“Supergirl” executive producer Ali Adler revealed that Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) relationship with new character Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) is slightly inspired by Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton’s real-life friendship.
In an interview with Den of Geek, Adler explained that Kara and Lena’s dynamic in Season 2 of the CW series is “a little bit” modeled after a relationship between two friends who have “clashing” democrat and republican values.
“We see that with Ivanka and Chelsea,” Adler said. “They are two people that respect each other’s values but wouldn’t naturally be friends initially.”
With the arrival of Lena in National City, Adler added that Kara “finally gets a friend that isn’t a sister and that isn’t an adversary. … she gets a peer [who she can] discuss her personal and professional goals with.”
As previously reported, Lena will first appear in the show’s Season 2 premiere, titled “The Adventures of Supergirl.” Based on the promotional photos for the episode, Kara and Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) will be visiting Lena’s office at Luthor Corp. While the purpose of the pair’s visit is still unclear at this point, it may have something to do with the recent incarceration of Lena’s brother, Lex Luthor, and her appointment as the new CEO of their family’s billion-dollar tech company.
When TVLine broke the news of McGrath’s casting last month, the news outlet reported that the character arrives in National City hoping for a fresh start following her brother’s imprisonment. As the new CEO of Luthor Corp, her mission is to re-brand the firm as a force of good after its reputation was tarnished by Lex. Lena — who wants to be seen as her own person, separate from her brother — then meets Kara, who, on the other hand, must determine if the new National City transplant is a friend or a foe.
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“Supergirl” Season 2 premieres on Monday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. on The CW.