Melissa was interviewed and photographed for COVETEUR. View the interview and photoshoot below.
COVETEUR – We spoke with the actress about her mini-series Waco, crossword puzzles, and connecting to dogs.
So, a superhero enters a bar. It sounds like beginning of a way-too-corny joke that’s only mildly funny at the end, but in this case, it’s how we met Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist. Just replace the word “bar” with Toro NYC. And make the punch something about the fact that as we waited for everyone else to arrive, the actress treated herself that day’s crossword puzzle, all while looking—literally!—powerful in a kickass, all-black, leather suit.
Still, it isn’t exactly fair to *only* reference Benoist’s role on the CW hit (even if she did arrive looking quite superhero-ish). She has plenty of other big credits under her belt as well, including Glee from back in the day and, most recently, the Paramount Network’s mini-series, Waco, which airs on Wednesday nights and tells the story of the ’90s siege involving a religious cult. We spoke with Melissa on why she was initially intrigued by the role, her open struggle with anxiety, and her real-life super power (which might actually top any we’ve seen on TV).
Melissa spoke to Interview Magazine with her Waco co-star Andrea Riseborough. Check out the photoshoot and interview below.
INTERVIEW MAGAZINE – Waco is more than just a city in central Texas. It—the word, the place, everything Waco represents—is also a milestone, a landmark of religious fervor and governmental blunder in the sordid side of the American imagination often overlooked. It is synonymous with David Koresh, the self-proclaimed prophet that lived on the city’s fringes, the religious cult he presided over, and the military siege that left over 75 of its brainwashed members dead.
Waco is also the name of a new TV miniseries on the Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV). The show stars Taylor Kitsch as David Koresh who spars with FBI agent Gary Noesner, played by Michael Shannon. In only six episodes, it attempts to tell the stories of those both in and outside of the compound, often seeking to humanize the players on either side of a conflict without obvious “good” and “bad” guys.
Glee is a show that resonates among many TV viewers because of the way it celebrates individuality and tackles timely youth issues. All this plus awesome singing and dancing from its talented cast make for an entertaining 40 minutes every week.
This season’s batch of fresh faces were so well-received on the show that they found themselves on a plane to Manila as Coca-Cola’s latest brand ambassadors. Jacob Artist (Jake Puckerman), Melissa Benoist (Marley Rose), Dean Geyer (Brody Weston) and Becca Tobin (Kitty Wilde) were here recently to promote Coca-Cola’s global “Open Happiness” campaign, which took them around malls in Metro Manila to meet fans as well as to unveil crates containing the brand’s latest product, the 300 ml “Coke Mismo.”
Inquirer Super sat with the foursome and asked them about their real-life struggles to make it in Hollywood, staying positive amidst rejection, and how to keep it real in glitzy Los Angeles.
Public Appearances > 2013 > June 08: “Glee For Coke”
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