The actresses playing Supergirl’s lesbian couple have opened up about their ground-breaking relationship.
Chyler Leigh and Floriana Lima were speaking as they attended the GLAAD Media Awards, where Supergirl was nominated for best dramatic TV show – thanks largely to their storyline.
Leigh’s character Alex Danvers, Supergirl’s adoptive sister, came out in November, in a twist which has won hearts and critical praise, and helped young LGBT fans.
The relationship between Alex, a secret government agent, and her girlfriend, Lima’s police detective Maggie Sawyer, has since bloomed and strengthened.
Leigh said she had been taken aback by the reaction.
Speaking to People, she said: “There was no way we would have known the impact that this would have had.
“We definitely wanted it to be a strong representation, and that’s why we’ve thought so hard about it and wanted it to be beautifully done, so I’m just really happy with the writers of Supergirl, who have really brought this to life.
“We’re just really humbled by it, very proud of it.”
And Leigh added that one of the best parts of the relationship – which fans have named Sanvers – was that it was breaking new ground.
“People are so used to just the cut-and-dried comic book kind of storyline.
The great thing about Supergirl is that we’re reaching a lot of social issues [and] we’re doing it in a way that is recognised by people who love the comic book lore and that kind of stuff.