Andrea Towers
July 23, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

CBS’ Supergirl doesn’t officially debut for another two months, but star Melissa Benoist is already finding out how it feels to be a superhero in real life. In a video shared with People, Benoist surprised approximately 400 teens and moms who attended a screening of the pilot last month and was overwhelmed by the response.

“In some ways it has hit me, and in other ways it hasn’t,” the former Glee star said of her new role. “I am fully aware of how much Supergirl means to her fans and how much she has the ability to affect people for the better, but I’m not sure I am quite aware of how large that circle of affectation is  —  and I might not be until the show begins to air in the fall.” 

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