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Melissa Benoist
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Melissa Marie Benoist (pronounced /bɛ’nɔɪst/) (born October 4, 1988) is an American actress and singer known for her portrayal of Marley Rose on season four and the first part of season five on the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee. She has also appeared in a number of television series including Homeland, The Good Wife and Law & Order. Benoist’s first film was in singer Mariah Carey’s Tennessee. She appeared in the film Whiplash (2014), which won top prizes (Grand Jury and Audience awards) at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. She also starred in the 2015 film Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, and Annette Bening. She will be starring as Supergirl in the CBS television series of the same name.

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Early life

Melissa Benoist was born in Harris County, Texas, and was raised in Littleton, Colorado, the daughter of Jim and Julie Benoist. Benoist has two biological sisters Jessica and Kristina. From her father’s re-marriage, she has five half siblings; Tanner, Estella, Coco, Rocket and Tor.She graduated from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado in 2007 and from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2011.

 

 

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Career

Benoist made her film debut in 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.

In July 2013, Benoist was cast for the film Danny Collins. She will play the role of Jamie, a desk clerk at a hotel frequented by one of Jamie’s all-time favorite rock stars.

In September 2013, Benoist was cast for the film Whiplash. She played Nichole, Miles Teller’s love interest.

In June 2014, Benoist joined Nicholas Sparks film adaption The Longest Ride as Marcia.

In January 2015, it was reported that Benoist will be portraying the lead role of Kara Zor-El on the upcoming CBS fantasy adventure drama series, Supergirl.

In May 2015, it was announced that Benoist will be playing Lorelai in the film Lowriders. Replacing Lily Collins and Nicola Peltz, who were in talks for the role previously.

In August 2015, Benoist landed the leading role in Screen Gems drama feature film Oxford, with Sam Heughan as her leading man.

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Media appearances

She and Glee co-star Darren Criss appeared with Josh Duhamel in the opening of the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards. She was also 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 different malls and meeting with fans.

 

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Personal life

Benoist has been married to her former Glee co-star Blake Jenner since March 2015.

Photo leaks

In September 2014, graphic sexual photographs of Benoist and an ex boyfriend leaked as part of “The Fappening” event, believed to be obtained from her iCloud account by a hacker. Benoist responded with a link to a TED talk on clickbait, stating that “incivility should not be supported.”

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Tennessee Laurel
2014 Whiplash Nicole
2015 Danny Collins Jamie
2015 The Longest Ride Marcia
2015 Band of Robbers Becky Thatcher Post production
TBA Billy Boy Jennifer Post production
2016 Low Riders Filming
TBA Oxford

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jessalyn Kerr Episode: “Delicate”
2010 Blue Bloods Renee Episode: “Privilege”
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ava Episode: “Wet”
2010 The Good Wife Molly Episode: “Nine Hours”
2011 Homeland Stacy Moore 2 episodes
2012–14 Glee Marley Rose Season 4: Recurring (22 episodes)
Season 5: Main cast (13 episodes)
2013 MasterChef Herself Season 4: Episode 10
2015 Supergirl Kara Zor-El / Supergirl / Kara Danvers Lead role

Theatre

Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Sound of Music Little Brigitta Littleton Town Hall Arts Center production
2006 Bye Bye Birdie Kim McAfee Littleton Town Hall Arts Center production
A Month in the Country Vera Littleton Town Hall Arts Center production
A Chorus Line Bebe Littleton Town Hall Arts Center production
2007 Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Cinderella Littleton Town Hall Arts Center production
Footloose Ariel Littleton Town Hall Arts Center production
Evita Peron’s young mistress Country Dinner Playhouse’s final production
2009 Thoroughly Modern Millie Millie Dilmount Marymount Manhattan College production
As You Like It Rosalind Marymount Manhattan College production
2011 The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown Kelly Goodspeed Musical production

Accolades

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Teen Choice Awards 2013 Choice TV Breakout Star Glee Nominated

Discography

Main article: Glee discography
  • Glee: The Music Presents Glease
  • Glee: The Music, Season 4, Volume 1
  • Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 3
  • Glee Sings the Beatles
  • Glee The Music, A Katy or a Gaga
  • Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 4

 

 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Melissa Benoist arrives at the 'GLEE' Premiere Screening And Reception at Paramount Studios on September 12, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Melissa Benoist arrives at the ‘GLEE’ Premiere Screening And Reception at Paramount Studios on September 12, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

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