes, I don’t know if that was a good answer, but…”
I, personally, thought it was a great answer, one that shows Sasha Calle’s love and dedication to the character. Here’s hoping we will be able to see her step back into the role in the DCU.