There’s a complete lot happening with Lena Luthor on Supergirl proper now.
We simply came upon that her identified supervillain brother Lex, who she’s been serving to, is behind just about the whole lot happening with the entire present for the time being, and her assistant has been working for him the whole time, and her ex-boyfriend simply practically died till she saved him together with her unstable superpower-giving serum, and final we noticed her, she was unconscious at her personal desk after having simply been betrayed by a number of individuals. There’s so much happening, and none of it is rather good for Lena, although it’s some fairly good performing fodder for Katie McGrath.
Within the clip above, unique to E! Information, Alex and the DEO group discover Lena unconscious however alive, and Alex reads a little bit of the letter, which is mainly Lex saying sorry not sorry for the whole lot he did.
“I want I may say it wasn’t private, planting a spy, stealing your analysis, but it surely was. What’d you count on? You betrayed me first,” the letter reads. In the event you pause the clip, you’ll be able to see that it goes on and on about all of the issues Lena did (rejected him, testified in opposition to him, being ashamed of his “sensible legacy,” and so forth and so forth), but additionally provides away Lex’s plans with Eve…which leads proper into Sunday’s episode, “All About Eve.”
“I feel the letter, at first, will pose extra questions than it really solutions,” McGrath advised E! Information over the cellphone. “That is type of why the driving drive of the following episode and the following few episodes is Lena and Alex and Supergirl attempting to determine how you can catch Lex and what he is been as much as, and hopefully in determining what he is been as much as, it may assist them catch Lex.”
For as soon as, Supergirl, Alex, and Lena can have a “frequent enemy and a standard objective,” McGrath says, which permits Lena and Supergirl to “put apart these petty variations which have been form of plaguing their relationship for a season and a half,” as a result of finally, they actually do need the identical factor.
“They each consider within the better good and serving to humanity,” McGrath says. “They simply come at it from two utterly completely different sides, just like the left wing and the suitable wing, however they finally each need the identical factor and the seek for Eve and this must catch Lex form of unites them and also you see all of them working collectively, however on the similar time in doing that, Lena continues to be coping with the key that she helped Lex, and she or he has to hold that by way of as properly.”
Within the clip above, Lena looks like she’s about to confess to Alex what she did, however would not fairly get there.
Lena undoubtedly feels some guilt, however she’s additionally been betrayed, and McGrath says we can’t see her “completely take care of it.”
“I feel she will be able to’t. I feel if she begins to unpick it, she’ll unravel utterly, so what you get as an alternative is it pushing Lena to be extraordinarily centered on catching Lex and catching Eve and a centered Lena Luthor is a really harmful factor. Together with her single-minded pursuit, you need to be very cautious, and I feel that is what they’ve carried out is moderately than her sitting round and unpicking immediately all of the stuff that is occurred, it is simply lit a fireplace below her to go repair it, as a result of she feels so accountable. However not solely does she really feel accountable, however she will be able to’t inform anyone really 100% why she is accountable, as a result of she must admit that she was serving to Lex.”
Lena’s awkward, tousled sibling relationship with Lex is one thing that has been talked about ever since we met Lena, however solely actually explored up to now few episodes, as Jon Cryer made his debut as the long-lasting supervillain. McGrath says she felt numerous duty in really performing it out.
“See that is it, it has been such a driving a part of Lena’s character for so long as I’ve performed her. It has been talked about, it has been the explanation why she’s carried out one thing, it has been the explanation why she’s not carried out one thing. This has been the form of all-prevalent overriding character in her life, after which lastly to have him on the scene and to work with him and work together with him, you kinda simply do not need to f—ok up. It is simply such a duty to this relationship as a result of a lot comes from it for Lena. For me, that if I obtained it fallacious, it was going to do a disservice to the character that the writers, the producers, and I had form of made collectively. It was so much. You need to get it proper.”
Jon Cryer appeared like an surprising selection for the character at first, since most individuals know him from his comedic roles, however McGrath was simply as shocked and impressed as the remainder of the world when she noticed Cryer’s efficiency.
“You might have this concept of Jon Cryer as an exquisite comedic actor, and there’s at all times this enormous comedic factor to supervillains. They are often performed very broadly, they are often performed for laughs, and in my head, I feel I simply type of thought that was the best way that they have been going with the casting, and he got here in and performed it so utterly the opposite method. He performed this very nuanced, very calm, very mild character, after which when he has his moments of supervillain and malevolence and evil, it is so surprising, and also you’re utterly shocked.”
That shock factor to the Supergirl model of Lex makes for what McGrath thinks is the perfect model of Lex we have ever seen. (And Michael Rosenbaum, who performed the character on Smallville for 10 years, additionally permitted of the efficiency.)
Having an precise Lex, moderately than simply an imagined man in jail, did change the best way McGrath seems at her character, as a result of now that vastly vital relationship is much more actual.
“You might have a face to it, after which you do not have an imaginary relationship in your thoughts. Now you’ll be able to see it, and now anytime I consider it, as a result of clearly Lena references her brother on a regular basis, I’ll be referencing, in my head, that relationship we have created. It makes it simpler, as a result of it is an actual, tangible factor, however now additionally the burden of that relationship may be very actual for her, moderately than being one thing form of bizarrely imaginary.”
With Lex changing into very actual, Lena’s concentrate on catching and defeating him turns into extra actual, and as McGrath mentioned, centered Lena is a harmful Lena. She will be able to’t, nonetheless, say if that harmful Lena is on a path just like her brother’s.
“It is humorous. Everyone expects her to be a sure factor as a result of she’s a Luthor, however this present by no means provides you what you count on. It turns the whole lot on its head. It provides you one thing completely different. Tessmacher is such an incredible instance of that. The Tessmacher within the comics may be very carefully allied with Lex, however we spent two years considering oh no, they have not given us that, after which when it lastly does occur, you are so utterly shocked, and it is surprising.”
Over the following few episodes, McGrath says, we’ll come to know Eve’s full involvement in Lex’s plans and betrayal of Lena, however “like something, it is not going to be what you count on.”
“So I’ll say that the Lena you get within the present just isn’t going to be what you have anticipated, and a centered Lena is a really harmful factor, however that does not essentially imply what you suppose it’d imply. Or it may!”
The identical surprising nature goes for Lena’s relationship with Supergirl, and clearly additionally Kara. Whereas there are definitely parallels between the Supergirl/Lena relationship and the Superman/Lex relationship, Lena says it has been developed into “one thing that you have not seen earlier than.”
“I feel that is why individuals have taken it to coronary heart, as a result of in us making it our personal, I feel individuals have been taking it for themselves. Sure, it is just like what you have seen earlier than, however solely in its infancy. I feel the place it’s now, it is change into one thing particular person and it is change into one thing that’s simply theirs, and it is simply the present’s, and it is simply the followers’, which I feel is what makes it compelling and what’s made it so in style as a relationship, that it simply exists now as its personal factor.”
That relationship nonetheless has a serious hurdle (or a number of main hurdles) to recover from as Lena nonetheless has no concept that Kara and Supergirl are the identical particular person. For a very long time, Lena was the one most important character who did not know, however now McGrath is feeling rather less of that strain.
“I really feel fairly good this yr as a result of Lena might not know, however alex has misplaced her reminiscence and if Alex would not know that Supergirl is her sister, then I feel it is OK that Lena would not know,” she says. “When that occurred, I used to be like, that is wonderful, it is not all on my shoulders. Her personal sister nonetheless cannot inform, so I am effective now. I am like strolling in and feeling nice now, now that I am not the one one who would not know.”
That mentioned, the truth that Kara has been Supergirl all alongside is one thing that might emotionally destroy Lena, and now there’s one inconvenient one that is aware of the reality.
“See, that is the factor. You do not have only one particular person with a loaded gun behind Lena’s head. The bullet is the data that Kara is Supergirl, and earlier than, it was Lillian who had that, however now you could have Lex, who’s much more of an unknown amount, and he is holding that info, and it is virtually the knowledge that may utterly destroy Lena. He may pull the set off anytime, and that is an incredible dramatic level to have in a present of at any time, if that set off’s pulled, what that will imply not just for Lena, however what that will imply for Kara and Supergirl. So it is this form of further added change to a bomb that might go off at any time.”
The frequent objective of discovering and catching Lex helps bridge Lena’s relationship with Kara and her relationship with Supergirl, McGrath says.
“That type of unifies them…so that you get a extra pleasant relationship with Lena and Supergirl then you definitely had for a season and a half, after which on the similar time, the betrayal of Eve has had the end result that I feel Lena turns into a complete lot nearer to the those that she does belief, and the primary particular person she trusts is Kara, so sarcastically what that has carried out is it has introduced her nearer and extra trusting to Kara, which from a viewer’s standpoint, as a result of you recognize that Kara has been holding a secret from her, is so bittersweet to observe since you see Lena begin to depend on her much more, however on the similar time you are going, oh god, however provided that you knew. So it is simply an incredible, dramatic high quality and this further form of scrumptious ingredient to this complete storyline.”
Lena’s different closest cohort has been James, although she broke up with him whereas serving to Lex. Then, James was dying, and she or he was compelled to make use of her serum to avoid wasting his life, a choice she made out of desperation and that he had no say in.
“Although she could not be with him, she undoubtedly loves him, however in making that call, she had no thought what the longterm results of that call can be. And the arduous half is she would not actually need to take care of them. James does,” McGrath says, explaining that there is undoubtedly some guilt there. “So she’s made this selection for him after which she has to observe him take care of the outcomes of that selection, and I feel that was very arduous for her, as a result of she is answerable for it, and she will be able to’t do something. All she will be able to do is watch any person that she loves undergo…some fairly wacky unwanted side effects.”
So like we mentioned, Lena Luthor’s obtained so much on her plate proper now, together with the eventual return of Lillian Luthor (Brenda Sturdy). She could not say whether or not or not there might be scenes that includes all three Luthors collectively, but when there are, McGrath is slightly fearful.
“I do not know if I may like, maintain my very own in a scene with Jon Cryer and Brenda robust. I feel I’d similar to, soften right into a puddle of Katie on the ground and simply be like, I do not know what I am doing, you guys simply speak and I am going to watch over within the nook.”
One thing tells us that is not precisely how it will go, however we would watch it both method.
Supergirl airs Sundays at eight p.m. on The CW.