When you’re part of a big ensemble TV cast, there’s a lot of downtime on set. While some stars retreat to their trailers in solitude, the cast of ‘Glee‘ has found a different way to pass time between takes.
‘Glee’ heartthrobs Chord Overstreet and Harry Shum Jr. recently told AOL TV about their favorite game– “psychiatrist.”
“We sit in the room and one person leaves the room and has no idea what’s going on and everyone in the room has to come up with a problem that they all have,” Shum told us during a recent phone interview. “Then, the ‘psychiatrist’ has to come in and guess what problem everyone has.”
Despite the faux title, the actor says being a “psychiatrist” on the ‘Glee’ set is not an easy job.
“You’re like a therapist trying to figure out what their problem is and it can be anything. It can be literally anything,” Shum said. “Not just a medical problem, but something wacky like every time they talk, they scratch their butt and you have to try and figure that out.”
If it sounds like an easy game, think again. According to Overstreet, “psychiatrist” can be pretty time consuming.
“We actually played the game yesterday while we were all waiting to go shoot,” Overstreet told us. “I forgot who we tricked. I think it was either Vanessa [Lengies] or Amber [Riley]. One of them played the ‘psychiatrist,’ and we were all pretending to be Santa’s elves. And it took about 45 minutes for her to guess who we all were.”
The soon-to-be returning star added that his favorite round of the game included the show’s co-creator Ryan Murphy, who asked his young cast to do something totally out there.
“We did one really fun one with Ryan [Murphy] when he came by set, and we were all playing it. He told us that we were all going to play aliens who were trying to take over the world. That was a really hard one to get. I think Dianna [Agron] had to guess, and the answers and the questions were so ridiculous. That was a hard one. It just gets outrageously funny.”
So who’s the best “psychiatrist” on set? “I have to say that I’m pretty good at the game,” Shum said with a laugh. “Also, Chris Colfer is pretty awesome at it. He gets it pretty quick. Other people, they’re on and off. They get really frustrated — it gets frustrating!”
White chocolate or the promise of "beautiful cocoa babies" — which will Mercedes choose?
When Sam Evans — who during his time away appears to have been moonlighting as a stripper named "White Chocolate" — returns to McKinley High, he'll be surprised to find Mercedes (Amber Riley) has moved on. And her new guy, Shane (LaMarcus Tinker), has already made a big impression, giving her the confidence to step into her own spotlight and out from Rachel's shadow.
But returning Glee star Chord Overstreet tells TVGuide.com Sam's got something Marcus doesn't: "Blonde hair," Overstreet says, laughing. "Abs."
True, but seriously now... Sam's a "goofy and lovable" guy, Overstreet says, and what he does have is determination. "He tries to pick up where they left off, regardless of her new boyfriend," the actor, 22, says. "He's trying anything that he can right now to get her back. Really. Everything. There's a bunch of fun surprises in Episode 10, which is what we're shooting right now." Overstreet famously exited the series at the end of Season 2, but was recently asked back for several episodes.
Sam's plan of attack does, in fact, include showing off his well-defined abs, first spotted during the Rocky Horror episode. So he joins the synchronized swim team... Hmmm. "He wants to get a letterman jacket because he thinks everyone at school wants to date someone with a letterman jacket," Overstreet says.
But will that be enough for Mercedes? Perhaps. Turns out her feelings for Sam haven't entirely gone away. "She's just mixed up and confused because, you know, when you're interested in two guys at once, you don't really want anyone to know it or say it out loud," Overstreet says. "But she already has a boyfriend, and she doesn't want to be a bad person, so, yeah, she's pretty conflicted."
Maybe Sam should whip out his impressions! (He hasn't gotten to do one yet, according to Overstreet, but here's hoping for more James Earl Jones. Or Sean Connery. Or George Bush. Or Matthew McConaughey.)
Outside of Glee, Overstreet has been hard at work on his music career — the one that pulled him away from the show in the first place — and says fans might get a taste next year. "I got to work on a lot of music, and it came together really well," he says, adding that he's finishing a bunch of songs in the hopes of releasing something in 2012. "It's kind of an acoustic pop vibe, a lot of singer-songwriter stuff that I've written over the years. Lyrically, it's more toward jazzy stuff. I think it will be good."
I love themmmmmm!
Chord Overstreet, your lips are so beautiful. Especially when you use them to tell us all about your return to Glee.
Ever since it was announced that Chord would be returning to Glee after opting out of the third season, fans have been salivating for any bit of scoop regarding Sam's reasons for coming back, and where he stands with former girlfriend Mercedes (Amber Riley). Luckily, we just got off the phone with Chord, so we can answer all those questions, and then some...
Fans were so excited to hear you'd be coming back? Why did you decide to return to Glee?
Chord Overstreet: They asked if I wanted to come back and I got a good break to do a lot of musical stuff, and I got a lot accomplished. So I decided to come back after I got the majority of that stuff done. I'm excited! It should be fun.
Was it always in the back of your mind that you might come back?
You know, everything was kind of always up in the air. I never really knew what was going to end up happening, but I always tried to keep an open mind for everything. I just did music and tried to focus on that and now I'm enjoying working on Glee, and having fun doing it—so it's all good.
How did the fans react to you on Twitter when it was announced you were returning?
The fans are great. They were freaking out and they were awesome. They were really excited, so I'm excited as well. I can't wait to see the first episode back and see how it looks.
Let's talk about that episode. What brings Sam back to McKinley High?
Well, they need him to help perform at Sectionals because Rachel gets suspended for fixing the elections for Kurt to win. She rigs it.
And judging from the promos, he's at a strip club?
[Laughs.] Um, yeah, maybe! They find me in a bar/club. It's going to be a really funny scene.
How did you react when you found out you'd be first appearing nearly naked?
It was kind of like last season, you know? And I get cold too!
Do we get an explanation on what he's been doing since he left?
Not as much about what he's been doing. He's just trying to pick everything back up from where he left off. You get to meet his family and stuff, which is cool. It kind of goes into a little bit of an explanation of what he's been going through—he's been kind of having a hard time. And when he comes back he tries to pick everything back up with Mercedes, and she's not really interested. He's trying to figure out where he fits in back in this school that he has been away from for the last few months.
Does he enroll back into McKinley High?
I don't really know all the details so, anything can happen.
Let's talk more about Mercedes and Sam. Fans were bummed when you left Glee because they wanted to see that relationship. What's he plan on doing to win her back?
Takes his shirt off, maybe tries to win her over with his boyish charm. [Laughs.] I don't know. He's just exploring and trying a bunch of things. He's trying to get on a school team so he has a little bit more popularity, I guess. The popularity thing is a route that he is trying to explore to see if that helps, but she's not interested in him because she's got that big bad boyfriend. So, we'll see how all of that stuff goes and turns out.
Fans also really loved you and Quinn [Dianna Agron] together. Any chance you guys might date again?
I haven't really heard anything about that. I mean anything is a possibility, who knows. She may be a little too crazy for Sam right now, I don't know. If she gets her stuff together maybe, but we'll see.
Based on the video of the Troubletones performance, New Directions might be in trouble during Sectionals.
I think we've got a lot more moves that people haven't seen.
We're hoping you'll stick around past this season. Do you know if Sam is a junior?
I don't know how old he is. I don't know what year he is in school, I don't know if he's a senior, junior, freshman, sophomore...I honestly couldn't tell you. He could be in middle school for all I know!
So, we're going to find out Sam is 10 years old?
Well you've seen that movie Jack right? With Robin Williams? It's one of those situations.
I just need them to be together forever, ok?
Red Solo Cup
Survivor / I Will Survive
MY SHIP LIVES!!! SAMCEDES!!
Jenna is the one that puts Gaga into bed. Skip to 4:56.
Glee is back at Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 17:
8:00-9:00 PM GLEE
The other hiatus is on this too. The next hiatus is February 21st - April 10th.
3x8 Glee Cast - Buenos Aires & Red Solo Cup (PREVIEWS)
Gleeks were shocked last summer when Chord Overstreet, who plays jock Sam, declined an offer to return to Glee as a recurring character in season 3 and instead chose to to focus on his other passion: music. “I wanted to do a bunch of recording and take time to do that,” the 22-year-old says. But now Overstreet and Glee producers are ready to reintroduce Sam into the halls of McKinley High, where he’ll reappear on the Dec. 6 episode (and recur throughout the rest of season 3). “Luckily, everything kind of opened back up [in my schedule] so I could jump back in,” the actor says.
Sam’s back to boost New Directions, who are sorely lacking members thanks to splinter glee club the Troubletones. Explains Overstreet: “Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) are looking for somebody to help them with sectionals … So they bring [Sam] back to school. He tries to kind of pick everything back up where he left off and he realizes that everything has has changed a little bit since he’s gone. He has to kind of re-adapt a little bit.”
One big development is the fact that former flame Mercedes (Amber Riley) has a new boyfriend. (“They address what happened [between them] last summer,” Overstreet teases.) Still, some things — like Santana (Naya Rivera), who named Sam “Trouty Mouth” — never change. “She goes off” on Sam when he comes back, Overstreet says. “She rips me a new one.”
Overstreet admits he’s not sure how long Sam will continue to roam the McKinley halls. Says the actor, “Right now, we’re playing it by ear, having fun and just enjoying doing that and doing music also.”
Glee star Chris Colfer is quietly becoming a Hollywood mogul. Aside from acting on Glee, Colfer has sold a pilot to The Disney Channel called The Little Leftover Witch, which is based on the children’s book by Florence Laughlin.
Colfer is currently working on the project as a producer and writer. In addition to those projects, he wrapped up filming the teen flick Struck by Lightning, which he stars in, produces, and wrote. Having all those responsibilities on a movie can’t be easy, especially for a young professional. We spoke to Colfer and asked him what he learned about himself while making the film.
News already broke this week that Ricky Martin was going to appear on Glee this winter as McKinley High’s new Spanish teacher. But now EW has even more exciting news for Latin music fans: A source exclusively tells EW that pop superstar Gloria Estefan is currently in negotiations to play… Santana’s mother!
Last night, we met Santana’s grandmother, who did not approve of her granddaughter’s lesbian lifestyle. But we haven’t heard from her parents, who Santana claimed were supportive of their daughter’s coming out. Gleeks should expect to see Gloria in the same episode as Martin in January. Our source tells us that the entire cast is “really really big fans of hers and we love her music and her husband’s music.” In fact, the plan is for the episode is to feature some of Estefan’s own music as well as some other bilingual tunes.
When Chord Overstreet failed to come to contractual terms with the producers of Glee over the summer, his character, Sam Evans, was abruptly written off. (In the season premiere, it was explained that his out-of-work father had landed a job in Kentucky.)
On December 6, viewers finally get some resolution when Chord returns to McKinley High just when New Directions needs him most. "Finn and Rachel come find me and ask my parents if I can come back to help them win Sectionals," previews Chord. "Rachel says I can stay at one of their houses, and then everything picks up where it left off."
Unsure exactly how long Sam will be sticking around, the actor says, "It's undetermined at the moment. I'm just having fun, and Mark [Salling], Cory [Monteith], Harry [Shum, Jr.] and Kevin [McHale] were especially glad to welcome me back."
Extra fun was meeting his equally blonde TV parents, Mary and Dwight, played by soap actress Tanya Clarke and former The Dukes of Hazzard heartthrob, John Schneider. "John and I were doing impressions off set the whole time," says Chord. "He does a great Christopher Walken and Sean Connery and I do Matthew McConaughey."
The only downside to rejoining the series: "My body was not used to the dancing. The first day back in the dance studio, we had three songs to do for Sectionals, and the next day my hamstrings couldn't move. And I had to go right back to dancing again."
Oh god.. Don't EVER say 'my body' again... I can't stop picturing it...
WHAT LIES AHEAD
3x08 'Hold On To Sixteen' Promo
Groffy Klaus Is Coming to Town: This the season to get excited about the one and only Jonathan Groff returning to our television. A source tells us he won't be reappearing until the back six (wah wahhh), so we can all just assume that New Directions will win all their singing competitions leading up to facing off with Vocal Adrenaline. Plus, our little Broadway birdie assured us that Groff has nothing lined up in New York so he can get back to Los Angeles ASAP. The sooner he's here, the sooner we can all just relax and soak in his Groff-iness.
Chord Overstreet Makes His Triumphant Return: Glee's next episode, "Hold on to Sixteen," marks Sam's arrival back in Lima, Ohio. Unfortunately, not everyone is excited about Trouty Mouth returning. Oddly enough, Blaine will butt heads with him! Any possibility this could turn into some kind of shirtless scuffle? No? And don't forget what we told you: Samcedes is not dead! The feelings will still be there between Sam and Mercedes, at least on one side.
A Precious Brittana Moment: Although Santana and Mercedes sing the leads during the Troubletones performances at Sectionals, we hear that there is a moment where Brittany and Santana find some time during the number to be adorable. And who doesn't love an adorable Brittana moment?
Ricky Martin Is Coming! No word yet on the deal being totally dunzo, but after our earlier report today, Ricky just tweeted tonight: "I hear McKinley high has an opening for a Spanish teacher… Maybe I'll apply. ;o)"
It's official. Our girl crush on Naya Rivera officially knows no bounds. In fact, we might just be dialing up our grandmothers to share a little "secret," ‘cause the actress otherwise known as Santana/"Snix" was near perfect in tonight's coming-out episode. Show. Stopper.
WHAT WE LEARNED
"Snix" Slayed! Tonight we finally saw a genuine softer side of Santana, after Finn (Cory Monteith) worked tirelessly to get Santana and her Hulk-like, evil alter ego "Snix" to come to terms with her sexuality. Perhaps he's been redeemed from last week's tragic public outing, now that he let Santana off the hook for the slap? We sure think so. Still, we're gonna laugh when she calls him Fetus Face. Go ahead. Judge us. And of course, Santana's "Snix" is not gone for good. BTW, Cory tweeted that tonight's deconstructed version of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" was his favorite number yet. And something tells us you Finn fans had a serious Gleegasm right about 16 minutes into the episode. Right?
We Want that Rachel and Kurt Spinoff Now More Than Ever: Warning: The thought of not seeing Rachel (Lea Michele) and her "best gay" Kurt (Chris Colfer) both getting into NYADA at season's end might just send us off the deep end, and we aren't sure we can handle the mental-health bills. Whether it's a spinoff or a separate NYC storyline as part of the original mothership, Ryan Murphy, please, make it so!
David Boreanaz, You Are Not Man Enough for Sue Sylvester: I hear (writer and executive producer) Ian Brennan wrote Sue's (Jane Lynch) hysterical journal-writing monologue tonight in which she peruses her black book and reveals such gems as Matt Lauer being a crier, Oliver North being a biter, and David Boreanaz just not having what it takes. Flashback episode stat, please! And a gold star for Ian!
Two Gripes: We'd heard that Brittany (Heather Morris) would play more of a supportive role in Santana's coming-out process, and from where we're sitting, tonight's episode was seriously lacking in memorable Brittana moments. And hello...How's about a kiss?! Isn't that what this episode was all about or is the "kiss" in "I Kissed a Girl" a metaphor for checking someone's name on a ballot? That's about as much display of affection as this episode afforded. Here's hoping for more in the coming weeks (see below for more on that). Also, Gripe No. 2, Puck's (Mark Salling) Mohawk has become something of a weird comb-over-hawk (with cowlick and all), which may explain, in part, why we got some serious heebie-jeebs at the Shelby-Puck elbow rub in the ER scene. Say it with us now: Ewwww. We're kinda over that whole storyline. Sorry.
Quinn Is Crossing Over to American Horror Story! OK, not really. But how else would you explain this pretty, baby-obsessed blonde going completely nutso over wanting another baby? Quick, someone check the back of Quinn's head for an exit wound! It would explain so much.
GLEE: Sam (Chord Overstreet, C) returns to the glee club in the "Hold on to Sixteen" episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Dec. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Adam Rose/FOX
GLEE: Sam (Chord Overstreet, L) returns to the glee club in the "Hold on to Sixteen" episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Dec. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Adam Rose/FOX
GLEE: Sam (Chord Overstreet, R) returns to the glee club in the "Hold on to Sixteen" episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Dec. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Adam Rose/FOX
What hit in 2011: "Glee"
Still more "Glee" (op: what about her solo album doe)