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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 “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 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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I’ve added 180 HD screencaps of Melissa in last night’s Glee episode!

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Melissa will be a guest on Anderson Live on December 07!

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New Directions newbie Marley Rose shed her previous “Wall Flower” persona and became “Woman Fierce” during last week’s “Dynamic Duets” hour in which she stole a page — and a guy! — from frenemy Kitty. But will Marley’s newfound self-assuredness last considering Kitty’s claws come out every time Jake’s involved?

As McKinley heads to Sectionals, will Marley’s Kitty-induced skewed self-image bring the Wall Flower back or will her fierce alter-ego show up? Or worse: Might Kitty (Becca Tobin) strike back and cost New Directions its comeback on the biggest stage of the new group’s young season? The Hollywood Reporter turned to Melissa Benoist to preview what’s ahead for one of the glee club’s biggest new voices as she navigates a love quadrangle, anorexia and the pressure of performing for Quinn, Santana and the current National Champions.

The Hollywood Reporter: Last week, Marley shifted from being a “Wall Flower” to what Kitty dubbed “Woman Fierce.” How long can we expect that attitude to last?
Melissa Benoist: From this point on, it’s going to be an uphill battle for Marley no matter what. We’ll see glimpses of that strength that she’s found through “Woman Fierce,” but she’s not finished battling her inner demons.

THR: Will her anorexia intensify?
Benoist: I don’t think she’s very healthy and it will intensify. It’s not something that was just a thing she was trying out. Kitty really got into her head and she’s definitely going to keep battling a lot.

THR: Ryder (Blake Jenner) and Jake (Jacob Artist) have both told Marley that she has a skewed vision of herself. What’s it going to take for Marley to start listening to these people who are telling her how beautiful she is?
Benoist: At this point, she’s so far gone — she has such a different view of herself than everyone else does. You could say she is a pretty and smart girl but she will never see that. At this point I think it’s going to take something very drastic to happen for her to realize — and it’s going to be no one but herself — that something is terribly wrong and she needs help.

THR: Kitty has really gotten into her head. How is Marley not suspect of Kitty’s motives?
Benoist: Perhaps it’s because of all the male attention Marley’s gotten from Ryder and Jake and the friendship she found in Jake from the start — they really see eye to eye on a lot of things because they come from the same background. With Kitty, Marley is excited to have a female friend and someone who is popular and someone who does fit in — or seems like they fit in well and easily. Marley is in such an insecure state that it gives her a sense of belonging — in the wrong way.

THR: How much does Marley trust Kitty at this point?
Benoist: I don’t know if Marley really completely trusts Kitty. I don’t know if she’ll ever forget everything that happened with Jake, she got really stung. One of the things I really love about Marley is that she’s good at seeing the bigger picture when it comes to people. She’s very accepting of everyone, even with all their faults just because she has this inherent kindness. She sees some of Kitty’s meanness, but when it deals with her body image and insecurities, she only hears what she wants to hear.

THR: Kitty’s move to take a dig at Marley after Ryder cancels their date — with Marley responding by asking Jake out — winds up biting her in the ass. How can we expect Kitty to respond? Will she step things up with Marley as a result?
Benoist: I loved that! (Laughs) Definitely; it’s like a chess game between the two of them. They’re constantly making moves around each other and Kitty has to one-up Marley every time. She feels like she needs to be on top of things when it comes to Marley.

THR: Could that ultimately harm New Directions at Sectionals?
Benoist: Oh yeah, for sure. Sectionals is a really dramatic episode. How far Kitty has penetrated Marley’s mind really affects everyone. It’s such a negative thing and Marley is so affected by it that everyone can see and sense it and it’s such an epic pinnacle.

THR: How will Marley handle the pressure of Sectionals with such skewed self-awareness?
Benoist: It’s difficult for her because Sectionals is the first time she’s performing for such a large goal and it’s been a huge dream of hers since she was very little to perform in front of people this way and show what she’s passionate about. In that respect, the pressure is mixed with an excitement and anxious will to do the best job she can.

THR: What will Marley’s interaction with Quinn, Santana and the rest of the graduates be like?
Benoist: It brings a huge excitement and raises the bar and the pressure that everyone is under but at the same time all the new kids really look up to the graduates and can really be inspired by them.

THR: Marley and Finn (Cory Monteith) seem to be cut from the same cloth, could she wind up having more of a connection with him?
Benoist: They are cut from the same cloth: they’re both loyal people and very determined and want to do what’s right. They both care about this glee club like crazy and in that respect, they definitely see eye to eye. Marley and Finn do have a connection but I don’t know if it’s anything more than just their love for the glee club and their passion to do well.

THR: Now that Ryder and Jake have this bromance going, will Marley come between them?
Benoist: I think they overcame the roadblock that Marley was between them because of the issues they were both dealing with and what they shared during “Dynamic Duets,” which was really personal for teenage boys to be sharing with each other. Marley, at this point, they both recognize that the other just wants her to be happy and to get everything she deserves because they both genuinely care about her and think she deserves really good things. She’s definitely an obstacle for both of them but their friendship seems pretty solid at this point.

THR: Could we see Marley wind up dating both of them or could she eventually pick one — or neither?
Benoist: Marley has her sights set on one (laughs). It’s a tough competition; they’re both such great guys for her.

THR: How is Marley’s mother going to respond when she learns of her daughter’s anorexia?
Benoist: What’s great about Mrs. Rose is she’s such a supportive and loving mother that obviously it’s going to be a touchy subject between the two of them just because she didn’t raise her to be weak; they’re women who have had to fend for themselves and are a single-parent family with not a lot of means. Aside from being extremely painful to see your daughter go through something like that, there might be a little disappointment because you’d hope that your daughter would have the strength to overcome that, especially after everything Marley has been through in the past with people making fun of her.

How do you think Marley will fare at Sectionals? Hit the comments with your thoughts. Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.


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I’ve added over 400 HD (1080p) screencaps from Melissa’s season four promotional EPK video. She looks adorable!


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I’ve added 300+ HD caps from Melissa’s appearance on Last Call With Carson Daly a few weeks ago.


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November 28, 2012BelleNo Comments

For a young actress slash singer, scoring a part on Glee is living the dream. Melissa Benoist was going from audition to audition when she landed the role of Marley Rose, a McKinley High transfer student who’s dubbed “The New Rachel” (literally—that was the title of fourth season’s premiere episode). The day that Melissa found out she got the coveted role, she started rehearsals for the hit show.

Marley comes from a low-income family and faces ridicule from her classmates, who tease her because her mother works in the school cafeteria and is overweight. But she finds comfort in the Glee club, and quickly goes from wallflower to class heartthrob when she lands the role of Sandy in the school production of Grease. She also finds herself in a love triangle with bad boy Jake Puckerman (Jacob Artist) and football player Ryder Lynn (Blake Jenner). As Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and her classmates enter the college years and take on more peripheral roles on the show, Marley is holding down the fort in the choir room. We spoke to Melissa, who prior to Glee had only done one-off roles in television series such as Law & Order, about how she landed her big break.

What was your audition process like?
“I first auditioned in New York at the Roundabout Theatre Company, and then went through five auditions all with different songs. I sang a Regina Spektor song, ‘Fidelity,’ a couple of musical theatre songs, and the last songs I performed were ‘King of Anything’ by Sara Bareilles and a Colbie Caillat song. I love female singer-songwriters! And then I had two screen tests in California for [creator] Ryan Murphy and his team, and I haven’t been back to New York since I got the job. I started working the day I found out that I got the part. The producers had been looking for Marley for a really long time, and then when it happened, they threw me into wardrobe fittings and dance rehearsals.”

Were you a fan of Glee before you got cast?
“Oh yeah! I’d watch it with my best friend.”

How did it feel to step onto set and not only meet the actors, but also their characters?
“Everyone is so nice, welcoming, and fun to be around. I was in the choir room and it was definitely surreal to see Kevin McHale rolling around in a wheelchair, and then all of the sudden when they yell cut, standing up.”

You’re a key part of this new Glee freshman class. Did you feel comfortable stepping into this role?
“It was definitely a transition, and I felt a lot of pressure at first to fill this role in the choir room that was missing because of all of the people that graduated on the show. But it’s this new, fresh energy, and it feels like a different show.”

How do you personally relate to your character?
“I was such a wallflower in high school. I did a lot of extracurricular theatre shows, but at school, I spent a lot of time by myself. I ate lunch by myself, and I was always okay with it. But I was definitely made fun of and I always felt like an outsider. And Marley experiences that. She’s in the process of figuring out who she is and blossoming, and doesn’t know how to express herself fully—both with words and with music. That’s really what I find beautiful about her. But I definitely have a very huge shy streak just like her. I also come from a single-parent family. I’m very close with my mom and can completely relate to that. She has an incredibly amount of strength and she just doesn’t know how to use it yet.”

What about her style? Do you dress like Marley?
“I never used to wear hats. I never ever thought that I could pull them off, so in daily life, I don’t really wear them, but I love Marley’s wardrobe. Sometimes it’s really apparent that she’s picking through bins at the Goodwill.”

What’s your favorite song that you’ve performed on the show so far?
“‘Blow Me One Last Kiss’ by Pink. There was energy on set that day that was amazing. It was such a moment for Marley to have so much moxie and gumption, and Alex Newell and I let loose and rocked out. He’s such a good singer and I fed off of his energy.”

If you got to choose a song to perform on the show, what would you pick?
“I love singing classic jazz standards—any Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, or Etta James song would be amazing. I love ‘At Last’ by Etta James. For contemporary music, it’d be really cool to sing a Mumford & Sons song.”

Marley’s caught in a love triangle with Ryder and Jake. Who do you think she should choose?
“Jake. He’s the bad boy that has the sensitive side, and I think he has more depth. Nothing against Ryder, but Marley can relate to Jake.”

Do you have any other projects lined up?
“I’m definitely interested in doing movies. I’ve always focused more on acting than singing because that’s where my true passion lies.”

Will we see you on a Glee tour?
“I’m not sure! I know Ryan Murphy has tweeted about a tour possibly happening. Honestly, if it did, I would be so excited and willing. It’s not every day that an actor gets an opportunity that hundreds of recording artists are dying for.”

What do you hope that viewers take away from Marley’s storyline?
“I hope that young girls find strength in her struggle. Marley is extremely relatable and I hope that people can see that sometimes the good girls do end up on top and prevail.”

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Check out the promo for next week’s episode of ‘Glee’ titled “Thanksgiving”.

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Logoless screen captures from the “Glease” episode are now available in our gallery in HD!

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I’ve added four HQ photos of Melissa and her Glee co-stars Kevin McHale and Blake Jenner performing at last night’s American Australian Benefit Dinner


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