Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY
Published 2:57 p.m. ET June 9, 2020
Melissa Benoist and Mehcad Brooks, stars of ‘Supergirl,’ talk with USA TODAY’s Bill Keveney about action scenes in the new CBS series (Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET/PT).
Leigh, who plays Supergirl’s adopted sister Alex Danvers in the hit TV series “Supergirl,” wrote an essay, obtained by Yahoo and Entertainment Weekly, reflecting on how her character coming out as a lesbian in Season 2 of the CW superhero show inspired her own self-acceptance.
“When I was told that my character was to come out in season 2, a flurry of thoughts and emotions flew through and around me because of the responsibility I personally felt to authentically represent Alex’s journey,” she wrote on the website for Create Change, an organization she co-founded in order to “help you become the change you want to see.”
“What I didn’t realize was how the scene where she finally confessed her truth would leap off the pages of the script and genuinely become a variation of my own,” Leigh wrote, according to Yahoo and Entertainment Weekly.
USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Leigh.
While the actress provide more details on her own sexuality, she continued to discuss the negative responses from others regarding her character’s coming out experience.
“I was told from dear friends (and even avid watchers of Supergirl) that they would no longer watch the show because of the fact that Alex’s journey took a turn from their less than acceptable beliefs,” Leigh said. “Soon after, they began to distance themselves and eventually my family and I were outcast, marking the loss of many folks we loved.”
Despite the criticism, Leigh admitted she does not hold a grudge towards these reactions because “we all have had a hard time in one way or another with acceptance.”
Leigh concluded the post by revealing the pride she and her husband, “7th Heaven” actor Nathan West, have felt during this journey.
“He and I are still discovering the depths of ourselves and each other, but throughout our journey we’ve learned to be proud of who we are, no matter the cost.”
Shortly after posting the blog, Leigh took to Instagram to thank her fans for the love and support she received.
“I’m grateful to see more clearly, breathe a little easier, and I’m proud to contribute to all that I believe in with an honest, open heart,” she wrote in the caption. “Sending love to you all.”
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