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Melissa is in February 2013’s Elle magazine! Thanks to my friend Alice, I’ve added scans.

 

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January 15, 2013BelleNo Comments

Melissa stopped by two ‘After Parties’ in celebration of the 70th Annual Golden Globes and we have the first pictures uploaded to the gallery for you. Not sure who she was wearing but that dress is clearly made for her! Love it!

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January 14, 2013BelleNo Comments

Melissa will be performing at Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s west coast debut concert on January 20 at Upright Cabaret! Melissa previously played one of the leads in the Goodspeed production of Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown.

Also performing are Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Meghann Fahey (Next to Normal), Morgan Karr (Spring Awakening) and Max Ehrich (Newsies), among others.
This one night only musical event will be music directed by Brent Crayon with the Upright Cabaret band and will perform One Night Only – on Sunday, January 20 at 8pm at the Catalina Bar and Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.

Tickets: $25, VIP Seating Available. For Tickets, visit online www.UprightCabaret.com or phone the Box Office at ( 866) 468-3399.

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January 13, 2013BelleNo Comments

Melissa Benoist is set to appear on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” on Thursday, January 24th. The recording is scheduled to take place on the 11th. Be sure to check your local TV listings closer to the air date.

January 09, 2013BelleNo Comments

I’ve added the first HQs of Melissa at the 2013 Fox All-Star Party! I absolutely love her dress. We’ll be adding more as they come out, so make sure to check back.

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January 09, 2013BelleNo Comments

Before Glee‘s fourth season started, everyone was focused on what was to become of Rachel (Lea Michele), Finn (Cory Monteith), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and the rest of the McKinley gang. But we (almost) forgot about all of that the first time we laid eyes (and ears) on Melissa Benoist‘s character Marley. And that is why she is one of our Breakout Stars of 2012.

She proved to be a refreshing and talented addition to Glee, and while we adore the New York storylines, we don’t mind staying at McKinley to see what happens with Marley. We hopped on the phone with Benoist to talk about her big Glee debut, Michael Fassbender mania and what those long hours on set are really like.

Did you know how big your character was going to be when you auditioned?
Melissa Benoist: It was pretty much under wraps. I knew vaguely about her. The breakdown for the role said: “a girl guys might have a crush on.” [Laughs]. I did know initially that she was poor and the storyline with her mom was a part of the audition.
How was your first day on set? Did you feel nervous joining a cast who had already been together for so long?
Of course I was. I was really nervous. It was a strange feeling of intimidation, but they are the most welcoming and fun group of people. It’s infectious to be around them. On the first day, I think I was there for 12 hours in the choir room, and within the first five hours we were all already joking around and having a ball.

Glee fans are very passionate about the show. Were you worried about any backlash from the Gleeks?
Of course I was. They are…a different breed of fan. Thankfully, it’s been a lot of positive support. But there are people who just have very strong opinions about what they like and what they don’t like on the show. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but sometimes it is a bit jarring reading what fans have to say.

Marley had a very intense storyline with her eating disorder. What was your reaction when you found out you’d be tackling that heavy topic?
I feel very fortunate. I really like that kind of stuff. Part of the reason I do what I do is I like exploring issues like that. When Ryan Murphy first told me, it was my first week of work and he brought Jacob Artist and I into his office and said: “I really want Marley to be relatable and I think she’s going to have an eating disorder and go through something like that, so do your research now. I want it to be truthful and honest.” And that was something that I was really striving for.

 

So what’s coming up next for Marley?
There are bright things for her future. I think she had to do through what she went through to really appreciate her strengths and recognize her weaknesses. It’s a new day for her coming up.

If Glee gets a season five, would you want to be apart of it?
Oh, of course I would. I’m having so much fun working on the show. It’s the greatest group of people and I’m learning so much. We’re working so hard and so much, every day feels like a class. It’s just awesome.

What entertainment stuff were you obsessed with in 2012?
I’m obsessed with Michael Fassbender. He’s unbelievable. I think he’s a modern day Brando. Every movie that he’s done in the past couple years I just died for him. He’s extremely fascinating.

Now that 2012 is coming to a close, what do you hope to see for yourself in 2013?
I don’t know. I have a very optimistic view of my future right now. I’m very excited to see where it goes, but I try not to make plans just because I know how unpredictable life can be. Especially the life of an actor, and especially the life of an actor on Glee. I just want to be happy and healthy and surrounded by people I love, as cheesy as it sounds.

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December 28, 2012BelleNo Comments

After uploading some missing stills and caps, I’m happy to say that the Glee section of the gallery is now completely up to date!

 

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December 23, 2012BelleNo Comments

Taking on one of the lead roles in a show that some say has revolutionized television is no easy feat. Yet, Melissa Benoist as Marley Rose on Glee seems to actually…work. With amazing vocals that challenge those of Lea Michele, the first female lead on the show, Benoist’s talent is undeniable. Refreshingly enough, Benoist’s abilities don’t seem to cloud her humility, as her gratitude for being selected to join the cast is palpable even over the phone; it’s “a once in a lifetime opportunity to be on a show that has truly made its mark,” she says.

Here, the actress discusses working with the famed Ryan Murphy, being considered the new Rachel Berry, and her surprising previous acting experience.

Congratulation on your role! How did you land the part?
MELISSA BENOIST: I initially auditioned for the part in New York City, and had multiple auditions there. It was a pretty grueling process, to say the least. After multiple auditions in New York, [I] did two screen tests in California and actually got the job the day before I started working.

Wow!
MB: Yeah, it was kind of a whirlwind experience. I just automatically knew there was no way I wouldn’t have taken the part.

The role is so much more than acting, there’s obviously a lot of singing and dancing on the show. What was your experience with that before joining the cast?
MB: I grew up doing children’s theater and musical theater and dance. I never really played any sports or anything like that. I’m terrible at basically any kind of athletic something. [So], I grew up doing it and loved it and always knew it was what I wanted to pursue as a career. I knew initially that what Ryan Murphy was looking for was a girl who was primarily a singer, more than a dancer, so I knew that Marley was going to be someone who was very passionate about singing from the get-go.

You’re characterized more and more as the new Rachel Berry, played by the amazing Lea Michele. How do you feel about that?
MB: [I didn’t have] any idea that that was going to be the path for Marley until I got the first script. And, even then and even now, it sometimes doesn’t feel that way. Just because Marley is so different from Rachel Berry, [who] has shoes that are kind of impossible to fill.

Tell me about the process behind the music. How do you prepare for each song? How far in advance do you get the materials?
MB: Well, in my part, we record all of our songs separately. Everyone’s in the recording studio on their own. Sometimes we don’t get the songs until the night before, or even the day of, or even right when you get into the studio! I had that happen a couple [of] weeks ago. Recording the Christmas song, actually, I didn’t even know that I was singing a song on the album until I got into the studio. Luckily, it was a song that everyone knows so I didn’t have to learn any words or anything.

How is it working with Ryan Murphy?
MB: He really is truly inspiring. Such an inventive man with an incredible presence about him that when he’s in the room or around, everyone feels it. He’s really, really smart and awesome to be around.

He looks like a lot of fun also.
MB: Oh, yeah! And he has such a kind heart. He’s just one of those people that you can see is really caring and accepting, and he sees people very clearly for who they are and everything that’s good about them.

Many might not have realized that you actually played a part in Showtime’s Homeland! A role completely different from the one you play on Glee.
MB: It took a while for people to catch that. It’s kind of 180 degrees from Marley. It was a really great experience, though. I never would have even thought of taking a role like that unless I felt the way that I did about the script when I read it at first. I just remember thinking, ‘This show is going to be incredible.’ It was a really exciting opportunity for me and it wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I would [have] thought it [would] be, and I’m not ashamed of it. The storyline is something that happens today. It’s real, it’s out there. I think that’s what’s so important about the show.

Read more at http://la-confidential-magazine.com/channels/home-page/insights/q-and-a-melissa-benoist-on-glee#JSlcUlLAt3yTr8cw.99

December 21, 2012BelleNo Comments

Glee’s Christmas episode is featured in last week’s issue of TV Guide and we have the high quality scans for you in the gallery.

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December 06, 2012BelleNo Comments

Attenion all Gleeks! Melissa Benoist, who plays Marley Rose on the Fox musical comedy, has a very important announcement.

“Some people tweeted me that they thought she was dead, but she is not dead,” Benoist tells TVGuide.com. “She is alive.”

Phew! But just because the glee club newbie survived a fainting spell brought on by her eating disorder during Sectionals, her battle is far from over. Not only will Marley have to start taking better care of herself — physically and emotionally — but she’ll also have to work to win New Directions over after jeopardizing their shot at Regionals. Benoist talked to TVGuide.com about Marley’s road to recovery, her research for the “daunting” storyline and the possibility of another Glee tour.

When did the writers first tell you that Marley was going to have such a dramatic story?

Benoist: The first week of work, [creator Ryan Murphy] brought Jacob [Artist] and I into his office and [was] just talking with us about what his vision was for the characters. He said, ‘I’m really thinking about Marley having an eating disorder and dealing with bulimia. It definitely was a daunting thing to hear, but in the best way. As an actor, you can only hope for something with that much depth and something to dig into that much.

What was your first reaction when you read the script and saw that this story line would go that far?

Melissa Benoist: I had an inkling. I knew that something drastic needed to happen to knock some sense into Marley or to make her realize that what she was doing was extremely damaging to her psyche and to her physical well-being.

Where does the next episode pick up and what are the next steps for Marley?

Benoist: She’s at this point where she can wipe the slate clean, really. It’s at this point now where she needs to rebuild in a certain sense.

Is there a person in particular who will help her through this?

Benoist: Obviously, her mom is going to be a huge part of her recovery and there’s therapy. [It’s] just her being very open and honest about it from this point. But it’s definitely not over.

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December 06, 2012BelleNo Comments