If you’re a fan of the CBS/CW superhero drama series Supergirl, Melissa Benoist doesn’t need to be introduced to you, but if you’re not, she may need a little introduction.
You’ll get more than an introduction if you scroll down to reveal interesting facts about the actress.
Melissa Benoist Biography
Benoist was born Melissa Marie Benoist on 4 October 1988 in Littleton, Colorado. Her parents (Julie and Jim Benoist) separated when she was very young. She has two sisters (Jessica and Kristina).
She graduated from the Arapahoe High School Centennial in Colorado and received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama Arts from Marymount Manhattan College New York City in 2011.
Her Rise To Stardom
She showed an interest in art from an early age and was properly instructed. At the age of three, she was enrolled in dance classes, and at four she started acting in church.
By the time her friends were going to graduation parties, Benoist was chasing her passion and building a career. She was a member of a music theater school led by Paul Dwyer and Alan Worley, who performed at Disneyland for three summers. She also performed Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie, and Evita with local production.
In 2006, when Benoist was only 18 years old, she was named one of five “Can’t-Miss Kids” from Colorado by the Denver Post.
She made her first film debut in 2008 when she appeared in Tennessee, a film produced by Lee Daniels and starring singer Mariah Carey.
In the years that followed, the young actress rose through the ranks, first auditioning for five different Glee songs, having two screen tests in California, appearing alongside Glee co-star Darren Criss and Josh Duhamel at the opening of the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards.
She then became an ambassador for Coca-Cola, promoting the new product P10 300 ml Coke Mismo. In 2013, she and other ambassadors – members Becca Tobin, Jacob Artist, and Dean Geyer – traveled to Manila in the Philippines to support the product through visits to various shopping malls and meetings with fans.
In 2015 she played the lead role in Danny Collins alongside Al Pacino. She also played Lorelai in Lowriders. In the same year, Melissa was given a starring role in the superhero adventure series Supergirl and became the first woman to play a superhero on television in prime time since Wonder Woman stopped aired after three seasons in the 1970s.
Melissa Benoist hosted the presentation of the 2016 People’s Choice Awards and the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, which took place in January 2016. She was one of the voices that told the stories of the people who were killed in a gay nightclub in Orlando during the shooting of a 2016 Human Rights Campaign video that was released in honor of the victims.
In 2016, she played the role of Katherine Russell (widow of the late Boston marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev) on Patriots Day. In 2017, she then appeared as Rachel Koresh (legal wife of David Koresh, the leader of the Davidian branch) in Waco.
The Supergirl actress is the recipient of the Saturn Award for Best TV Actress Supergirl (2015) and the Breakthrough Performance Award (2016).
She was reportedly awarded $10,000 for her role in the film Whiplash for each episode of Glee, about $272,727, and earns just over $750,000 for Supergirl. Together her net worth is about $3 million.
Although her net worth comes mainly from her acting career, she also earns for her appearances in television commercials and commercials.
Benoist is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 55 kg. Her body measurements are 32-23-34.
Is Melissa Benoist Dating Anyone? Husband, Divorce, Boyfriend
Benoist married a co-star of Glee, Blake Jenner, in 2015. Unfortunately, their love story did not end in the eternal land, as the couple called it in December 2016, after only 21 months of marriage.
Mellisa, who filed for divorce, cited “insurmountable differences” as the reason for their separation; the divorce was finalized in December 2017. Since then she has moved on with Supergirl co-star Chris Wood.
According to reports, Chris and Mellisa started dating in early 2017 and have stayed together since then. The couple met during the shooting of the second season of Supergirl, in which Chris plays Mon-El.
Before their marriage to Blake, Benoist was linked to Nick Vorderman, and 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
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: White
- Birth Sign: Libra
- Parents: Julie and Jim Benoist
- Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
- Net Worth: $3 million
- Hair color: Brown (dyed)
- Eye color: Blue
- Weight: 55 kg
- Body Measurement: 32-23-34
- Married: No
- Divorced: Yes
- Education: Marymount Manhattan College New York City