An American actress, singer, and dancer named Melissa Marie Benoist. She was the daughter of Julie and Jim Benoist, a doctor, and was born in Littleton, Colorado. She is of Scottish, German, English, and French ancestry. When she was three years old, she enrolled in dance lessons; when she was four, her aunt cast her in a church play she was directing.
For three summers as a teen, Benoist played undercover at Disneyland with the Academy of Theatre Arts, a Paul Dwyer and Alann Worley-founded institution for musical theatre in Littleton, Colorado. She appeared regionally in productions of Evita at the Country Dinner Playhouse, Bye Bye Birdie at Town Hall Arts Center, and Cinderella.
After graduating from Centennial, Colorado’s Arapahoe High School in 2007, she relocated to NYC to pursue a profession in musical theater. She enrolled at Marymount Manhattan College to pursue a BFA in musical theater, but during her sophomore year, she changed her focus to the theater since she loved Russian plays from the 19th century.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Marymount Manhattan College in 2011. She performed as Rosalind in As You Like It at the Theresa Lang Theatre while in college and Millie Dilmount in an urban off-off-Broadway version of Thoroughly Modern Millie. She enrolled in dancing lessons at age three, primarily studying jazz, ballet, and tap.
She started performing in a local kid’s theater in her hometown after her aunt cast her in a church play when she was four.
Melissa Benoist is a well-known American actress, producer, and singer. A Month in the Country, Cinderella, A Chorus Line, and Bye Bye Birdie were just a few of the regional plays she appeared at the Town Hall Arts Center, a renowned theater in the Denver metropolitan area.
She presented the play Evita, with some other cast members at the defunct Country Dinner Playhouse instead of attending high school graduation celebrations. Benoist was designated one of Colorado’s five “Can’t-Miss Kids” in 2006 by The Denver Post.
The Fox musical comedy-drama Glee, broadcast from 2012 to 2014, was the performance that made him most renowned. She portrayed Marley Rose in it, and in the fifth season, she started to appear frequently. Additionally, Melissa was cast in the title role in the CBS/CW drama series Supergirl, which was based on DC Comics.
The show spanned from 2015 until 2021, which helped it expand its fan base and establish itself as a well-known name in the Arrowverse universe—2016’s action thriller Patriots Day, 2017’s comedy-drama Sun Dogs, and 2016’s drama Lowriders.
David Waco, a cult leader from the Paramount Network drama, was one of them. Melissa Benoist played the part of David Koresh’s spouse in 2018. Melissa Benoist also performed admirably on stage as Carole King in 2018.
As of 2022, her net worth is estimated to be $4 million.
5ft 6 inches (168.9 cm)
Melissa Benoist’s marital status is that of a married woman. From 2008 through 2012, Melissa Benoist was romantically linked to American photographer Nick Vorderman. The marriage of Melissa Benoist and her Glee co-star Blake Jenner was announced in 2015. The divorce was concluded in December of 2017. On February 10th, 2019, Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood announced they were getting engaged.
They also got married that same year, in September 2019. The couple announced their first child’s impending arrival on March 4th, 2020, via an Instagram post. Finally, the couple announced their son’s coming on September 25th, 2020, to the public. He was given the name Huxley Robert Wood.
Siblings and Parents
Jim Benoist, a physician, is Melissa Benoist’s father, and Julie Benoist is her mother. Jim and Julie Benoist are Melissa’s parents. However, when she was a young girl, her parents separated.
Melissa Benoist has five half-siblings because her father later remarried. She has two siblings as well. Jessica Benoist, a novelist, and Kristina Benoist, an ecological scientist, are her sisters.
- She has three tattoos: a bicycle on her left foot, a wolf on her left wrist, and a feather with the word “free” on the back of her neck.
- Because of an eye injury, her pupils are not the same size.
- Otis, the name of one of her pets, is also the name of Lex Luthor’s aide in the Superman (1978) movies.
- Besides English, Melissa is fluent in Russian, Russian-accented, Japanese, Spanish, French, and Middle English.