Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh Talk About “Crisis on Earth-X”

In a recent set visit Melissa Benoist (Supergirl/Kara) and Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers) told reporters what it was like working on the upcoming 4-way, 2-night “Crisis on Earth-X” crossover event.

“You have all these minds in one place, and all these superpowers in one place,” Leigh said. “I was like, ‘I’m really glad that I have a DEO outfit. Like I’m super stoked about this.’…With Alex and Kara, it is very much a duke-it-out, like, “We’re here together. We’re in this.” At certain moments, we’re fighting for each other, fighting to get to each other, and fighting together. You really get to see a lot of sides of everybody, and sides that you wouldn’t expect. It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of work and exhausting, but it was a lot of fun.”

The workload was even heavier on Benoist, who had to play two characters in this story… Supergirl and her evil Earth-X counterpart…

“I did play two characters. I did wear a very different outfit. There’s still a cape and my face is covered and she’s not so nice. It was pretty challenging. I’ve done here and there, I’ve had moments like that on this show with Bizarro and when Martian Manhunter takes over Kara’s body, but this was entirely different. This was not even Red Kryptonite-isque. This was way worse.”

Chyler Leigh wasn’t involved in any of the previous crossover episodes, and talks about what it was like meeting and working with the other actors for the first time…

“This is my first crossover, so I didn’t know anybody. But at the same time, you start to see people working up in Vancouver that I worked with 10 years ago. Crew members just kind of going high-fives, walking around, saying, ‘Hey, how’s it going? This is great!’ All around, it was a great experience. We all knew that we were in the thick of it together. Everybody kept as highest spirits as you can when you’re tired. But we all just had fun and laughed as much as we could and just enjoyed the experience ’cause how could you not?”

Melissa adds, “I always wished that she had been by my side for every crossover that I’ve done, because they are always so massive and such undertakings workload-wise.”

Titled “Crisis on Earth-X”, this new crossover between “Supergirl”, “Arrow”, “The Flash”, and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” will begin on Monday, November 27 with “Supergirl” and “Arrow”, and continue on Tuesday, November 28 with “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”.