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"I think it's refreshing and really important for young girls to have a role models to look up to," Flockhart tells PEOPLE

By Patrick Gomez
Updated October 26, 2015 04:30 PM
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Sometimes television shows can be about more than just entertainment.

“Our show is a real celebration of girl power,” Supergirl‘s Calista Flockhart tells PEOPLE. “I think it’s refreshing and really important for young girls to have a role models to look up to.”

Flockhart costars on the new CBS series as Cat Grant, the boss of the titular character‘s alter ego. And even though her character doesn’t have superhuman strength, Flockhart thinks she’s pretty strong.

“The exciting part about playing Cat is that there really are no boundaries. She’s kind of out there. She’s unapologetic and uncompromising,” says Flockhart. “She’s kind of earned this position in her life. She can be really nasty at times, but I don’t want to cross over into the world of making people not like her. We want to keep a likable and sassy as possible. I think that’s the balance we’re hoping to strike.”

Supergirl premieres Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS.