The most recent instalment of Supergirl saw the introduction of Siobhan Smythe, Cat Grant's awesomely bitchy new assistant, played by Italia Ricci. Smythe, currently providing some strong competition for Kara, is being set up to become Silver Banshee and ultimately cause trouble in National City for Supergirl. Comic book nerds may know Ricci as Robbie Amell's fiancé, however as one of those lucky people who have seen Ricci act, I can tell you she is so much more - namely an incredible actress. So, without further adieu, allow me to take the time to explain to you all why the team at Supergirl should count their lucky stars that they landed Italia Ricci.
Ricci has a pretty impressive résumé, making appearances in several popular shows and starring in Cartoon Network's Unnatural History. She also starred in American Pie: Beta House. However, Ricci captured everyones attention, including my own, when she starred in the hit ABC Family series Chasing Life.
Until it's unfair cancellation last year (I'm looking at you ABC Family, or Freeform, or whatever you call yourself these days), I watched every single episode of Chasing Life. I make it no secret that I watch a lot of TV, but I found myself rather addicted to Chasing Life. Here, Ricci starred as April Carver, a humble but ambitious journalist who's life takes a dramatic turn when she is diagnosed with cancer. As great as the writing was, it was Ricci who made me fall in love with the series. I remember being in awe and feeling connected to April in a way that I had never experienced before, and that was all down to Ricci, there is just something about her that is mesmerising. For being so early into her career, Ricci possesses the ability to capture emotion as if she had been doing it for decades.
The season one finale was a TV highlight for me and Ricci was awe-inspiring and Emmy worthy. For me, Italia Ricci was the best leading actress on TV last year. You can imagine my disappointment when ABC Family cancelled Chasing Life in an attempt to change their audience. In fact, you may have read the article I wrote last year discussing the shows relevance. Chasing Life's cancellation became a strongly controversial decision that the network still struggles to live down. I hope one day that we get to see a follow-up season or movie. If you haven't checked out Chasing Life, the entire series is available on Netflix. Trust me, it's amazing.
I was overjoyed when I heard that Ricci had landed a recurring role on Supergirl, because it meant that I got to continue watching her act. It also goes to show just how good Ricci is, as she was barely out of work. Beginning with Supergirl 1x14, Ricci stars as Siobhan Smythe. Smythe, at first, appears to be a Cat Grant wannabe, but ultimately we know there is so much more to her. Smythe wants to be a junior reporter (April Carver eat your heart out!) and build her own brand. Interestingly, despite the occupation similarities, Siobhan couldn't be more different to Chasing Life's April. April Carver put everybody else's needs before her own, which ultimately affected her career, whereas Siobhan appears to be ruthless. Smythe's storyline will ultimately set her up to become Supergirl's nemesis: Silver Banshee. The bonus of being part of a superhero show is that there is always the possibility of a kickass outfit.
"I'm not here to make friends. I'm here to be the next Cat Grant. I say four months at this desk tops before I'm a junior reporter, get some on-air experience, make a name for myself. Once everyone knows me I'll build my brand. Diversify." - Siobhan Smythe
Siobhan Smythe's current arc will take place over 5 episodes, one of which will be the hugely anticipated Supergirl/Flash crossover, featuring Grant Gustin. I love the feud that is being set up between Kara and Siobhan, as it will make matters more interesting when it becomes Supergirl vs Banshee. I am really looking forward to seeing Ricci as Silver Banshee, my only concern is that I may start rooting for Banshee instead of Supergirl! On top of Supergirl, Ricci has landed a lead role in ABC's Designated Survivor.
Below, Ricci as Silver Banshee
In conclusion, it's great to have Ricci back on TV. She is captivating to watch, stealing every scene that she is on-screen. I'm sure Ricci considers herself lucky to have landed Supergirl but in reality its the other way around: Supergirl are lucky to have landed her. Ricci is a remarkable actress and she has one long career ahead of her.
Supergirl continues Mondays on CBS. Chasing Life is available on Netflix.