Calista Flockhart, 50, follows up her starring roles on Ally McBeal and Brothers & Sisters with CBS’s entry into the DC Comics Supergirl franchise. Flockhart plays Supergirl’s no-nonsense boss, newspaper editor Cat Grant. Flockhart is married to actor Harrison Ford, who was critically injured this year when he crash-landed his plane on a southern California golf course. The two have a 14-year-old son. In our 60-Second Interview, we caught up with Flockhart and chatted about family time, girl power and the ideal role model.
What attracted to you to Supergirl? One of the things I love about Supergirl is that it’s a real celebration of girl power. I think it’s a great show for moms and daughters to watch together. There’s a real family aspect to it.
In the show, you play a tough businesswoman. Which TV characters do you think of as strong female role models? This is going to sound really crazy, but the first person who comes into my mind is Laverne—you know, Laverne & Shirley. They were really funny, independent, weird, crazy girls living together.
What does it mean to you to be part of the Superman legacy? It’s super cool. I love anything that’s kind of ironic and funny and interesting. I didn’t know anything about Supergirl. Quite frankly, Superman was never my thing. I’ve just learned so much about that world. I really like it.
How is Harrison doing? Is he flying again? He is back flying. He loves it, so I love it. I support him 100 percent in that.
What do you like to watch on TV as a family? We just finished Agatha Christie’s Poirot [the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series]. Now we’re watching Sherlock [the PBS Masterpiece show].
To see more of Flockhart, tune in to Supergirl Mondays at 8/7c on CBS.