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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 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. Benoist has also appeared films such as Whiplash, Danny Collins and The Longest Ride.

Early life

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.

Career

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,[10] 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 rock stars.

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 on CBS.

Media appearances

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.

Personal life

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 be supported."

       

     
Film    
     
Year Title Role
     
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
TBA Billy Boy Jennifer
TBA Oxford  
     

     
Television    
     
Year Title Role
     
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jessalyn Kerr
2010 Blue Bloods Renee
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ava
2010 The Good Wife Molly
2011 Homeland Stacy Moore
2012–14 Glee Marley Rose
2013 MasterChef Herself
2015–present Supergirl Kara Zor-El / Supergirl / Kara Danvers;Bizarro Girl
2016 The Flash Kara Zor-El / Supergirl / Kara Danvers
     

 

 

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