One Of Us
I Follow Rivers
I Follow Rivers
Never Going Back Again
I Want to Hold Your Hand
Blame it on the Alcohol
[...]Lea Michele's scenes are mainly with Kutcher, who has been making headlines following his split with Demi Moore. The 25-year-old actress also recently revealed that she has split from her beau, the Broadway actor Theo Stockman. Although she has also been quick to state that they remain on amicable terms.
Playing in a star-laden ensemble is a smart move for the actress to make as she starts slowly to think of a post-Glee career. In New Year's Eve, the attention will not just be on her – there is none of the focus that would have come had she played a leading lady. She's already got the gift of the gab when it comes to movie promotion by talking up her on-screen kiss with Kutcher and revealing how one day on set he flashed her.
The actress saw the incident as funny. Indeed, when I meet her she displays a propensity to see the funny side in almost everything that has gone on in her life, ever since Glee creator Ryan Murphy saw Michele working on the Broadway show Spring Awakening and began writing the part of Rachel Berry for her.
Now Glee is an institution. As well as the shows being watched by millions around the world, the songs and albums have become best-sellers, and the concerts sell out around the globe. Indeed, the London leg of the show this past summer made much out of the fact that songs sung by the motley crew of McKinley High School students have had more singles in the top 100 of the American Billboard chart than Elvis Presley, who previously held the record with 108 singles.
Of course, the major caveat is that the Glee cast only record cover versions. Michele specialises in the songs of a fellow New Yorker, Barbra Streisand. Given that the part of Berry was written for the Bronx-born actress, it's perhaps no surprise that Michele admits she and Rachel have many similar personality traits.
"I think we share more characteristics with our on-screen roles than we are willing to admit sometimes. I am a big Streisand fan, I come from Broadway and I love performing on stage, very similar to Rachel," she state. "But not only that, I understand her drive. If you watch the show, and the last two episodes of Season 2, she says 'I'm going to New York and I'm going to be a performer.' And I was and am very much like that. Very just driven and on the path of knowing what I wanted to be."
She continues: "I knew what I wanted to be and I didn't let other people influence me or change who I was to fit a certain mould. Like getting a nose job, for example. I didn't want to get a nose job, because other people said you should, because everyone else in my high school [Tenafly High School in New Jersey] was doing it, and that's what I love most about Rachel and what I can relate to."
Her nose has become a bit of a trademark. She claims that her mother, Edith, an Italian American Roman Catholic nurse, would always tell her growing up that Streisand never went under a knife so nor should she. She calls Italians "My people" despite her father, Marc Sarfati, a delicatessen owner, being of Spanish-Sephardic Jewish origin.
The actress faced more difficult questions about another body part when her weight seemed to nosedive in 2010 and talk of her being an anorexic began to surface. However, a year on and in person she doesn't look thinner than any other actress in a strenuous role. Michele puts the weight loss down to a jaw operation.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with the nose of the dark-haired star, one of Glee's poster girls. She says that filming in LA and being away from the Empire State is the only drawback to her career on Glee. "The only hard thing about my job is that I'm a New Yorker through and through, and my family is from there so filming in New York is always my wish."
Her parents encouraged her at a young age. She attended Stagedoor Manor in the Catskills, of which Robert Downey Jr is a former alumnus, and she landed her first part on Broadway at the age of eight, as a replacement young Cosette in Les Misérables.
Having also appeared in Ragtime and Fidler on the Roof, her love of Broadway is clearly stronger than her love of film. She admits that one of the highlights of working on Glee was "New York", the episode filmed on the stage of Wicked.
"We were crazy kleptomaniacs running around thinking what can we steal. We couldn't because everything was massive or chained down, they probably knew that we were coming," she chimes. "I found a broom and I was riding around and they couldn't get the broom out of my hand."
With filming of Season 3 due to end in 2012, the big question is what will happen to Lea Michele. Ryan Murphy has revealed that the character will graduate. At first, the assumption was that Michele would leave the show, although this has been retracted somewhat with a statement that, although they will graduate from high school, that will not necessarily mean the end for the characters. Like the rest of the cast, Michele is extremely careful not to reveal any plot points or secrets of the show, stating that they only know what is going to happen when they receive the scripts.
Rachel on Glee is named after Rachel from Friends, a part played by Jennifer Aniston. The New Yorker need only look at the rollercoaster movie career of Aniston for a warning of how difficult the transition to the silver screen can be for a TV star.
'New Year's Eve' is out 8 December.
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IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME AT MCKINLEY HIGH ON AN ALL-NEW “GLEE” TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, ON FOX
When New Directions is asked to perform at two different events on the same day, at the same time they have a tough decision to make. Will they choose correctly and spread Christmas cheer, or will their ambition get the best of them? All this and more in the all-new “Extraordinary Merry Christmas” episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Dec. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
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.
Guest Cast: Chord Overstreet as Sam Evans; Damian McGinty as Rory Flannagan.
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If you thought watching Rory get hit in the face was a dodgeball was tough to watch, wait until Glee’s Christmas episode.
Earlier this week I hopped on the phone with Glee‘s Damian McGinty to chat about the show and his work with Your Dollar Our Future. And during our chat, the Glee Project co-winner told me a bit about the upcoming Christmas episode that will find Rory experiencing a bout of homesickness from his native Ireland.
“It’s just all about him growing up at the minute,” McGinty says. “He’s very young compared to everyone — he’s such a kid. So it’s going to be a whole journey for him.”
Surely it hasn’t been easy making the transition to McKinley High, but the actor says newbie syndrome is something lots of kids and teenagers can empathize with. He hopes that Rory’s “sad” Christmas episode storyline further drives home the message. “It’s probably going to relate to a lot of people.”
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST
Can't Turn You Loose - Lea Michele ft. Jon Bon Jovi
Aud Lang Syne - Lea Michele
Question: I heard a rumor that someone on Glee is going to buy an engagement ring soon. Do you know who it is and when the question gets popped? —Carrie?
Ausiello: I think I do. Sources confirm that the first episode back in January is titled “The Proposal.” Those same sources also reveal that the episode is a big one for (drumroll, please) Will and Emma!
Question: Do you know why that much-hyped Sue Sylvester flashback was cut from last week’s Glee? —Macario
Ausiello: Time, it would seem, was not on Sue’s side. According to exec producer Ryan Murphy, “The sequence ended up being like a little movie” and thus “too long for the episode.” But don’t fret; the footage will see the light of day. “We are releasing it either as a DVD extra or online,” Murphy confirms. “It’s called How Sue Sylvester Became a Bitch.”
WaterTower Music has announced a soundtrack album for Garry Marshall’s ensemble comedy New Year’s Eve. The album includes a number of songs from the movie by artists, including Jon Bon Jovi, actress Lea Michele, Kate York, Goo Goo Dolls, P!nk, Katie Herzig, Charles Brown, Duncan and Sophie B. Hawkins. The soundtrack will be released on December 6, 2011. None of the original score by John Debney is included on the album, but a separate score album might be released at a later date (just as with Marshall’s previous movie Valentine’s Day). For a behind the scenes look at the composer working on the score for the film, visit YouTube. New Year’s Evestars Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Sofia Vergara, Jon Bon Jovi, Hilary Swank, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Josh Duhamel, Seth Meyers, Hector Elizondo, Abigail Breslin, Michelle Pfeiffer and Katherine Heigl. The movie will be released in theaters on December 9. For updates on the film, visit the official movie website.
Here’s the album track list:
1. Can’t Turn You Loose – Jon Bon Jovi with Lea Michele
2. 2012 (It Ain’t The End) – Jay Sean featuring Nicki Minaj
3. New Year – Kate York
4. Life Is A Bomb – Sophie B. Hawkins
5. Have A Little Faith In Me – Jon Bon Jovi
6. Light Up The Sky – Duncan
7. Better Days – Goo Goo Dolls
8. Auld Lang Syne – Lea Michele
9. Raise Your Glass – P!nk
10. Best Day Of Your Life – Katie Herzig
11. Whattaya Say – Jacob Saylor
12. Bringing In A Brand New Year – Charles Brown
Shelby’s return on Fox’s Glee has brought out the best – and worst – for certain members of New Directions.
For Puck (Mark Salling), the return of the woman who adopted Beth, his biological daughter with Quinn (Dianna Agron), has been a blessing, transitioning the ladies’ man who had trysts with Rachel (Lea Michele), Santana (Naya Rivera) and Lauren (Ashley Fink) into a good guy who’s hot for teacher.“I think his feelings for Shelby right now are pretty intense and pretty overwhelming,” Salling tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The fact that she has his baby now is a pretty strong bond.”
In last week’s episode, “Mash Off,” Puck professed his love for the Trouble Tones’ coach, noting that he makes him feel “like the man that I’ve always wanted to be – a family man,” and confessed his hand in Quinn’s attempt to prove that Shelby’s an unfit mother in her bid to regain custody of Beth.
“Puck really thinks he can be in that baby's life and be Shelby's man,” Salling says. “He could be in it for the long run; it could be the real deal.”
Despite his strong feelings and the pair’s shared kiss ,Shelby doesn’t appear to be as eager to continue a possible May-December romance when she rejects his advances, telling Puck that it’s just a crush and she could lose her job at McKinley.
“He's 18 years old, so it can't be [wrong for] too long until he's out of high school,” Salling says, noting that Shelby “may have to cut it off or put it off until a later date.” “Once he’s out of high school,I think it’s game on. They’re the real deal. But who’s to say she’sgoing to give him that chance; she may not.”
In the meantime, Shelby takes Puck’s confession to heart and pushes Quinn out of Beth’s life until she can grow up and behave responsibly, with Salling noting that Quinn could turn to Puck for comfort – and possibly something more.“That's a safe assumption [that Quinn turns to Puck] or she could be up to something else a little deeper,” Salling teases. “I think those kind of serious feelings can manifest in a few different ways -- or maybe she's trying to get another baby. Quinn’s wanted Beth so badly that she may just try to have another one.” Which could almost explain the promo for Glee’s “I Kissed A Girl” episode, in which Puck is seen embracing what appears to be a depressed Quinn in bed, preparing to tell her something she “must keep a secret.”
“Quinn is dealing with a lot, seeing her baby right in her face,” Salling says, adding that Puck may have to confide in her that he’s undone her work and come clean to Shelby.
“This is definitely not the end of seeing Puck and Quinn together on screen, it’s just the beginning,” Salling says. “This next episode is a very pivotal episode and a lot of questions about the Puck-Quinn-Shelby triangle are going to be answered.”In the meantime, Salling notes that Puck’s good guy streak will likely last as long as Beth is in the picture. “I think it’s sincere and completely genuine,” adds Salling, who’s currently working with ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign.
@pinsleric: excited about Sam's return on Glee. Got any info on that?
We are hearing that Sam will still be after Mercedes! Amber Riley, get ready for a Trouty Mouth closing in for a smooch! We don't want to get you overly excited, but let's just say we'll be getting tons of scoop on Chord Overstreet's big return to Glee real soon. And we'll be getting it from someone very, very close to the situation. As in, he is the situation.
dancelikeheya: Anything Brittana related??
Brittany (Heather Morris) is definitely there for her girl Santana (Naya Rivera) during her "coming out tour," as we've started to call it. Yes, Santana will be coming out to more than one person in the next episode: Sue (Jane Lynch), Becky (Lauren Potter), and most importantly her Grandmother. And we anticipate Brittana fans will be smiling so hard at those two during that scene that there faces will be sore the next day. Also, looks like it's time to put all that Finn Vs. Santana nonsense behind us, because the pair (Sinn? Fanta?) reconcile in this weeek's episode.
Casey in Chicago, Ill.: What can you tell us about Glee's big Christmas episode?
Well, Matthew Morrison is directing it, and while he tells us that everyone was definitely in the Christmas spirit, he didn't take his directing gig lightly. "[The first person I directed was] Jane Lynch," he says. "I came over and she says, 'Before you say anything, I would just like to remind you that I have an Emmy and I was just nominated for a People's Choice Awards.'" And what directing note was he going to give her? "Bring it down a bit. No, I'm just kidding!" He better be, because we don't want to live in a world where Sue Sylvester "brings it down."
Awesome! Can't wait!
This past weekend I caught up with some of the Glee cast members including, Max Adler (Dave Karofsky) and Dot Jones (Coach Beiste) at the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary event. The pair gave me some details about the much anticipated Christmas episode directed by Matthew Morrison, as well as whats to come in the rest of season 3.
- Dot is singing a Dolly Parton song, Max is on the Xmas episode. Max Adler is amazing.
Stage and screen star Idina Menzel has originated the role of the green-skinned Elphaba in Wicked and Maureen in Rent.
And the Broadway belter has a recurring guest star role as Rachel's biological mother on Fox’s Glee.
But nothing compares to when Menzel and husband and Private Practice star Taye Diggs had a baby son, Walker Diggs.
“To me, it was a gift to have this intense love for someone that I’d never felt before, for a child, that makes you feel better than anything else you’ve done,” Menzel said backstage after performing over two nights for an upcoming PBS TV special recorded in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall.
She explained parenthood has changed her from a talented, yet self-absorbed artist bedeviled by doubts to enjoying first-time fulfillment.
“Ever since I had my son, I have more of a cup half-full perspective on life that he (Walker) has given me,” Menzel said with a broad smile.
“If I screwed up a high note, I go easier on myself,” she added, knowing as a mother she has a baby boy back home who loves her.
Menzel marked another milestone in Toronto, taking the Kitchener-Waterloo Orchestra and legendary maestro Marvin Hamlisch through a medley of hit songs from Glee, Wicked and Rent, and stories from a career that took her from a wedding singer in Long Island, New York to arousing bravos on Broadway and screen appearances.
For Menzel, a first-time TV special is about showing fans that connect her success with role-playing that she’s far more than just a Belle of Broadway with an acting bug.
“Everyone wants to pigeon-hole you, in my case as a green witch for Wicked or a rock singer for Rent,” she said. “This (PBS special) gives you an opportunity to be myself and be genuine and to show a wide spectrum of talents,” Menzel added.
That proposition will be tested soon enough as Menzel’s PBS TV special to air in March 2012 will be followed by a live album and a DVD release.
The chance to be herself also follows Menzel and Hamlisch polishing her one-woman concert show performed with a host of orchestras in the U.S. and at Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
Her solo numbers are intertwined with set-up stories that recall being told by a bandleader to carry on singing during a wedding gig as a man had a heart attack on the dance floor “because the band always plays on, like it’s the Titanic,” or embarrassing herself in university by singing Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale” to impress a teacher she had a crush on who turned out to be gay.
She also tells, and colorfully embellishes, a story about being ignored at a dinner table by Barbara Streisand after she performed for her at a Kennedy Center Honors concert, only to learn at the end of the meal that the Broadway legend forgot her glasses and didn’t make out Menzel performing on stage.
Menzel also told of meeting Taye Diggs in 1996 on the Broadway set of Rent – “Did a little too much flirting back-stage, you know what I mean ladies?” – and of landing a recurring role on Glee after doubting she’d ever get work again after her pregnancy.
“I was having a baby, I was really fat and I get a script for Glee,” she recalled before the Gleeks in the Toronto audience erupted with cheers for her rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”
“I think it’s important to be vulnerable and intimate with an audience,” Menzel says backstage as around her the PBS production crew packed up for the morning flight back home across the border.
As if to underline that point, Menzel towards the end of her PBS special walked to the front of the acoustically perfect Koerner Hall stage, dropped her microphone, and filled the silent hall with an a cappella version of “For Good” from Wicked.
“’For Good,’ that’s my favorite part of the show. It’s stripped down, there’s no orchestra you can hide behind,” she explained.
In the Glee Season 3 premiere, Lindsay Pearce showed us that anything we can do, she can do better. The Glee Project runner-up gave a brilliant — and manic — performance as Harmony, the NYATA hopeful who started preparing for a showbiz career in the womb (her ultrasound was used in an episode of Murder She Wrote). She’ll reappear in Season 3, Episode 8, aka the SECTIONALS episode, but, as exciting as her Glee experience has been, it hasn’t been without its trials. (Ouch!)
Read on for more exclusive dish from Lindsay, including her Sectionals return, spoilery details on who fellow Glee Project star Samuel Larsen will play, and the one thing she’d never done before being on Glee.
Wetpaint Entertainment: What was the Glee experience like for you?
Lindsay Pearce: Oh, it was a dream... I got to act with Lea Michele and Chris Colfer and sing this beautiful number. And the dancers were so great and Zach [Woodlee, Glee choreographer] would be so patient and wonderful with all of us. It was just such an amazing, amazing experience.
That was a huge number. How long were you there for?
I was only on set for a day, but it was a 16 hour day, if I remember correctly. Something crazy. And it was a long rehearsal, because I had to learn how to tap dance... It was so much fun, and everyone on the set was just so nice. I was just like a kid in a candy store, loving it, soaking up every moment. It's not every day that I get to sit next to two TV legends and, as a character, have to kick them. How do you take on Lea Michele and Chris Colfer? They're so good. I was so nervous. But they were really nice and really amazing.
Had they watched the show? Did they have any reaction to you being there?
Chris Colfer thought that I actually won because I went in, I recorded, I did my entire episode before the finale of Glee Project, so he was like, “Oh my God, you won right?” And I was like, “No.” He was like, “Well, you're still here.” I kind of let the cat out of the bag. He was really, really sweet.
What did you think of your character, Harmony?
Well, she's crazy for one, I mean just absolutely insane. In the script it's so funny because there's like a footnote — it was like, tap dancing Gerber baby from hell, or something like that. The script is so interesting. It's very descriptive of characters and reactions to things. If the reaction is supposed to be like a holy crap reaction, it will say, "holy crap." So the entire time I just kept getting the note: She had to be crazy.
And we actually had a different version of the song. There was a more like jazzy, original version of the song and Ryan [Murphy, Glee creator] heard it and was like, “I want it to be a little more crazy.” So we waited for an hour for them to figure out how we should sing the song, and they just said be Patti Lupone. And I was just like, all right. I'll be insane, like Patti Lupone. That's kind of how Harmony came about. She was just supposed to be a show‑off, and then she turned into this crazy Gerber baby.
I think you should get a lifetime supply of Red Bull. It was like you were the walking advertisement.
I know right? As you all know, I'm already a pretty high energy person, but at the end of the day, all I wanted to do was go home and take a bubble bath. It was so tiring. But when you're involved with this task, how dare you be tired? The crew was there way earlier than you. Everyone was so amazing. The entire atmosphere there is really, really high energy and very fun and light. It was great. It was actually wonderful.
What brings Harmony back?
She comes back for sectionals. She's going up against the New Directions.
Can you say what you're singing and dancing?
I can't. I wish I could, but it has to be a surprise.
This will be your second episode Do you know if there's more?
I haven't been told, but I have a feeling that this will be my last episode. I think it all just depends. I just saw Damian [McGinty]’s episode last week. It was so good. I can't wait to see Sam's and Alex [Newell]'s. I think Sam’s coming in as Puck’s cousin or something like that. I think it might be the last hurrah for Harmony, but it's been a really, really fun charge.
You got to go first. That's amazing.
I did. I know. I was so surprised. Damian was so excited. He was like, “What's the set like? What's it going to be like? Is it scary?” It was really, really cool.
Was it scary?
Well, of course, it was. I mean, I was going on, and I'm sitting in the hair and makeup chair next to Lea Michele, and I was just like, ‘Uh, hey.’ You don’t want to say anything because everyone’s just so focused, but here I am as a fan, working on the same day with them, and I was just like, “Oh my God. I'm going to die.”
Glee's Mark Salling is handsome, talented, and part of one of the most popular television shows on TV right now. He couldn't get more perfect, could he? Oh, did we forget to mention he's heavily involved with the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign? Yep, he's the real deal.
We spoke to Salling recently about his work with the organization, how others can get involved, and we even managed to squeeze a bit of scoop from him about Glee's Puck-Shelby-Quinn love triangle…
What can you tell us about the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign?
Mark Salling: Well, Child Hunger Ends Here is a campaign brought to you by ConAgra Foods, who makes many of the household products that you probably have in your kitchen, and they're basically doing a campaign where people can save their UPC codes and turn them in and each UPC code of a ConAgra Foods product will translate into a whole meal for a hungry child. So, it's a very smart idea, which is kind of what attracted me to it.
How did you get involved?
I've always been looking out for really simple ways, really clear cut ways people can help. And when I found out that child hunger affects 17 million children in the U.S. alone—Texas being the No. 2 state affected, my native state, I felt like it was a great campaign to jump on board with. And it's really easy to explain to people, too. So as opposed to just writing a check and handing it in, you can save UPC codes from things that you already have in your kitchen.
Obviously Glee keeps you really busy. Why is it important that you devote your free time towards helping others?
Being on a show like Glee is a blessing and somewhat of a platform to do what I want with it, whether it's positive or negative or nothing at all. I'm choosing to do the most I can and leave the most positive impression I can on people, and I do that with this campaign and I also do that with other wildlife rescue charities. I think everyone needs to have a little charity in their life and this ConAgra campaign makes it really easy for people to do that and it's really rewarding.
What's been the most gratifying thing working with the ConAgra campaign?
The most gratifying thing is meeting people on Twitter actually saying, 'Hey, I just registered my school, and I just turned in a bunch of UCP codes,' and I know right away that it has made a difference.
How can others get involved?
They can also go to the website ChildHungerEndsHere.com and find out ways to help, or register their school so that their school can make their students and teachers aware of this campaign. And then everyone can turn their UPC Codes into their school and not have to worry about mailing them or anything like that and it makes it very easy for everyone. Even if you're not a student in the school or a teacher you can approach your local school and see if they are interested in being involved.
What's coming up for Puck on Glee?
Well, Puck is going to be falling for Shelby (Idina Menzel) and trying to make a family out of the situation. And his intentions are good, so I'm sure the outcome will be positive as well. And hopefully he'll have an active role in his daughter's life.
What was your reaction when you read the Puck and Shelby storyline in the script?
I thought, 'Wow, this is going to make for some very interesting storylines,' and I was definitely right about that.
YES, but you need to be with Rachel.. Her DAUGHTER.
Besides the love triangle, what else is coming up for Puck?
A lot of great numbers, and a lot of good solos!