American actress Azie Tesfai is expected to make her debut in the last season of Supergirl on September 21, 2021, as Kelly Olsen prepares to follow in the footsteps of her brother James and become National City’s new Guardian. Tesfai co-wrote the episode with co-producer J. Holtham, which will also feature themes of racial unfairness, in addition to having a key role in the plot.
While some may have been surprised, Tesfai stated that Kelly will now be able to fulfill her destiny – something that fans have been clamoring for all along. The episode was directed by David Ramsey, who will star as John Diggle on the show, and it will be instantly familiar to Arrow fans.
Azie Tesfai’s Words on Putting on the Guardian Suit
Tesfai described how putting on the super-suit for the first time brought back memories of her roots and the community she represented. While they dressed her up as the Guardian, she stated that she was taping the entire time.
We were able to handle Kelly taking up the mantle in a very natural way, and it broke forth from this episode, in which she begins to recognize actual flaws in the system as a social worker and learns that there are more than one ways to help those in need.
Tesfai then went on to talk about her love of writing. She emphasized the need of portraying flawed characters as superheroes on screen in order to make them relevant to a wider audience.
Being able to spend a month in the writers’ room and contribute to the future narrative arc and episode that she co-wrote gave her the opportunity to tell a personal story and show a side of Kelly that no one had seen before. She thinks that the persona will serve as a bridge between the general public and a queer black lady. “I believe Kelly is finally stepping into her mission and realizing what she knows is her destiny in so many ways,” she continued.
Kelly Olsen is played by Tesfai, Kara Danvers is played by Melissa Benoist, Martian Manhunter is played by David Harewood, Alex Danvers is played by Chyler Leigh, Dreamer is played by Nicole Maines, and Brainiac-5 is played by Jesse Rath. On Tuesday, August 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the series will return to The CW.
Azie Tesfai’s Words on Becoming Kelly Olsen
Tesfai emphasized to Nerds of Color that Kelly’s story is about watching her grow up as much as it is about Tesfai coming into her own strength as a woman during her interview. The fans aren’t only witnessing Kelly take on her newfound authority as they watch this arc. It’s seeing me, Azie, grow as a person and assert myself as a Black woman. As a result, it means a great deal to me.
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Tesfai expressed delight in portraying Kelly, whom she refers to as her “role model,” stating that she wished to exist and be like her. She expressed how much she related to Kelly because she believes they both lead from their hearts and genuinely want to do good in the world and care about others.
“I imagine Kelly as me on my best day,” she continued.