Benoist at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||Melissa Marie Benoist
October 4, 1988
Littleton, Colorado, U.S.
|Education||Arapahoe High School|
|Alma mater||Marymount Manhattan College (B.A.)|
(m. 2015; div. 2017)
Melissa Marie Benoist (//; born October 4, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her portrayal of the title character in the CBS/CW superhero drama series Supergirl (2015–2018).
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 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. They divorced when she was young. She has two sisters, Jessica a novelist and Kristina an ecological scientist. 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 Colorado’s 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.
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's 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 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's 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's 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's Arrowverse collection of series.
She appeared as a presenter in the 42nd People's 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's 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.
Benoist married her former Glee co-star Blake Jenner in 2015. In late December 2016, she filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences"; the divorce was finalized in December 2017.
In October 2017, Benoist helped with her co-star Chris Wood's 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's words that she was able to admit to others her own issues with depression.
|The Longest Ride||Marcia|
|Band of Robbers||Becky Thatcher|
|2016||Patriots Day||Katherine Russell|
|Sun Dogs||Tally Petersen||Post-production|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Jessalyn Kerr||Episode: "Delicate"|
|Blue Bloods||Renee||Episode: "Privilege"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ava||Episode: "Wet"|
|The Good Wife||Molly||Episode: "Nine Hours"|
|2011||Homeland||Stacy Moore||Episodes: "Grace", "Clean Skin"|
|2012–2014||Glee||Marley Rose||Recurring: season 4; main: season 5 (35 episodes)|
|2015–2018||Supergirl||Kara Danvers / Supergirl, Bizarro, Overgirl||Lead role|
|2016–2017||The Flash||Episodes: "Invasion!", "Duet", "Crisis on Earth-X"|
|Arrow||Episodes: "Invasion!", "Crisis on Earth-X"|
|Legends of Tomorrow|
|2017||Freedom Fighters: The Ray||Overgirl||Voice role; Earth-X version of Supergirl|
|2000||The Sound of Music||Brigitta von Trapp||Country Dinner Playhouse|
|2003||Liesl von Trapp||Littleton Town Hall Arts Center|
|2006||Bye Bye Birdie||Kim McAfee |
|A Month in the Country||Vera Aleksandrovna|
|A Chorus Line||Bebe Benzenheimer |
|2007||Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella||Cinderella |
|Footloose||Ariel Moore |
|Evita||Perón's Mistress ||Country Dinner Playhouse|
|2009||Thoroughly Modern Millie||Millie Dilmount ||Marymount Manhattan College|
|As You Like It||Rosalind |
|2011||The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown||Kelly ||Goodspeed Musical production|
|2012||"Born to Hand Jive", "Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)", "You're the One That I Want"||Glee: The Music Presents Glease|
|"New York State of Mind", "Holding Out for a Hero", "Some Nights"||Glee: The Music, Season 4, Volume 1|
|"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "The First Noël"||Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 3|
|"Chasing Pavements", "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)", "Don't Dream It's Over" ,
"Locked Out of Heaven", "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"/"Material Girl",
"Anything Could Happen", "You Have More Friends Than You Know",
"You're All I Need To Get By" "A Thousand Years"
|Glee: The Music – The Complete Season Four|
|"Crazy"/"(You Drive Me) Crazy", "Everytime", "Womanizer"||Britney 2.0|
|2013||"Mary's Boy Child", "Love Child", "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"||The Christmas Album Volume 4|
|2017||"Moon River", "Super Friend"||The Flash – Music from the Special Episode: Duet|
|"Runnin' Home to You"||Supergirl – Crisis on Earth-X part 1 soundtrack|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Star||Glee||Nominated|||
|2016||Saturn Awards||Breakthrough Performance Award||Supergirl||Won|||
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress on a Television Series||Nominated|||
|2017||Saturn Awards||Best Actress on a Television Series||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action TV Actress||Won|||
'It's called Freedom Fighters: The Ray for a very specific reason,' Guggenheim explains, 'which is we knew we wanted to establish the Freedom Fighters and Earth-X. ... Some familiar voices will be dropping by, like Supergirl's Melissa Benoist as Overgirl, the Earth-X version of the Girl of Steel...
The company of the new musical by Brian Lowdermilk (music) and Kait Kerrigan (book and lyrics) also features Melissa Benoist as Kelly;...
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