Melissa Marie Benoist
(born October 4, 1988) is an American actress and singer known for
her portrayal of the title character in the CBS superhero drama
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. Benoist has also
appeared films such as Whiplash, Danny Collins and The Longest Ride.
Benoist was born in Houston, but raised in Littleton, Colorado. She
is the daughter of Julie Renee (Smith) and James Logan Benoist.
Benoist has two full 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's first film was singer Mariah Carey's 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 September 2013, Benoist played Nicole, Miles Teller's love
interest in the film Whiplash. 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.
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
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 the Screen Gems
drama feature film Oxford, with Sam Heughan as her leading man.
In October 2015, the first episode of the fantasy adventure drama
series, Supergirl with Benoist in the lead role of Kara Zor-El aired
She and Glee co-star Darren Criss appeared with Josh Duhamel in the
opening of the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards. She is scheduled to appear
as a presenter in the 42nd People's Choice Awards, set to air
January 6, 2016 on CBS. 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 married her former Glee co-star Blake Jenner in March 2015.
In September 2014, nude photographs allegedly of Benoist were leaked
as part of the 2014 celebrity photo hack. Benoist responded with a
link to a TED talk on clickbait, stating that "incivility should not