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.
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.
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.
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.
Benoist has been married to her former Glee co-star Blake Jenner since March 2015.
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.”
|2015||The Longest Ride||Marcia|
|2015||Band of Robbers||Becky Thatcher||Post production|
|TBA||Billy Boy||Jennifer||Post production|
|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|
|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|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards 2013||Choice TV Breakout Star||Glee||Nominated|
- 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