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Melissa Benoist

Melissa Benoist

What do you consider to be your best asset?
An incredible family and support system that keep the sense knocked into me (or at least they try).

What was your proudest moment?
I’m proud that I am making a living doing what I always wanted to do.

What is your favorite drink?
A Hemingway Daquiri, a nice Rioja, or Daiginjo Sake. Depending on my mood.

What is your favorite food?
Sushi. Or donuts (frosting and sprinkles).

What is your favorite condiment?
A1 Sauce. It’s just so good.

What is your current obsession?
NYT crosswords, and The Great British Baking Show.

If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Oof, sweets. I am a candy fiend.

What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
Originating a role on Broadway has always a dream of mine. I love the process of shaping and discovering a character.

What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
I am a huge homebody, so I’d say decor and furniture and things for my house.

What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
Lounging in dog piles with my pups.

What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Fast food and the meat industry. I’m also convinced that all of our smart phones CAN’T be good for us.

What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Perseverance with compassion.

What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
An incredibly unfortunate habit of occasional lateness. I hate it.

What in the world most thrills you?
Reading a script that inspires me and makes me itch to get on my feet and do it. That, and the days leading up to and the act of leaving for a vacation.

What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
Selfie sticks. The whittling down of opinions to 140 characters or less.

What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
I was working on Glee and the Assistant Directors were very sweet and let me say ‘Action’ for the next take. I didn’t realize the boom operator was holding a microphone right above my head with headphones on, so I yelled ‘ACTION,’ and watched as a grown man next to me crumpled to the ground with his hands over his ears. I thought I had burst his eardrums, it was terrible.

What is your favorite place in the world?
Positano, Italy, or the Colorado Rockies.

What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Very open ears that listen, and silliness/sense of humor.

Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
I love dogs. But I’m not a cat-hater either.

What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
Books, wine, coffee, a fireplace, blankets, a nice man that I love, two dogs, and ingredients to cook a meal would have to be delivered to my doorstep. All with an underscoring of Chet Baker.

What is your personal motto?
Work hard, stay humble.