For the past three seasons of Glee, the core cast has smitten fans around the world with their inner and outer beauty, as well as their phenomenal artistic and singing talents. This year, the third year of the show, new characters have been introduced and they have breathed a fresh new life into the show that will help transition the program when many of the leads take their final bow at the end of the season. Many of the characters are seniors this year and with the idea of the show possibly not having them as full focus, the additions the show has made with The Glee Project winners Damian McGinty and Samuel Larson and multitalented actress Vanessa Lengies, the show is flourishing and fueling the fire that continues to burn within fans. Along with the addition of Grant Gustin as Sebastian, the fresh blood that has been infused into Glee is really bringing fantastic flavor to this popular program.
As the sun is about to set on the 2011-2012 year of high school at McKinley High School for a number of the central characters, it looked a little bleak for die hard fans who have fallen in love with the characters. With the inspired show The Glee Project, which gives contestants the ability to vie for a chance for an arc on Glee, the ante has been raised to add a new dynamic to the program that has been a staple on TV in households across the United States and worldwide. The Glee Project has brought young and incredibly talented singers an opportunity of a lifetime, not only to showcase their singing talents, but it also provides a platform for them to flaunt their acting abilities — a rarity nowadays which allows both. Fans have been enjoying McGinty’s arc as Rory Flanagan, who is an Irish exchange student staying with Brittany (Heather Morris). Larsen has just started his arc on Glee as Joe Hart, a new student who just recently came to McKinley and is believed to be a sophomore. Even with Larsen appearing in a handful of episodes so far, fans have taken to his off the beaten path character.
Vanessa Lengies brings another fantastic level to the show as the character Sugar Motta. As a no nonsense, tough as nails teen (starting her role by boldly spouting her inner thoughts and claiming to have self-diagnosed Aspbergers) that gets whatever she wants by being a Daddy’s Girl, Lengies’ performance as Sugar is pure perfection and sugary sweet. While she may not have previously had much of a front role in many episodes, her background performances have been often times scene stealing with only slight movements or facial expressions. How could you not fawn over a character who says things like, “Don’t sweat the small stuff. And it’s all small stuff when you’re rich.” I have loved Lengies for many years, starting with her role as Roxanne on the hit show American Dreams and continuing with parts in films like Waiting and Stick It, and most recently with her endearing portrayal of Nurse Kelly Epson on the show Hawthorne. Now with her new role on Glee, she’s permanently cemented her place in my heart. Lengies is a true chameleon who can transform herself with ease for her roles and she is given the phenomenal opportunity on this show to showcase her dramatic and comedic abilities which truly run deep. Most recently with the Valentine’s Day episode of Glee, Lengies was front and center as her character Sugar held a dance at McKinley, funded by her father, where she had to choose between Artie and Rory as her date for the dance. Lengies is a phenomenal asset and is an added treat to any episode she is featured in.
Sebastian, played by Grant Gustin, though has been the new love-to-hate character on Glee and it’s easy to see why. The Klaine (Kurt and Blaine) shippers have been highly protective of their favorite show couple and Sebastian made his move to try and break up the duo and steal Blaine away. Smooth talking, cocky and self-assured, Sebastian had a hold over Blaine that seemed like it might just tear the couple apart, but so far he hasn’t succeeded. During the Michael Jackson tribute episode Sebastian continued to show his sinister side by tossing a slushie in Blaine’s face. Gustin has been given a great range to portray and has certainly provided even more sex appeal to the show. Smooth dance moves, a silky voice and a naughty attitude, Sebastian seems born to be bad and fans continue to devour every delicious drop of it. Gustin’s Sebastian should be smug, he knows he is the total package and he flaunts it and it propels his ego. Gustin packs a powerful punch and provides fans that tug of war between good and evil that fans crave.
If you’re a die hard Gleek like I am, you’ll be sad to see your favorite characters graduate. Thankfully, with the introduction of new characters that have seamlessly assimilated into this fan favorite show, hearts won’t be broken for too long.
Damian McGinty, Josh Sussman, Dot Marie Jones, and Iqbal Theba all hit up GBK’s Golden Globes Gift Lounge this weekend. Looks like everyone had fun!
Now that the status of “Glee” leads Lea Michele and Cory Monteith has been settled — they both told Zap2it that they’re returning for Season 4— we can obsess over the fates of our other favorite McKinley High students.
And yes, the boy can sing, which is why they’ve kept him around on “Glee” even longer than his prize as the winner of “The Glee Project” initially called for. But how many more episodes will he be on? Is he coming back next season? And when is he going to get a love interest?
I caught up with McGinty at Fox’s Television Critics Association party to get all that scoop and more, including whether or not he plans to return to the Oxygen reality show that made him a star, and which of the leading ladies on “Glee” fans want to see him with.
When is Rory going to get some really good stuff to do?
You know, it’s weird this season because so many of the core characters are graduating — there hasn’t been any new characters this season apart from me. It’s hard for a new character to come in because the “Glee” audience wants to see the originals before they graduate. I think Ryan [Murphy] is nurturing me; he’s growing me.
Do you feel that?
Yeah, I really do. So far I’ve been in six episodes, and three of them I’ve had a big part in. For me, that’s good because I’ve never done this before … I’ve never done acting before. It’s crazy, but it’s really helpful for me to sit back and watch Lea [Michele] do her thing. I’m loving it — it’s what I needed.
So next season you’ll be ready to really go all out?
I hope so! That’s my plan. It’s a done deal!
Is it? Are you for sure coming back for next season?
No, that’s not a done deal yet … it hasn’t been made official. I did win seven episodes, I’m on my tenth, so … things are going good. [Laughs]
You mentioned Lea — does she understand you now? I know she was having a really hard time with your accent …
Yes! She worked on it for like three or four months — we’re now in the fifth or sixth month and she almost has me. [Laughs] I love Lea … she’s so inspirational. She’s so professional in what she does. She’s amazing. She’s welcomed me with open arms. On set, she’s like my big sister. I didn’t imagine that happening, but she really is.
But your boys are still your boys …
My boys — oh yeah, absolutely! Kevin McHale is probably one of my best friends. Chord Overstreet is such a good guy; Cory Monteith and Mark Salling, hilarious; Chris Colfer, such a nice guy; Darren Criss, amazing. I can’t speak highly enough of them — they’re all amazing.
For the next season of “The Glee Project,” will you be back as a mentor?
We’re having talks … talks are ongoing. I hope to be back because I feel like last season I had … whatever the ultimate “Glee Project” experience is, I think I had it. I also believe I could give them a lot of good advice because I know exactly what’s going to come their way.
There’s no way to prepare!
No, there’s no way to prepare for this. “The Glee Project” really helped — what I didn’t realize was how much work is involved outside of work. I’m such a normal, small-time guy, and I’m not used to red carpet events and Hollywood freaking parties. I’d rather sit in and play Xbox! [Laughs] It’s crazy. But I realize that it’s part of my job, and I will never say no to anything.
What about a love interest for Rory? I think it’s time!
It is time! At the minute, I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, but I spoke to Ryan on Friday and there’s a storyline coming up with me and a few other characters, so we’ll see what happens.
Wait, multiple love interests?
We’ll see! [Laughs] That’s “Glee XXX.” I don’t think Rory’s a threesome kind of guy!
I don’t know if he’d know how to handle even one girl! Who would be your choice, or who do fans say they’d like to see Rory with most?
They’re all beautiful, but I get Quinn a lot — a lot of people tell me, “You should turn Quinn good.” [Laughs] She needs a little Irish person — a little Irish leprechaun. We’ll see what happens.