Anyone can be a superhero, with or without a cape, according to Melissa Benoist.
During the Supergirl panel at Comic-Con International on Saturday, one young fan dressed in a Supergirl costume charmed the cast when she asked Benoist what it was like to be a role model for girls like her.
The actress took a beat before she shared a heartwarming response to the girl's question.
"My heart is so full and warm and you made me want to cry just now," she said. "That's how it feels."
"I take it very seriously," Benoist continued. "It makes me feel strong. It makes me feel like you are perfect just the way you are and you can do anything you want to do and that you are a Supergirl, with or without the cape."
"Every day I go to work, I think of my audience and what we’re saying to them," Benoist told ABC News. "And it's young girls that I do this show for. That's just it."
"It's very important to me," the 29-year-old continued, "especially that what we’re saying in the messages we are portraying to these girls are ones of empowerment and optimism and hope."
In June, Benoist took her talents to Broadway as songwriter Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The actress, who grew up performing musicals in Denver, told the Associated Press returning to theater had been a personal goal.
"I never expected to be wearing a cape and be in a flying rig and playing a superhero," she said. "That was just not on my radar. But I never, at the same time, gave up the idea of theater. It was always something that I wanted to come back to. So I almost feel like I'm coming home in a way."
Catch the premiere of Supergirl Season 4 on The CW on Sunday, October 14.