Glee Cast - It’s Not Unusual
Glee Cast - We Got The Beat
After the success of the first Glee-inspired comic book, Bluewater Comics is readying to release a second installment, Fame: Glee 2, this October. The comic will feature Glee stars Darren Criss (who's Broadway-bound next year in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) as well as Heather Morris, Naya Rivera, Dianna Agron and Kevin McHale. The Fame: Glee series takes a close look at the lives of the actors and creative talent behind Glee. The original installment highlighted the career paths of Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Cory Monteith and Glee creator Ryan Murphy.
Like a teenager who had a growth spurt over the summer, the Season 3 premiere of Glee boasts a dizzying amount of changes.
At a screening on Thursday in Los Angeles, creator Ryan Murphy handily shared some spoilers, such as the possible return of Gwyneth Paltrow in her Emmy-winning role as substitute teacher Holly Holliday; the Episode 2 return of Broadway star Idina Menzel as Shelby, Rachel’s biological mother and adoptive mom of Quinn and Puck’s baby; and a two-hour tribute in the spring.
Most important, Glee will focus this season on the core characters as they prepare to graduate, he said. For instance, Canadian Vanessa Lengies, who plays new student Sugar Motta, "will be used sparingly … as great flavour, as spice," he said.
Murphy also dropped some major storyline spoilers – stop reading now if you don’t want to know!
The premiere episode races:
Will and Emma are living together. Finally. But they’re not doing the horizontal jog. And Will is mighty frustrated.
“Obviously they’re moving towards marriage and a family,” said Murphy. “The obstacle is can she get healthy enough and sane enough to get married and have kids? That’s what we’re writing.” (The reasons for Emma’s obsessive-compulsive behaviour become apparent in Episode 3 when her parents come to visit.)
Quinn has chopped off her hair, dyed it cotton-candy pink (as seen in the promos), wears black nail polish, chain smokes, has quit New Directions and joined a girl gang called the Skanks. “You look like a Jolly Rancher fell in an ashtray,” Brittany (Heather Morris) bleats.
The charismatic Blaine leaves his private school and The Warblers to join Kurt, his one and only love at McKinley High. But are they destined to duel at New Directions?
Meanwhile, Kurt and Rachel (Lea Michele) realize they must pump up their resumés to compete for enrollment at a New York City drama school. So Kurt runs for class president. And Rachel suggests the school mount West Side Story. Naturally she expects to play the lead, Maria. But Mercedes (Amber Riley) isn’t having it.
Murphy said Mercedes will no longer be in Rachel’s shadow. (It’s about time – that woman has pipes.) Mercedes, last seen snuggling up to Sam (Chord Overstreet), has a new beau – a football player as wide as a door. Mercedes explains matter-of-factly that Sam’s dad was transferred out of state.
Will kicks Santana out of glee club because she’s allied with Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). Sue, depressed last season after her sister died, is reinvigorated by her campaign for Congress. Her platform? Slashing funding for the arts … including all glee clubs.
Glee Project co-winner, Damian McGinty from Ireland, will appear in Episode 6 as a foreign exchange student. “He’s shacking up with Brittany,” Murphy revealed,” and “she thinks he’s a leprechaun with magical powers. It’s great fun.” The other winner, Samuel Larsen, will play Puck’s (Mark Salling) relative and is scheduled for Episode 10 or 11.
The writers were playful when they created a cameo for runner-up Lindsay Pearce. She gloats to Rachel in Episode 1 that she’s “been acting since she was in utero” when an ultrasound of her appeared on Murder She Wrote. And then she sings spectacularly.
Ryan said one of his favourite moments was the meeting between Lea and Lindsay. “I love where she [Lindsay] gets in Lea’s face. I believe people would love to see catfights between them onscreen.” Yup.
Jane Lynch is about to host the Emmys, but she stopped by to get a little help from Ellen! Ellen gave her some advice, and pitched her some shows that the two of them could do together. If you didn't think these two should work together before, you will after this!
If you weren’t acting what would you be doing?
K: Probably something in music, or behind the scenes of the acting world , I love creativity.
What has it been like acting on Glee?
K: It’s been everything I could ask for as an actor, incredibly challenging and rewarding.
Have you ever considered acting on Broadway?
K: It’s a challenge that I suppose I’d be down to take on one day. (yasss!)
What do you like to do when you get time off?
K: I love working on music (YASSS) and traveling. I think traveling is such a great investment.
Why do you wear a G-Shock?
K: Because they’re so damn cool and functional. I swear you could MacGyver yourself out of a nuclear attack and it would still tell time!
What’s your favorite thing about your G-Shock?
K: There’s nothing else like them fashionable and functional! They’re incredibly unique and dope as hell!
Don't hate us because we're beautiful. Hate us because we know every glorious detail about the season premiere of Glee!
Yes, it’s true. We were one of the select few asked to join creator Ryan Murphy yesterday for a pre-screening of the third season premiere. We thought we could make it until September 20th, but our will was broken after we learned the song list for the episode. Plus, we’re no match for the allure and charm of Darren Criss.
So we went. And we watch … AND WE LOVED IT! And now, we want to share every little detail we learned with you. But first, we have to issue this imperative SPOILER ALERT:
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE SEASON PREMIERE OF GLEE - AND BEYOND!!! WE’RE NOT HOLDING ANYTHING BACK. ALL WILL BE REVEALED. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW, CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SCROLL AWAY!
SCROLL AWAY, SCROLL AWAY!
REMINDER: 3x02 Song Spoilers
Rachel and Shelby: Somewhere.Kurt: He auditions with I’m The Greatest Star.
Can I just say that I LOVE the fact that the cover art has Puck and Rachel #PUCKLEBERRYLIVES
Isn't it weird to think that Darren Criss only joined Glee last season? Fans of the show have certainly taken him to their hearts and it's tough to imagine what Lima, Ohio would be like without Blaine now. With the third season just around the corner, Darren chatted to reporters about Glee, so read on to find out what he had to say about Blaine's "bizarre dictatorship" over Dalton, what he wants for Blaine and Kurt, and why he doesn't want to transfer to McKinley...
How was joining Glee for you?
"I have a very unique perspective because I've only been on the show for several months, whereas they've been at this for almost three years straight. I was an unemployed struggling actor watching this Glee thing do well and so quite often I'll slip outside of my body and be like, 'You're on Glee? Like, you?' So it's very humbling, it's very strange, it's surreal, it's bizarre, it's very fun. But I don't ever get jaded by it - I still wake up every morning and take pictures of people doing stuff, like, 'Oh, sorry!' Even though they are colleagues and they're friends now.
"I had an interesting entrance to the show because I wasn't thrown into the school and, 'Here, make nice with people'. I kind of started from the ground level with a new group of people, the Warblers. The only person I really interacted with was Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt. It was very organic and new for all of us so the only time we ever came into contact with the other Glee kids was like Regionals or any time the plot would take us together. I never really saw anybody or got to know anybody until relatively recently. That's why I was looking forward to tour - that I could go out and get to know the guys a little better. It's been really fun."
Dalton Academy is unlike any other school ever in the world, isn't it?
"Here's the thing. Glee is based in surreality inherently, so you kind of take everything with a grain of salt initially - or I hope you would, for your sanity! But no, it hearkens back to more East Coast, very Anglo Saxon prep schools, Dead Poets Society and stuff like that.
"It's funny. Because it's this very suspiciously like utopian society where everybody loves each other and everything's perfect and we're all cool with all sex, race, age, type anything. Anything goes, we're cool, and we all wear blazers and sing in perfect harmony. We're literally the most harmonious school on the face of the planet.
"The only way that I could rationalise that was that I thought Blaine - he admits to having his left his old school to go to Dalton. I think it's like Lord of the Flies - there's no adults anywhere, it's just the kids and Blaine seems to have this bizarre dictatorship over everything and everybody. So I can only rationalise that Blaine is a mad scientist that left his old school to found, like - are you familiar with Stepford Wives? Dalton's sort of the Stepford Boys.
"He built robots, just really handsome guys to surround himself with that believe in his ideals, that sang the songs that he wanted, sang in perfect harmony, did everything that he said, and so he runs the entire school He is the principal, creator and master of all that is Dalton. And he just programs them to do his every will. The reason why he falls in love with Kurt is that he's a human being."
Is it going to be happy ever after for Blaine and Kurt?
"I don't know. I think as of now it is quite happy ever. I don't know about after, but it's happy ever right now. They're definitely in the honeymoon phase and we've all gotten I think what we've wanted, which is to see the two characters together.
"[Executive producer] Ryan Murphy said that if and when they get together he wanted to make it as flawed and delicate as any relationship is and should be, and I hope they continue with that. I hope they continue to learn from each other, I hope they laugh together, cry together, love together. The cool thing about that relationship is that yes, yes, it's a gay teen relationship, duh, obviously.
"However, that is kind of like a footnote to the fact that it is a rather ordinary relationship with two people that you're rooting for which is, I think, the most beautiful part about that relationship. What's really going on there is not necessarily what people are thinking about.
"I hope that can just continue in a very normal way. I don't know what that would entail. I think it's also time to focus on other people, other relationships. The show's not four or five people in an apartment, it's 14 to 15 students with very interesting stories with a lot of potential. And as a fan I want to see that, I want to hear about that. Blaine has had his time. He's been lucky. I've been lucky, and I don't feel like I deserve anything more."
Have you had any feedback from young gay people?
"Certainly. It's to be expected, I would say, which doesn't make it any less touching or any less valuable. Obviously the gay community has been very receptive towards it for obvious reasons. But the cool stuff is when you get letters or emails from people who come from parts of the world that are not as exposed or influenced by certain ideals, that have expressed their change in perspective.
"I'm not even making that exclusive to sexuality or spirituality - just things in general. It's an incredible feeling to know that we work on this TV show and it's somehow changing someone's way of evaluating other people and human relationships. That to me is the cool stuff, because that reaches a whole lot farther than where it's trying to reach. No, maybe I take that back. It just accomplishes more than just a TV show, which is the best part about being on the show. It's so much greater than the sum of its parts."
Do you learn from your cast mates, like Matthew Morrison?
"I don't learn anything from Matt, he's an idiot. No, I'm just kidding, I love Matt! Not sort of proactively learning, but just general osmosis of being around such talented people. It's very inspiring. I am the newest cast member, I'm still the newbie, and these kids work so bleeping hard."
Were you always meant to be on the show for this long?
"I don't know. I literally did an episode and they call me when they need me. And that is more than I can ever ask for. Hope for everything, expect nothing - that's generally my attitude towardsGlee. I don't feel entitled to anything. Once you get this lucky, to feel like you deserve anything more is absurd.
"It's not my party - I've been invited, I'm trying to not look like an idiot and just trying to enjoy myself and be polite to the people who invited me and hopefully they don't kick me out any time soon. But no, I had no idea. Everything has just been a continual surprise and joy."
Do you think we'll ever see Blaine as a McKinley student?
"I certainly hope not. As a fan of the show, I think Dalton is a really cool dynamic to have and people respond to it so well that why would you get rid of that? Once again, I'm biased. I love being a Warbler. I think it's time to let the other Warblers shine - I mean, those guys are stars waiting to happen. They're so talented.
"It drives me nuts that I can't hear them sing because they are incredible singers and dancers and actors. I think it would be really cool if we could give them a chance to be in the spotlight for a little bit and I'd be happy to step back and let them go for it.
"Yeah, I don't know. That just seems so obvious. I think keeping him there around just to have this other function of this world they've created of Lima, Ohio - there's another school, there's other people - the more you can explore the worlds the better. And yeah, I don't want to go to McKinley."
You just like the Dalton uniform, don't you?
"Of course, yeah. I love it."
And you don't get slushied at Dalton.
"Yeah, I guess I haven't! That's a good point! Like I said - utopian perfect society. I didn't program them to slushee me!"
How do your own musical influences differ from Blaine's?
"I don't know. I don't know what Blaine likes to listen to, I only know what he sings! As a composer and as a musician I'm a true believer - and this is not to be overly diplomatic - I'm a believer that there's artistry in everything from a lawn gnome to a desk chair to a symphony to an Andy Warhol painting. There's art in absolutely everything. So people who aren't familiar with the complexities of music will kind of cheapen the value of pop music because of its commercial appeal. But I think there's an incredible amount of work in there.
"I truly love all kinds of music - it's my job to. As a musician, I hear the harmonic value of everything - I just enjoy music. My personal sentiments growing up, I listen to a lot of oldies, in particular British invasion pop. All the stuff that's been recycled over and over. And I love Motown and a lot of American Songbook standards. So just older music but that isn't exclusive.
"We're the iPod generation, that's why Glee's successful. We work on playlists - it's not weird to have Barbra Streisand, Tupac, Lady GaGa and Nirvana on a playlist because we can gravitate to many different things, and the more eclectic you are, the cooler it is. Now you don't have to compartmentalise yourself into anything.
"We are an ADD generation and I don't mean as an age gap - all of us are a part of this thing, no matter if you're 5 or 50, because of this access to so many different kinds of music. We can listen to '50s music, wear '60s fashion, be into '70s movies, be into '80s art. We can define ourselves by so many things. Anyway, I'll spare you from that quasi-intellectual stuff. Let me try and wrap it up. What was the question?"
Do your musical influences differ from Blaine's!
"They can't be that different because I certainly enjoy what I get to sing."
What would be your dream number?
"I'm so lucky that I've been given songs that I like that beggars can't be choosers. I can't believe they even give me songs - that is crazy enough. So no, there's no dream song. I would love to sing some old Motown stuff but I don't really care.
"The Warblers' arrangements are so different you can take any song and it's already its own unique thing. So if they keep giving me songs that's cool enough."
What about performing your own music on Glee?
"If they ask me, sure. If they ask me, I'll be happy to. But we'll cross that bridge when we get there!"
Is he trolling or something..?
The GLEE season premiere is less than a week away!
To celebrate the occasion, Give Me My Remote got a few quick minutes with Lea Michele earlier this week to see what she could dish about Rachel’s storyline in season 3…
With Rachel getting ready to graduate, what is her main goal for this year and this season?
Lea Michele: To get into the college of her dreams. It’s in New York, yeah.
And with the arrival of the new glee club, what is that going to mean for Rachel?
LM: The new glee club?
I’ve heard there is a second glee club forming at their high school…
LM: Oh, yes, Shelby’s creating another glee club. My storyline hasn’t kind of connected to that yet, but I know some of the other characters, it has. My storyline is sort of separate from that.
Have there been any Rachel-Shelby scenes so far?
LM: Yeah, but as my mother, [but] not involved it that [second glee club] storyline.
Before I let you go, what can you tease about what’s going on with Rachel and Finn? Fans love those two together!
LM: Yeah, we’re great. We’re happy. I love talking about it like it’s my relationship. We’re going strong, and you know, we’re just at this point a solid couple. I think the drama is gone and now we’re just, you know, together, which is really nice.
With Glee's third season just around the corner, who better to speak to than the show's stars? First up are the lovely Dianna Agron and Kevin McHale, who you might know better as Quinn and Artie.
Read on to find out what the duo had to say to reporters about their hopes for season three, those graduation rumors and what it was like for Dianna to film a slap with Lea Michele...
Are you glad to be out of the wheelchair, Kevin?
Kevin: "You know, I'm not Artie right now, so yeah!"
Are fans surprised when they see you and you're not in the wheelchair?
Kevin: "It's gotten better. At the beginning, obviously like every day I got it - 'Oh my God, you can walk!' 'Yes, yes, it's a miracle, isn't it?' But now, not really so much."
Are you hoping for a pioneering treatment for Artie to come out in season three?
Kevin: "No. I think that from the beginning it was always that Artie would be in the wheelchair, because that's the character. He represents I think a whole section of people and that needs to be represented, so I'm happy to play him just as he is."
Dianna, Quinn hasn't always been the nicest of characters - what's the public's reaction to you been like?
Dianna: "I mean, I wondered about that when we first started going out with the show but luckily we experienced what any fan of the show feels towards any character, which is there's this overwhelming love and affection which is very clearly showcased through and through. And I think more than most casts of a TV show or a movie would feel, because the underdog theme that is showcased on our show has been so effective with hitting the youth that watch the show.
"We get to hear and have heard some of the most beautiful stories of perseverance or overcoming something than I think many casts would, because their product isn't touching on those subjects. So we're really lucky. I know many of us have been moved to tears. It's good to be a part of something like that because I would have loved to have a show like this demonstrate that for me when I was a kid with all my insecurities and battles."
Did you enjoy exploring the Lucy Caboosie side of Quinn?
Dianna: "Oh, I was so excited. I was secretly hoping there would be flashbacks and recreations and stuff like that. It was just fun and I think very realistic. I think that made her kind of determination with that popularity and things like that even more realistic, because, I mean, I was incredibly awkward growing up and have the pictures to prove it.
"I think that's more realistic, that that's fuelling her, because she's trying to be more like her mom or more accepted than just always has been prim and perfect and been on that quest - I don't think that is completely realistic. I liked that you're seeing it's from - it's still not validated, it still shouldn't have been such - but it's coming from a real place."
Now that Quinn's broken up with Finn, what are your hopes for the next season?
Dianna: "Well, I don't know."
Kevin: "To date Artie."
Dianna: "Well, duh. Since day one."
Kevin: "I'm really going for that now. I'm on the Artie-Quinn thing. Quartie."
Dianna: "Somehow I picture a duck."
Kevin: "I do too! Quacking Quartie."
Artie's been a bit unlucky in love in the past...
Kevin: "I think it's his own doing! I mean, he's gotten beautiful girls but it's high school, so I think figuring out how to be in a relationship and overcome your own insecurities to be with other people and dealing with the other person's personality - like Brittany, which can be challenging because she didn't realize she was kind of cheating on him. But I mean it's so fun to play because I had no idea what his whole story would be with girls and whatnot, so it's been fun to actually get to have two relationships that are completely different.
"It was funny because with Tina it was so dramatic - 'I'm faking a stutter!' 'I want to walk and have surgery!' We never got to do stupid high school kind of joke stuff. And then it was the complete opposite with Brittany and the magic comb and all that kind of stuff. So it was really fun for me to get to play both of those."
Do you think he'll start to resolve his issues with women?
Kevin: "I don't think he has issues with women - I think sometimes you don't filter what comes out! I think he might have just spoken in the heat of the moment, which happens to everybody. It is really fun to get to do because half the stuff you say I would never have the gall to say. I just hope they keep him active in terms of relationships for season three!"
What has been your favorite musical number so far?
Kevin: "For me it was one of my favorites and least favorites - doing the Kiss number was really fun because we got to have those ridiculous outfits. Actually performing that was fun because it was just nuts and you don't feel like you're yourself and you get to be this big character. But actually being in all that hair and makeup - it's not the most comfortable experience. But it was nothing compared to the girls in their Lady GaGa outfits."
Dianna: "Rocky Horror was my favorite. I loved that kind of stuff and fun makeup, extreme makeup, because usually it's just light and natural and simple. We kind of got to completely transform. I know the guys have really got a taste of what girls can have sitting in a makeup chair - not getting in and out in five or ten minutes."
Kevin: "Oh, 'Thriller'!"
Dianna: "The prosthetics they had to go through... they were actually there double the time we were."
Kevin: "It would take me three and a half hours to get the full prosthetic face and hair and all that."
Dianna: "Remember that one time you went through the whole process and we didn't get to you! It's not funny..."
Kevin: "No! We needed one shot which was literally a second in the actual episode. We had to come back and do the whole three and a half hour process for one second."
Dianna: "Everyone was waiting to find out which one of us it was - 'All the girls... and Kevin."
What do you make of the rumors that your characters could be graduating?
Kevin: "The show, as much as it's exaggerated, there's also a lot of it that's very real. I think it's that realistic aspect of high school. We started as sophomores so we're not going to be 40 or 50 being like, 'I wanna be prom king!'"
Dianna: "Hobbling around!"
Kevin: "So I think it's nice that they're keeping it realistic."
Dianna: "There was a debate for a while of where we started out. Chris did have an Escalade for a second in the first season, so that would probably make us sophomores then. There was nothing official until the end of the second season when we started talking about the seniors. But I think also too there'll be some new people coming along this year and that'll be realistic as well because a school changes every year. Year to year people stay and people go so I think bringing some younger people into the mix will be really real, and maybe they'll be the ones dating each other! I just remember our senior year, everybody was over each other. So we were like, 'Ehh'. It's more just about being great friends and having some of the best times ever. But if you'd said, 'Who do you want to date this year?' people would have been like, 'Umm...'"
Kevin: "Been there, done that!"
One of the really interesting relationships on the show is Quinn and Rachel - where do you think that will go?
Dianna: "They definitely have their moments of turning to each other. I don't know. I think it's so tricky with them because obviously they've had this kind of love triangle situation - sometimes even more than that with Puck and everything like that. It depends on the maturity of the girl.
"Sometimes I feel people can move past what they've grown up around and their surroundings while in a place and some people need closure after they've left and then coming back. I've seen it happen with people I knew growing up that hated each other, and then years later you go home and you see them walking down the street and they have babies. I think it's really difficult because high school's one of the most volatile and emotional stages of your life."
Did you enjoy filming the slap scene in the second season?
Dianna: "Yeah! Lea wanted me to actually hit her and I'm like, 'No way, no way, no way!' So yeah, no contact was made, but through a great stunt co-ordinator and trying with all our might we pulled it off, I think."
Kevin: "We have a really good stunt co-ordinator. I think all of our fights look pretty real. I'm really happy with those!"
Dianna: "No-one was hurt in the making of this scene."
Is there anyone you'd love to appear in the show?
Kevin: "You always have a good answer."
Dianna: "I always say Christopher Walken. Always."
Kevin: "I'll second that. And Gwyneth I think is always welcome, because she's brilliant, as you all know."
Where do you see Quinn and Artie in five years' time?
Kevin: "Married [to each other] with lots of children!"
Dianna: "And lots of ducks. On a duck farm actually."
Brassy, big-voiced Mercedes Jones spent much of Glee‘s second season in “Hell to the No” mode, but according to Amber Riley, the show’s latest crop of episodes will find her singing a more tender tune.
“Mercedes is actually going to be shown in a different light for once. She has a relationship, and you’re going to see a softer side of her,” Riley revealed at Fox’s fall kickoff party. “She’s very lovey-dovey. It’s kind of like, ‘Oh my God? Is this Mercedes?!’ She dresses different. She’s girlier now.”
As previously reported by TVLine, Glee has cast Cougar Town‘s Lamarcus Tinker as Mercedes’ love interest, a lineman for the McKinley Titans named Marcus. But Riley said she’s not certain whether there’s a duet in the couple’s future. “I don’t know if LaMarcus can sing or not,” she explained. “I never asked.”
Of course, when Gleeks last saw Mercedes, she was surreptitiously holding hands with Sam (Chord Overstreet) in the Season 2 finale — a romantic pairing that took Riley by surprise at the time. “We found out about that two days before it happened, so we were like, ‘Oh, Sam and Mercedes are going to be together. OK. Cool.’”
Since that revelation, however, Overstreet went through a rather public breakup with Glee, which begs the question: Will the demise of Samcedes be addressed? “Yeah, it is,” hinted Riley, though when asked for further explanation, she stayed tight-lipped. “Hmm,” Riley added with a laugh. “It’s addressed.”
Riley was a little more forthcoming about the musical direction of Glee‘s third season. “We’re doing a lot more Broadway songs this season. The first couple episodes are very, very Broadway.”