Chris Colfer: I think we're too busy to feel famous.
Lea Michelle: [Laughs loudly] I think we should make that a T-Shirt! they could sell it at Urban Outfitters!
CC: It's because we're working constantly.
LM: We haven't had a hiatus since we started the show. For the first year it was signing tours, now we're on concert tours so we literally have been non-stop, with maybe a few weeks here or there for a holiday break or a summer break. We're constantly in a Glee bubble. It's when we have those breaks and we go out that we feel the effects that our show’s having on the world. And when we do things like singing for President Obama at the White House, those are moments when you go ‘Holy ___!’ But 95 per cent of the time we are on set working with each other and we really don't get to feel the enormity of Glee.
It’s a brand new term at McKinley High. Last year you had Gwyneth Paltrow and Britney Spears. Who is joining Glee Club this year?
CC: No idea, but I’ve been submitting storylines!
LM: I loved the Kurt and Rachel storyline, I have had so much fun working with Chris so if that were to continue in the third season I would be just so happy.
CC: I hope we break into another theatre, that was fun!
Will you be upset if Rachel Berry isn’t a big star at the end?
LM: I definitely see Rachel going to New York and going to a musical theatre college. Past that point? Sort of undetermined…but she obviously has the potential.
Do you think we will see Rachel’s gay dads this season?
LM: I’m hoping, I really am hoping, but I think what would be really smart is if at the end of the season when we are at our big competition, if she’s just taking a bow, she waves and it’s Elton John and someone incredibly famous. Two people and then that’s it, you never see them again.
What about Barbra Streisand, would you love her to cameo?
LM: We just had [Broadway star] Patti LuPone on Glee which was insane, but when I met Barbra Streisand in real life it was too much to handle – it was just so incredible that I was glad it only lasted ten seconds because after that I probably would have been face down on the ground! I can’t even imagine if I did that, what Rachel Berry would do!
Chris what was your ‘Barbra’ moment? Was it meeting Lady Gaga?
CC: [Laughs] No, because every time I meet Lady Gaga I embarrass myself so much.
LM: OH MY GOD!!
CC: Lea was there and she may recall… I bowed.
LM: He did curtsy.
CC: I bowed, I bowed to Lady Gaga.
LM: It was when we were at the White House…
CC: Oh I remember, I said, ‘No-one new has talent but you!’
LM and CC: ‘No-one has talent but you, none of the new artists’!
LM: Yeah and I stood there and laughed, then looked at her and she looked at me like I was crazy, then that was it.
CC: I’m not good at meeting people.
Do you have a wish list of people that you would like on the show?
CC: I want Julie Andrews to play my grandmother. I think it could happen!
Of course, you starred in a version of The Sound of Music didn’t you?
CC: I did, yes. That’s why they called me Kurt, because I played Kurt in The Sound of Music.
Lea, who would you like?
LM: You know it’s the same thing when people ask me what songs I want to sing; I love being surprised, I love hearing, ‘oh Gwyneth Paltrow is going to be on next episode’ and then you know, I pee my pants. I like being surprised because it’s so much more fun.
What about show tunes, do you want more or are you tired of them?
LM & CC: More show tunes!
CC: Because that's all I can do! [laughs]
LM: That's not true!
LM: I just love it, I just love it, its just so amazing. We get to sing these amazing Broadway songs.
CC: The bigger, the more female, the better I say.
LM: I couldn’t agree more.
So season 3 is probably going to be your last season?
CC: Well we got to graduate right?
Obviously the kids have to graduate at some point. Some of you could stay back if you fail…
LM: Lets fail! Lets do really bad in school.
CC: I know!
Do you think Brittany will still be around?
CC: Oh she'll still be around! She'll be around forever.
LM: Puck might too. I feel Puck might already be in his 30s! He's not like us!
CC: Well legally you can't be in school in the States in your 30s. Once you are 25 you have to get out, because some people have been held back till they are 25.
LM: What? You can be held back legally until you're 25? That’s fantastic!
You'll need to get rid of Finn then?
LM: Oh I can't do that...
So have you been thinking about the future post season 3, your Glee-dom?
LM: I think that Chris and I have really loved this experience so much, everything has gone so fast, to hear the word graduation is so unbelievable at this point, but obviously its inevitable…
As football player and Casanova of McKinley High, Glee’s Mark Salling is a jock with a sensitive side.
The Texas native, who recently celebrated his 29th birthday, talked to Parade.com about his TV family, the cause he’s passionate about, and why he’s not quite the heartthrob he’s made out to be.
On the Glee Live! In Concert summer tour.
“We did so many cities and so many shows in such a short amount of time, so it’s a whirlwind. We even made a movie out of it! It’s such an original, unique thing that we are doing. I don’t think that many shows have done tours like this, excluding So You Think You Can Dance. It was such a wonderful summer, and it feels good to be back at work. Even with the short amount of time I had off, I actually missed my Glee family.”
On bonding with his co-stars.
“I had never been on a TV show before, so I didn’t really have any expectations, but we are like a family. Sometimes there’s friction and conflict, but then there’s resolution, just like any other family.”
On what’s in store for Puck this season.
“We are only three episodes in, so as far as a story arc for the season, I have no idea, but I think he’s going to be getting back to his old badass ways a little bit and loving the ladies!”
On being named the star most likely to date a Glee fan by his fellow co-stars.
“That’s kind of ridiculous! I think someone was having a little fun when they said that. I think they were trying to start something!”
On turning 29 this summer.
“It’s quite a trip. I’m 45-years-old in high school! It does feel like I’m reliving high school at times.”
On his solo music.
“Glee is a fulltime job. I wish I had more time to play some shows and tour and do my own music, but I’m just happy to be a part of Glee. That’s my number one focus right now.”
On being recognized by fans.
“It sounds crazy, but if I wear a hat I’m invisible, so I have that power. I live in a bubble. Hollywood is a small town, believe it or not. I see the same people over and over, so it’s not that overwhelming or crazy as you might think.” OP:They're called stalkers.
His friends in Texas love his superstar status.
“It’s humbling. I enjoy this ride and I get a kick out of it, but I think my friends and loved ones get more of a kick out of it than I do. That’s what’s great about it — seeing them enjoy it.”
On the Glee effect.
“I just got back from my 10-year high school reunion and a bunch of people said the show meant a lot to them and gave them hope. These are people I went to high school with and that’s not who you’d expect to hear those kind of accolades from, so that was really rewarding. That’s the kind of stuff that feels the best in my opinion.”
On joining forces with ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign.
“Child hunger is something we think of as a foreign issue and it’s a huge issue right here in the United States. 17 million kids are affected. Actually, my native state of Texas is number two on that list, so I feel a personal connection.
He has Glee to thank for his access to charitable causes.
“That’s one of the benefits of this wonderful show that I’ve been fortunate to be part of. It gives you a platform and a voice for causes that you feel passionate about.”
GLEE CLUB IS BACK IN SESSION ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF “GLEE” TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, ON FOX
Its fall and that means back to school for the students and faculty at McKinley High. The New Directions clan returns after a devastating loss at Nationals, so Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) assigns a project to get them back on track. Meanwhile, Sue Sylvester starts her congressional campaign on “The Purple Piano Project” season premiere episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, September 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GLE-301) (TV-14-D, L)
Cast: Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester; Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester; Lea Michele as Rachel Berry; Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson; Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury; Dianna Agron as Quinn; Chris Colfer as Kurt; Kevin McHale as Artie; Amber Riley as Mercedes; Mark Salling as Puck; Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina; Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez; Heather Morris as Brittany; Harry Shum as Mike Chang and Darren Criss as Blaine Anderson yay.
Guest Cast: Ashley Fink as Lauren Zizes; Iqbal Theba as Principle Figgins; Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Beiste; Lauren Potter as Becky Johnson; Josh Sussman as Jacob Ben Israel; LaMarcus Tinker as Marcus; Bill A. Jones as Rod Remington; Vanessa Lengies as Sugar Motta; Earlene Davis as Andrea Carmichael
Emmy host and nominee Jane Lynch wants to see her Glee colleagues incorporated on the broadcast.
“I’ve pitched a couple of ideas for the Glee cast,” she told reporters Tuesday during a conference call ahead of the Sept. 18 awards show. “I bet there will be an appearance.”
Lynch, who plays the snarky tracksuit-clad cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on the Fox musical dramedy, noted that she’s been involved in every aspect of putting the show together, collaborating with producer Mark Burnett and company and that her duties as host are a welcome relief from having to think about her nomination.
“My nerves will mostly be focused toward doing the show,” said Lynch, who won the supporting actress in a comedy prize last year and is nominated in the same category for her role on Glee. “It’s almost a relief not to have to think about having been nominated.”
As for the show itself, Lynch teased that the production has “something unique” planned ahead of the four main categories (drama, comedy, reality and miniseries). “We’re going to have some little things we haven’t seen before,” she noted.
Lynch is the third woman to host the Emmys alone, following Angela Lansbury in 1993 and Ellen DeGeneres in 2005 and noted that she hasn’t received any hosting tips from previous hosts but joked that Sue Sylvester would suggest to “Somehow find a way to give all the awards to yourself.”
“Sue Sylvester would make the show explosive … but it might be kind of warlike, angry and violence,” she laughed. “A show with Jane Lynch would be a lot nicer and easier to digest."
With production under way on Glee’s third season, Lynch reiterated that the season would focus more on the kids and their intimate relationships and upcoming graduation.
“With graduation looming ahead, it’s not just working for sectionals, regionals and nationals; it’s what these kids will be doing with their life,” she said.
Lynch also denied speculation that The Glee Project winner(s) would be a nemesis for Sue, saying that as of the third episode, she was yet to see any evidence of such a story line.
The Emmys air Sunday, Sept. 18 on Fox. Glee’s third season premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 on Fox.