Melissa Benoist Is ‘Supergirl’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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‘Glee’ actress Melissa Benoist will star in a new Supergirl series that has just been picked up by CBS.

The network confirmed that it had placed a formal order for the show ahead of next week’s official announcements, according to The Wrap.

The drama will feature Kara Zor-El – Superman’s cousin – coming into her super powers and, at the age of 24, finally revealing her true super self.

The series comes from the creators of Arrow and The Flash and it’s believed the show’s will share the same universe, despite airing on different networks.

Here’s what you need to know about the new Supergirl:


1. She Has Gone Blonde For The Role

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Born and raised in Littleton, Colorado, Benoist made her film debut in Tennessee in 2008.

A natural brunette, she’s changed her hair color to fit in with the DC Comics portrayal of Supergirl. The other shows she’s been in include Homeland, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife and MasterChef.


2. She Played Marley on ‘Glee’

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Benoist, 24, joined the cast as newcomer Marley Rose in the fourth season of the show as “the new Rachel Berry.”

She auditioned for Glee in New York at the Roundabout Theatre Company, singing a different song for each of her five auditions including: Fidelity by Regina Spektor King of Anything by Sara Bareilles, a Colbie Calliat song, and several musical theater pieces. In July, she had two screen tests in California for series creator/writer, Ryan Murphy, the casting directors, and executive producers. As the show’s executives had been looking for an actress who could play the part of Marley for some time, Benoist began work immediately.


3. She’s Engaged to Blake Jenner From ‘Glee’

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The two actors got engaged in July 2013, according to US Weekly.

Jenner played Ryder Lynn on the hit Fox musical show. The actor and singer earned a spot on the series after beating out 13 other contestants on 2012’s The Glee Project.


4. Calista Flockhart Will Play Supergirl’s Boss

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Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart plays Cat Grant, Kara’s boss, Chyler Leigh plays Alex Danvers, Kara’s older foster sister and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, a former CIA agent and now the head of Department of Extra-Normal Operations.

Others cast in the series include Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Nashville alum Laura Benanti as Supergirl’s birth mother and former Superman and  Dean Cain and Helen Slater, respectively, in mystery roles.


5. ‘Supergirl’ First Appeared as a DC Comics Character in 1959

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Check out this video to learn about the history of Supergirl and her comic book beginnings.