Patrick Gallagher Talks About Ken Tanaka On GleeThursday, March 10, 2011
Being part of the Glee phenomenon that first season was a "crazy ride," says Gallagher. He played Ken Tanaka, the tightly wound football coach who battled Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) for the affections of high school guidance counsellor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays).
Gallagher is proud of one quirky essential he added to coach Tanaka's eccentric wardrobe — the fanny pack.
"It just went with those shorts, right?" he says.
He's not entirely sure why his tenure on the series only lasted one season. Coach Tanaka's absence was explained away as a nervous breakdown on the second season premiere. The character was replaced by a female football coach, Shannon Beiste (played by Dot-Marie Jones).
Gallagher isn't convinced we've seen the last of Tanaka on "Glee." His fantasy is that Beiste pulls off a face mask one day to reveal Gallagher’s wild-eyed Tanaka underneath.
"Why not? Anything can happen on that show, right?"
Although home is now Los Angeles, he's happy to be back working in Vancouver and pleased to see a revival in the local TV industry after a few lean years exasperated by the Olympics.
Still, he doesn't see moving back permanently to Vancouver, not until they import the one thing he can't live without from the States: In-N-Out Burger.
Gallagher is passionate about the hamburger chain and always orders off the secret menu.
His tip for those visiting Southern California: "order everything ‘animal style.'"