(Cross-posted from my Glee blog, Gleeks United : head on over there for all your Glee-related news, gossip, and recaps!) Heather Morris and her cheerleader character Brittany share one key thing in common: they both love to dance. Heather has actually been dancing since she was only a year old! She has since gone on to appear as a contestant in season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance and has danced with Beyonce on tour! The bubbly star took the time to answer a few questions via e-mail about Brittany, her fellow cast members, and more. Part of our Q & A is below, but if you want to read the rest of my interview with Heather (in which she also discusses balancing being both a Cheerio and a gleek and how she sees her character), you're going to have to wait until September! The full interview will be published in my upcoming companion guide book Don't Stop Believin': The Unofficial Guide to Glee which will be in stores this fall. Gleeks United: How did you get involved in Glee? Heather Morris: It's amazing actually, I love this story. So, I had previously assisted and worked with the choreographer Zach Woodlee on numerous projects within the last couple years, and he also knew I had been working with Beyonce doing the "Single Ladies" tour! But after the tour was over I decided I was not at all happy dancing professionally anymore, I emailed my dance agent that I was only gonna do smaller gigs and all in all focus on this hidden dream of mine, called ACTING...haha. So come January, he called me up to ask if I could possibly help teach the choreography to some of the actors, Chris Colfer and Jenna Ushkowitz, who play Kurt and Tina, for a scene they were doing in the show and had also mentioned that they were looking to cast for this role for Brittany, the third Cheerio joining the glee club, so he was gonna try his best to throw my name out to Ryan Murphy and possibly have a reading with him! The days I came in to teach and dance with the actors, Ryan had shown up and I got to meet him, dance for him a little bit, we also got as far as to scheduling a couple readings. But both times had fallen through due to scheduling conflict. A couple days later, Zach called me up and explained that Ryan was unsure, for he was looking to specifically hire an ethnic girl for the role. Out of the blue I get a call from my agent a couple days after that telling me I was casting for the role of Brittany on Glee! Crazy, eh? What's next for Santana and Brittany? What will we see from them in the second half of the season? What's next!? I will admit there will be plenty more of them to come in the upcoming episodes! What was your favourite song to perform and why? I loved "Bust Your Windows!" That was like my first thing on the show so I really love the thought of it being my start to Glee. Glee has scored a lot of amazing guest stars so far. Who would you like to see guest star on Glee? Oh gosh. I don't like to pick out favorites but I'm a HUGE fan of Kristin Wiig. I would die! If you had to narrow it down to just one thing, what's the best part about working on Glee? I get to do what I love all day every day! :)
It's been a great season of TV so far with much thanks to some lucky breaks for actors finally getting the right show to make their break into TV fame, or break back into TV when it looked all might be lost! Here are my top 10 lucky breaks in the TV world this season, so check them out and add your comments about these or others we've left off the list below. Parenthood - Lauren Graham: While the circumstances were unfortunate leading to Lauren Graham getting the part on Parenthood, it was still definitely her lucky break to get the chance to be cast in this new and very promising NBC drama! Like a number of actors on this list, Graham had one hit show and then floundered to find herself another solid show and role. While she took part in a few movies since her famed Gilmore Girls role, she hasn't had a single show that even made it to the air to give her another go at TV (and being more than Lorelai Gilmore to us fans). So here's to her lucky break, and hoping it lasts! The Good Wife - Julianna Margulies: Like Lauren Graham, Julianna Margulies gained her mainstream fame for a hit show, in this case, ER , and a character from which, in the years after ER, she seemed very unlikely to break free. She made a go of it on the very short-lived Canterbury's Law last season, but finally this season she has found her next nugget of TV gold with the solid CBS hit, The Good Wife . Cougar Town - Courteney Cox Arquette: Unlike the previous two ladies, Courteney Cox Arquette did continue semi-successfully with TV after her "legendary" TV role. But Cox found it necessary, either by her own will or the will of the television audience and/or producers, to go completely opposite from her famed role by becoming a nasty bitch on FX 's not so famous Dirt . She spent a little time on Scrubs trying to edge her way back into the comedy world, but nothing took until her pleasantly surprising full return to TV comedy with this season's Cougar Town . The Middle - Patricia Heaton: Phew! Guess who's no longer that angry mom from Everybody Loves Raymond ?? Heaton tried to jump back into comedy with Back to You last season, which was a good try, but only left Heaton and her still struggling partner for that show, Kelsey Grammer, left hanging and waiting for another chance. Heaton found her lucky opening with the now hit ABC comedy, The Middle which she almost entirely carries along with that janitor from Scrubs . And speaking of, this is a double-hitter of luck, as Neil Flynn is no longer just that janitor from Scrubs! Modern Family - Ty Burrell & Ed O'Neill - Except for the loss for Kelsey Grammer's Hank , the new ABC Wednesday comedy line-up has been a huge stroke of luck as Courteney Cox Arquette and Patricia Heaton finally got their successful breaks back into TV comedy, and Modern Family hasn't been an exception for its stars! Modern Family's now lovable and very well-known Phil Dunphy, Ty Burrell, was also on Heaton's failed Back to You , and for years has been that sidekick funny guy in various films and shows. Now could we love him and know who the heck that guy is more?? Modern Family was also a lucky break back into network (and notable) TV for Ed O'Neill who finally now, even after a number of other TV and film appearances, finally not that guy from Married with Children. Go, ABC comedy, go!! Vampire Diaries - Ian Somerhalder: Speaking of no longer being "that guy from that famous show," we have perhaps the hottest lucky break of them all - Ian Somerhalder. For fans who watch both Vampire Diaries and Lost , did you notice that when Boone appeared in the season premiere of Lost, you thought, "Hey, there's Damon!" Well, there you go - another lucky break out of a seemingly lost cause character rut. Considering Boone died years ago on Lost, it's about time! Community - Danny Pudi & Donald Glover: And now we switch from the seemingly doomed type-casted, to the entirely unknown lucky enough to make their break into TV! For Community, it's not so surprising that Joel McHale and Chevy Chase could hold up a funny show, but lucky cast members Danny Pudi, playing Abed, and Donald Glover, playing Troy, have made known faces for themselves in the TV world when once there were none! They've even taken their roles strongly enough to be the funny post-show short stars, and while Community may not be a break-out hit, it's going strong, and I can only imagine these break-in stars will soon be break-out stars of their own. Glee - The Cast: To continue and supersize the unknown-to-famous status just mentioned about Community - hello world, it's the amazing cast of GLEE! This show made some very unknown, very talented kids super, duper, mega-stars! It's also made some famous bit-part actors like Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, and Matthew Morrison superstars with super solid and recognizable characters as well. Now that seems like a studio that's just crawling with rainbows, gold, and happy leprechauns! Jersey Shore - The Cast: Yes, I'm going there. You can't talk about the lucky breaks of truly talented people in television without mentioning the outrageously lucky breaks into super fame for the reality TV sensation of the nation! So, we may have all watched this because it was a trashy trainwreck we couldn't take our eyes off of, but the ironic-ish lucky break aspect of this is that they became a sensation because of their classless, trashy ways, and now we've gone and made them rich celebrities... oh, wait... Melrose Place (2009) - Katie Cassidy - While Melrose Place is the home of the trashy and rich, the actors playing these rich brats were pretty much unknowns as this show started up. Now while Melrose Place may end up getting canceled, Katie Cassidy is considered the most noteworthy and promising actor of the bunch, so it looks like canceled show or not, she's now in showbiz, baby! Happy St. Patrick's Day! Who do you think has found the luck o' the Irish in the TV business this season?
There is a chance that Justin Timberlake will sing, dance and act in "Glee". Previously sharing that Julia Roberts loves the show, Ryan Murphy, the creator of the popular TV series, told E! News that he is "in the plan" to bring Justin to the musical series. "[Justin] is the one the kids jump up and down about every day and beg me to meet with him," he said. "I'm a huge fan of his music. I think he's so talented. And he's a true triple threat: He can sing, dance, and act. So yeah, we'd love to have him on. We start shooting the second season in July and I think I will work some magic around that time for him if I can." Commenting on the proposed idea of having Justin singing, dancing and acting on the show, Matthew Morrison's Will Schuester stated, "I don't think he could handle this. But if he wants to go toe to toe with Mr. Schuester, bring it on, J.T.! He's amazing; I have so much respect for that guy. What a talent. I would love for him to be on the show." Beside plotting to approach Justin Timberlake, Ryan Murphy also gave scoop on what to expect from the "Glee" when it returns on April 13. He said that "[Neil Patrick Harris] gets to tussle with Jane Lynch. -- and they might sleep together." Ryan further noted Neil's character Bryan Adam, who was an old rival of Will, "is [actually] not a villain." He explained, "he's just got edge, as they say. It's a very great, sweet, important episode. We wrote it for Neil and for Joss. The whole episode is about arts funding and the importance of arts funding in high schools." Source Here
Lady Gaga is to become the latest star guest on the hit TV show "Glee." The "Poker Face" hit-maker has signed up to join the cast of the all-singing-all-dancing series following a request from show bosses. Glee creator Ryan Murphy says, "We reached out to Lady Gaga and she said, 'Yes, I'd love to be a part of it.' So we will be doing Lady Gaga this season." To Read More Click Here .
In what's sure to be music to the ears of Gleeks everywhere, Fox is said to be finalizing a deal to amplify Glee's second season. "Season 2 will be much bigger and much longer," series creator Ryan Murphy confirmed over the weekend at PaleyFest '10. "We are talking about doing 25 episodes as opposed to [the customary] 22." Read more
Glee has been off the air for nearly four months, but the cast and producers of the breakout Fox series offered hints about what's to come Saturday night at the Paley Festival. The basic takeaway? There will be more breakups, makeups and new relationships than you can count when the show returns April 13. To Read More Click Here .
Just as fans of "Glee" cheered on the news about Mark Salling and Naya Rivera dating off-screen, a rep for the actor stepped forward to clear it up. TV Guide was the first to come up with the dating report, noting that "a source close to the actor" confirmed that the two actors are embarking on a secret and committed relationship. His camp however quickly put the rumor to rest. "Mark is not in a committed relationship at this time as his primary focus has been his work," his rep stated. Nevertheless, Mark and Naya who play Puck and Santana on the musical show respectively will spend a lot of time together this summer when the whole cast go on a national tour starting May 18. Mark is not the only "Glee" cast who becomes the subject of dating rumor. National Enquirer reported that Cory Monteith is also secretly dating singer Taylor Swift. However, the rumored couple is keeping it from her mother slash manager Andrea so that she would not scare him off. "Taylor really likes Cory, and she's telling friends she sees 'real romantic possibilities' with him, but she's keeping her lips zipped around Andrea," a pal revealed. Source Here
Glee doesn't return for the second half of the season until April 13, but already there is great news about one particular episode guest starring Neil Patrick Harris. EW.com is reporting that Neil Patrick Harris will play Bryan Adam (haha), an arch-nemesis of Will Scheuster, and now a new board member at the school. It seems that Bryan was quite the singing ladies man back in the day, and always got all the chicks and all the solos when in the glee club with Will. But times have changed and Bryan has become quite vengeful. "Show choir ruined his life, made him feel he could be a star, but all he could do is book Carnival cruises," states the EW source. Bryan attempts to cut the school's art funding which sets off a climactic duet between NPH and Matthew Morrison, who plays Will Schuester. To Read More Click Here .
It's official: Neil Patrick Harris' forthcoming guest appearance on Glee will without a doubt be legen - wait for it here it comes - dary. I just got my hands on some fresh intel surrounding Harris' role in the Joss Whedon-helmed episode, so you best stop reading, spoilerphobes! According to a Glee insider, NPH will play Bryan Adam (ha!), a high school glee club nemesis of Will's (Matthew Morrison) who resurfaces as a board member at William McKinley. To Read More Click Here .
"Glee" cast are going on tour the second time around, not only to promote the movie but also to answer the demand. The popular FOX show is taking concert stages this spring in several cities such as Los Angeles and New York City. The jaunt is kicked off May 16 in Phoenix, Arizona. "Glee Live! In Concert!" is a four-city engagement that will present some of the show's musical numbers such as "Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Believing", "Sweet Caroline" and "Jump". Tickets for the Arizona concert will be sold for public starting Friday, March 12 at 10 A.M. while the tickets for the rest of the shows will be sold the next day at 9 A.M. For American Express cardholders, there is an exclusive pre-sale on March 5. "This has been such an extraordinary year for 'Glee' and I can't think of a better way to finish up the first season than performing live on stage with the cast," said Lea Michele aka Rachel. Cory Monteith chimed in, "This show has changed my life in so many ways. If you had told me a year ago that I'd be performing classic rock songs in concert theaters around the country, I would never have believed you. We are psyched!" To Read More Click Here .