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Melissa Benoist Will Direct an Episode of Supergirl in Season 5

Add directing to the list of Supergirl's powers

Amanda Bell

Add directing to the growing list of Supergirl's accomplishments.

Supergirlfans will be in for an extra special treat when the series returns for Season 5, as lead actress Melissa Benoist will step behind the camera for the first time, making her directorial debut with Episode 17.

Benoist told Entertainment Weekly that she had been hoping to direct for a while now but scheduling conflicts got in the way until now.

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"I've been wanting to direct since Season 3, but couldn't last year because of scheduling conflicts, so David Harewood did it first," the actress told EW. "I just felt really drawn to it for a couple of seasons now, just because you know the show so well, and you get to know the character, and the world, and the tone of the show so well that you can't help but envision certain scenes in a certain way. I want to play with that."

Benoist has already been prepping for her new role on the show by shadowing some of the veteran directors on the series, like Jesse Warn and Tawnia McKiernan.

"These shows are so massive that it's not like directing any other show on TV, I would imagine, and everyone has said as much to me. I'm literally trying to be a sponge, and I will learn something new every single day I'm shadowing," she said.

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The episode helmed by Benoist will air in the spring of 2020.

Supergirl Season 5 will premiere on Sunday, Oct. 6 on The CW after the series premiere of Batwoman.

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​Melissa Benoist, Supergirl

Melissa Benoist, Supergirl

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