Leslie Grace Hopes Playing Batgirl ‘Validates the Dreams of Other People Who Look Like Me’

Leslie Grace is revealing how she found out that she’d been cast as Barbara Gordon in “Batgirl,” the upcoming HBO Max superhero film.

The “In the Heights” star was asked by the filmmakers to jump on a last-minute Zoom for a final casting test before being directed to read the text of an email they had just sent her.“I open it and it says, ‘I’m Batgirl’… and my brain broke,” Grace told me at the MTV VMAs on Sunday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.She said, “It was an incredible moment.

When I mean incredible, I mean the textbook definition of, I could not believe it.

My brain actually broke when I got the news.”Grace immediately got to work by reading as many comics as she could.

“That was my first question—what do I read?” she said, adding, “I’m like, ‘Send me everything I need to learn.

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