Once Teen Wolf alum Tyler Hoechlin mastered the art of suiting up as Superman, his next heroic act in transforming into the Man of Steel this fall on Supergirl was just as trying: learning how to fly.
Spoiler alert: Hoechlin doesn’t actually possess the power of flight. Nor does Melissa Benoist, who portrays the titular heroine on The CW’s super series. To achieve that feat, there’s a bit of TV magic involving wires and green screen needed. So, just how difficult is it to fly?
“I wouldn’t use the word difficult,” Hoechlin tells EW. “I would use the word painful after hour seven or eight. It’s a harness that’s not necessarily the most comfortable thing to wear. It really only holds you up with two straps and they go from the back part of your waist, through the legs, up to the front part of the waist, and so it’s just not the most comfortable way to be supporting your entire body weight for that amount of time.”
Fortunately for the newbie superhero, Hoechlin suffered no major mishaps during his first time in the rig. “No falling upside down, none of that yet,” he says. “I’ve spared myself embarrassment for the moment. So far I’m one for one, so we’ll see if day two brings any problems.”
Hoechlin concedes, “At the end of the day, you’re flying around in a Superman costume — it’s really hard to complain.”
For more from Hoechlin’s interview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands now.