Melissa Benoist is an American actress and singer best known for her portrayal of the title character in the CBS series Supergirl.
You might know her as Marley Rose on the fourth and fifth season of Glee and other TV shows such as Homeland, The Good Wife and Law & Order.
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 a singer for Mariah Carey’s in 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.
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.
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.
She starred in the 2015 film Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, and Annette Bening. She played the role of Jamie, a desk clerk at a hotel frequented by one of Jamie’s all-time favorite rock stars.
In August 2015, Benoist landed the leading role in the Screen Gems drama feature film Oxford, with Sam Heughan as her leading man.
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