Max Adler Talks “Born This Way” and Other Speculative End-of-Season PlotlinesTuesday, April 26, 2011
Max Adler plays tortured, closet-case bully Dave Karofsky on Glee ,and tonight, he’s rumored to receive his big close-up with a star turn in the extended-length episode “Born This Way.” Since I absolutely adore Max, I gave him a call and subjected him to another of my signature “interviews,” grilling him about Gaga lyrics, Rock Hudson stage plays, twin-tux prom outfits, and being the meat in a Klaine sandwich.
Brett Berk: All right, first things first. Do you actually like the song ‘Born This Way’? I think the melody and the singing are atrocious.
Max Adler: Wrong. I really dig it. Before I even heard it, I looked at the lyrics, because there was the rumor that Karofsky would be partaking in the song. And I thought it was great. It’s catchy, and it gets you singing the right positive message in your head all day.
We’ve only seen your character very briefly since the Super Bowl episode. If you had to imagine a life offstage for Karofsky, what would he have been doing?
I don’t think Karofsky is, by any means, preparing any performance pieces. He’s very tormented, confused, and scared. He has this load on his shoulders and this ginormous secret he has to keep. Everything he says, the way he walks, everything he does—it’s all masking what’s really going on. So I think he’s probably just flying under the radar. Keeping his profile as low as possible. Hiding out, and trying to figure shit out.
But tonight Karofsky is rumored to come to terms with his sexuality in some way. Let me guess. He and Sam fall in love and make plans to attend prom together, and the lengthy montage of their quest for the perfect matching white tuxedos is the real reason for the episode’s extended length—or maybe Gay Karofsky starts dating lesbian Santana?
You obviously have amazing sources. But none of those is exactly right. You’re onto something very close with one of them… I’ll tell you this: Santana is involved in what happens in “Born This Way,” not necessarily with what happens with Karofsky. But she has a big part in the episode—one that ends up affecting him, but not as directly as you may think.
That’s great. I always want to see more Naya on the show. So you’ve been such an outspoken advocate for L.G.B.T. causes. Why is this such an important issue for you?
Well, you have Blaine and Kurt on the show, representing the out, gay teenager, which is amazing. But what I’m playing is the struggling, insecure, scared boy, which is what so many gay kids are dealing with. I’m representing such a large group of people who are looking to this character for connection or answers, or just to be validated in their own feelings and thoughts. With so many eyes on the show and on that character—well, like they say, with great power comes great responsibility. So I felt like I had to step up and speak out and get involved with spreading the word while I can, and while I have this Glee platform. It’s a TV show, yeah. It’s entertainment. But it can also be used as an educational tool, with spreading awareness.
Well, you’re doing a great job, my friend.
Thank you. I’m having an amazing time. And the storyline for my character is just going to continue. There are lot of surprises and twists and turns. But it’s so genius, the way the season comes to a close for Karofsky. It’s gonna’ be really good. I can’t wait to see the reaction.