‘Supergirl’s Jason Behr Reveals How Zor-El Bonds With Lena Luthor: “Game Respects Game”

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After multiple episodes stuck inside the Phantom Zone, Zor-El (Jason Behr) is coming to Earth for the first time in this week’s episode of Supergirl, “Welcome Back, Kara.” Although we got to see the father-daughter duo rescued by the rest of the cast way back in the first half of the season, the midseason premiere finds Zor-El not only meeting, but working with pretty much every other member of the Superfriends.

But there was one cast-member in particular who Behr calls out as having the most surprising relationship with Zor-El: Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath).

“They’re two incredibly smart individuals, brilliant, science based minds,” Behr told Decider. “And there’s a moment when we were doing a scene when Zor-El looked at her, and there’s just this look of like: game respects game. I can see how powerful and how smart she is.”

Naturally, Behr had already formed a strong bond with Melissa Benoist, who plays Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl on the show. Most of the actor’s scenes had previously involved Supergirl, a fifth dimensional imp named Nyxly (Peta Sergeant), and occasionally some vampire ghost things called “phantoms.” So this week’s hour is the first real time Behr has gotten to interact with the whole cast.

“It was wonderful, you can really feel that sense of camaraderie and friendship that has developed over the past six years,” Behr recalled. “To be a part of that was just a lot of fun. They all love each other very much, and they all make each other laugh so much. When you’re on set with a bunch of really close friends, it just feels really good.”

Though Behr’s scenes didn’t really take him outside in the real world (most of his scenes still were shot on the show’s soundstages in Vancouver), he appreciated the chance to not be stuck in the hyper-serious, dangerous mode of the first half of the season.

“It was really nice to get out of that Phantom Zone, and to get out of that feeling,” Behr said. “It was really nice to be in there with Melissa, but it was also nice to get to know the rest of the group, as well. And, it was really a lot of fun to have other people around me.”

Supergirl returns to The CW Tuesday, August 24 at 9/8c.

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