Many people will recognize Melissa Benoist at first sight as Supergirl, also known as Kara Danvers, from The CW’s superhero series “Supergirl.” With her role as the iconic DC hero, Benoist became the first woman to lead a superhero TV series since Lynda Carter in “Wonder Woman,” which ran from 1976 to 1979. It was certainly a long time coming. Now that “Supergirl” is finishing off its sixth and final season, Benoist is likely looking for her next major role or focus in life. She recently started her own production company and has a children’s book coming out called “Haven’s Secret,” which she co-wrote with her sister, Jessica Benoist, and Mariko Tamaki, but there are plenty of different directions she could go.

So how did Benoist get here? Born in 1988, Benoist’s parents got divorced when she was very young, and she spent most of her childhood and adolescence in the small town of Littleton, Colorado. In case her last name doesn’t make it clear, she has french heritage in her family, although her family doesn’t pronounce Benoist in the traditional french way (“The Late Late Show with James Corden”). From an early age, Benoist had an interest in singing and the stage, and clearly, it paid off.

Here’s the transformation of Benoist from childhood to “Supergirl,” and beyond.

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