“Supergirl” has a major episode coming up on Monday (Feb. 22) titled, “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” in which not one, but two new villains are introduced to the people of National City. One of them being Master Jailer (played by Jeff Branson) and the other, Siobhan Smythe — a.k.a. Silver Banshee — played by Italia Ricci.
Zap2it got to speak with Ricci about Banshee’s super powers, how many hours she spends in the make-up chair to transform into this evil super hero and how she got into fighting shape right after her rigatoni-filled Christmas break.
Zap2it: Had you read the comics before getting this role?
Italia Ricci: Nope! Afterwards, I first told my brothers, I was like, “Send me everything.” and they started breaking down Banshee for me, which was great.
Silver Banshee has super sonic screams and yells … how was filming that?
It’s fun. I wanted to try and see if I could get a pitch that would be uncomfortable for people … and terrifying and forceful.
Did you actually have to scream?
I didn’t have to and I didn’t always scream or else I would’ve completely lost my voice. I wanted to try a few times to feel what my face is doing when I’m screaming as hard as I can. So I did a few times to get the blood pumping and the veins popping, all that good stuff.
Banshee is also known for speaking multiple languages, will audiences see that?
No. No. Thank God, that would’ve been hard. You will see Siobhan speak a little bit of Gaelic, but that’s all.
What can you tease us about Monday’s episode?
You’re going to really get to know Siobhan before she becomes Banshee. You’re going to see why she’s popped into this world and what she’s looking to accomplish. You’ll see her throw a wrench in all these well-formed relationships. She wreaks havoc on everything.
In particular with Cat and Kara?
Yep. You’ll see her wedge herself into everyone’s life. She going to be a character you’re going to love and hate. She doesn’t really get along with anybody.
What is the make-up process like?
The whole process from top to bottom takes five hours.
Is the outfit, at least, comfortable?
I wouldn’t wear it to lounge around on a Sunday, but it’s got to be free enough to be able to move for fight scenes and it helps me with the character. You put it on and you just start feeling so powerful and bad.
What kind of training did you have to do for the role?
When I found out [I got the role] it was shooting right after Christmas, which was already terrible because I had ate all the rigatoni at my parents’ house! I was like, “Oh, no.”
I looked at pictures and was like that’s the tightest-looking outfit. So, I hired a trainer and started working out in the beginning of the year to try and tighten up. I was so scared of being in a super skintight latex suit. Thankfully, it has to be thick enough to withstand all of the stunts, so I got lucky.
Was it intimidating joining this cast?
Before I got to set, I was actually pretty scared! All these people are so established and everyone is so good and I was like, “I am going to be walking into a bunch of egos.” But truthfully they are all the nicest humans on the planet. I could not believe it. I kept thinking, “Who’s the bad seed? Am I the bad seed? What’s going on here?”
Will Siobhan/Silver Banshee have any romantic relationships?
She’s pretty in love with herself.
Do you have scenes with Master Jailer?
No. But I do have scenes with other villains …
“Supergirl” airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.