Melissa Benoist

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Melissa Benoist
Melissa Benoist LA Film Festival (cropped).jpg
Benoist at the LA Film Festival, June 2015.
Born Melissa Marie Benoist
(1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 27)
Houston, Texas,[1] U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2000–present
Known for Supergirl
Spouse(s) Blake Jenner (m. 2015)

Melissa Marie Benoist (/bɛˈnɔɪst/; born October 4, 1988)[2][3][4] is an American actress and singer best known for her portrayal of the title character, Kara Zor-El, in the CBS / The CW superhero drama series Supergirl.

She rose to prominence for her portrayal of Marley Rose on the fourth and fifth seasons of the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee, and has appeared in a number of television series including Homeland, The Good Wife and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Benoist has also appeared in films such as Danny Collins, The Longest Ride and the Oscar-winning 2014 film Whiplash.

Early life[edit]

Benoist was born in Houston, but raised in Littleton, Colorado. She is the daughter of Julie Renee (Smith) and James Logan Benoist.[5] Benoist has two full sisters, Jessica and Kristina. From her father's remarriage, she has five half-siblings: Tanner, Estella, Coco, Rocket and Tor.[6][7][8] She graduated from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado in 2007,[9] and from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2011.[10]


Benoist's first film was singer Mariah Carey's Tennessee in 2008.

In May 2012,[11] 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,[11] she had two screen tests in California for series creator/writer, Ryan Murphy, the casting directors, and executive producers.

In September 2013, Benoist played Nicole, Miles Teller's love interest in the film Whiplash,[12] 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.[13]

She had a role in the 2015 film Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, and Annette Bening. She played the part of Jamie, a desk clerk at a hotel frequented by one of Jamie's all-time favorite rock stars.[14]

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.[15]

In August 2015, Benoist landed the leading role in the Screen Gems drama feature film Oxford, with Sam Heughan as her leading man.[16]

In October 2015, the first episode of the superhero fiction adventure drama series, Supergirl with Benoist in the lead role of Kara Zor-El aired on CBS.[17]

In June 2016, 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.[18][19]

Media appearances[edit]

She and Glee co-star Darren Criss appeared with Josh Duhamel in the opening of the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards.[20] She appeared as a presenter in the 42nd People's Choice Awards, which aired on January 6, 2016 on CBS. She was also selected as an ambassador for Coca Cola's new product, P10 300 ml Coke Mismo.[21][22] In June 2013, they were flown to Manila, Philippines to endorse the product by visiting different malls and meeting with fans.[23][24] She was a presenter in the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, she presented along with 'Flash' star Grant Gustin.

Personal life[edit]

Benoist married her former Glee co-star Blake Jenner in March 2015.[25]


Film roles
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
2016 Low Riders Lorelai
2016 Patriots Day Katherine Russell Filming
TBA Billy Boy Jennifer Post-production
TBA Sun Dogs Tally Filming
Television roles
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 Episodes: "Grace", "Clean Skin"
2012–14 Glee Marley Rose
  • Season 4: Recurring role (22 episodes)
  • Season 5: Main role (13 episodes)
2013 MasterChef Herself Season 4: Episode 10
2015–present Supergirl Kara Zor-El / Supergirl / Kara Danvers / Bizarro Girl Lead role
2016 The Flash Supergirl Episode: "Welcome to Earth-2" (archival footage)


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


Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2013 Teen Choice Awards 2013 Choice TV Breakout Star Glee Nominated
2016 42nd Saturn Awards The Breakthrough Performance Award Supergirl Won
2016 42nd Saturn Awards Best Actress on a Television Series Supergirl Nominated


Main article: Glee discography


  1. ^ Laura Jacobs. "Why Supergirl Star Melissa Benoist Is the "Annie Hall of Superheroes"". Vanity Fair. 
  2. ^ "Melissa Benoist". TV Guide. Retrieved May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Melissa Benoist Biography". 5 January 2016. Retrieved May 2016. 
  4. ^ Rose, Lacey; O'Connell, Michael; Sandberg, Bryn Elise; Stanhope, Kate; Goldberg, Lesley (August 28, 2015). "Next Gen Fall TV: 10 Stars Poised for Breakouts". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Melissa Benoist Ancestor Chart (52189)". 
  6. ^ Moore, John (September 22, 2006). "Can't Miss Kids". Denver Post. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  7. ^ "Littleton, Colorado". 
  8. ^ "Arapahoe High School – Warriors, Always Take Care of One Another". Arapahoe High School. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  9. ^ Congratulations, Arapahoe High School grads May 2007
  10. ^ From MMC to McKinley High: Alumna Melissa Benoist October 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Who Is Melissa Benoist? All About Glee Season 4's Marley". November 2012. 
  12. ^ The Deadline Team (September 11, 2013). "'Fast & Furious 7' Adds Djimon Hounsou; 'Glee's Melissa Benoist Gets 'Whiplash'; Liana Liberato Joins 'If I Stay'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  13. ^ Yamato, Jen (June 24, 2014). "'Glee's Melissa Benoist Joins 'The Longest Ride'; 'Sicario' Adds 'Captain America 2's Maximiliano Hernandez; Shane Black Rebooting 'Predator'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  14. ^ The Deadline Team (July 11, 2013). "Melissa Benoist Joins ‘Imagine'; Natalie Dormer Cast In ‘Posh'; Carter Jenkins Leads ‘Skate God’". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  15. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 21, 2015). "'Supergirl' Star Melissa Benoist Climbs Into 'Lowriders' Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  16. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr (August 27, 2015). "'Supergirl's Melissa Benoist, 'Outlander's Sam Heughan Set For Screen Gems Love Story 'Oxford'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  17. ^ "CBS Fall 2015 Schedule: ‘Supergirl’ Opens Monday, ‘Life In Pieces’ Follows ‘Big Bang’". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy | Human Rights Campaign". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  19. ^ Rothaus, Steve (June 12, 2016). "Pulse Orlando shooting scene a popular LGBT club where employees, patrons 'like family'". The Miami Herald. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Darren Criss & Melissa Benoist With Josh Duhamel on Kids Choice Awards 2013 23/03/13". YouTube. March 24, 2013. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  21. ^ "The Cast of GLEE for Coke,, June 2013.
  22. ^ Butler, Peppermint (June 10, 2013). "Shaken, Not Stirred: Coke Launch with Glee Stars". Status Magazine online. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  23. ^ "‘Glee’ cast members invade 3 malls",, June 2013. Accessed 2014-08-19.
  24. ^ "Newest ‘Glee’ stars overwhelmed by Pinoys’ welcome",, June 2013.
  25. ^ "Melissa Benoist, Blake Jenner Are Married: Secret Wedding Details!". Us Weekly. July 13, 2015. 

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