Who plays Melania Trump on Stephen Colbert? Meet actress Laura Benanti

Jane Corscadden January 19, 2021
Who plays Melania Trump on Stephen Colbert? Meet actress Laura Benanti

Who plays Melania Trump on Stephen Colbert? Through Donald Trump’s presidency, a Melania Trump look-alike has become a familiar face on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Now that Trump’s presidency is coming to an end, both “fake Melania” and the real FLOTUS have said her final goodbyes.

FLOTUS impersonator bids farewell to The Late Show

A Melania Trump lookalike has been a feature on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert since July 19, 2016.

Since then, she has made regular appearances on the show, typically when something relating to Donald Trump was making headlines.

Her latest – and last! – appearance on Stephen Colbert comes following a speech from the real FLOTUS, made two days before President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Here’s the real First Lady’s speech:

So, it was only natural for Melania from the Colbert Show to make a follow-up appearance, right?!

In this sketch, the actress playing Melania adds some things real Melania maybe forgot to mention in her address to the nation:

Who plays Melania Trump on Stephen Colbert’s show?

The role of Melania Trump is played by American actress and singer Laura Benanti.

Benanti has performed on Broadway, receiving five Tony Award nominations. For her role as Louise in the 2008 adaption of Gypsy, she won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress In A Musical.

As for television, Benanti featured in the 2013 NBC TV production of The Sound Of Music Live! and in 2015, she played twin sisters Alura and Astra in TV series Supergirl.

However, her recurring role as Melania Trump is what she is best known for.

Get to know Laura Benanti

Benanti feels she was always destined to go into acting. Her mother, Linda Wonneberger, is a vocal coach and former actress while her dad, Martin Vidnovic, is a Broadway actor and singer.

However, despite her parents’ involvement in the industry, they refused to let Laura audition for professional theatre. Instead, she appeared in many high school and community productions, including Evita and Into The Woods.

As a child, Benanti remembers being “very serious.” From a young age, she was passionate about musical theatre, saying she “came out of the womb as a 40-year-old.”

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Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in news, culture and politics. She studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast before completing a Journalism MA at the University of Ulster. Always trawling social media and keeping up to date with the latest trends and crazes, her main interest lies in digital culture and internet trends.