Melissa Benoist

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Melissa Benoist
Born Melissa Marie Benoist
(1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 26)
Littleton, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2000–present
Known for Glee
Partner(s) Blake Jenner (2013-current)

Melissa Marie Benoist (born October 4, 1988)[1] 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.[2] She appeared in the film Whiplash (2014),[3] which won top prizes (Grand Jury and Audience awards) at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 2014. She has completed filming Danny Collins[4] set for a 2015 release, starring Jennifer Garner, Al Pacino, and Annette Bening. She will be starring as Supergirl in the CBS television series of the same name.

Early life[edit]

Melissa Benoist was born and 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. [5][6][7] She graduated from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado in 2007[8] and from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2011.[9]


Benoist made her film debut in Tennessee in 2008. In May 2012,[10] 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,[10] she had two screen tests in California for series creator/writer, Ryan Murphy, the casting directors, and executive producers. As the show's executives had been looking for an actress who could play the part of Marley for some time, Benoist began work immediately.[citation needed]

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.[11]

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.[12]

Media appearances[edit]

She and Glee co-star Darren Criss appeared with Josh Duhamel in the opening of the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards.[13] She was also selected as an ambassador for Coca Cola's new product, P10 300 ml Coke Mismo.[14][15] In June 2013, they were flown to Manila, Philippines to endorse the product by visiting different malls and meeting with fans.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Benoist has been dating her Glee co-star Blake Jenner since 2012; they announced their engagement on July 11, 2013. [18][19]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Tennessee Laurel Michaels
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


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
Season 5: Main cast
2013 MasterChef Herself Season 4: Episode 10
2015 Supergirl Kara Zor-El / Supergirl / Kara Danvers Lead role, upcoming[20]


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

Other projects[edit]

  • Appeared in a Tampax Radiant commercial.
  • Appeared in a Clean and Clear commercial.
  • Appeared in an Apple Facetime commercial.


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


Main article: Glee discography

Glee the musical


  1. ^ Benoist, Melissa (October 4, 2012). "@itsmmbenoist: @druidDUDE hey thanks, mister! :)". Twitter. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tennessee (2008)". IMDb. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Whiplash (2014)". IMDb. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Danny Collins (2015)". IMDb. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  5. ^ Can't Miss Kids Moore, Denver Post, September 2006.
  6. ^ "Littleton, Colorado". 
  7. ^ "Arapahoe High School - Warriors, Always Take Care of One Another". Arapahoe High School. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  8. ^ Congratulations, Arapahoe High School grads May 2007
  9. ^ From MMC to McKinley High: Alumna Melissa Benoist October 2012.
  10. ^ a b Who Is Melissa Benoist? All About Glee Season 4's Marley November 2012.
  11. ^ The Deadline Team (11 July 2013). "Melissa Benoist Joins ‘Imagine'; Natalie Dormer Cast In ‘Posh'; Carter Jenkins Leads ‘Skate God’". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  12. ^ Hibberd, James; Abrams, Natalie (22 January 2015). "'Supergirl' found: CBS casts 'Glee' actress". Entertainment Weekly - Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  13. ^ "Darren Criss & Melissa Benoist With Josh Duhamel on Kids Choice Awards 2013 23/03/13". YouTube. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  14. ^ "The Cast of GLEE for Coke,, June 2013.
  15. ^ Butler, Peppermint (10 June 2013). "Shaken, Not Stirred: Coke Launch with Glee Stars". Status Magazine online. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  16. ^ "‘Glee’ cast members invade 3 malls",; June 2013; accessed August 19, 2014.
  17. ^ "Newest ‘Glee’ stars overwhelmed by Pinoys’ welcome", (June 2013).
  18. ^ Blake Jenner and Melissa Benoist engaged,; July 11, 2013; accessed August 20, 2014.
  19. ^ White, Chelsea (12 July 2013). "Off screen love! Glee newcomers Blake Jenner and Melissa Benoist 'secretly engaged'". Daily Mail Online (UK). Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  20. ^ Woo, Kelly (March 6, 2015). "'Supergirl' Costume Revealed: First Pics of Melissa Benoist in Full Super-Suit". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 

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