Character Profile - Kara Zor-El/Kent a.k.a Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort)
Stubbornness and selflessness define Kara Zor-El. She sometimes took time to revere and trust the right people, but her heart was always in the right place. Before her home planet, Krypton, was destroyed, Kara defied her father to join her aunt Lara on an adventure to Earth to see where her cousin Kal-El might live if Krypton became uninhabitable and defied him again after he made claims to Lara and her unborn son. Although she loves her family and wants to be with them, Kara’s first allegiance is always to what’s right and to the greater good. So many times Kara’s faced fears of the unknown or chosen a lonely path to protect others. She left Krypton to watch over her cousin. She left Earth to stop Brainiac. She stayed in the Phantom Zone to protect Earth. She said goodbye to Kal-El twice—once on a sliver of hope she’d find what was left of home and again when destiny called her to her future. Kara’s fierce independence and strong heart, therefore, made her into a genuine super girl.
As SMALLVILLE WOMEN, BIG HEARTS continues its celebration of all the women of Smallville, please consider donating to our chosen charity, the GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN, on behalf of the self-sacrificing and courageous girls around the world, like Kara, who have lost their homes or sacrifice much to care for strangers as well as loved ones.
The best stories with female characters are those that have the power to inspire us to become heroes in our own lives. One genre that invites women to imagine a world where they, too, can be heroes is the superhero genre. Nonetheless, men have dominated it for much of its history, and today there is still room for improvement in how women are represented in all different forms of media telling superhero stories be it in film, television, or comics.
To its credit, Smallville exposed its viewers to dozens of original or comics derived female characters who were complex, idealistic, flawed, noble, and determined women of different ages. For characters like Stargirl (Courtney Whitmore), Speedy (Mia Dearden), and Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen), Smallville was the first time they were seen in live action by millions of viewers.
While former Smallville writer and Batgirl scribe Bryan Q. Miller will be continuing the legacy of these women in fiction by writing them as supporting players in Clark Kent’s post-finale adventures in a new Season 11 comic book out this April, SMALLVILLE WOMEN, BIG HEARTS aims to continue that same legacy with its fundraiser in their honor and in honor of Women’s History Month.
Smallville gave viewers female characters in whom they could see themselves not only as they are, but also as they wanted to be. Please donate on their behalf to the Global Fund for Women.
"I watched Kristin [Kreuk] and Allison [Mack] and I was pretending it wasn’t a big deal to me but it was! I clung on to Erica [Durance] because she was the last newbie. It was good. Towards the end I was relaxed and it was comfortable and fun going to work." — Laura Vandervoort
Because it’s Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day, we here at SMALLVILLE WOMEN, BIG HEARTS have been celebrating the dynamic and inspiring actresses and female characters from Smallville all month, and this week we’re highlighting the characters who weren’t just from other countries, they were literally from other planets.
The way that Kristin, Allison, and Erica were welcoming and supporting of Laura when she joined the show in Season 7 (2007) and the way the show gave Kara opportunities for positive interactions with Lana, Chloe, and especially Lois speaks to the amazing and beautiful things that can happen when women and girls give up being rivals and simply look out for each other.
So take some time this International Women’s Day and consider supporting our fan initiative honoring the ladies of Smallville with a donation to our fundraiser for the Global Fund for Women. This charity provides timely and and flexible grants to women’s organizations worldwide, which helps women work together to build each other up so they can help build a better tomorrow for them and for their children.
"I was offered that part [of Lara] because of Supergirl. I thought that was such a great, great part. I didn’t give [Laura Vandervoort] advice, but she was a very lovely person and very nice to talk to." — Helen Slater
Please consider donating to SMALLVILLE WOMEN, BIG HEARTS fan fundraiser for the Global Fund for Women this Women’s History Month on behalf of Helen Slater and Laura Vandervoort—two super girls and super women.
"[Kara is] a great character. I know there’s a comic book history behind who she is and how she’s supposed to be, but I think I kind of made her my own. They had written her as this rebellious teenager who didn’t care about people, but I think we slowly developed her into a likable, almost human being who had thoughts of her own. Plus I had fun doing the wire work." — Laura Vandervoort
Celebrate Women’s History Month and Smallville's very own Supergirl, Kara (Laura Vandervoort), with a with a donation to our fan fundraiser supporting the Global Fund for Women—a charity that empowers girls worldwide to be super in their own unique ways.
Both Raya and Kara were Kryptonians who sacrificed their freedom to guard a wasteland filled with dangerous alien prisoners called the Phantom Zone. For their sense of duty and willingness to protect Earth, we honor these two women and the actresses who played them, Pascale Hutton (Raya) and Laura Vandervoort.
Please consider donating to the Global Fund for Women on behalf of Smallville Women, Big Heartswhich is celebrating strong women like Raya and Kara from Smallville this Women’s History Month. Thank you.