Melissa Benoist (as Marley)

     

Melissa Benoist plays Marley in Glee. Benoist has had guest spots on "Homeland" and "The Good Wife".

She first appears in the episode The New Rachel as a new student.

Check out the Twitter gallery for on set pics of Melissa and her fellow new co-stars

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.

In May 2012 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.

Trivia

She was a fan of Glee before she joined the cast.
She has two sisters named Jessica and Kristina.
She likes singing classic jazz and would like to sing any Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, or Etta James. If she could sing a contemporary song, she would sing something by Mumford & Sons.
She loves the song "At Last" by Etta James.
Her passion lies in acting rather than singing and she is interested in doing movies.
She is obsessed with Michael Fassbender.
She saw Matthew Morrison in New York on Broadway. She loved his performance in "A Light in the Piazza."
As a teen, she performed anonymously at Disneyland for three summers with the Academy of Theatre Arts run by Paul Dwyer and Alann Worley in Littleton.
Is in a relationship with Nicholas Vorderman who is a photographer.
She has three tattoos: a wolf on her left wrist, a feather and the word "free" on the back of her neck, and a bicycle on her left foot.

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