If you are a fan of CBS/CW superhero drama series Supergirl, then Melissa Benoist need not be introduced to you but if you are not, she may need a little bit of introduction.
You will get more than an introduction as you continue scrolling down to unveil interesting facts about the actress.
Benoist was born October 4, 1988, in Littleton, Colorado as Melissa Marie Benoist. Her parents (Julie and Jim Benoist) separated when she was very young. She has two sisters (Jessica and Kristina).
She graduated from Arapahoe High School Centennial, Colorado and bagged a Bachelor of arts in theatre arts from Marymount Manhattan College New York City in 2011.
Her Rise To Stardom
She showed interest in the art right from an early age and was properly guided. At age three, she was enrolled in dance classes and at four, she began acting in church.
At the time her mates were busy going to graduation parties, Benoist was running after her passion and building a career for herself. she was a member of a musical theatre school run by Paul Dwyer and Alan Worley, which performed at Disneyland for three summers. She also performed Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie and Evita with a local production.
In 2006, when Benoist was only 18 years old, she was named one of Colorado’s five Can’t-Miss Kids by The Denver Post.
Her first film debut didn’t come until in 2008 when she appeared in Tennessee, a movie produced by Lee Daniels, which also starred singer Mariah Carey.
The following years saw the young actress rising through the ranks, first, she auditioned for Glee for five different songs, had two screen tests in California, appeared in the opening of the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards alongside Glee co-star Darren Criss and Josh Duhamel.
She then became an ambassador for Coca-Cola, advertising its new product, P10 300 ml Coke Mismo. In 2013, she travelled to Manila, Philippines, with other ambassadors – members Becca Tobin, Jacob Artist, and Dean Geyer, to endorse the product by visiting various malls and meeting with fans.
In 2015, she starred in Danny Collins, alongside Al Pacino. She also played Lorelai in Lowriders. In the same year, Melissa landed a lead role in the superhero adventure series Supergirl and became the first woman to play a superhero on prime time TV since Wonder Woman went off the air in the seventies, after three seasons.
Melissa Benoist hosted the 2016 People’s Choice Awards, and the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, held in January 2016. She was part of the voices that told the stories of the people killed in the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting in a Human Rights Campaign video released in tribute to the victims.
In 2016, she played Katherine Russell (widow of deceased Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev), in Patriots Day. Then in 2017, she appeared as Rachel Koresh,(legal wife of Branch Davidian’s leader David Koresh) in Waco.
The Supergirl actress is a recipient of the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television Supergirl (2015) and Breakthrough Performance Award(2016).
According to reports, she was paid $10,000 for each episode of Glee, about $272,727, for her role in the movie Whiplash and earns a little above $750,000 for Supergirl. Together, her net worth is about $3 million.
Although her net worth is majorly from her acting career, she also earns for appearing on TV adverts and commercials.
Benoist is 5 Feet 8 Inches tall and weighs 55kg. Her body measurements include 32-23-34.
Is Melissa Benoist Dating Anyone? Husband, Divorce, Boyfriend
Benoist married a co-star from Glee, Blake Jenner in 2015, unfortunately, their love story didn’t end in forever land as the couple called it quits in December 2016, after being married for just 21 months.
Mellisa who filed for the divorce cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their separation, the divorce was finalized in December 2017. She has since moved on with Supergirl co-star Chris Wood.
Chris and Mellisa reportedly began dating early 2017 and has remained together ever since. The couple met while filming season two of Supergirl, where Chris plays Mon-El.
Before her marriage to Blake, Benoist was linked to Nick Vorderman, they were reportedly together from 2008-2012.
Quick Facts About Melissa Benoist
Full Name: Melissa Marie Benoist
Date of Birth: 1988, October 4
Place of Birth: Harris County, Texas
Birth Sign: Libra
Parents: Julie and Jim Benoist
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
Net Worth: $3 million
Hair colour: Brown (dyed)
Eye colour: Blue
Weight: 55 kg
Body Measurement: 32-23-34
Education: Marymount Manhattan College New York City