Benoist & Leigh Reflect on Supergirl's Return to Midvale, Eliza's Role

In the wake of Alex's breakup with Maggie, the Danvers sisters will return home to Midvale to visit their mother Eliza. "Midvale," the next episode of Supergirl, will find Kara and Alex reflecting back on their childhood and what brought them together. During a set visit, Supergirl herself Melissa Benoist and Alex actor Chyler Leigh discussed this new look into their characters' histories, the role Eliza will play in mending Alex's broken heart and more.

"I know when I've gone through hard breaks and need support, my mother is the first person I want to see," Benoist shared. "I loved the idea when the writers said, 'Oh, we're gonna do this episode in Midvale.' I thought it was brilliant and I think it's really touching story of sisterhood. You get to see a lot of history between Alex and Kara that we've only ever alluded to. We had a flashback in Season 1, but this one goes further and is really touching and intimate and sentimental for these two women. And, just to show how close they really are and how unbreakable their bond is, which I love."

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"The cool thing about the episode is Melissa [Benoist] and I were really bookends," Leigh explained. "So, you see us come together and you see Kara really trying to be just there for Alex because Alex is just not having it and going back home begrudgingly. Knowing that she is going to walk in the door and mom’s going to be standing there."

"And that’s just a whole other level. She’s never dealt with this kind of stuff. And it’s like, you have those moments and you see your mom and it’s just like either really great because you know you can release or really awful because you know you’re gonna release," she continued. "And so they get there and then you really kind of dive into the story, the flashback stuff, and then, towards the end, you see for the last few episodes and, again it’s not like this everything’s gonna be great and chipper, but, still, all mom has to do is just put hands like that and say, ‘You’re gonna be alright and it’s going to be OK.’"

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"But it’s not trying to send you out with a bouquet of flowers and birds around your shoulders. It’s just that sense that she brings," she added. "I think Eliza, when you take the Thanksgiving scenes that they always have and how awfully awry they can go, there’s such an endearing quality to their relationship that it’s that bond that she always helps put things into perspective, but also kind of let her be and be present for her and that was really Eliza’s role in that."

Airing Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as the Girl of Steel, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers and Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott, with appearances by Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant and Tyler Hoechlin as Superman.

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