Starting tonight on The CW, DC’s Stargirl is beginning to wrap up its hit Freshman season with “Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One.” Finally pitting the young Justice Society against the formidable Injustice Society of America, the hour promises to bring together all the heroes against all the villains in a brawl royale. But true to form for the heartfelt series, for star Brec Bassinger it was all about the emotion.
“Every day I went to work was so different,” Bassinger told Decider about filming the first season of the series. “It kept me on my toes… One day I would be doing an action scene, and then another I would be emotional, and we’d be having this big twist in the season. It was definitely fun to work on something like that.”
Though Bassinger has anchored TV series before like Nickelodeon’s Bella and the Bulldogs, taking on a superhero persona is a whole other level. And clearly The CW has faith in the show, giving it an exclusive pick-up for Season 2 (the first season aired on both DC Universe and The CW). A lot of that is credit to Bassinger, who as mentioned has deftly jumped from intense action to emotional scenes on a moment’s notice.
When asked about highlights from the season that was, Bassinger immediately called out the stunts.
“The fight scenes with Shiv in Episodes 7 and 8… I’m very proud of those,” Bassinger recalled. “Because those were some of the first fight scenes that I really felt like I was getting a hold of Stargirl as a character. The action sequences and choreography: just watching that, I could see myself finally fill those shoes. That was a great moment.”
Shiv — a.k.a. Cindy Burman, played by Meg DeLacy — has emerged as a sort of arch-enemy for Bassinger’s Stargirl, and the fights, as noted, leaned into that epic nature. In Episode 7, Shiv and Stargirl threw down in the school gym during Homecoming for a phenomenal sequence directed by Lea Thompson. And then for round two, the teens wrecked Cindy’s bedroom before taking the fight outside into the street.
But as great as those stunts are, it always does come back to those emotional moments. Specifically for Bassinger as an actor, those peaks came in Episode 11 — i.e. the one where Courtney finally met her birth father, and found out he wasn’t the heroic Starman (Joel McHale); he was just a jerk conman.
“That pushed me more as an actor than I ever have,” Bassinger said. “Our director Jennifer [Phang], she was just so talented. Such a pleasure to work with. Just watching that back … I would see people tweet me like, ‘It was clear that Courtney was going through blah blah blah.’ And a lot of the time, it could have been taken out exactly what I wrote for my notes for preparing for those scenes. I was so happy to see what I wanted to portray, was portrayed.”
Expect plenty more insane stunts and emotional moments as the series wraps up Season 1 over the next two weeks. And head back here to Decider right after the East Coast airing tonight for a more spoiler-filled chat with Bassinger.
DC’s Stargirl airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
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