Benoist at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
October 4, 1988
|Spouse(s)||Blake Jenner (m. 2015)|
Melissa Marie Benoist (//; born October 4, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She is 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.
Benoist was born in Houston, and raised in Littleton, Colorado. She is the daughter of Julie Renee (Smith) and James Logan Benoist. Benoist has two sisters, Jessica and Kristina. She graduated from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado in 2007, and from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2011.
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 different malls and meeting with fans.
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.
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, while the second season of the series will be premiered on The CW.
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, she presented along with The Flash star Grant Gustin. 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.
|2015||The Longest Ride||Marcia|
|2015||Band of Robbers||Becky Thatcher|
|2016||Patriots Day||Katherine Russell||Filming|
|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"|
|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)|
|2016||DC's Legends of Tomorrow||Supergirl||Guest Star|
|2000||The Sound of Music||Brigitta||Country Dinner Playhouse production|
|2003||The Sound of Music||Liesl||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|
|2016||42nd Saturn Awards||The Breakthrough Performance Award||Supergirl||Won|
|Best Actress on a Television Series||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
- "Melissa Benoist". TV Guide. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
- "Melissa Benoist Biography". ArticleBio.com. January 5, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
- 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.
- "Melissa Benoist Ancestor Chart (52189)".
- Moore, John (September 22, 2006). "Can't Miss Kids". Denver Post. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
- "Littleton, Colorado".
- "Arapahoe High School – Warriors, Always Take Care of One Another". Arapahoe High School. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
- Congratulations, Arapahoe High School grads May 2007
- From MMC to McKinley High: Alumna Melissa Benoist October 2012.
- "Who Is Melissa Benoist? All About Glee Season 4's Marley". wetpaint.com. November 2012.
- "Darren Criss & Melissa Benoist With Josh Duhamel on Kids Choice Awards 2013 23/03/13". YouTube. March 24, 2013. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
- "The Cast of GLEE for Coke, raindeocampo.com, June 2013.
- Butler, Peppermint (June 10, 2013). "Shaken, Not Stirred: Coke Launch with Glee Stars". Status Magazine online. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
- "‘Glee’ cast members invade 3 malls", rappler.com, June 2013. Accessed 2014-08-19.
- Yang, Tatin (June 9, 2013). "Newest ‘Glee’ stars overwhelmed by Pinoys’ welcome". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hipes, Patrick (May 21, 2015). "'Supergirl' Star Melissa Benoist Climbs Into 'Lowriders' Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
- 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.
- "CBS Fall 2015 Schedule: 'Supergirl' Opens Monday, 'Life In Pieces' Follows 'Big Bang'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
- "49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy | Human Rights Campaign". Hrc.org. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
- 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.
- "Melissa Benoist, Blake Jenner Are Married: Secret Wedding Details!". Us Weekly. July 13, 2015.
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