Melissa attended the 2015 CBS Upfront Presentation at Lincoln Center in New York City (May 13).

Public Appearances > 2015 > May 13: 2015 CBS Upfront


Public Appearances > 2015 > April 06: “The Longest Ride” Premiere

Melissa attended the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California (February 21).

Public Appearances > 2015 > February 21: Film Independent Spirit Awards
Public Appearances > 2015 > February 21: Film Independent Spirit Awards – Cocktail Reception

‘Glee,’ ‘Whiplash’ Breakout Set as CBS’ ‘Supergirl’

CBS and Warner Bros. Television have found their Supergirl.

Glee and Whiplash breakout Melissa Benoist has been tapped to play the iconic DC Comics character,The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The hourlong drama, which received a hefty series commitment, centers on Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. Benoist will play Kara, who after arriving on Earth was taken in by a foster family, the Danvers, who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers (which she shares with her famous cousin, Superman).

Now 24, Kara feels un-empowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She’s still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn’t know it herself. An unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public. Energized by her heroic deed, for the first time in her life, Kara begins embracing her extraordinary abilities. She begins helping the people of her city and they soon take notice — and she’s even given a new moniker: Supergirl.

Benoist becomes the actress to portray the character, who was most recently played on the small screen by Laura Vandervoort on The CW’s Superman origin story Smallville.

The Glee actress was one of many actresses to test for the role, edging out The Vampire Diaries/The Originals’ Claire Holt, among others, for the part, sources tell THR.

Benoist joined Fox’s Glee during season four, as one of McKinley High’s new students after the musical’s senior class graduated. She was promoted to series regular ahead of season five and had been considered the heir apparent to star Lea Michele‘s Rachel on the series before the musical was retooled.

Supergirl will not be the first time Benoist has played a superhero. The actress donned a cape as “Woman Fierce” in Glee‘s “Dynamic Duets” episode in which the glee club channeled their inner super hero. (Watch her performance of “Holding Out for a Hero,” below.)

She joins fellow Glee breakout Grant Gustin (The CW’s The Flash) to land the starring role in a DC Comics adaptation from WBTV.

Arrow and Flash’s Greg Berlanti and his No Ordinary Family cohort Ali Adler (The New Normal) will pen the script and executive produce the drama via Berlanti Productions’ WBTV-based banner. Berlanti Productions’ topper Sarah Schecter is also on board to executive produce.

Supergirl — which still needs an official series order — could give all five of the broadcast networks superhero-themed series on the air next season, with DC properties on four of the five. Fox has Batman story Gotham — which like Supergirl started with a series commitment; NBC has Hellblazer take Constantine, which will end after 13 episodes; CW has already renewed Flash and Arrow; and ABC, via Disney’s deal with Marvel, has Agents of SHIELD and bridge series Agent Carter. For its part, Netflix also has four Marvel series and a mini, starting with Daredevil.

Benoist’s credits include awards season darling Whiplash and roles on CBS’ Blue Bloods and The Good Wife as well as Showtime’s Homeland. She’s repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit.


Public Appearances > 2014 > October 06: “Whiplash” Premiere
Public Appearances > 2014 > October 06: “Whiplash” Premiere After Party

Happy birthday to Melissa!

GLEE’s Melissa Benoist Joins Film Adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ THE LONGEST RIDE

According to Deadline, GLEE’s Melissa Benoist has signed on to join Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, and Alan Alda in the upcoming film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ latest romance novel THE LONGEST RIDE. George Tillman, Jr. will direct.

THE LONGEST RIDE is officially described as:

“Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.”

Eastwood and Robertson will play Luke and Sophia, respectively, while Benoist will play Sophia’s roommateMarcia.

Benoist was cast in the fourth season of the show as McKinley High student Marley Rose. The 24-year-old was originally considered to be “the new Rachel Berry.”