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 is currently dating her Glee co-star Blake Jenner.
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
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