Latina Sasha Calle, actress from Young And The Restless has scored the feature role of DC Universe’s new Supergirl. The Boston, MA-born Colombian actress is the first Latina Supergirl ever in DC and was chosen from more than 425 actresses who auditioned.
She will make her debut in Warner Bros’ The Flash which is scheduled to go into production in the next coming months.
The Flash director Andy Muschietti watched all auditions and I hear, along with DC Films boss Walter Hamada and the producers, was blown away by the actress’ toughness and vulnerability that she brought to the role.
“I saw more than four hundred auditions. The talent pool was truly amazing and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role,” said Muschietti, who has a keen eye for discovering talent, in particular all the young actors from the first It movie.
The actresses weren’t informed what part they were reading for; until very late in the process. Calle also did a chemistry read with Flash star Ezra Miller. All auditions, chemistry reads and meetings, especially during Covid, were done over Zoom. Calle will fly to The Flash production soon.
Calle’s discovery here is akin to what Warners and Zack Snyder did in casting fresh face Gal Gadot, who was known previously from Fast & Furious 6, in the role of Wonder Woman, which catapulted here into being a global star. The Israeli actress made her debut as that DC superhero initially in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice before starring in Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 1984 and Justice League.
Watch Calle’s reaction below when Muschietti tells her.
Calle plays the role of Lola Rosales on The Young and the Restless. Sasha was nominated last year in the Outstanding Young Performer in a Drama series category at the Daytime Emmys. She also starred in the YouTube miniseries Socially Awkward.
Sasha Calle is repped by Stewart Talent, Authentic Talent & Literary Management, and Del Shaw Moonves.
In the DC media canon, Supergirl was first played by Helen Slater in the 1984 Warner Bros movie and later by Melissa Benoist on the Warner Bros TV series for 126 episodes.
Melissa Benoist Welcomes Calle
As the CW’s Supergirl series is nearing its end, Melissa Benoist is ready to move on from the role. But that didn’t stop the Girl of Steel from reaching out to Calle over Instagram and welcoming her to the DC family.
“This is [100 emoji],” Benoist shared in an Instagram story, according to ComicBookMovie.com. “YES girl you CAN fly! Welcome to the DC Universe [Sasha Calle]. Cannot wait to see you as [Supergirl]. The world needs as many Supergirls as it can get.”
Calle herself responded to the congratulatory shout-out from a fellow Kryptonian, revealing that she and her family have been big fans of Benoist’s work on Supergirl.
“Melissa! This means so much,” Calle wrote. “My little brother and I have watched every episode. This was such a sweet moment for us. Thank you.”
As exciting as this news is, it’s not the first time a Latina has portrayed a hero who is traditionally Caucasian. Did you know Lynda Carter, who was the first Wonder Woman, is half Mexican?