She earned rave reviews for her Glee guest spot last November as substitute teacher Holly Holliday. Now the Academy Award winner is returning to the Fox hit on March 8 — and she’s getting frisky with Matthew Morrison’s Will Schuester. In this exclusive shot, the pair begin a romantic dance number. ”We lock up in that frame and then it cuts right to us doing a tango to Prince’s ‘Kiss,”’ says Morrison. ”[We shot] on the auditorium stage with candelabras all around us,” he continues. ”I had never done the tango before. We’re kicking in between each other’s legs. She was so scared the whole time, like, ‘I’m gonna kick his balls. I’m so sorry, Matt.’ I was like, ‘Get in there!”’
Darren Criss, who plays openly gay student Blaine on “Glee,” locked lips with Lea Michele’s Rachel on last week’s episode – but was it a one-time smooch for the handsome Warbler? Or rather, is Blaine considering switching teams?
“It was clearly, for Blaine, an experiment, which I think is a cool thing to address,” Darren told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover of his character’s temporary canoodling in an interview on Access Hollywood Live on Friday. “More often than not, it’s like the straight guy or the straight person thinking out of the box, but the other side of that is just sort of… conflict.”
The 24-year-old actor/musician originally auditioned for the role of Finn for the hit series, but lost the role to Cory Monteith – a rejection Darren said may have been attributed to his formerly crazy coiffed hairdo.
“For the longest time I would come in [to auditions] with my big, sort of hobbit hair and my guitar and sing like Motown and Disney songs… basically just being a goofball,” Darren laughed.
The charming crooner trimmed his hair when he returned to audition for the role of “preppy” private-schooler Blaine and performed his own take on Britney Spears’ first chart topper, “… Baby One More Time.”
“For[the role of Blaine] role it was very clean-cut, preppy… so I did the ‘Dead Poets [Society]’ hair,” Darren told Billy and Kit, referencing the 1989 Robin Williams drama. “I actually sang a Rodgers and Hart tune, which is very sort of classical musical theater, then I did a version of… Britney.”
Though Darren plays an openly gay high school student on “Glee,” he said he hasn’t had a problem getting the ladies off-screen, as he is very open about his heterosexuality.
“I’ve been pretty overt about the fact that I am straight,” Darren told Billy and Kit. “I think it’s an important thing to be explicit about — not for my own sexuality, but just as a general statement that I am comfortable with my sexuality and very comfortable with the fact that I’m playing a strong gay character.”
Being a part of “Glee” has been a dream come true for the actor, who was relatively unknown in the entertainment world prior to landing a coveted role on the series.
“It’s been a blessing because it’s something I’m very proud of,” Darren told Billy and Kit. “It’s a wonderful show, great character and it’s been something that’s been very organic and it’s attached to a social-political package that I happen to be very invested in as well.”
So, we could have had 2 seasons by now of awesome Blaine and Rachel duets? Hmmmm
On 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News), Bill O'Reilly was critiquing a clip of Willie Geist, Ann Curry and Jenna Bush Hager dancing on 'Today' when he made a surprising revelation.
"I was on the set of 'Glee' last night," O'Reilly disclosed. "And after seeing those professionals, and that ... pretty frightening. And I want to thank all of the 'Glee' people for being so nice to us."
O'Reilly has taken shots at 'Glee' in the past, once accusing the show of indoctrinating the nation's youth with liberal values. And 'Glee' responded with an episode featuring a newsman character who seemed to be parodying O'Reilly.
That all appears to be water under the bridge. There are Twitter reports of O'Reilly being greeted warmly on the 'Glee' set, and the rumor is he will be playing one of the judges at the Regionals.
There are plenty of musicians out there who not only want their songs covered on Glee, but would actually love to be on the show, too.
I recently told you Jennifer Hudson wouldn’t mind visiting McKinley High. Well, I’ve got another major singer for ya who wants some time in the Glee spotlight.
And she ain’t looking to play no substitute teacher like Ms. Hudson…
“I’d love to be on Glee,” Leona Lewis recently told me. “I’d love to play a rebel. Be a real biker chick in leather and covered in tattoos. A real badass.”
But if producers aren’t too keen on that idea, the “Bleeding Love” hitmaker said, “I could also play like a geek who becomes a swan.”
Lewis is already pals with Mr. Schue. Not only did she tweet a pic of her and Matthew Morrison hanging at a party during Grammy week, but back in June they performed together in London. They dueted on “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” during one of Lewis’ concert at the O2 Arena.
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"What can you do when your good isn't good / And all that you touch tumbles down / 'Cause my best intentions / Keep making a mess of things / Just wanna fix it somehow / But how many times will it take / Oh, how many times will it take... for me to get it right?"