Melissa Marie Benoist (born October 4, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She is currently portraying Marley Rose on Glee. She makes her first appearance as Marley Rose in the episode The New Rachel in Season Four. Aside from her role on Glee, she has appeared in a number of television series like Homeland, The Good Wife, Law and Order, etc. and one movie: Tennessee.
Melissa was born to Jim and Julie Benoist in Littleton, Colorado. She went to Arapahoe High School in Littleton. In high school, Melissa felt like an outsider and was made fun of. She did a lot of extracurricular theater shows. She says she was a wallflower and spent a lot of time by herself, like eating lunch, but she was okay with it. She graduated from Arapahoe in 2007. Instead of attending graduation parties, she performed the play "Evita" with other cast members at the shut-down Country Dinner Playhouse.She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2011.
Melissa made her film debut in Tennessee. In May, she auditioned for Glee in New York at the Roundabout Theatre Company. She sang different songs for her five auditions: "Fidelity" by Regina Spektor, "King of Anything" by Sara Bareilles, a Colbie Caillat song, and some musical theater songs. In July, she got two screen tests in California for Ryan Murphy, the casting directors, and executive producers. Because the creators had been looking for Marley for a long time, she started working the day she found out she got the job.
She appeared at the opening of the Kids Choice Awards 2013 with Darren Criss.
I believe in making my opportunities and that I am responsible for my own future. I am going to be really careful about it and take it one step at a time, and hopefully it will turn out for the best. But I love it so much I don't think I would give it up for anything else.
She was a fan of Glee before she joined the cast.
Like the character she portrays, she also comes from a single parent family.
Went to Marymount Manhattan College and graduated in 2011. Jenna Ushkowitz also attended, but graduated in 2007.