Chyler Talks Alex's Coming Out

Supergirl is an incredible show for many reasons. Some watch because they've been fans of the character for their whole life. Some watch because its a superhero show and they just can't get enough. Whatever the reason, Supergirl has something for everyone; romances, action, mentoring, aliens, family values, other heroes, inspiration and much more. One new avenue that has appeared this season is Alex Danvers' journey into self discovery and realizing she is a lesbian. The story has been heralded as one of the most authentic and emotional depictions of the coming out process ever shown on television. It has resonated with an incredible amount of fans that can relate in their own way. This has obviously touched actor Chyler Leigh. She spoke about how the role and storyline has affected her and what it means to play Alex in an interview with

How has the response been to Alex’s coming out?
It has been such a wild ride and there has been an overwhelming amount of positive responses. I mean, I'll get little negative comments here and there, but I think that is more from the people who maybe don't have that acceptance of what our world is today. But I’ve gotten thousands of messages and pictures from people telling me their stories. If this isn’t an amazing opportunity to speak to the heart of humanity as a whole and also touch people individually, I don’t know what is.

What’s it been like working with Floriana?
I was insistent on being part of the casting process. I had to know we got the right one. Floriana was the second girl to come in, and as soon as she walked in, I knew it was her. I could see her heart and there was something special about our connection. I am just so invested in telling this story the right way.

I found out about this storyline the night before the Orlando nightclub shooting. I woke up to that news and just started sobbing. I thought, My God, we have to do justice to a story that, in real life, affects so many people.

What have you learned most from this storyline?
What I appreciate so much is what this has done for me as a human. As a woman. It's helped me see my own insecurities that I have been able to let go of or understand better...because I'm human. We're all in this together. And I am just so honored and humbled by what this story is doing. It's so powerful.

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+1 #9 Chyler is so good.kenkraly2004 2017-01-30 22:47
Chyler is super amazing!!!
#8 RE: Chyler Talks Alex's Coming Outniceguy34 2017-01-30 16:02
this the quote I'm talking about

Pali Conan 500-520 B.C.

For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time. Hatred cease's by love.
That's the external Law"
+2 #7 RE: Chyler Talks Alex's Coming OutEire El 2017-01-30 16:01
Being a straight male I have to admit a never got involved in the LGBT scene, protests etc, only respecting their rights the way I should respect any human being (or Kryptonian). I voted "YES" in the Irish referendum on gay marriage because I strongly believe I do not have the right to stop others from being happy.

I have to commend Chyler for what she achieving and hope to see further Sanvers Character development. What I'd really like to see is how their relationship effects their jobs, working together as a detective team beyond just finishing each others sentences.
+1 #6 RE: Chyler Talks Alex's Coming Outniceguy34 2017-01-30 15:55
I think that storie's like these that show gay men and woman as regular people like rest of us are more never importment with having a new vice president that believe's gay men and women shouldn't be see as equally's or have equally right's.

I tip my hat off to her and that great work she is doing with role and with such grace and class she does it with.

I say to all those people who still believe in this completely non sense to limit gay people and their right's in this country. How can you look in to your children eye's tell them it's all right to discriminate against people just because they are different?

I think this quote get's right to point for show's like Super Girl that take's on bigtroy, hate, and intolerance that they face.
+1 #5 RE: Chyler Talks Alex's Coming OutAshGirl19 2017-01-30 15:13
Chyler is amazing. It's been such a blessing to have her as Alex. Her support of and protectiveness over this story has been above and beyond anything I could have ever expected. She's got a heart of gold. Alex and Maggie are saving lives and proving that it's okay to be true to yourself no matter what the odds against you are. You are real, and you're not alone.
+1 #4 RE: Chyler Talks Alex's Coming Outralphsilver 2017-01-30 14:52
I have been an avid fan of Supergirl and Superman my whole life, from when I discovered comic books in my early youth.

And as an adult, I have been a staunch supporter of gay marriage and LGBT rights for many years.

I love this wonderful show. I am so proud of this show, of the beautiful and natural way that the Danvers/Sawyer relationship is depicted. Hats off to Chyler Leigh, Floriana Lima, Melissa Benoist, and the entire cast; and Creators Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg.

I am so proud of this show; and especially proud of the fanbase, which has been so supportive.
#3 RE: Chyler Talks Alex's Coming OutBrierrose 2017-01-30 14:35
Nice interview! Couple of things of note. If Cryler knew the night before the Pulse Nightclub shooting 6/12/2016 then she knew at SDCC which was at the end of July, she just wasn't allowed to tell. Very happy she was part of the casting of Maggie, it shows how much the producers respect the actors.
+2 #2 RE: Chyler Talks Alex's Coming OutRomulus 2017-01-30 13:36
My hat goes off to her for taking on an added responsibility that resonates with a lot of people. It takes a great deal of courage and compassion to face insecurities and to address them in a respectful, understanding way. It may not be a perfect representation, but it is an honest and genuine attempt.

I am heartened to know that she is willing to take chances and face a possible social / media / political backlash. She and her cast-mates should be commended for going into various areas that mainstream TV either glosses over, omits or misrepresents. Although it's a superhero TV show, it isn't mindless cotton candy fare. This is always a good thing.

So, although I might not necessarily agree with certain angles or directions the show or storylines go in, I continue to feel that it is well worth investing my viewing time in and will continue to reserve my Monday evenings for.
+2 #1 RE: Chyler Talks Alex's Coming OutFedguy 2017-01-30 13:04
Glad to hear it. She has done well.

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