Melissa Marie Benoist is an American actress, singer and producer. Her first major role was Marley Rose on the Fox musical comedy drama Glee (2012–2014), where she was a series regular during the fifth season. She rose to widespread prominence for portraying the title character on the CBS / CW superhero series Supergirl (2015–2021), along with related media in the Arrowverse franchise.
Nick Name: Marley Rose
Years active: 2008–present
Born: October 04, 1988, 34 years old and 11 months, Littleton, Colorado, USA
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5 ft 8 in / 173 cm
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Measurements: 32-23-34 in / 81-58.5-87 cm
Bra Size: 32A
Genre: Classic jazz
Melissa Benoist actress
Melissa completed her schooling from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado in 2007. There, she used to remain alone mostly as she was made fun of. Though, she used to spend her time by participating in various extra curricular activities and theaters.
Melissa graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2011.
Father – Tag Worley
Mother – Julie Benoist
Siblings – Jessica Benoist (Sister), Kristina Benoist (Sister)
Benoist rose to prominence for her portrayal of Marley Rose on the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee (2012–2014), and has appeared in a number of television series including Homeland and The Good Wife.
She has appeared in films such as Whiplash (2014), Danny Collins (2015), The Longest Ride (2015), Patriots Day (2016), Lowriders (2016), and Juvenile (2017).
Benoist was born in Littleton, Colorado the daughter of Julie and Jim Benoist, a physician.
She has two sisters, Jessica and Kristina.
She started dance classes at the age of three and when she was four years old her aunt put her in a church play she was directing.
As a teen, Benoist performed anonymously at Disneyland for three summers with the Academy of Theatre Arts a musical theatre school located in Littleton, Colorado run by Paul Dwyer and Alann Worley.
She performed locally in productions including Cinderella and Bye Bye Birdie at Town Hall Arts Center, and Evita at the Country Dinner Playhouse.
In 2006, The Denver Post named Benoist one of Coloradoo five Can’t Miss Kids.
She graduated from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, in 2007, and from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2011 with a Bachelor of arts in theatre arts.
Benoist first film was in singer Mariah Carey Tennessee in 2008.
In May 2012, she auditioned for Glee in New York at the Roundabout Theatre Company, singing a different song for each of her five auditions including Fidelity by Regina Spektor, King of Anything by Sara Bareilles, a Colbie Caillat song, and several musical theater pieces.
In July, she had two screen tests in California for series creator writer, Ryan Murphy, the casting directors, and executive producers.
She and Glee co-star Darren Criss appeared with Josh Duhamel in the opening of the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards.
That same year, she was selected as an ambassador for Coca-Cola new product, P10 300 ml Coke Mismo.
In June 2013, they were flown to Manila, Philippines, to endorse the product by visiting various malls and meeting with fans.
In the summer of 2013, Benoist and her then husband Blake Jenner held a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production of their movie Juvenile.
The project has reached its $100,000 goal.
Benoist played Nicole, the love interest of Miles Teller Andrew Neiman, in the 2014 film Whiplash, which won top prizes (Grand Jury and Audience awards) at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
In June 2014, Benoist joined Nicholas Sparks’ film adaption The Longest Ride as Marcia.
She had a role in the 2015 film Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino. She played the part of Jamie, a desk clerk at a hotel frequented by one of Jamie all-time favorite rock stars.
In May 2015, it was announced that Benoist would be playing Lorelai in the film Lowriders, replacing Lily Collins and Nicola Peltz, who were in talks for the role previously.
In August of that year, she landed the leading role in the Screen Gems drama feature film Oxford, with Sam Heughan as her leading man.
In October 2015, the superhero adventure series Supergirl, with Benoist in the lead role of Kara Zor-El, premiered on CBS.
The second season of the series moved to The CW.
She reprised her role in crossover episodes of The WB Arrowverse collection of series.
She appeared as a presenter in the 42nd People Choice Awards, which aired on January 6, 2016, on CBS, and at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, broadcast January 10, 2016.
In June of that year, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Benoist and others told the stories of the people killed there.
In May 2016, Benoist was cast as Katherine Russell, the widow of deceased Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in Peter Berg Patriots Day.
In June of that year, it was announced that she was set to start alongside Michael Angarano in the comedy-drama film Sun Dogs.
In April 2017, Benoist was cast as Rachel Koresh, the legal wife of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh in Paramount Network Waco.
Benoist married her former Glee co-star Blake Jenner in 2015.
She filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, in late December 2016.
In October 2017, Benoist helped with her co-star Chris Wood launch of his website I Don’t Mind that works to put a stop to the stigma around mental illnesses, admitting that she has struggled with depression and anxiety attacks since she was 13 years old.
She said because of Wood words that she was able to admit to others her own issues with depression.
In 2015, Benoist suffered from an injury that tore her iris, which caused one pupil to be a larger size than the other, leaving it permanently enlarged.
Benoist has contributed in Gleeo discography since 2012 in the albums like The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 3, The Music, Season 4, Volume 1, and Glee Sings the Beatles.
Benoist debuted with 2008 American drama film Tennessee for her role as 18 aged Laurel Michaels. She was 10 years old at that time.
First TV Show
In 2010, she guest appeared in American police procedural television drama series Law and Order: Criminal Intent for her role as Jessalyn Kerr in an episode titled “Delicate.”
Melissa Benoist Favorite Things
Song – Blow Me One Last Kiss (By Pink)
Melissa Benoist Facts
She never attended any graduation parties during school time as she was made fun of.
Her first theatre role was in 2000 in Town Hall Arts Center productiono The Sound of Music for his role as Little Brigitta.
She was already a fan of Glee, before she joined the star cast.
Melissa appeared in the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards opening with Darren Criss and Josh Duhamel.
For Coca Colao brand endorsement deal, she flew to Philippines and met her fans there personally.
She was a wallflower (a type of loner) in her high school.
She auditioned 5 times by performing 5 different songs to get her character in Glee.