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Post  fantastica on 3/1/2015, 12:08 am

i am glad amber (and the rest of the glee cast i am sure) has already let it go. Razz
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Post  fantastica on 3/6/2015, 12:11 am

^ ha, w/ 2 people who lives for attention what's the chance that they will give the mic to others? Smile it's more likely that Lea and Darren are going to eat each other alive in order to be the only one who talks.
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Post  ColferInspired on 3/9/2015, 8:09 am

Nick Jonas was just on the radio here in Australia.

He is going to be in Scream Queens and there is a rumour he could be playing a gay character,  but he did not confirm it or deny it, he was not allowed to talk about it.

If this is the case sounds a bit like Glee meets AHS 80's style. dryy

The show is going be like a high school's 80's horror flick.

Thing is he mentioned the others in the cast but did not mention Lea at all.

Apparently he starts filming next week.
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Post  fantastica on 3/9/2015, 7:11 pm

i think i am done w/ ryan murphy shows. he has some interesting ideas but they grow old very quickly.
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Post  bayth on 3/9/2015, 7:37 pm

fantastica wrote:i think i am done w/ ryan murphy shows. he has some interesting ideas but they grow old very quickly.

Ryan grows tired of his own ideas very quickly. He then retreads them into new shows and then cycle, repeat. I'm never watching another show by him or any of his associates. They are petty children that can't stand it when someone they 'discovered' grows beyond their grasp.
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Post  dimpledchris on 3/9/2015, 7:39 pm

fantastica wrote:i think i am done w/ ryan murphy shows. he has some interesting ideas but they grow old very quickly.

Same. It's either the idea grows old quickly, or he gets tired of the idea quickly and abandons it halfway.

Even before I cared about who conceptualized shows and wrote them, I was a fan of Popular (which ended/was canceled halfway through its 2nd season, I was young and didn't quite understand why it ended so abruptly) and Nip/Tuck (I remember binge-watching the first few seasons one summer in high school). It wasn't until entering the Glee fandom that I learned who Ryan Murphy was and why people have so many different opinions about his shows.
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Post  Divalicious on 3/9/2015, 11:32 pm

I hadn't watched Popular before Glee, but had checked out the first season of NipTuck, which rapidly became too weird for me. I have to care about someone in the show to watch it. If it is just people spouting off zingers, or a bunch of people with no finer aspects, I move on pretty quickly. I didn't watch Glee until after the first 13 episodes, and checked it out mainly because I had a brother who waxed poetic on how great it was.

Now I have developed kind of a negative opinion of Murphy, and not just because of Glee. It seems he finds a great idea and then allows the show to self destruct from lack of attention. He should be a show developer, and hand things off to those willing to nuture something throughout its lifespan, and not just when it is young, cute and gives you positive press.

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Post  Glorfindel on 3/11/2015, 9:46 am

Dianna Agron talking about Glee, mainly how things were on set:
- can-you-describe-a-normal-shooting-day-on-glee
- what-did-the-experience-of-shooting-glee-teach-you
- what-was-the-process-from-casting-to-actually

What I get from all this (reading between the lines) is that the Glee set was chaos a lot of the time, especially the production part, but that the cast and crew worked their asses off to get it all done.
Working 13 hours a day instead of 16-18 hours was considered a 'short' day. Shocked

Dianna also mentions some tensions and egos getting in the way sometimes, but that they felt like a family. She was quite polite and careful about how she worded things, but some things went down on that set for sure.
I would love to hear more about how things really were between the actors, and how they coped with the constant stress and fatigue.

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Post  Jellyrolls on 3/11/2015, 11:42 am

I'll have to watch the videos later. I always liked Dianna. She seems like a decent person, and she was lucky to get out of the day to day grind of Glee before it really all went to hell.

I'm not surprised that egos and tensions got in the way of filming. I always thought that it would be natural for there to be tension from the originals when Darren was thrust to the forefront while others were sidelined or pretty much eliminated by the start or season four. Hollywood is a place of huge egos, and it is natural that they would be resentment when others thrown to the forefront while their screentime diminished (and that is not just Darren--also the first batch of newbies).

And the way RIB has used the actor's flaws and insecurities as a plot device has to have worn down the cast as well.

There has definitely been enough shade thrown by various cast members to show that the cast didn't remain the closely knit bunch that we saw in season one and two (which again, is a very natural thing to happen--it made sense that they would be close when they first started out and were thrust into craziness of fame together, and then when they were on the tour--but it's a natural progression in life that you grow apart from some people you were once close to).

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Post  brisallie on 3/11/2015, 8:12 pm

Haven't seen all the videos yet, but I'm not surprised by their schedule. If I'm not wrong, has been mentioned before how Glee has insane hours of working, and remember seeing pictures of the cast filming quite early at mornings, or even taking naps betweet shots. Yeah insane.

As for the ego wars, I believe in the first seasons all of them were like a family, and still I think there is that close bond. But they're a lot of people on set, and through the years the fame increased, so I guess not everything was wonderful.

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Post  Jellyrolls on 3/11/2015, 9:21 pm

I decided to split the Ellen stuff onto it's own thread.

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Post  dimpledchris on 3/12/2015, 4:02 am

Glorfindel wrote:Dianna Agron talking about Glee, mainly how things were on set:
- can-you-describe-a-normal-shooting-day-on-glee
- what-did-the-experience-of-shooting-glee-teach-you
- what-was-the-process-from-casting-to-actually

For some reason I'm not able to view these properly (damn you internet), but I've been seeing gifsets from these videos all over my dash. From what I could see, Dianna looks like how one would imagine someone who's been through a lot and who lived to tell the tale.

I loved Dianna even more when she said this:
"If there was a director saying, "Well, I think your character is doing this right now", you would really want to ask them "Why?" and make sure that they had the reasons that kind of fit with this character that you've been building."
I could never really hate Quinn even when the show/writing wanted its viewers to turn to her. Dianna clearly loved her character and S1 Quinn, while problematic like all the other characters, had a pretty promising character development. Too bad the show gave up on its plot and character development halfway through S2.

Jellyrolls wrote:And the way RIB has used the actor's flaws and insecurities as a plot device has to have worn down the cast as well.
This. Glee sure does love to make fun of its cast, and most of the time it's tacky and tasteless and downright rude. The cast is the only thing that's keeping the show afloat, it's certainly not the storylines that has the remaining viewers hooked.
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Post  Glorfindel on 3/12/2015, 8:33 am

dimpledchris wrote:I could never really hate Quinn even when the show/writing wanted its viewers to turn to her. Dianna clearly loved her character and S1 Quinn, while problematic like all the other characters, had a pretty promising character development. Too bad the show gave up on its plot and character development halfway through S2.
I remember Ryan saying once that Dianna 'ruined' Quinn for him because he intented her (Quinn) to be truly mean but Dianna was able to portray her a lot nicer.
It's hard to tell if that was a compliment or a dig at Dianna, although the way Dianna left after season 3 suggests the latter.

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Post  Buenos on 3/12/2015, 9:18 am

The character playing the " Quinn" role in Ryan Murphy's " The New Nirmal" series certainly was portrayed in non flattering terms.
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Post  Glorfindel on 3/12/2015, 12:46 pm



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Post  Buenos on 3/12/2015, 1:39 pm


Cory really was the big brother I never had. I think being a young gay kid, I’ve never really felt respected very much by older straight types. But with Cory, we just respected each other so much and we respected working with each other so much. That’s what I’ll always remember—the abundant respect that he gave everyone."
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This is as personal as Chris has ever gotten talking about Cory Monteith.  :(

I suspect Chris  felt Cory's death deeply but  he didn't express it openly like others, (not Chris style).
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Post  Ireth on 3/12/2015, 2:01 pm

Buenos wrote:

Cory really was the big brother I never had. I think being a young gay kid, I’ve never really felt respected very much by older straight types. But with Cory, we just respected each other so much and we respected working with each other so much. That’s what I’ll always remember—the abundant respect that he gave everyone."
— Chris Colfer on Cory Monteith


This is as personal as Chris has ever gotten talking about Cory Monteith.  :(

I suspect Chris  felt Cory's death deeply but  he didn't express it openly like others, (not Chris style).

Yeah :(
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Post  bayth on 3/16/2015, 7:57 pm

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Glee Oral History, Part 1: Casting Call
Glee Pilot Cast
With the series finale this week, we look back at the pilot that started it all. In her extensive oral history, Rae Votta interviews the cast and creatives who made Glee a watershed moment in TV history.

BY RAE VOTTA
MARCH 16 2015 5:10 PM EDT

Can you imagine Glee’s iconic “Don’t Stop Believin’” performance with Twyla Tharp touches and knee-slides? How about McKinley’s school colors as anything but red, black, and white? A Glee without any gay characters? These were all real possibilities when the pilot episode was under development in 2008. Glee began as a movie script by co-creator Ian Brennan, and it was transformed into a TV series in the hands of producing duo Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Their vision to celebrate the high school underdog by way of catchy pop covers and soap opera elements rang true for a generation looking for stardom (as Rachel Berry’s voiceover reminds us in the pilot, “Fame is the most important thing in our culture now.”) In a sea of reality shows, fictional Glee felt strangely real — despite the ubiquitous song-and-dance — during its tenure. Along the way it racked up serious accolades, and serious detractors. But where most agree about Glee is the pilot episode. It’s Glee’s purist form, and it's what captured so many hearts in the pop culture landscape.

When it aired after the American Idol finale in 2009 it became a must-discuss water cooler topic, leaving a whole summer for fandom to flourish with fervent rewatches. The dark, snarky, never-before-seen integration of teenage outsiders and pop music fantasy sparked a phenomenon that dominated pop culture. As the show winds down in its final few episodes, we look back with the cast and crew of its original pilot, who shared an oral history of the making of a definitive TV moment, from neck injuries to green card delays to hoping for just enough screaming fans to outnumber the cast — and getting so much more.

Robert Ulrich (Casting Director): We had worked with Ryan Murphy for many years. My business partner Eric Dawson had been his primary casting partner. Eric had done Popular, a pilot called Pretty/Handsome, and Nip/Tuck. I had done episodes for Ryan when Eric was out of town, so I knew him just barely. When Ryan called Eric about Glee, Eric asked me if I’d be interested in doing it with him because he knew I’d been a singer and was in music.

Zach Woodlee (Choreographer): I was working for Greg Berlanti on an ABC show, Eli Stone. He called me in and said his friend Ryan had a pilot that needed a choreographer. I read the pilot and it just made sense to me. I met with him and Brad Falchuk. We just talked it over, what I thought, and then it was a pretty easy process. We met for a half hour, and then got a call that next week that said, “We’re doing it.” I think they were still doing casting at the time.

Ulrich: It had just been picked up to pilot [when I joined]. We sat with Ryan when he pitched it at Fox, and it sounded fascinating. Then we read the script, and it was just so genius. I remember thinking, How will this ever get done for a pilot, let alone week to week? How will you ever do these big numbers and produce all this music? The fact that that has been maintained so successfully over all these years, is really a testament to everyone who’s worked on Glee.

Lou Eyrich (Costume Designer): We were working on Nip/Tuck and [Murphy] told me he had this new pilot based on a high school glee club. I had been in glee club in high school, so I could totally relate to the script. But at the same time I was like, “This is just a script about high school kids, this will be easy.” When we started working with Ryan, it became apparent that we wanted it to be more heightened reality, not just high school. We wanted it to have a sense of fashion. We wanted to make each character very distinct from one another.

Ulrich: For me, as a casting director, it was incredible because they weren’t concerned with names. It’s so much more fun to discover talent than just do a list a names. Glee was all about discovery. In a few minutes, we went through the few people that would mean anything who could sing and dance and were in the age range. He wanted people who looked like high school, and people who could sing and dance. I had worked on a NBC musical called Rhapsody that didn’t go — it was very dark and very different from Glee. I had come up with a format that worked for me, for how I ran the audition process, so I used that same format with Glee. I met Brad Ellis, the pianist, as the accompanist on the other pilot. I brought him over to accompany the auditions and he even ended up on the show.

Eyrich: High School Musical had just come out when we’d started out, and we’d already decided on the red and white (for McKinley colors). When they were such a big hit we were reluctant to use it, but we decided to stick with it and add black to it. Ryan really wanted red and white.

Lea Michele (Rachel Berry): I first heard about Glee from my best friend Jonathan Groff. We were in Spring Awakening at the time, and he had just done a pilot with Ryan Murphy and Ryan had seen us in [Spring Awakening]. Jonathan said [Murphy] was writing this show with me in mind for the role of Rachel.

Ulrich: Lea was very bold. She was doing Les Mis at the Hollywood Bowl, so she sang “On My Own” from that and was genius in the room. When she went to the network she was in a minor car accident before, that’s a famous story. What I remember about Lea is during the original pilot script Rachel slaps Finn. I was reading it with her, and I didn’t know her, I’d never met her. She didn’t introduce herself, but she flat out slapped me. She slapped me twice at the network. She never said anything before, never said anything after. She flat out owned that character to that ultimate from the moment she walked in the room.

Michele: I remember reading the pilot script for the first time and thinking it was brilliant. I remember reading the scene where we sang "Don't Stop Believin’" and I got the chills.

Ulrich: In the original pilot, there wasn’t the Sue character. I’m pretty sure (former Fox President) Kevin Reilly said it needed a villain. We auditioned that role, actually, and then they offered it to Jane [Lynch]. It was one of those roles that is so iconic that it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing it. I think we didn’t know if she was going to get out of the other show (Lynch was attached to another pilot at the time), or we knew that we had her, until a certain point.

Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins): I had done an episode of Nip/Tuck before Glee, the same year. I heard from somewhere they were having trouble finding the role of Figgins, and Brad Falchuk brought my name up. When you’re reading for something you never know, it’s just the next job. At that time I did not have a regular gig, I was just going from job to job like the majority of working actors. When I read the script I knew it was a great show. It had a quality that would attract a lot of attention and really connect with a huge number of people.

Stephen Tobolowsky (Sandy Ryerson): I was recovering from a broken neck. I had been in the brace for three and a half months, and a messenger came to my house for this script for something called Glee. When you have suffered a terrible injury, not only are you terrified by the injury, as you begin to heal you are terrified you’ll never work again. So when I got this script for something called Glee, I was overjoyed. I called my agent immediately, and said, “Whatever this is, I’m going in on it. I don’t care if I’m up for it or not, I’m going in.”

Theba: If you look at Jane, Jayma, me, we all had familiar faces. We had done a lot of stuff, but we were not big names or anything. But the young cast had, most of them, I don’t think they had anything. Some people did not have a single credit. They basically got the job and it took off like crazy. They’re all so talented.

Ulrich: Chris’s story, everyone’s heard. He was 18, his father drove him up. I’d never met him. There wasn’t a role for him, which everybody knows. He said one word and sang one sentence, and I said, “Oh my gosh.” I took him to Ryan. To think there was no gay character on Glee is bizarre.

Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel): I remember getting an audition for a new Ryan Murphy show, and I was super excited because I was obsessed with Nip/Tuck. I wasn’t actually allowed to watch it, so it was the closest thing to an adolescent rebellious phase that I had — then I read the script for Glee, and immediately fell in love with it. I was a performing arts kid and grew up in a community theatre, I was ecstatic someone was making a show about kids like me. I wasn’t surprised when it blew up like it did: I always knew it had an audience. The big surprise was that I was a part of it.

Ryan Murphy (Co-Creator): Glee was going to be about a lot of things: song, dance, Jane Lynch’s character being waterboarded. But for me, I wanted to do something personal in that show. I grew up in Indiana, behind a cornfield and a church, and for me growing up, the only single person I knew who was gay was the Center Square, Paul Lynde. So with Glee, I wanted to write about something personal, something about gay characters, something about creating your own kind of family — no matter who you are and where you live.  

Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang): [My first Glee audition] was just an agency call. Lea had left Spring Awakening already at that point, she was already in L.A. I was in New York. It sort of trickled through the theater that everybody was going on it, because the characters were so open and unspecific, in a way. I was in the waiting room with three of the other cast members of Spring Awakening at the time. It was a weird audition because Tina only had two lines in the pilot.

Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams): Artie had kind of a vague character description. It said he was in a wheelchair, and he’s kind and has a big heart. That was basically it. I had auditioned for Superbad a couple months prior, and I had gotten really close on it. At the time, I had these new eyeglasses and didn’t wear them. On my third or fourth callback I thought, Should I wear my glasses? But I didn’t wear them. It always was a reminder, I need to wear my fucking glasses. So the day I went into audition for Glee, I hadn’t put my contacts in because I was lazy. So I was like, “Fuck that, I’m going to wear the glasses, and I’m going to use it.” You audition for a lot of things that are crap. You really do. You don’t get so emotionally attached. The moment I read Glee I got emotionally attached, which sucks, because when you don’t get it, more often than not, it’s a huge letdown. Artie became nerdy because I was so nervous. Ian Brennan told me later on that I was the first Artie they saw, and that was it. “We knew immediately we wanted you.” I said, “it would have been nice if you told me that because I had to wait 7 weeks before you found everyone else and I could test.”

Ushkowitz: When I found out I was going to network they said, "OK, you’ll do your show [in New York]. You’ll get on a red eye. You get there in the morning; you shower; and you go straight to Fox and meet the network." I had never tested before, I had no idea what that meant, all I knew was I was close. That night, I was ready to get on the flight, and I must have gotten bit by something or was really nervous, and I got hives all over my face. I was already panicking that I was going to look like a monster. I showered and they went away. I went to the network and what they don’t tell you is you can’t leave until everyone has auditioned. You don’t just go in and go home. You go in, and you wait.

McHale: I had never tested for a TV show before. I auditioned on a Monday, I had a callback on Tuesday, and then found out I was testing on Wednesday. It was very early on in the process, so I had to wait. I knew they were having a problem finding Quinn and Finn, and maybe they found a Mercedes, but they weren’t sure. Then I met Chris, and I was confused what he was auditioning for.

Colfer: I remember meeting Jenna and Kevin in the early auditions and we bonded over The Dark Knight casting rumors. Someone said Cher was going to be Catwoman, so naturally we all had opinions about it. I remember I could hear everyone singing in the next room for the studio and network executives and I was blown away. Everyone was so talented. I didn’t know how I could possibly fit in and I probably wore my vulnerability on my sleeve – which may have been a reason I was cast now that I think about it.

McHale: I remember Chris and I came up in the elevator together from the parking garage in Fox. I was terrified, but I could see that he was even more terrified. He seemed so lost in a way, which is funny to say now because he seems more mature than I am. So I decided to help him. I checked us both in at the security desk, and we rode up to the right floor together. When we sat down I saw that he had Artie sides, and I was like, “Shit, I’m helping the enemy.” But then Robert came out and mentioned something about Kurt, so I gathered he wasn’t auditioning for Artie but I didn’t know who Kurt was. Chris told me how he auditioned and how they kind of made a new role. He was being very modest. I don’t know if he was aware or not that he was the only one auditioning for that part. Like, You’re definitely getting it.

Ushkowitz: Chris was testing against himself, so obviously he got it. Me and another girl, and Kevin and another guy were all testing. We just sat there quietly and Ryan came in before the test and went, “Hi guys, how are you, is everybody nervous?”
That made us more nervous. It was a weird thing, but we all booked it within the hour of auditioning. Before I got on my flight home I knew.

McHale: I was so nervous I had my friends drive me that day. We went out to eat after, which is the worst idea because I was such a mess that I couldn’t even think straight, never mind try to eat food. I felt like I was going to vomit all over the table. My manager called to say they’d found out Chris got it, and they were still waiting on me. Then she called back a few minutes later and I heard her voice crack and she goes, “it’s yours, it’s yours.” I gave a thumbs up and my friends all start screaming in this nice restaurant in Beverly Hills. My family was crying when I called them, they were waiting by the phone too. I had been trying to do it for a long time, and I didn’t know if music was going to work out or acting was going to work out, but this seemed really special.

Ulrich: Quinn was a role we had a long, difficult time finding. We’d gone to network and studio, and they hadn’t chosen anybody. It was the night before shooting, Dianna Agron came here to the office. I believe we sent her home to change her hair and clothes, and we put her on tape. She never went in front of Ryan, studio, or network. That became the way the show ended up being cast, Ryan did almost all of it via tape. With the exception of Chord, Melissa Benoist, and Dean Geyer. Darren Criss, everybody, just went by tape. That’s what happened with Dianna, and it was very exciting.

Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez): I didn’t know anything about it when I started off. It was just another audition, and I knew that I had to sing. So I had to drive to go buy sheet music and pick out a song to sing, but other than that I didn’t know anything. Santana didn’t have any lines in the pilot, so I had to read Mercedes lines. The whole bit about not being able to get stank ass out of polyester. I auditioned twice and booked the gig.

Ulrich: We were having a terrible time with Finn. Either the people who be almost right, or not sing well enough. We were getting nervous. We’d flown people out from New York, and no one is was working. We were here late one night and my associate Alex was out at her desk and she said, “Robert, come look at this guy.” Cory came up on the screen, and she goes, “He kind of reminds me of Ben Affleck.”

He was so engaging and charismatic, and we waited and waited, and he didn’t sing. So we had him sing. I knew that Cory, who didn’t consider himself a singer at all, could sing well enough and could get better. I love the tone of his voice, that’s my personal favorite in male voices. I think by the end he became a really good singer, and he was always an incredible actor. He was a quick learner. They took a big gamble on him in the room, because he didn’t have his working papers. They weren’t going to come until halfway through the pilot, and Kevin Reilly took a chance. Cory was so dynamic, and accessible.

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Glee Pilot Oral History, Part 2: The Rehearsal

With the cast in place, Glee did something that became a rarity for them during their six-year run: They conducted extensive rehearsals. For many in the cast, it was their first time working on a TV show, and their first time learning choreography. The young actors gathered together in Los Angeles with the music and dance teams to start prepping for the shoot.

Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams): We were all very green and confused about what was going on. The first day was me, Amber, Chris, and Jenna. We’d meet with Brad Ellis, and we were learning “Don’t Stop Believin’ ”. This is when we actually took the time to learn all these songs. We learned “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat.” Then Adam Anders came in and watched people do solos. I didn’t do a solo because I was doing “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat.” Jenna sang, and she was this quiet little girl and she had the most powerful voice. I was thinking, “how did I get this?” Jenna had been on Broadway, Amber could sing the phone book in her sleep, and then Chris sang and he had the most unique voice, and he did it with all the funny bits that are in the pilot. I thought, “I’m in over my head.”
Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang): I came out to L.A. and Lea had taken me to dinner the first night. I had rehearsal the next day with Kevin, Amber, and Chris. For some reason Lea wasn’t there, and Cory hadn’t been cast yet. So she goes, “tell me everything about them, and tell me who we like and who we don’t.” [Laughs]
McHale: We had one of our last singing lessons with Brad Ellis at Fox, and that’s where we met Lea. We ran the whole thing with Lea, and by that point the four of us had gotten very close, and the only one who knew Lea was Jenna. We met her and were like, “She’s kind of like Rachel Berry.” Very excited, very professional, knew all her shit.
Robert Ulrich (Casting Director): We had a really hard time finding Mercedes. They were almost ready to go with someone who was so wonderful, but she was a rapper, not a singer. Ryan wanted a singer. I was getting so worried. One of my friends came up to me and said, you know my girlfriend’s roommate is a singer, I think she sings at church. So Amber came in and sat across from me, and she sounded pretty. But I said, “Can you sing something bigger? Can you sing ‘And I Am Telling You’ from Dreamgirls?” And she sang it, and I ran out to the inner office and said, “Oh my god, we’ve found Mercedes.” When we took her to show Ryan, that day was one of the most exciting moments I’ve ever had.
McHale: Amber had to sing [in rehearsals], a I remember asking her to do it again so I could record it and show everyone I know. It was the most incredible thing I had ever heard in my entire life. She sang and it was like the clouds opened up and I saw Jesus. I am not a religious person, but that was the most religious I’ve ever felt in my entire life. She wasn’t even trying.
Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel): None of us knew there would be dancing involved until the night before the first dance rehearsal — there was no indication of movement in the script. Luckily our dancing skills were on par with each other. Back then it took a week to choreograph one song. By the third season, we were learning dances the hour before we shot them.
Zach Woodlee (Choreographer): I was with Jenna, Kevin, Amber, Lea, and Chris [in rehearsals], who are all remotely the same size. And then this giant walks in. I was like, “What the hell are they doing to me!”
Ushkowitz: Cory was the funnest, goofiest person you’ll ever meet. But we learned very quickly that he could not dance. He’d get very very frustrated. It was so endearing, how bad he was trying. He’d go, “I didn’t know it was a dance thing! I just didn’t know!” They wrote that in, but that was the genesis of that. Cory was also the big secret. Lea, Kevin, Amber, Chris, and I had all these rehearsals before, and they still hadn’t brought in Finn. We knew Matt Morrison was cast. It was sort of like the show, where’s the last cast member? We found out he was some Canadian who couldn’t get his green card, so he had been cast but he couldn’t get into the U.S. to rehearse with us. We were thinking, “He must be so famous!”

McHale: I was standing in for [Cory] a long time while I think we learned about 12 different versions of “Don’t Stop Believin’ ”. He couldn’t legally work for the first half, so I was filling in for him because I look exactly like Cory [Laughs.] We met him when we went in to record. This was fun, because we didn’t do it this way much. Usually we go in on a lunch break for 30 minutes and knock out an entire song. This time all five of us went into the recording studio and we met Cory. I was very weary of meeting him because I watched Kyle XY, and I told him this on the first day of the pilot, he played a douchebag and I hated his character. I told him I was scared to meet him because I hated him on that TV show, so I just assumed that’s how he would be. That’s how it works: people on TV act like their characters. [Laughs] Of course, it ended up being the exact opposite, and he was the sweetest.
Ushkowitz: We rehearsed for two weeks, which we never get anymore. It was a very different experience from how the rest of the show works now.
Colfer: Recording is so different than performing. It took me a while to get comfortable hearing my own voice in the headphones — that was a trip! In the first episodes we recorded everything together and I was always paired with musical goddess Amber Riley. I’d always leave feeling so bad about myself. I would tell myself, “Well, maybe you’re not meant to be a singer.”
McHale: We recorded all five of us in that room, and everybody knew their harmonies. I had never done that at that point, I have never done it ever since. It was great, we were all learning each other’s voices and how to work together in such intimate ways. If we had never done all that I think our relationships would be very different.
Ushkowitz: Before we started shooting, we didn’t even know [Tina] was going to be goth. We didn’t know until the day before. My first fitting was Walmart grandma jeans high waist, and sweater vests. Lou, our amazing costume designer, she called me and said I had to come in for another fitting because I looked too much like Artie. I was supposed to sing “If I Were A Bell,” so that had to be changed when we changed the look. We sort of molded her in the rehearsals for the pilot. It just worked. I never was really dark or aggressive like that, but by putting those clothes on it really changed my whole sort of being. I feel like throughout the entire series, [Tina] unfolded and evolved so much. That started because we didn’t really know, so it was a fun time to really create it. Just like Chris.
Lou Eyrich (Costume Designer): Kurt was Ryan’s pet project. He wanted it to be this kid reads the fashion magazines, he knows what is on Style.com, he knows what Alexander McQueen is doing in the spring. He can’t afford it, so he sews things together to make it his own. He’s always trying to be ahead of it. Kurt watched the trend reports and then would emulate it and be the first one to wear it.
Colfer: My first fitting for Glee was the first time I ever tried on skinny jeans. It was quite an experience. So much of the character was born in that fitting. The clothes definitely wore me more than I wore them. The outfits were so loud I didn’t feel any need to make him “louder” through voice or expression — with one glimpse of his style people understood him perfectly.
Woodlee: I just remember walking in a straight line for hours, just trying to get them all to have the same gait. It was tough. We’d hold each other’s shoulders. It was a shock to a lot of them. Getting that wheelchair involved was interesting.
McHale: [Woodlee] told me to pick one of two wheelchairs and see whichever one felt best, and he was going to go teach the other people how to dance. There was a hospital wheelchair, which made no sense, and the smaller one that I ended up picking. I think because I had a dance background, I immediately thought I needed to figure out how to make the quickest turns. What’s the most efficient process of going forward and backwards, turning and going up ramps, should I do this one handed or both of my hands. It happened pretty quickly. Now it’s become second nature, but at the time we learned “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat,” and that’s all based around the wheelchair. In the pilot you only see a section of it, but we had the entire two and a half minute song choreographed. Everyone had to get used to being around the wheelchair, they had to push the wheelchair. It was very good for spatial awareness reasons that everyone, including myself, got adjusted to it as soon as possible.
Ushkowitz: We’d put little pieces together, and Zach would add things. No one had a dance call, nobody thought about that. Lea had training, I had training, and Kevin did. “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” I think went through five different versions before it got approved. There was one with a full on dance number, and it was so weird. It was a bit kooky at first. It was a collaboration between Zach and Ryan, and also what we could do with our bodies. We also had to work with Kevin and the wheelchair as well, the spacing and how fast he could move. Plus, Kevin would be moving his legs the entire time to the beat. We’d be like, “Kevin, you can’t move your legs.”
McHale: That was really an invaluable bonding experience between us. We were doing this thing none of us had done before. Nobody had anything to compare it to, so everyone was doing what they thought was right. Brad Ellis had us doing these singing warm ups with our arms in the air and we’d all be looking at each other like, “What is going on?”
NEXT: WHAT IT WAS LIKE ON SET — AND BACK IN HIGH SCHOOL
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I’ll tell you this. A lot of people working on ‘Scream Queens’ are our crew from ‘Glee.’ … When I went on my first day, no one even recognized me. This is like my Charlize Theron in ‘Monster’ moment. 

My character is out-of-control crazy, insane and hilarious, and it’s been so fun to play. When I got home from the first day, so many of the cast were texting me, like, ‘It’s so great how you’re embracing this character.’ Not wearing basically any makeup, not doing my hair and she has a lot of unique qualities that you’ll see.

You won’t see any signs of ‘Glee’ in this show. And it’s even a totally different horror genre than ‘American Horror Story.’ It reminds me a lot of those old, classic horror films like ‘Evil Dead,’ and even closer to my generation, like ‘Scream’ or ‘Heathers,’ and it has a little bit of ‘Mean Girls’ in there. This is a whole new brand that they’ve created.

— Lea Michele on Scream Queens (via littlegleeprincess)
Buffy anyone.

This is not a new brand that they have created.

They are just copying others.

Lea seems to be doing all the promoting, but AHS: Hotel is getting all the publicity.

Nick Jonas did not mention her in a radio interview here in Australia, but mentioned the rest of the cast.

I hope the show goes well for her, but don't see any excitement for Scream Queens yet.
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Post  Glorfindel on 3/18/2015, 2:38 pm

Video of what Glee means to the Glee cast (has about 5 seconds of Chris in it) : link.

Lots of Lea and Darren (of course Rolling Eyes ) but also bits from Matt, Kevin, Jenna, Harry and Vanessa.

Chris is the only one of the original 5 who didn't get a 'glammed-up' interview part: they re-used footage of the Klaine videos made at the Wedding, and it's basically him saying "groundbreaking". Mad
With his absence being very clear in these BTS 'special' videos reminiscing Glee (and I blame this entirely on Mia), and him skipping the reporter-line at PaleyFest, I think Chris is just done with the show.

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Post  angelnessa on 3/18/2015, 2:57 pm

banzai I felt the same way. And as much as I love the cast, and am happy for the friendships and opportunities they got from Glee, I can't take it seriously anymore when they talk about Glee meaning opening yourself up to joy, or celebrating the underdog. I know they feel the need to say that about the show they've been such an integral part of, and was once the truth, but so much of it has been toxic for so long now. I wonder if that's why Chris has been avoiding reporters and the bts stuff, because he'd have a hard time not being honest about what the show became.
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Post  Jellyrolls on 3/18/2015, 3:08 pm

Glorfindel wrote:Video of what Glee means to the Glee cast (has about 5 seconds of Chris in it) : link.

Lots of Lea and Darren (of course Rolling Eyes ) but also bits from Matt, Kevin, Jenna, Harry and Vanessa.

Chris is the only one of the original 5 who didn't get a 'glammed-up' interview part: they re-used footage of the Klaine videos made at the Wedding, and it's basically him saying "groundbreaking". Mad
With his absence being very clear in these BTS 'special' videos reminiscing Glee (and I blame this entirely on Mia), and him skipping the reporter-line at PaleyFest, I think Chris is just done with the show.

Did Mia do these ones too? Seriously, I can't wait until Darren shuts up. He talks far too much in all this stuff.

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Post  Ranwing on 3/18/2015, 3:22 pm

I hate to say it, but I'm actually really glad that Chris either hasn't been asked to do so much PR this year, but has bowed out of it. Glee is toast and it's been a mess for a long time. Yes, the show was good at one point, and inspirational, but it hasn't been that way in at least three seasons now. Trying to paint it as being this huge iconic show (when instead it should be a teachable case of how to run a promising show completely into the ground) is laughable.

The majority of the core audience is gone. It went from being a show about championing the underdog to awarding those already born on third base. There's not a whole lot here to be celebrated, least of all by Lea and Darren who benefited most from the very factors that destroyed the show.

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Post  Jellyrolls on 3/18/2015, 3:35 pm

Oh, I agree that I'm glad Chris has done minimal PR for the show this year. Why should he when the show has minimized him so much?

I'm just sorry he had to participate in that three part Klaine interview, though at least he got to take some shots at the Klainers in it.

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