EXCLUSIVE: 'Supergirl' Lands 'Chasing Life' Star in Major Villain Role

by Philiana Ng 12:00 PM PST, December 04, 2015
Photo: DC Entertainment

Supergirl is about to meet her match!

Chasing Life star Italia Ricci has joined CBS’ superhero drama in a major recurring role – and she’ll be causing trouble for Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist), ETonline has exclusively learned.

Ricci will play Siobhan Smythe, Cat Grant's latest hire at CatCo, who at first becomes a work nemesis for Kara but proves a more deadly foe for Supergirl when she becomes DC villain Silver Banshee.

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Ricci will first appear in episode 14.

"We are so excited to be working with Italia. We've been a fan of her work for years and we cannot wait to see her take on this iconic comic book role,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said in an exclusive statement.

In the comics, Silver Banshee has superhuman strength, speed, endurance, agility, an impressive ability to resist attacks and a gift for languages. She often uses her sonic-based abilities to weaken her victims.

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Ricci, repped by ICM, Protégé Entertainment and Coast to Coast, is best known for playing cancer survivor April Carver in the ABC Family drama Chasing Life.

Earlier this summer, Benoist revealed why she was excited to show just how fierce and multi-faceted female superheroes can be.

"It's a daunting feeling but in the best way," the Glee alum told ET of becoming a role model for young girls. "It obviously feels like a responsibility, but I love that I can do it in this way that [Kara is] quirky, and kind of weird, and flawed, and funny."

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. PT/ET on CBS.

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