Vanessa Lengies on tonight’s Valentine’s Day ‘Glee’: ‘This is the episode to watch if you’re waiting for some couples action’
Tonight’s episode of Glee, fittingly titled “Heart,” is a big one for Vanessa Lengies’ character Sugar. The vocally (and maybe slightly mentally) challenged gal throws a giant soiree in honor of the holiday and ends up with two dudes, Artie (Kevin McHale) and Rory (Damian McGinty), fighting over her. And, according to Lengies, those characters aren’t the only ones in the romantic mood. “I know that my Twitter always explodes with questions about couples on the show,” says the actress. “This is the episode to watch if you’re waiting for some couples action.” EW talked to Lengies about tonight’s episode and next week’s big Regionals winter finale.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So tell me about “Heart.” Sugar decides to throw a party right?
VANESSA LENGIES: Yes. It turns out that Sugar’s middle name is Valentina. Loves Valentine’s Day. She has her daddy rent out Breadstix and turn it into the Sugar Shack and throws the biggest Valentine’s Day party. But they have to have a date so that creates a lot of interesting story lines. It’s a really fun episode. I know that my Twitter always explodes with questions about couples on the show. This is the episode to watch if you’re waiting for some couples action.
And Sugar is choosing between Artie and Rory?
She’s being fought over, which is absolutely hysterical.
That must have been fun to have those two guys fight over you.
It was. I think I lost myself in it for a little bit for sure. Kevin McHale just won me over. I can’t believe how sexy he is in this number he did. My cheeks get red just thinking about it. It was pretty awesome.
I know. I was listening to “Let Me Love You” and I just thought it was fantastic.
Right! At first I was like that’s an old song. He just… wait til you see it.
Sugar didn’t wanna work with Artie before, though.
Because his leg would be skinnier than her arm. I think they took a scene out of that other episode in anticipation for “Heart” because at the end of that episode, Sugar had said to Artie in a deleted scene that he was so sweet when he defended Becky that she would consider going on a date with him. But I think they took it out because of the love triangle in this episode. So she probably forgot all about the arm thing. You never know what Sugar’s thinking.
Does Sugar pick between Artie and Rory by the end of the episode?
She picks one.
It sounds like the big group number is “Love Shack,” right? How was that?
Oh my God, it was so fun. It was such a fun song and it was supposed to just get everyone on their feet. We were on tables. Someone tweeted me a GIF yesterday and I showed it to the whole cast because it was so funny. It’s Harry on a table. Me on a table. Naya’s like pointing. Jenna’s doing a head swing to the side. It was so fun to do and that song you can’t help but dance to it. It definitely took us all over in this scene.
What does Sugar’s Valentine’s Day outfit look like? She has interesting wardrobe choices.
Oh my God. Oh my God. I don’t even know how to answer that question. I know I’ve said it in every interview I’ve done about Glee but I’m obsessed with their costume department. I think they reached the top of the bar for this party outfit she’s wearing. She’s just ridiculous. Harry Shum took an amazing picture on his phone because they had this stuffed animal, almost like a Furbie, on the set. He took a picture of it in the foreground and me behind it and we look like twins. I look like this big animal with a tiara.
Can you tease anything about Regionals?
Yeah we just finished filming. Regionals ends with a crazy cliff-hanger. I don’t know what they told you but it’s pretty crazy. My jaw was to the floor just reading it. I don’t think I’m supposed to talk about it.
When TVLine first interviewed Vanessa Lengies about recurring on Fox’s Glee this season, she could only hope that sassy Sugar Motta would stick around beyond the introduction of the Trouble Tones. Now midway through Season 3 — and barreling into the show’s winter break— she must marvel at how things turned out. “I mean, look — I’m doing Regionals and dancing my ass off!”
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Regionals are still a week away (hi, Community fans!), and before then there’s the none-too-small matter of Miss Motta’s Valentine’s Day revelry.
“Sugar is getting love from all angles in this week’s episode,” Lengies raves. “She’s having boys fight over her, her daddy is throwing her a rager, her outfits are just getting better and better…. All the cards are coming up Sugar, for sure!”
First turning to the aforementioned boys, as seen in the photo below, Sugar will have both Artie (played by Kevin McHale) and Rory (Damian McGinty) vying for her affections. “The person who does the confetti locker for her definitely wins that round,” the actress shares. “But there are multiple rounds of winning Sugar’s heart in this episode, which is really hard to do when you don’t know what she likes or is thinking at any moment.”
In fact, Sugar might not even necessarily have a strong point of view on either of her prospective suitors. “I don’t think she understands what a relationship really means,” says her portrayer. “All she knows is it’s not OK to be single” on this day of all days.
To that end, Sugar’s daddy opens his wallet to transform Breadstix into “The Sugar Shack” aka a venue for a couples-only Valentine’s bash. (After all, with her middle name to be revealed as Valentina, “This is her favorite day of the year,” says Lengies. As for the one restriction on RSVPs, Sugar believes “singles are depressing”).
But which gent will be on her arm as she parades around in an outfit made almost entirely of purple feather boas? “Sugar goes back and forth the entire episode, but at the end she definitely has a date for the Sugar Shack,” says Lengies.
There at the Sugar Shack, viewers can expect a cover of (appropriately enough) the B-52s’ “Love Shack” plus a song featuring The Glee Project‘s Samuel Larson, who plays Joe Hart, a member of McKinley’s High’s “God Squad” (a group for Christian students).
Now taking a look down the road, though Glee fans are doing their annual grumbling about a several-week hiatus, Lengies promises that the winter finale airing next Tuesday will offer much food for thought.
“It’s our regionals episode, and it’s a huge jaw-dropper,” she reveals. “When I read the script, I was shocked, because it takes you on a big roller-coaster ride. In almost everyone’s storyline there is a surprise, so I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it.” Touting the episode even further, she says: “It ends with one of those scenes where you just can’t believe what’s happening.”
And yes, there is much singing and dancing, being, you know, regionals and all. “We just finished filming it, and I have blisters all over my feet,” Lengies laments. “I was dancing for two days straight!”
Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you ready for some sugar?
We mean Glee‘s Sugar Motta, obviously, played by the lovely Vanessa Lengies. Tonight’s a big episode for her, and it’s a big episode for love. Vanessa spills everything on “Heart,” plus teases a crazy Regionals episode…
“There’s a lot of kissing. There’s a lot of romance,” she tells us about tonight’s ep. “There’s a love triangle between my character, Artie and Rory, who fight over me the entire episode, which I didn’t mind one bit.”
How can you mind when Kevin McHale (who Vanessa calls “yummy”) is serenading you with Mario‘s “Let Me Love You?” But then there’s also Rory Flannigan (Damian McGinty) with his accent and boyish charm. “Before Artie’s sexy number, Rory’s kind of in the lead with his gift-giving ability. I think you’ll find Rory Flannigan quite the thoughtful gift giver,” she tells us. “And in the end he also does a serenade for Sugar. There both trying very hard. Sugar’s a hard heart to win over.”
After the love dust settles around their love triangle, it’ll be time for Regionals! An episode, as we told you yesterday, that will be full of shocking twists and turns. When we asked if the episode ends on a big cliffhanger, Vanessa confirmed by telling us: “Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I can’t tell you because I don’t want to ruin it and I’ll probably get in a serious amount of trouble. This one I would not have expected.”
Besides a killer ending, the Regionals episode will also be full of, what else, big song and dance numbers. “Regionals was awesome,” she gushes. “I can tell you that the Troubletones come back for a number in the competition, because that was part of the deal of the teams merging after sectionals. So you have a big, fun girl power number that was so fun to do.”
And of course by now we know that tonight’s episode of Glee will be dedicated to the late and great Whitney Houston, with Mercedes (Amber Riley) singing “I Will Always Love You” to her valentine. “She made me cry!” Vanessa says. “She did it justice and it was beautiful.”
Rory and Artie are courting Sugar as she plans a couple’s dance, plus scoop on “The Glee Project’s” Samuel Larsen’s arrival.
It’s Valentine’s Day at McKinley High on Tuesday when Glee‘s Sugar Motta (Vanessa Lengies) gives the New Directions gang a reason to celebrate the most romantic day of the year.It turns out the single wannabe singer loves the Hallmark holiday — her middle name is Valentine, Lengies says — and wants everyone to celebrate in grand fashion at Breadsticks, which thanks to her father, she takes over and renames the Sugar Shack for the night to host a couples’ dance.The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Lengies to talk about Tuesday’s episode and get the scoop The Glee Project co-winner Samuel Larsen‘s arrival in the episode. Here are five things to know about “Heart.”
1. “It’s a complete battle between Rory (Damian McGinty) and Artie (Kevin McHale) for Sugar’s date to the Valentine’s Day party,” Lengies teases, noting that the duo will try to top one another when it comes to showering her with gifts. Speaking of presents, Sugar’s also easily bribed and enjoys the attention — which makes perfect sense considering her father is the one who buys her anything and everything she wants, including a glee club.
2. After all is said and done, it won’t be about the gifts when it comes to who Sugar will pick as Artie and Rory, in typical Gleefashion, will resort to winning her over in song. “Eventually, hear heart takes over,” Lengies says. “She’s sensitive and she definitely just goes with what her heart tells her to do.”
3. Beyond the couples’ dance, which Lengies notes is a great episode for the ‘shippers, “Heart” will also introduce The Glee Project co-winner Larsen’s character, Joe Hart, who comes in as a recent transfer to McKinley. “He’s been home-schooled and is part of this new God group at the school,” Lengies says, which is in line with what The Glee Project producers had envisioned for the Catholic Larsen.
4. Will Sugar and her mystery Valentine’s date continue into subsequent episodes? Lengies says it remains unclear as the cast just finished filming next week’s Regionals episode. “That episode was very heavy with cliffhangers and ups and downs and surprises so there wasn’t any mention of future relationships between Sugar and her chosen mate,” she says. “But who knows what the future holds.”
5. As for what Regionals holds, Lengies says the Troubletones will return for a big mashup. “The girls are back together and it’s so powerful,” she teases. “It’s like when we did the Adele mashup or when we did the ‘Survivor’ mashup.” Also set for a big Regionals performance? Lea Michele’s Rachel.
Move over, Sam and Shane. There’s a new romantic rivalry heating up the hallways of McKinley High on Glee just in time for Valentine’s Day.
“Sugar is going to be in the middle of a love triangle,” Vanessa Lengies tells TVGuide.com. “Rory and Artie fight back and forth the entire time for Sugar’s hand.”
In Tuesday’s episode (8/7c, Fox), Sugar’s dad throws her a huge party at Breadstix — soon to be renamed Sugar Shack — in honor of her favorite holiday. All of New Directions is invited to the bash — but not without one stern marching order from their hostess: No singles allowed!
The warning is odd considering Sugar herself has been riding solo since she first popped up in September. However, her sudden desire for a date will bring out both Rory and Artie’s A-games when they each try to win her heart — in true Glee style — with song. “Kevin McHale‘s serenade was one of the hottest things that I’ve seen on the show,” Lengies says. “He used to be in a boy band and I grew up completely obsessed with boy bands. He just pulled out every move that was fully engrained in my childhood and teen years.”
Suffice it to say, there’s a clear winner of the Sugar showdown in Lengies’ eyes. “Damian [McGinty]‘s such a great guy. The other day, I had a really hard day on set because of family issues and he totally comforted me,” Lengies says. “But Sugar, in my mind, was definitely won over more by Artie.”
No matter who gets the last dance, New Directions’ newest power couple won’t last long. “My take is that Sugar doesn’t even care about being in a relationship. She just cannot be seen single at this party,” Lengies says. “But I really never know what the producers have planned.”
Glee producers have been keeping Lengies on her toes all season. Since appearing in the Season 3 premiere in what was supposed to be a one-time role, producers have kept asking her back one episode at a time. (She has now appeared in nine of 13). Consequently, Sugar has slowly evolved from a tone-deaf punch line into a recurring character infamous for splitting up the glee club. However, Lengies insists Sugar’s diva antics are behind her. “When she joined the glee club, she just realized that’s that what she loves to do. Sugar represents the people out there who maybe can’t sing, but love it,” Lengies says. “I’m only realizing this now because I didn’t know she was going to stick around this long. This character just embodies what Glee is, because it’s all about acceptance.”
Although the continued gig has been a pleasant surprise, the arrangement isn’t without a few hitches. For instance, Lengies booked a family vacation unaware that Sugar had been written into the Michael Jackson tribute episode and subsequently had to miss the big episode. “It’s like earning a new job every week,” she says excitedly. “Did I make it? Did I not? I don’t know!”
Lengies’ last series role, on TNT’s now-canceled HawthoRNe, was a one-episode appearance that turned into a three-season job, so she’s more than happy to put in the extra work. “I practiced all weekend for regionals,” she says of the extensive choreography. “I’m not a dancer, but I want to make sure that I don’t let anybody down.”
Her Glee future remains unclear, but Lengies is embracing the moment nonetheless. “During HawthoRNe, I was constantly trying not to be too outrageous and keep it serious. This has been so refreshing for me because it’s such a good outlet for the inner me to just be,” she says. “That’s the whole point of Glee anyways — to just be who you are and that’s enough. I really feel that way on set.”
Whether you’ve been a fan of actress Vanessa Lengies from her days starting out on AMERICAN DREAMS or discovered her more recently courtesy of her latest role that sees her stepping into the shoes of GLEE’s Sugar Motta, odds are fairly good that “Today’s TV Addict Top 5″ that has us revealing a handful of things you don’t know about the actress will be news to you (Particularly Point #4!). See for yourself, after the jump.
Having found her way onto Hollywood’s radar playing a quintessential american teenager in the much-beloved-but-short-lived NBC series AMERICAN DREAMS, it may surprise many to learn that actress Vanessa Lengies is… wait for it… part of the not-so-secret cabal of Canadians doing a fairly good job of making their Hollywood dreams come true in Los Angeles. “Us Canadians stick together out here! Dustin Milligan  was my roommate for years and years and years in Los Angeles and before that he was roommates with Cory Monteith,” explained Lengies on her all-too-familiar Canadian connections. “Cory invited me to the original screening for the pilot of GLEE where we joked about how much fun it would be to work together, so when I showed up on set he just howled with laughter.”
Showed no trepidation in tackling her controversial GLEE character.
Seeing as though an offer to appear on one of television’s hottest shows probably isn’t something that comes along every day, it’s no surprise that Lengies jumped at the chance to appear on GLEE. What was surprising was her fearlessness when it came to tackling what has become quite a controversial character. “I was not at all apprehensive to play this character with self-diagnosed Asperger’s because I just though it was funny how she could get away with saying whatever she wanted,” explained Lengies on Sugar Motto and her small screen alter-ego’s penchant for speaking her mind. “I’ve actually talked to a friend of mine who work with kids with Asperger’s and he was saying that the parents of these kids were so happy that they were talking about Asperger’s, even if it wasn’t to deal with real Asperger’s because being on GLEE — such a prominently watched show — it was kind of raising awareness for something that everybody might not know about. Like everything on GLEE, it’s not how you feel about teenage homosexuality, it’s about the fact that it’s being talked about and therefore in people’s consciousness.”
She’s an Artie and Sugar “Shipper.”
Valentine’s Day just got a wee bit more interesting. Or at least that’s the distinct impressions Lengies left us with regards to GLEE’s upcoming holiday-themed episode that will see Sugar find herself as the object of not just one, but two McKinley High student’s affections. But just who is Lengies rooting for in terms of Rory or Artie? Explained Lengies, “I love the idea of Sugar and Artie because I love the how the fandom put people’s names together. I feel so young when I say these kind of things by the way, but I love Sugar and Artie because it’s ‘Shartie’!”
She wasn’t familiar with SMASH.
Despite our best effort to stir up a controversy by adding flames to the the inevitable “GLEEks” versus “SMASH-ers fire,” Lengies wasn’t having it. Not so much because she’s above all that (Joked the actress, “If there’s a rivalry to be had, I need to be a part of this!”) but rather because — unlike a certain TV blogger who shall remain nameless — she’s far too busy working to pay attention to NBC’s marketing blitz. Said Lengies, “You’re asking the wrong person, I don’t know what SMASH is! I don’t have cable anymore which is so embarrassing to say because I act.” Also of interest, Lengies’ behind-the-scenes insight that will surely be of interest to anyone rooting for SMASH to be the savior of NBC. “Because GLEE is a musical show, one of the music producers told me that they thought the audience would really flip out for the Broadway musical numbers, but what they found was that the reaction has been the exact opposite,” explained Lengies. “People flip for all the non-broadway songs. You’d think people who would love musicals would be the audience for GLEE and therefore love the show doing musicals but apparently it’s more about pop songs and oldies.”
Yes, she misses AMERICAN DREAMS as much as you do.
And finally, because it wouldn’t be an interview with a television star without asking them about a previous project fans can’t seem to let go, you’ll be happy to learn that Lengies misses her time on the short-lived NBC series as much as you miss watching it. “I love that show too and the answer is yes [when asked if she still keeps in touch with her AMERICAN DREAMS co-stars],” said Lengies. “I’m really close with Will Estes who is now in BLUE BLOOD in New York, Brittany [Snow] and I don’t see each other all the time but everyone still keeps in touch. Tom Verica, Gale O’Grady, it was such a family show and I feel like they’re kind of my family. Even if we don’t talk everyday we can still get on the phone and there’s this love.”
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