An actress and songstress, Melissa Benoist is packed with talent. Here's how she went from starlet to superhero.
Only after completing a host of auditions, screen tests, and months of waiting did she officially snag the role to be TV's next superpowered wunderkind. She certainly made an impression-- she was the first person to audition for the role!
Supergirl brings a much-needed dose of girl power to primetime, and people are paying attention.
Her Supergirl character, Kara Zor-El, is from another planet entirely. Melissa, however, was born in Texas and grew up in a Littleton, Colorado.
As the sweet, naive Marley Rose, Benoist starred on Fox's musical comedy-drama Glee in its fourth and fifth seasons as part of the next generation of New Direction performers.
The Glee couple known as "Ryley" lives on; Benoist and former Glee co-star Blake Jenner have been a real-life couple since 2012.
The "Ryley" duet continues! The match made in TV's favorite musical theater class wed in 2015.
So far, she has three tattoos: a wolf on her left wrist, a bicycle on her left foot, and a feather plus the word "free" on the nape of her neck.
Benoist plays opposite Miles Teller's intense drummer in Whiplash and Al Pacino's over-the-hill rocker in Danny Collins. She's set to reunite with Whiplash production company Blumhouse in Lowriders, which centers on the East LA car scene.
At the 2013 Kerrigan-Lowdermilk West Coast Debut, Benoist and Sarah Hyland of Modern Family sang their hearts out in "Freedom" from the musical The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown. Benoist performed in a production of the musical way off Broadway (Connecticut) in 2011.
Way before Glee and Supergirl, Benoist received her first credit from the indie movie Tennessee, starring Mariah Carey and produced by Empire's Lee Daniels.
Working alongside Supergirl stunt double Shauna Duggins, Benoist jumps at the chance of doing many of her own fight moves and flying.
Smash and The Last Five Years actor-singer Jeremy Jordan is set to appear on Supergirl as Winslow "Winn" Scott, a techie with a bit of a crush on Benoist's Kara. With their musical talents super-evident, is it too early to ask for an all-singing episode?
In a small role as Stacy Moore, Benoist bared it all as a young woman interviewing for a two-year position in a harem. Her interviewer turned out to be a CIA informant for Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes).
She played Marcia, bestie to Britt Robertson's Sophia, in the film adaptation of Sparks's The Longest Ride.
And flawlessly, we might add.
With Supergirl taking off this fall, and considering Melissa's success so far, there's no stopping this rising star.