Melissa Benoist

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Melissa Benoist
Melissa Benoist (cropped).jpg
Benoist in June 2015
Born Melissa Marie Benoist
(1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 26)
Harris County, Texas,[1] U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2000–present
Known for Glee
Spouse(s) Blake Jenner (m. 2015)

Melissa Marie Benoist-Jenner (born October 4, 1988)[2] 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.[3] She appeared in the film Whiplash (2014),[4] which won top prizes (Grand Jury and Audience awards) at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. She also starred in the 2015 film Danny Collins,[5] starring Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, 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 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.[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 made her film debut in 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 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.[12]

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.[13]

Media appearances[edit]

Benoist at premiere of Band of Robbers.

She and Glee co-star Darren Criss appeared with Josh Duhamel in the opening of the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards.[14] She was also selected as an ambassador for Coca Cola's new product, P10 300 ml Coke Mismo.[15][16] In June 2013, they were flown to Manila, Philippines to endorse the product by visiting different malls and meeting with fans.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Benoist has been married to her former Glee co-star Blake Jenner since March 2015.[19]

Photo leaks[edit]

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."[20]



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


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, upcoming[21]


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
2013 Teen Choice Awards 2013 Choice TV Breakout Star Glee Nominated


Main article: Glee discography


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  2. ^ Benoist, Melissa (October 4, 2012). "@itsmmbenoist: @druidDUDE hey thanks, mister! :)". Twitter. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tennessee (2008)". IMDb. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Whiplash (2014)". IMDb. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Danny Collins (2015)". IMDb. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  6. ^ Can't Miss Kids Moore, Denver Post, September 2006.
  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 (11 July 2013). "Melissa Benoist Joins ‘Imagine'; Natalie Dormer Cast In ‘Posh'; Carter Jenkins Leads ‘Skate God’". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  13. ^ Hibberd, James; Abrams, Natalie (22 January 2015). "'Supergirl' found: CBS casts 'Glee' actress". Entertainment Weekly - Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  14. ^ "Darren Criss & Melissa Benoist With Josh Duhamel on Kids Choice Awards 2013 23/03/13". YouTube. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  15. ^ "The Cast of GLEE for Coke,, June 2013.
  16. ^ Butler, Peppermint (10 June 2013). "Shaken, Not Stirred: Coke Launch with Glee Stars". Status Magazine online. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  17. ^ "‘Glee’ cast members invade 3 malls",; June 2013; accessed August 19, 2014.
  18. ^ "Newest ‘Glee’ stars overwhelmed by Pinoys’ welcome", (June 2013).
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  21. ^ 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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