Supergirl Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Supergirl: Jenna Dewan-Tatum Teases Lucy Lane's 'Unfinished Business' With James, Friendship With Kara

The last time Supergirl viewers saw Kara Danvers, her heart had just cracked a bit at the sight of James Olsen with his ex, Lucy Lane — his beautiful, kind and intelligent ex, no less.

In tonight’s episode of the CBS drama (8/7c), the titular heroine’s love life will have only gotten more complicated. In fact, because the network opted to reshuffle its episode order and air “Livewire” in place of “How Does She Do It?” — a choice made in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris — James and Lucy will have (spoiler alert!) already rekindled their relationship.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum, who plays Lucy, is all too aware that her character’s presence in National City may cause those nascent James/Kara sparks to fizzle out — but for good reason.

“There’s a lot of unfinished business [between James and Lucy],” Dewan-Tatum tells TVLine. “There’s a lot of unspoken feelings. Her motivation, when she comes back, is to right her own wrongs. She didn’t end things well with him… and she knows she made a mistake, so she goes to get him back. I found that really empowering as a woman.”

Supergirl Jenna Dewan-TatumAnd even though Kara will want so much to hate Lucy — as will James/Kara ‘shippers, probably — Dewan-Tatum hints that it will be difficult for Kara to hold a grudge. “[Lucy is] really sweet to her, and she says, ‘I want to be your friend.’ There’s a warmth to her that’s really hard to fight,” she teases. “There’s an inherent friendship between them that Kara can’t deny.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean Kara’s budding feelings for the CatCo art director will actually go away. But according to Dewan-Tatum, this inevitable love triangle won’t feel as though it’s been done before.

“What I love is that [the writers] are really about making the James/Kara/Lucy triangle unexpected,” she says. “I’m not coming into town to play this bitchy, icy woman that just wants to ruin the relationship that everyone wants to be together. I hope people will understand and get invested in this relationship, rather than [seeing me as] just the foil for the two of them. It takes on a life of its own, which is also really empowering.”

Speaking of empowering, don’t expect to see Lucy glued to James’ side during her stay in National City. Dewan-Tatum says Lucy will be seen quite a bit outside of said romance, as the series explores “the relationship with my father, General Lane [played by 24‘s Glenn Morshower]… and a relationship with Cat Grant. It definitely isn’t one-noted.”

As for whether Lucy will find out about Kara’s caped alter ego, Dewan-Tatum will only say: “As far as we know, she has no idea. But Lucy’s a very smart girl.”

Supergirl fans, are you looking forward to seeing Dewan-Tatum as Lucy Lane? Is she the right girl for James? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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15 Comments
  1. I would like to see Dewan-Tatum as Superwoman. It would look cool, make up for the cancellation of East End, and most likely provide a “why does SHE get to be called Superwoman?” moment between Kara and Cat.

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    Jenna Dewan Tatum is a good fit to play Lucy Lane on Supergirl even if her hubby Channing approves it. BTW, any word on when and if the scrapped episode that was scheduled for tonight is going to re-air due to the Paris attack?

  3. Elissa says:

    So other than the James/Lucy patchup, what other important story do we miss from the skipped episode?

  4. Removing an episode of Supergirl from the schedule will not do that show any favors. People will stop watching live, start relying on their DVRs, and wait for the missing episode to air before they catch up. It’s on CBS’s best interest to re-schedule it soon as possible.

    • Wordsmith says:

      Though if they air too soon, they risk the public backlash to being thematically insensitive. It’s a tricky balance – how long is long enough? Could they air next week? Two weeks from now?

  5. Elissa says:

    Has CBS ever said it was going to air the missed ep? I was under the impression that since they were ‘skipping’ it and airing the next episode that it was just ‘scrapped’. I don’t understand why they just don’t run a rerun or a CBS Special. Why don’t they release the ep ON Demand or online prior?

  6. Luis says:

    Given the history of the Lucy Lane character and the inclusion of General Lane as a character, it’s not hard to imagine that we will be seeing the Lucy Lane “Superwoman” at some point

  7. lame says:

    A disclaimer stating the episode was filmed before the events in Paris with apologies would have been more than acceptable. Then show the episode .

  8. kath says:

    Dewan-Tatum seems like a nice person but I’ve never seen this kind of plot contrivance be enjoyable. Here’s hoping the triangles end soon.

  9. jimmy woo says:

    James Olsen…..ridiculous, all around.

    Lucy Lane….so far….boring.

  10. M.l. Deverne says:

    Is that Lucy Lane lady gonna leave, so we can see more of James and Kara together?

  11. Juana de las cruz says:

    Jenna is just another pretty face offers nuthin to super girl except a name that is not even hers