Who is Melissa Benoist and what else has the Supergirl actress starred in?03/06/2020
SUPERGIRL actress Melissa Benoist has begun 2020 with some super news of her own – she's pregnant.
The star, who was a victim of domestic abuse, has now revealed she is expecting her first child with husband Chris Wood. Here's more about the actress' life.
Who is Melissa Benoist?
Melissa is a 31-year-old American actress who is best known for playing Supergirl in the TV series since 2015.
She's also reprised the role of Kara Davers and Supergirl in Arrow, Legends Of Tomorrow, The Flash and Batwoman.
She had her first taste of fame when she landed the role of Marley Rose on the fourth and fifth seasons of Glee.
Melissa also played Overgirl in Freedom Fighters: The Ray and starred as Rachel Koresh in Waco.
On the big screen she has appeared in films such as Whiplash (2014), The Longest Ride (2015) and Sun Dogs (2017).
On the stage, Melissa made her Broadway debut in 2018 with the headlining role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Is Melissa Benoist married?
Melissa has been married twice.
In 2015 she married actor Blake Jenner, 27, after meeting on the set of Glee back in 2012.
They filed for divorce in December 2016.
She is now married to her Supergirl co-star Chris Wood, 31, with the couple announcing on March 4, 2020, that they are expecting their first child together.
Melissa wrote alongside photos of the couple with their dogs: “A non-canine child is coming to our family very soon!!!
“@christophrwood has always been an old dad by nature but now he’s going to be a real one.”
What has Melissa Benoist said about domestic violence?
In November 2019 Melissa shared a powerful video revealing that she was the victim of domestic abuse.
She did not name her attacker but in the 14-minute long video on Instagram she recounted how she was in a long-term relationship with the man who was younger than her.
Melissa said: "The stark truth is I learned what it felt like to be pinned down and slapped repeatedly, punched so hard the wind was knocked out of me, dragged by my hair across pavement, head-butted, pinched until my skin broke, shoved into a wall so hard the drywall broke, choked.
In the video, Melissa added that the abuse began as jealousy and lack of trust, and that her attacker was "insecure and depressed".
The executive producers of Supergirl, Sarah Schechter and Greg Berlanti, issued a statement of support for the actress, and her co-stars also took to social media to share their love.
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